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  • The Man Who Knew Too Much

    ★★★½

  • The Trouble with Harry

    ★★★

  • To Catch a Thief

    ★★★★★

  • Rear Window

    ★★★★★

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  • Strangers on a Train

    Strangers on a Train

    ★★★★★

    “Strangers on a Train” ranks amongst Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest love stories. 

    Whether this love is between a man and a murderer or a man and murder, is a delineation that has the answerability of the film’s key debate on nature versus nurture in the making of a soul. 

    “Strangers,” deliberately crafted by Hitchcock with a homoerotic subtext between its lead characters of Guy (Farley Granger) and Bruno (Robert Walker), plays out in a duel over how men’s proclivities come to…

  • Rope

    Rope

    ★★★★★

    In Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rope,” every clue is diegetic and waiting to be discovered. 

    The film, staged in a theatrical single setting and comprised of just ten cuts; most of them hidden, is Hitchcock’s magnum opus of blocking. Through precise staging of actors in a physical environment, the director puts the audience in the place of both detective and witness; knowing from the outset what happened (murder), but with the task of deciphering nuance of space and movement to figure out…

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  • The Man Who Knew Too Much

    The Man Who Knew Too Much

    ★★★½

    Middle America is yanked into the middle of global intrigue in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much.” 

    “Too Much” is the most notable of several instances of Hitchcock remaking his own early work. It’s also the only remake to retain the original’s title. The film takes its time playing out the child abduction plot more than its 1934 predecessor, but earns its right to patience from a director who is now thoroughly in command of his craft. 

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  • The Trouble with Harry

    The Trouble with Harry

    ★★★

    “The Trouble with Harry” is Alfred Hitchcock casually meandering out of his element. Taking a hike into the hills of comedy, he spends the film sowing horror like apple seeds across small town America. 

    “Harry” has the lush visual presentation of a Sirk picture, but the absurdist malice of later auteurs, from Kubrick to the Coens. It’s no surprise that the mixture of formality and satire only befuddled audiences of its time. “Harry,” was dead on arrival. 

    It’s telling of…

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  • Luca

    Luca

    ★★★★½

    Disney, its time to come out of the closet. 

    I understand you are worried about how your family; Russia and China, will perceive you. It’s totally fair that you are concerned about them cutting you off. 

    But you have friends that will support you. 

    Friends, that, you have led along for years now. Most especially since “Frozen.” Friends who believe that you have intentions to live your truest self. 

    I have to say; someone in your position coming out would…

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★★

    “Spencer” is less a portrait, than it is a fractured image of self-reflection split between its subject and its painter. 

    That painter, being Kristen Stewart, who does the commendable work of being the rare actor in a biopic to - not - sink totally and utterly into her role. And the film, and her performance, are all the more remarkable for that. 

    Rather than lose every bit of herself in Diana, Stewart instead merges physical and psychological aspects of herself…