Tag Archives: Alfred Hitchcock

“Yeah, and I’m buddies with Alfred.” — Eminem on Alfred Hitchcock

For Alfred Hitchcock’s birthday. “It got silent, then all these voices said ‘Come follow me into the gates of Hell.’ I heard ’em yell ‘Welcome to the Norman Bates Motel!’ I ring the bell for service and I was greeted … Continue reading

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The phone dominates: Marnie and After Hours

Here’s the shot in Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie which I reference in my Criterion essay on Martin Scorsese’s After Hours. There’s also a moment where Paul (Griffin Dunne) is running down the street holding a crumpled note in his hand. Scorsese … Continue reading

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February 2023 Viewing Diary

Reboot (2022) Allison and I watched it together when I was in New York for the first half of this month. I adore this series and am so bummed it wasn’t picked up for Season 2. We had a blast … Continue reading

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2022 Books Read

Some re-reads this year, but a lot of new-to-me authors as well. New novels written by faves. Been a year of upheaval and transitions. I’ve managed to keep up my regular reading schedule. I just don’t feel right if I’m … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Alfred Hitchcock

PETER BOGDANOVICH: But you never watch your films with an audience – don’t you miss hearing them scream? ALFRED HITCHCOCK: No. I can hear them when I’m making the picture. Hitchcock and Cary Grant

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January 2022 Viewing Diary

Crossfire (1947; d. Edward Dmytryk) Went on a little Robert Mitchum kick, thanks to the Criterion Channel. Crossfire came out the same year as Gentleman’s Agreement, and both films deal with anti-Semitism, which was very much on American minds at … Continue reading

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July 2021 Viewing Diary

Sally, Mary and Irene (1925; d. Edmund Goulding) For some reason, I forgot to include this gem in my June viewing diary. Considered lost forever, it is one of Joan Crawford’s earliest films – and one where she is actually … Continue reading

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April 2021 Viewing Diary

Jewel Robbery (1932; d. William Dieterle) This glittering pre-Code, starring William Powell as a jewel thief, and Kay Francis as a married woman in love with her jewels, is such a subversive delight. Powell is devastatingly charming and Francis is … Continue reading

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Gleaming Baubles In Sewer Grates: Three Scenes

1. Strangers on a Train (1951; d. Alfred Hitchcock) 2. The X-Files, “Arcadia”, directed by Michael Watkins 3. Supernatural, “Tall Tales”, directed by John Shiban

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Glowing Poisonous Milk: Two Scenes

Suspicious-acting and potentially-evil husband carries a potentially-poisoned glass of milk upstairs to his unsuspecting wife. Little light put in glass of milk to make it glow in eerie fashion. 1. Cary Grant in Suspicion, Alfred Hitchcock (1941) 2. Bruce Campbell … Continue reading

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