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  • Rope

    Rope

    ★★★★½

    Rope centres on two men who live together and seem unusually close. The nature of their relationship is not explained. The men never show physical intimacy towards one another. Indeed we are told that one of them (John Dall, who was himself gay) is a former boyfriend of the one young female character in the movie. However the message was clear enough to many people at the time. Rope proved to be Hitchcock’s most controversial work up to that point,…

  • Rio Bravo

    Rio Bravo

    ★★★★★

    I can remember a friend of mine telling me that his girlfriend was not keen on westerns. In her eyes, it involved little more than two men riding up on horses, talking to each other for a while, and then riding off.

    What would she have made of Rio Bravo then? Here we have a movie in which there is much talking and yet barely even any horse riding. Characters ride into town, through town and out of town, but…

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  • Psycho

    Psycho

    ★★★★★

    Watching Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller Psycho, I wonder sadly whether how many younger people watching the movie for the first time experience the same shock and excitement that I did when I saw the plot twists unfold. I was utterly unprepared for the shower scene, the killing on the stairwell and the final revelation concerning Mrs Bates.

    In 1960 when the film was released, there had been nothing quite like Psycho, and Hitchcock took great pains to avoid spoiling the audience’s…

  • Falling Down

    Falling Down

    ★★★★★

    The reputation of Joel Schumacher’s 1993 thriller has been affected by the fact that the movie was greatly misunderstood, and it might be said that it was liked and disliked by the wrong people.

    When the film was shown in cinemas, it seemed to offer succour to the angry white conservative males who could not help identifying with a hero who stood up againt minorities, insisted on his rights as a consumer and husband, and who felt disillusioned with a…