The Next Best Hitchcock Movies

(For the previous "Best Hitchcock Movies" list click here.) The problem with creating a "Best Hitchcock Movies" list is that so many of the picks are plainly obvious. Any list that does not include Vertigo, Psycho, North by Northwest, Rear Window, and arguably The Birds in the top 10 is automatically illegitimate in my book. In addition you'd …

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Best Hitchcock Movies

There are very few cinephiles, film critics, or industry insiders who would not have Alfred Hitchcock somewhere near the top of their list of best directors ever. In the most recent Sight and Sound list of the best films of all time (possibly the most comprehensive "best-of" film list) Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo came out on top. But more than that, …

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10th Year Anniversary: Persepolis

Marjane Satrapi's powerful autobiography Persepolis is a lot of things. It is a unique history of the monumental political shifts that happened in Iran between the 1970s and 1990s. It is a powerful statement against the opponents of free speech and expression. It gives fascinating insight into the specific dangers that women face in both liberated …

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10th Year Anniversary: The Darjeeling Limited

There is a moment halfway through the movie where Francis (Owen Wilson), Jack (Jason Schwartzman), and Peter (Adrien Brody) find themselves in the middle of rural India on a bus. An Indian man stares at them incredulously and asks "What are you doing in this place?" and without skipping a beat Francis answers with utter …

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Back to School: Spider-Man Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming is aptly named for several reasons. From a purely corporate level, it is the official celebration of Spider-Man’s return to Marvel Studios (through Sony Pictures’ gracious lending of the character to the Marvel Cinematic Universe). But from a more essential level, Homecoming represents a return of the character to his roots as a …

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Back to School: Diabolique

Famously Henri-Georges Clouzot's school-yard chiller Diabolique closes with a placard begging the viewer not to reveal the ending of the movie. Unlike most spoiler warnings, this request is not made because the movie's magic falls apart once the reveals are made. Even on my fourth viewing this film managed to capture my attention and rope …

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