The Mauritanian, Promising Young Woman, Sound Of Metal and others – Screen Time April 2021

How to be good? This was the question that seemed to tie together most, if not all, of April’s film viewing. From the sun-saturated capers of Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief (great fun, but certainly one of the master’s less memorable efforts) to the pulse-quickening horrors of Bryan Fogel’s The Dissident (an important piece of work, to be sure, but why do such documentaries have … Continue reading The Mauritanian, Promising Young Woman, Sound Of Metal and others – Screen Time April 2021

2019 Film Reviews – 29: Vertigo [dir. Alfred Hitchcock; 1958]

There really isn’t anything one can say about Vertigo that hasn’t already been said, but watching it again with someone who’d never seen it before, I was particularly struck by the cruelty of the James Stewart character towards the end of the story, as he ‘rediscovers’ Kim Novak and tries to force her into the image of the woman he’s lost. As far as presentations … Continue reading 2019 Film Reviews – 29: Vertigo [dir. Alfred Hitchcock; 1958]

Film Review: North By Northwest [dir. Alfred Hitchcock; 1959]

Here’s one more reason why North By Northwest is brilliant: even though it stars James Mason, its story is absorbing enough to stop you from thinking about Eddie Izzard every two minutes… not that thinking of Izzard is to be avoided, mind you. Hitchcock’s masterful tale of mistaken identity and Cold War spy games displays more intelligence in its first fifteen minutes than you’ll find in the … Continue reading Film Review: North By Northwest [dir. Alfred Hitchcock; 1959]