Movie Mania Hitchcock Special: Psycho

Hey guys!
Welcome to another post in my Hitchcock Special series. Psycho is probably the famous amongst all of his films, so we better talk about it 😉

 

The Plot:
Marion Crane makes a spontaneous decision: she steals 40,000 $ a client had paid her boss. There’s nothing to do but going as far away as possible, so Marion gets in her car and drives. Soon she winds up at a very remote hotel. Turns out, it wasn’t the best accommodation choice…

 

The Rating:
There’s a reason why this is Hitchcock’s most famous movie. Psycho is simply brilliant.
Janet Leigh who stars as Marion is intense. Her agitation seeped through the screen and I swear I began shifting uncomfortable – just like her.  Continue reading

Movie Mania Hitchcock Special: Vertigo

Hey guys! Welcome to another installment in my Hitchcock special. Today I want to talk about Vertigo, one of the most famous amongst Hitchcock’s film. With Kim Novak and James Stewart playing the leads, this just has to be great, right?   The Plot: Detective John Ferguson retires after discovering that he suffers from a fear of heights and vertigo which lead to the death of a police man. At a loss of what to do with his life, he accepts a job offer by an acquaintance from college. Gavin Elster asks him to follow his wife Madeleine who’s been behaving strangely. Is there a connection to one of her ancestor’s who had met a terrible fate?   The Rating: In my opinion, Vertigo might be the second most famous of Hitchcock films, only surpassed by Psycho. While it may not be as widely known, Vertigo is a brilliant and impressive movie. I love James Stewart’s performance in this film and it’s definitely among the best roles he played in his entire career. Leading lady Kim Novak also surprised me, just how versatile she can be. Not only do we get some great acting performances, Vertigo also went down in movie history for the effects used. The film was shot in 1958, so the means available were rather limited. However, Hitchcock created a very unique and forward film, that despite being a little outdated still amazes me. Furthermore, the story is also crafted very intricately. There is a huge plot twist you won’t see coming. As Vertigo is not quite as famous as Psycho, the end is really a surprise here. Vertigo is one my favorite Hitchcock films. It never fails to impress and delivers on all levels: the actors, the score, the story, the design.  

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Movie Mania: Giant (1956)

Hello guys! Today I want to share my thoughts on James Dean’s third and final movie. Giant was adapted from Edna Ferber’s novel of the same name and came to the big screen in 1956. So let’s see about it!

 

The Plot:
Giant is an epic spanning over decades. The film follows the life of a Texas cattle rancher as well as his family and associates.  

 

The Rating:
Before you decide to watch this movie, be warned: the runtime is 201 minutes. While Giant is a fascinating film, I do think it s overrated. I feel like this is often the case with old Hollywood movies. There’s so much of a fascination and cult going on – especially surrounding the actors – that the actual film is often forgotten. Don’t get me wrong. Giant is interesting (at times) and James Dean did a terrific job but I am just not the biggest fan of Elizabeth Taylor. Even James Dean’s character felt ridiculous towards the end of the film. They tried to make him look old but honestly, what was done for hair and make up looked like a super cheap Halloween costume. I am aware that there were limitations, as the film was shot in 1956, but still – they could have done better.  Continue reading

Movie Mania: Raiders of the Lost Ark

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Today I want to share one of my all-time favourite action-adventure movies: Steven Spielberg’s famous Raiders of the Lost Ark.

 

The Plot:
Archeologist and professor Indiana Jones heads to Egypt to prevent the Nazis from finding the Ark of the Lost Covenant, as it would make their armies invincible. On this very dangerous trip he even reunites with his old love Marion…

 

The Rating:
Harrison Ford has starred in many impressive films throughout his career, but the Raiders of the lost Ark series is definitely among the very best. The only way to describe this movie is as hell of a ride. It’s a fast paced adventure that takes you around the world. Continue reading

Movie Mania: Love in the Afternoon

Hey Folks!
Today I have a classic for you. Directed by Billy Wilder in 1957, Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper are the shining stars in this romantic comedy.

 

The Plot:
Young Ariane overhears a telephone conversation her father, a private detective, has with one of his clients. He suspects his wife to have an affair with Frank Flannagan, a notorious playboy and wants proof. The young girl gets mixed up and decides to warn Flannagan, and maybe, just for once, the player gets played…

 

The Rating:
As you know, Audrey Hepburn is one of my all-time favourite actresses. In Love in the Afternoon she is just as lovely and charming (and maybe a little bit naive) as always. But what bothers me about this film is her chemistry with Gary Cooper: there is none. As lovers the two simply don’t work out on no level whatsoever. Unfortunately this awful match destroys the entire film, as the basic line is the love-story between them. Continue reading

One Week of Christmas: The 7 Best Movies for the Holidays Part 7

This is my last post for the one ween of christmas series. Today’s movie is simply the most wonderful Christmas films (maybe even the most wonderful films in general) that have ever been made. I’m talking about the classic It’s a Wonderful Life from 1946.

The Plot:

The story tells the life of a man named George Bailey. On Christmas Eve he is in deep trouble and thus suicidal. While he is standing on a bridge contemplating to jump prayers for him reach heaven. A second class angel is sent to help George. Clarence the angel shows him how important he is by pointing out how it would have affected everybody in his hometown if George had never been born. The huge impact reached from saving his brother’s life and preventing an old druggist he was working for from going to jail to the entire town being owned by a mean old man as George never saved the bank from going bankrupt. Continue reading