Films Watched: August, September and October 2013

And now it’s time for some minor blog maintenance. 2013 continues to be the year I am not really blogging. 2013 also continues to be the year I’m not really watching movies. My grand total stands at an abysmal 91. What can I say? Muddled Brain is a weird thing. But. But! Now that it is Oscar season, I’m starting to watch movies again. Here is what I saw in August, September, and October.

The Impossible (dir. J.A. Bayona, 2012)

Photo: Cineopsis
Photo: Cineopsis

Tsunamis! Destruction! Sad British children! Emotions! Fine, The Impossible often had me in tears. You win this round, Watts. Continue reading “Films Watched: August, September and October 2013”

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North by Northwest is still controlling my life!

I handed in my shot-by shot analysis of North by Northwest this afternoon, but I’m still don’t done analyzing this movie for my film class. So, this is where you come in.

For my paper due next week, I have to analyze a character from North by Northwest and I picked Eve Kendell, played by Eva Marie Saint. I have a pretty good idea where I want to go with the paper (considering that I only began thinking about it three minutes ago). Anything you want to share with me would be a big help.

If not, just go watch North by Northwest. I’ve watched it about four times these past two weeks and it keeps getting better.

North by Northwest is TAKING OVER MY LIFE!

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For my film class, I have to analyze the first 10 shots of a Hitchcock film. My group was assigned North by Northwest and now I will never be able to watch this movie again. There are only so many times you can watch Cary Grant walk down a street before you want to kill something. At least this picture made me smile.
This is mostly all a lie. After this project, I could still watch North by Northwest all day long.

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.