Brokeback Mountain, Classic Hollywood Style

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Review: Touch of Pink (2004)

Cary Grant is back and better than ever in this little-seen diaspora cinema comedy. How can Cary Grant be back if he’s been dead for the last 20 years? That is exactly the question he asks you in the beginning of Touch of Pink. Of course, it’s not the real Cary Grant, but rather his spirit who acts as a guide to Alim, a young man living in London.

Alim is an Indian who was born in Kenya, grew up in Toronto and now lives in London to escape his overbearing mother, Nuru and his past. He works as a set photographer for the movie industry, he in a serious relationship with his boyfriend Giles and he couldn’t be happier. That is until his mother comes to visit and tries to persuade Alim to come home. There is one problem Nuru doesn’t know that her son is gay. Throughout the picture Alim hides his relationship with Giles from his mother which only creates more problems. But he shouldn’t fear because Cary Grant, played wonderfully by Kyle MacLachlan, is there to guide Alim through all of his troubles.

Touch of Pink is filled with references to many of Grant’s movies including: The Bishop’s Wife, Charade, The Philadelphia Story and most importantly Gunga Din. There is this running bit about Cary Grant has to attend an Indian wedding and he arrives dressed like his character from Gunga Din. It’s priceless.

This movie will be a treat for any Cary Grant fan.

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.