A Remake of The Birds?

Stop whatever you’re doing right now and read this article. I am seriously about to have a hernia.

Watts To Battle The Birds? from IMDb.com

Australian actress Naomi Watts has reportedly been offered the lead role in the remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 horror classic The Birds. Armageddon director Michael Bay’s company will produce the new version of the film. She would play the role of Melanie Daniels, which was played by Tippi Hedren, in the original, according to moviehole.net. The script is being re-worked by Leslie Dixon, who updated The Thomas Crown Affair for Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo in 1999. The movie features a wealthy San Francisco socialite who follows a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town where birds suddenly begin to launch vicious attacks on people.

I could care less that Naomi Watts has been offered the role. BUT why would anyone remake The Birds? Why? Why? Why? Here’s a concept: remake the bad movies from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. What’s next? Citizen Kane? Gone With the Wind? Psycho?

I need to lie down.

 

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The Quotable Alfred Hitchcock


Alfred Hitchcock turns 107 today and what better way to celebrate than with some of best and wittiest quotes from the Master of Suspense. [SOURCE]

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A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.

Actors are cattle.

Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.

I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.

If it’s a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.

In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.

In the old days villains had moustaches and kicked the dog. Audiences are smarter today. They don’t want their villain to be thrown at them with green limelight on his face. They want an ordinary human being with failings.

Someone once told me that every minute a murder occurs, so I don’t want to waste your time, I know you want to go back to work.

Television is like the American toaster, you push the button and the same thing pops up every time.

The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.

The paperback is very interesting but I find it will never replace the hardcover book – it makes a very poor doorstop.

I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man-made sound never equalled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig.

When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, ‘It’s in the script.’ If he says, ‘But what’s my motivation?, ‘ I say, ‘Your salary.’

I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.

And there is plenty more where that came from. Enjoy.

Review: North by Northwest (1959)

This afternoon I was casually flipping through the channels and one of the best movies ever made was on. And if you haven’t already noticed it was North by Northwest, one of my personal favorites.

This movie stars Cary Grant as an advertising executive who is mistaken to be a spy and is tracked across the country, culminating in a chase sequence on top Mount Rushmore.

North by Northwest finds the always sexy and debonair Cary Grant working with director Alfred Hitchcock for the third time to create another Hitchcock masterpiece. And that’s easily why I like it so much. The charm and style of the actor just oozes off the screen.

Hitchcock is known for something called being ahead of the curve, meaning he’ll end a scene early before all the information is given. He does that in this movie so you’ll go “oh, that’s what that meant”. Once again, Hitchcock proves why he is the greatest director of all time with this movie.

Cary Grant is brilliant, like always. His screen presence is why he is among my favorite actors. When he shares the screen with Eva Marie Saint (your typical Hitchcock leading lady) or the other supporting actors including the always incredible James Mason, why he’s the best is evident.

This movie expertly combines acting, dialogue, cinematography, music and plot (all the essentials). Not to mention two remarkable chase scenes that only a Hitchcock movie could have to make movie magic.