This honestly was the perfect film to kick off this series with because it is the perfect time capsule of the year it was made. This movie is so damn 80s from the hair to the costumes to the raggedy attitudes regarding women and relationships (seriously the best friend in this is trash). Melanie Griffith is quite delightful as the leading lady and Harrison gives a quality supporting turn.
The first major disappointment and casualty of this series was the second film I saw. For having such great actors, this movie is quite boring. It just never compels you to get through the 3 hour slog of it’s running time. What would have helped was a better balance and understanding of what was happening in the world sooner than one hour into the film.
This movie has a perfect ending. Now what it took to get there might sometimes feel hokey and it’s leading man is not the strongest actor around (I had no idea he was a wrestler and the father of Rhonda Rousey) but the movie is a very measured outing by John Carpenter.
Unlike a Hitchcock film I’ll talk about later, this film is a solid picture but never really rises to the premise. It’s a fun acting showcase Margaret Lockwood as a woman who is valiantly trying to solve the mystery of what happened to the old lady on the train, even as everyone doubts her sanity.
We spoke about this movie quite a bit on the latest podcast. It’s a very juicy film with a wonderful performance by Bette Davis. Doing this series is fun cause you get to experience how movies were made and the Hollywood redemptive ending actually doesn’t serve such a prickly story well.
Now this is a movie! Rope is a delightful picture, easily vaulting into my top 5 Hitchcock films list. All I knew about this movie going in was that it was an exercise for Hitchcock to film a movie in “one take.” It’s not, and while most of the cuts are super obvious, the cut between the 2nd and 3rd reel is a thing of beauty. I thoroughly enjoyed the performances of John Dall and Farley Granger as the two friends (lovers?) and their wildly different approaches to life post murder.