Films Watched: July 2012

Here’s what I watched this month.

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On Alfred Hitchcock’s Birthday

It occurred to me that today would be Alfred Hitchcock’s birthday. His 112th.

Something I always think about when it comes to Hitchcock’s films is that he couldn’t be successful in today’s society. With Psycho (especially Psycho) Hitchcock instituted strict guidelines for seeing the movie.

There were no private screenings for critics. No clip-filled trailer. No interviews with Anthony Perkins or Janet Leigh the week before it opened. And if you showed up late to the theater, too bad. All of this worked to preserve the plot and the now infamous shower scene.

I don’t see a director getting away with this kind of secrecy surrounding their film today. Not with the social media happy culture we live in today. If who wins prom queen on Glee can’t be kept under wraps today, then how Hitchcock operated really is a thing of the past.

Or maybe he would. If how Hitchcock promoted Psycho was unique for the film culture of the 1960s, today he would have to be twice as creative. If any director could pull that off, it would be Hitchcock.

It’s National Kissing Day So Here’s A Kiss From Grace Kelly

It’s National Kissing Day. Facebook has decided it, so it much be true. To celebrate, here is a lesson on how you should always want to wake up from a nap if you ever find yourself with a broken leg and becoming a peeping tom.

Step 1: Wake up after noticing a suspicious shadow hovering over you.
Step 2: Realize that the suspicious shadow is not coming from that neighbor you think killed his wife.
Step 3: In fact that hovering shadow is really Grace Kelly. You lucky bastard.
Step 4: Kiss
Step 5: Accept that you are a lucky bastard. Gloat. (Now about that guy who killed his wife.)

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Inception – 1950s Hitchcock style!

The cynical part of me believes that this YouTube video was inevitable.

Someone has taken clips from Inception and spliced them with the audio from the trailers forRear Window, Spellbound, and Vertigo. Sure it might be cynical for me to think this, but the mock trailer that has been created is completely awesome and takes more patience than I will ever have.