July 16, 2008, 8:52 p.m. CST
Do you ever dislike any of these Movies A Day? I haven't read em all so far, but it seems like you're generally being pleasantly surprised, yeah?
July 16, 2008, 8:53 p.m. CST
..oh there it is. goody. dipshit.
July 16, 2008, 8:56 p.m. CST
There have been two flicks I've disliked so far: The Left Handed Gun and Pocket Money, both with Paul Newman. There have been others I've been lukewarm on, but for the most part it's been good stuff.
July 16, 2008, 9:01 p.m. CST
Great film though for all the reasons Quint listed.
July 16, 2008, 9:10 p.m. CST
this was a great flick...cant wait to hear quints reasons for never seeing meatballs and the sure thing...quint, have you seen any pekinpah movies?
July 16, 2008, 9:26 p.m. CST
Like PotheadET, I'm reading all your reviews. I like this feature. I'm seeing this column as something relatively unique at AICN, where you prompt discussion of historical movies from the perspective of a fresh review, seeing what holds up today and giving reviews based on a present-day perspective, coming from a new viewer. Because these days I see on AICN more things like Watchmen promos or trailers or reviews of things that have already aired, which frankly I can get anywhere or on specialized sites, I'll only keep coming here when I can get content I can't get elsewhere. You write that this will continue until you run out of DVDs or call uncle - is there a way we can suggest other gems you may have missed? Not really knowing where your personal viewing gaps are, can you figure out how can we suggest a movie for a future review? I know the talkback crowd can come up with some real hidden gems...
July 16, 2008, 10:09 p.m. CST
Barry Foster's guttural repetition of the word "lovely" while he's raping and strangling may be one of the most disturbing, horrifyingly perverse moments in all of Hitchcock's film's. Incidentally...the potato truck scene was practically the whole reason why Hitchcock wanted to make the film in the first place
July 16, 2008, 10:15 p.m. CST
Quite enjoyable as films picked for film classes go, I felt quite ashamed for laughing at certain aspects of it though. The potato truck bit was brilliant, but I even chuckled at the face the first woman we see get strangled in front of us makes... please tell me I'm not alone there... I feel bad about it :(
July 16, 2008, 10:19 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
Too bad he had to go out on the limp Family Plot (wonderful John Williams score, though). "Mr. Rusk...you're not wearing your tie."
July 16, 2008, 10:19 p.m. CST
Spoiler picture, obviously, for anyone who doesn't want to see a neck-tie victim... http://www.omghorror.com/global/radar/blog_images/64553-12.jpg come on, that could be funny... right? '_'
July 16, 2008, 10:23 p.m. CST
July 16, 2008, 10:24 p.m. CST
I am a HUGE Hitchcock fan and I discovered this movie about two years ago and LOVED it! It amazes me that at the end of a directors career he could still be fearlessly experimenting with styles of cinematography, black humor etc. I mean his style was still evolving even after 50 years of making movies! You look at the auteurs from the 70's like Friedkin, Spielberg, Coppola...and they have almost all lost their edge and their artistic voice. Anybody seen Family Plot?
July 16, 2008, 11:28 p.m. CST
I'm always open for suggestions. I have seen quite a bit, but (obviously) there are most certainly more films that I haven't seen. The list is pretty locked from here until January of next year, but I'm always looking for new films. I've already added 7 from my last run to the used DVD store.<BR><BR>Goncho, I will admit that I thought it was a little over the top when I first saw her, but there's something insanely creepy and off-putting about her tongue hanging out of her mouth... something instantly disturbing, like the image of a person hung. Something that just gets under my skin.
July 16, 2008, 11:44 p.m. CST
by Mace Tofu
BigLots store are selling MGM DVDs new for $3. Not sure if that is a better deal than your used DVD store. My store had about 100 titles to chose from. I picked up SCANNERS, JACK THE GIANT KILLER, LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVED DOWN THE LANE, ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER, "X" the MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES to give you an idea of the selection. I'll watch any Hitchcock so Frenzy is a given. The potato sack/truck was shocking too.
July 17, 2008, 12:20 a.m. CST
And it's a shame because where else do you get Paul Newman and Lee Marvin together? The movie has no point to it at all - I mean, even by the rambling naturalistic standards of 70's cinema (which I love) it is utterly devoid of story and any entertainment value. I haven't seen The Left-Handed Gun. But I really like what Quint is doing here... He's reminding us of why we fell in love with movies to begin with. It gets so negative and bitter on this site so often arguing over what's good and what's crap, it's nice to read a column with a positive effect on talkbackers - that makes them remember a great old movie and whenever they first saw it... I look forward to these now.
July 17, 2008, 2:26 a.m. CST
watched it , very good, Hitchcock has pretty dark pupils ! one of the greatest directors along with kurosawa/kubrick.
i mean him reminiscing on his filmography. ive not seen frenzy but they had that scene on there when he says the 'line youre my type of woman' sick shit!
