Favorite Films A-Z: The 39 Steps

decades later. After all, this is nearly 30 years before Psycho and 20 years before Rear Window, Vertigo, and North by Northwest. But no! Far from being one of his first, this is actually the 19th feature Hitchcock directed. After cutting his teeth on the earliest of talkies during the transition from silent films, one might say the film marks instead the beginnings of his long peak as one of the greatest directors of all time.

The Drop: Sin and Redemption

The trailer for The Drop fooled me about what kind of movie I was getting into. Initially I believed it was a heist film. It's certainly not that. There's a few brief moments where one would think it was a gangster film. Which on the surface, I suppose, it is. But at its heart it's a movie about one of my favorite topics for film: humanity and the problem of evil.

I’m Back

Decided it was time to open the blog back up, since I do have a job now. On the agenda: finishing up the Movies You Might Have Missed (I didn't write the last 4 after getting laid off last year), writing some more about baseball (been to a few games this year so far), adding … Continue reading I’m Back

Movies You Might Have Missed: Metropolitan

Whit Stillman is not a man who makes a lot of movies. He's only made about a half-dozen, mostly with budgets on the lower end of the spectrum and produced independently. While I'm dismissive of Joe Carter's recommendations on pop-culture, particularly via Twitter, but I'll always be in his debt for prompting me to check out the films of Stillman. He quotes Stillman's films relatively often, and the "attractive to women" was particularly successful at piquing my interest.

Movies You Might Have Missed: The Fallen Idol

Title: The Fallen IdolRelease Date: 1948Rating: N/ALength: 95 minutesDirector: Carole ReedStarring: Ralph Richardson, Michèle Morgan, Sonia DresdelLanguage: EnglishCountry: UK What a great film this is. It's criminally unknown and for a while was out of print entirely (still is in the US). I've seen DVD copies selling for more than $100. Your best bet for watching … Continue reading Movies You Might Have Missed: The Fallen Idol