July 10, 2008, 7:14 p.m. CST
July 10, 2008, 7:16 p.m. CST
Makes you a stupid cunt. You should ask kevinwillis.net what that means, he's an expert. By the way, that black & white screen-grab looks like The Munsters, if they were just a regular family.
July 10, 2008, 7:26 p.m. CST
Kiss me in the shadow of a doubt.
July 10, 2008, 7:43 p.m. CST
July 10, 2008, 7:43 p.m. CST
..it's good to see how you're keeping up with it, unlike some other cool lists in other sites, that are just left alone after a couple of items.. cough cough chud cough
July 10, 2008, 7:47 p.m. CST
by Carey N.
"Shadow of a Doubt" isn't necessarily my favorite Hitchcock, but it's one of my favorites. I love it as sort of the inverse of what we think of as the traditional Hitchcock picture. Instead of a falsely accused man going on the run to exotic locations, we have a killer coming home to Anytown, USA. Plus, Joseph Cotten is one of my favorite unheralded actors.
July 10, 2008, 7:48 p.m. CST
by Ricky Retardo
Charles: Women keep busy in towns like this. In the cities it's different. The cities are full of women, middle-aged widows, husbands dead, husbands who've spent their lives making fortunes, working and working. And then they die and leave their money to their wives, their silly wives. And what do the wives do, these useless women? You see them in the hotels, the best hotels, every day by the thousands, drinking the money, eating the money, losing the money at bridge, playing all day and all night, smelling of money, proud of their jewelry but of nothing else, horrible, faded, fat, greedy women. Charlie: They're alive! They're human beings! Charles: Are they? Are they, Charlie? Are they human or are they fat, wheezing animals, hmm? And what happens to animals when they get too fat and too old?
July 10, 2008, 7:50 p.m. CST
I can haz Gremlins 2 review?
July 10, 2008, 7:58 p.m. CST
by Nathaniel W
He made Suspicion two years earlier and it sounds pretty much like the movie you wish Shadow of a Doubt was. But yeah, I love Shadow of a Doubt. The gallows humor between Hume Cronyn and Henry Travers is wonderful and Joseph Cotten is terrific.
July 10, 2008, 8:09 p.m. CST
You're dead right Nathaniel W. Cary Grant's character in Suspicion was successfully ambiguous until the very end. Of course, the last 2-3 minutes suck hard enough to leave a bad taste in your mouth. Not bad enough to negate the awesomeness of the rest of the picture, but almost.
July 10, 2008, 8:30 p.m. CST
The almost incestous relationship between Cotton and Wright is disturbing. She's more than enamored by her uncle. She's clearly attracted to him. This is, of course, one of many ways Hitchcock presented taboo subjects but doing it just subtly enough get around the Hollwyood codes. Gender bending in Psycho as being the most famous example.
July 10, 2008, 8:32 p.m. CST
Or here. Hmm? Would it be "here" or "there?" Spooky.
July 10, 2008, 8:56 p.m. CST
I've seen theatrical releases and director's cuts of various movies, along with your special editions, unedited versions, etc. and I cannot recall more than a handful of films that are actually significantly different/better in the alternate version than they are in the theatrical release. Honestly, I usually don't even notice. Usually there's an extra scene here or there, but unless you've seen the movie multiple times you probably won't even realize that that one shot went 30 seconds longer on this version, etc.<p> The only really significant one I can think of off the top of my head is "Brazil" and that's only because it had two totally different endings. <p> Anyway...I think the whole thing is overrated. I'm not saying editing isn't important, but I just don't see much difference of any significance in these alternate versions. So if anyone can list a few movies they think are significantly different/improved, please list a few off. Thanks.
July 10, 2008, 9:09 p.m. CST
Kingdom of Heaven, Alien 3, Blade Runner, to name a few.
July 10, 2008, 9:10 p.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
They restored the movie, and the theater is an old theater, not a multiplex. It was great. I saw the restored version of Yellow Submarine in the same theater. I love CGI as much as the next guy, but movies like this are proof you don't NEED computer imagery to make a classic.
July 10, 2008, 10:01 p.m. CST
I want to watch it with my niece one day.<br><br>Black Hole, huh? I'll have to make sure I read your take on that one.
July 10, 2008, 10:16 p.m. CST
I can't remember why, but the 2nd half of it was just stupid. I'm not sure if I've seen this one or not. Hitchcock was great overall though.
