Happy New Year, everybody! It’s that blessed time of the year when we all recover from our hangovers, growl at diet commercials, and guilt ourselves into exercising more. (Statistically speaking, the growling is more likely to occur than the exercising, but I guess it’s a little early in the year for cynicism.) It’s also the time when — if you’re constantly running behind schedule, as I am — to post the very last of your Year in Review posts. To that end: my 2014 Movie Superlatives!
Read on to discover who won 2014’s Most Fabulous Fashion, Chief Asshat, Creepiest Moment, Best Fight Scene, and more.
While working on my review for Rebecca, I found myself looking up the entire filmography of Alfred Hitchcock, wondering how many of his movies I’d actually seen. The answer: not that many, at least, not in comparison to how many movies that guy actually made. But I decided to post a list anyway, color-coded for
my your convenience. As with my AFI list, purple means yay, red means boo, green means meh-okay, and black means I haven’t actually seen the movie. Also, I think I’ll add a new color: blue, for movies I’m actively interested in. (Not just ‘yeah, yeah, it’s a classic, I’ll get to it eventually,’ but, ‘hey, that sounds kind of fun.’)
And if the first half of the list seems considerably less colorful than the second, well, I should probably mention that the first eight movies are silent films, and the first 25 were all made prior to Hitchcock’s arrival in Hollywood. Still. I can do better. Dammit, Carlie.
The Alfred Hitchcock Filmography
The Pleasure Garden
The Mountain Eagle
The Lodger: a Story of the London Fog
The Farmer’s Wife
Juno and the Peacock
The Skin Game
Rich and Strange
Waltzes from Vienna
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
The 39 Steps
Young and Innocent
The Lady Vanishes
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Shadow of a Doubt
The Paradine Case
Strangers on a Train
Dial M for Murder
To Catch a Thief
The Trouble with Harry
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
The Wrong Man
North by Northwest
Favorite Hitchock films? Least favorite Hitchcock films? The many directors you think are superior to that overrated Hitchcock guy? Let me know in the comments.
I assigned myself a few books at the beginning of the year, Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca being one of them. It was . . . how shall I put this? A challenging read.
But I knew I wanted to watch the 1940 adaptation, anyway.
Rebecca won for both Best Picture and Best Cinematography. It is, unfortunately, not one of my favorite Alfred Hitchcock movies.
For belated Thanksgiving, my family and I did the usual stuff — ate turkey, gave thanks, talked incessantly about my continued lack of a boyfriend — as well as more fun stuff, like watching old Alfred Hitchcock movies.
It’s a fun, little movie, and I enjoyed watching it. But the plot really doesn’t bear much in the way of scrutinization.