July 17, 2008, 3:35 a.m. CST
by Boba Fat
in Donner's Omen. That's a frightening performance. A few years ago she came up to me in the street. I was carrying my six month old baby in one of those front carriers and she took his hand and said "Oh, what beautiful little soul!" I smiled told her how old he was and she walked off. My wife was flattered until I told that was Mrs Baylock! What a nice thing to do though.
July 17, 2008, 3:49 a.m. CST
Lovely, LOvely, Looovvelly!...Hail Mary full of....
July 17, 2008, 5:27 a.m. CST
He gave rein to all that salaciousness he indulged in off-screen that he normally kept tightly wrapped on. This is nasty, often distasteful and relishes the sexual violence far too obviously. He lost control. He also tries too hard and too late for the style of film that came out in the 'swinging' sixties and forgot himself in the process. All those annoying French critics telling him he was a god? He thought he could do anything.
July 17, 2008, 7:15 a.m. CST
Grammar Nazi says the proper term is "playwright."
July 17, 2008, 7:37 a.m. CST
by Sailor Rip
The scene where Dern's car is out of cotrol is really quite tense.
July 17, 2008, 8:33 a.m. CST
I often wonder what he would have been up to if he was a working director today. Would he have challenged the censors while sneakily pretending to make "mainstream" films? I like to think so. <p> P.S. Yep, so do I, A4EFFORT. It's a very guilty pleasure.
July 17, 2008, 9:06 a.m. CST
Total noir classic! The main dame in that movie is one of the sexiest old stars I have ever seen in any old movie. the lighting in the Mexico scenes is still some of the best in the biz.
July 17, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST
by Samuel Fulmer
Other than some very shoddy blue screening (which let's face it plagues many Hitch movies, but this one to the point that it can very distracting) and the fact that it has some wild tonal shifts (comedy to thriller back to comedy), I like the film a lot. It's not one of Hitch's best, but I think it can sit squarely as middle quality Hitchcock. The camera work is still good, Devane plays a great "upper class" creep, John Williams' score is Hitch's best post Herrmann score, good improv (one of the few times Hitch let his actors do this) between Barbara Harris and Bruce Dern, the runaway car set piece, Harris' wink at the audience at the end (which has a bittersweet quality to it considering this was Hitch's last film), and of course Karen Black's gigantic Kentucky Derby hats.
July 17, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST
One of those amazing Hitchcock tracking shots in this one where the camera peels away from the door of a 2nd floor apartment, retreats down the hall, back down the staircase, through the main hall and outside, still backing away across a busy street. Fantastic shot.
July 17, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST
How come nobody has mentioned him standing to the right of Hitchcock in that article photo? He voiced The Wombles the year after starring in Frenzy. I love the 70's...
July 17, 2008, 11:09 a.m. CST
The Hitchock mega boxset for the bargain price of £25 down from £90! I am gonna watch Frenzy tonight! seen lots of the obvious ones like Psycho and the Birds but really enjoying his more obscure early stuff like Shadow of Doubt and Frenzy is next.
July 17, 2008, 11:52 a.m. CST
by Kid Z
...way back when Brazil was known as just another corrupt, South American banana republic, before the advent of their world-renowned waxing technology...
July 17, 2008, 12:31 p.m. CST
by El Borak
to see nudity when i was little and saw this hot naked chick getting strangled to death. very very disturbing. i guess that's why i became a murderer. huh.
July 17, 2008, 12:38 p.m. CST
Best line reading ever. Yup, this is good flick for many reasons.
July 17, 2008, 12:48 p.m. CST
I too have been catching up now and then on gaps in my screen knowledge. [p] If you haven't yet seen them, I recommend the folloowing films IO have recently (within the last two years) seen for the firast time: [p] Night and the City (Jules Dassin), Touch of Evil (Orson welles), The Searchers (John Ford), The Ox-Bow Incident, 12 Angry Men, Inherit The Wind, Serpico, Night Moves, Big Night, The Big Sleep, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Dirty Dozen, The China Syndrome, Fail-Safe, The Bad and the Beautiful. [p] I've got lots of others, just ask!
July 17, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST
how do you do that trick again?
July 17, 2008, 12:56 p.m. CST
and the "appetites" of men. Great subtext running through this film. And elab49? Everyone's entitled to their opinion. Too bad yours is very, very wrong.
July 17, 2008, 1:35 p.m. CST
Clearly getting off on the sexual violence and making that clear on the screen - just a little too tacky. Happy with my opinion, ta :)
July 17, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST
UK 18 certificate. Never seen it, but have always been intrigued for that reason alone.
July 18, 2008, 5:43 p.m. CST
Sheer genius. Hitchcock manages to make us complicit with the murderer (just as he did with the scene in PSYCHO, where we're as anxious as Norman about whether the car with Marion's body in it is going to sink in the swamp). It's impossible not to get caught up in the tension, near discovery, and sheer black comedic horror of Barry Foster's character trying to prise the incriminating tie pin out of the rigor mortis-locked fingers of his last victim. A singularly unpleasant film as a whole, but this sequence is Hitchcock at his finest.