July 10, 2008, 10:21 p.m. CST
by Midnight Thud
July 10, 2008, 10:22 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
...my first viewing left me cold. I don't really know why. The performances are fine, but that classic Hitch tension and black humor are both in short supply. Decent film, but not a favorite.
July 10, 2008, 10:28 p.m. CST
.... is as common a sentence in the english language as: 'Take your mouth off my dick or else!'
July 10, 2008, 10:30 p.m. CST
There's no 'p' in Tiomkin. <br><br> Otherwise, fine write-up.
July 10, 2008, 10:49 p.m. CST
but I'm a little fuzzy on it right now. I do remember thinking it was one of the best Hitchcock movies. Joseph Cotten was superawesome in it. My favorite Hitchcock is on your list there, Frenzy. I don't know if other people love it or hate it, but it's definitely different.
July 10, 2008, 11:02 p.m. CST
That relationship between Charlie and the agent was truly wretched, among the more shoe-horned I've seen in film. Damn near torpedoes the last act.
July 11, 2008, 12:11 a.m. CST
by Wed Vid Guy
I envy you that you get to experience the director's cut for the first time. There is a tremedous difference in quality. Just you wait.
July 11, 2008, 1:18 a.m. CST
by blonde redhead
but for a film dork i am absolutely amazed at the sheer number of films you HAVEN'T seen. i ate slept and breathed all this shit since i was about five, and i'm not saying that to be an asshat. you're a great reviewer, and i trust you--i guess you have a natural instinct for film. :)
July 11, 2008, 1:22 a.m. CST
Don't get me wrong, Quint. I love that you're doing this series, but you just spent an entire review incorrectly spelling the name of the leading actor, a fairly well-known one at that. Furthermore, your review contains three posters that spell the name correctly. Please correct this. It's driving me nuts.
July 11, 2008, 2:06 a.m. CST
Quint, if you don't love it, send it my way. It's my favorite Hitchcock film...well, after Rebecca.
July 11, 2008, 2:38 a.m. CST
Not a movie but a really interesting case of how editing changes everything. Almost nothing has been added or cut, just reordered and that weird music from the broadcast replaced (I remember at the time thinking it was an odd choice. They replaced it with the original theme music and the whole tone of the finale shifts - it feels more like the tone of the entire show. The broadcast version ended rather ominously, with Billy Campbell looking like a zealot, but the director's cut has that feeling of wonder and hope, with Billy Campbell leading the way, a good guy. The 4400 once again are a symbol of hope for the world, which is more fitting as that is how the show began. The new cut just fit the tone of the show better. And it is all editing and music.
July 11, 2008, 3:46 a.m. CST
Kudos Quint for that.<p> This really makes me relive movies I saw long ago and makes me want to watch them again. And on top of that I get reviews of movies I haven't seen, but always knew I should. It makes me seek them up and give them a watch.<p> Also, I agree that the concept of DC's is a bit overrated, but there are true exceptions like Blade Runner and Kingdom of Heaven. The latter being a film I truly despised when I saw it in the cinemas, but also a film that completely changed my mind when I saw the DC. Now I think of it as the best modern epic, a trend started by Gladiator and ironically ended by KOH, both whom are works of the great Ridley Scott.
July 11, 2008, 7:41 a.m. CST
by Sailor Rip
And yes, Uncle Charlie monologue at the dinner table is chilling.
July 11, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST
I love this movie - but what I am really digging now is Quint's take on established (or not) and already-reviewed titles. I really appreciate the fact that I can read reviews of movies I may have seen many times and still enjoy the point of view of a movie lover examining them for the first time.</p> Small point though - can't you guys at AICN get a better spellcheker or something? It seems to be getting worse by the day - between this piece and the Hellboy reviews, I've been exasperated afew too many times. When one is reading, an error like "Tereas" or "Cotton" breaks the flow and takes you right out of it. It's a shame because it's sort of like constantly pausing and rewinding a dvd when watching a good movie for the first time. Unless you're into that kind of thing, I suppose... </P> Still, good work, great column and I look forward to many many more days like this.
July 11, 2008, 7:59 a.m. CST
"SpellcheCker"</P> It's an irony mine!
