North by Northwest

North by Northwest ★★★★★

Part Three of Preparing (As Much As Humanly Possible) For Inherent Vice

Imagine this:

You wake up from the blackness. Like a stark wake-up call or a sudden exit from a tunnel into a bright day, the change is undoubtedly jarring. You're on a rollercoaster. You don't know how you got there or why you're on it. You look around; no other riders. You're all alone, and the coaster is reaching the top of the first hill. In the midst of all this madness, you start to smile. Slightly. You're getting anxious and excited, and as the rollercoaster drops down, it starts; the joy. The unequivocal squealing, the crazed laughter, the constant state of light tension; It's a feeling of immense release and beautiful power, and by the end, you're left with a variety of emotions: Happiness, shock, relief, and the desire to ride it all over again.

This isn't just a description of a rollercoaster, It also describes the 1959 masterpiece North By Northwest. Trust me, the experiences are basically identical.

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