July 11, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST
I would have liked to have seen more ambiguity until the end, ala Suspicion. The fact that Charlie knows her uncle is a killer and IS TRYING TO KILL HER makes me me inclined to believe she would really try to get him arrested or at least kicked out from the house. I understand she didn't want to upset her mother, but damn. She'll get over it. It also would have been nice to see the subtle hints of incest have some sort of payoff. Not in a sex scene obviously, but something. All in all though, I really enjoyed the movie, the Joe cotton monologue, and the witty murder banter
July 11, 2008, 8:07 a.m. CST
That was a very mature and balanced review, Quint. Keep it coming. <p> I'll admit, I'm also a bit tired of the Director's Cut trend. The entire concept is being exploited simply to sell more DVD's. I can appreciate a good Director's Cut when it's obvious that a director has been treated like shit (Brazil and Blade Runner are good examples), but it's sad that such a thing as a Director's Cut has to exist in the first place. When someone asks me if I've read The Old Man And The Sea, I don't have to ask "which version are you referring to?". Granted, filmmaking is a collaborative medium, but someone should be in charge of the final creative decisions and that person should be the director.
July 11, 2008, 10:36 a.m. CST
Anyway, my all time favorite Hitchcock movie is REAR WINDOW but this is a pretty good one too. Joseph Cotten is terrific as Uncle Charlie. And I love anything with Theresa Wright in it, Best Years of Our Lives, Pride of the Yankees, and this movie.
July 11, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST
that rather than humming and hahinh ourselves wondering if Uncle Charlie is the murderer we get to watch it through Charlie's eyes and I think our fears for her - because we KNOW - are heightened so there is no impact on the suspense in the film. This has been my favourite Hitchcock since before I knew it was his - North by Northwest is his most perfect but when he plumped for this one - small town America and the worm within - he knew what he was talking about.
July 11, 2008, 11:17 a.m. CST
Blue Velvet? Except that evil came as a force from the outside instead of the inside. And upon Uncle Charlie's death, life could return to "normal".<p>BTW, I would say my all-time favorite Hitchcock is North By Northwest. Cary Grant is at his charming best, Eva Marie Saint is at her lovliest, James Mason made the perfect "gentleman villian". And it is one of my favorite Herrmann scores. My second favorite is perhaps Frenzy, which showed the master still had it, late in his career. But there are so many too choose from it's like a kid in a candy store.
July 11, 2008, 11:28 a.m. CST
Niece. Niece. Niece. Niece. N-I-E-C-E.
July 11, 2008, 11:34 a.m. CST
Can someone tell me if it is worth buying? They dont have it to rent unfortunately. WHAT EXACTLY about it makes it so much better than the original (which I liked but ultimately found just this side of really good)??? Also, I heard that the Troy Director's Cut also changes the movie for the better quite a bit. Is that true?? If so, Why?
July 11, 2008, 1:04 p.m. CST
The suspense came from knowing he's a bad man. We knew he was capable of anything we just didn't know what exactly he was going to do.<p>Suspicion lost me at the end. I mostly enjoyed the "is he, isn't he" aspect of the film but when the climax comes it is quite the let down. It's akin to "oops, my bad, how silly of me". Where's the payoff of thinking your husband is trying to kill you, regardless of whether or not he is? Do you just keep allowing yourself to be put in situations that could be the end of you hoping he doesn't off you?
July 11, 2008, 3:57 p.m. CST
with elab and Jim. The story isn't really about Uncle Charlie at all, but about little Charlie growing up and gaining some traumatic exposure to the big bad real world. Playing "is he or isn't he" with Uncle Charlie's character would significantly weaken the whole point of her story arc; and she's the main character.
July 11, 2008, 4:43 p.m. CST
I've heard it argued, and after hearing it, I couldn't say 'nay.' But you could argue that point with 6-8 other films he's made. You could break it down into 'periods,' and what not, etc.. Great film, anyway way you look it at.
July 12, 2008, 5:46 a.m. CST
the director's cut of Kingdom of Heaven is ifinitely better than the theatrical version. Althoughe,one has to really be a fan o historical epics to really appreciate how different and better the new version is. IT's a different film. If you like great epics, watch the directors cut, it's a complteley different experience. I don't want to give anything away, but Edward Norton's character plays a pivotal role.
July 12, 2008, 5:54 a.m. CST
I am a student of ancient Greece and Rome. The story of Helen of Troy has always been one of my favorites. The Directors Cut, is bloodier and more true to the legend. But, let's face it, the movie is a pretty weak interpertation of that war. It actually lasted decades, and Petrocules was not the cousin of Achilles, but his lover. The sacking of Troy in the director's cut is more accurate.