#16 in my ranking of John Carpenter's films. Made before Halloween but premiering on television a month afterwards, Someone's Watching Me is John Carpenter's tribute to Alfred Hitchcock. It seems like most directors born between the 40s and the 60s felt like Hitchcock's influence was so important to them that they all wanted to replicate… Continue reading Someone’s Watching Me!
My wife and I started going through the Robert Langdon movies about a year ago with The Da Vinci Code. We were both so bored by it that we never bothered to revisit Angels and Demons, and then Netflix DVD sends me Inferno in the mail. Ugh...this series is awful. I do remember seeing Angels… Continue reading Inferno (2016)
Alfred Hitchcock considered one film director to be his equal in terms of suspense, and that was the French filmmaker Henri-Georges Clouzot. Most famous for his film Les Diaboliques about a dead master at a boarding school, he predated the French New Wave and was largely discarded by them. It was an unfortunate situation because… Continue reading Quai des Orfevres
#12 in my ranking of Howard Hawks' filmography. Is this a remake of Casablanca? No, but it sure does share a whole lot with Michael Curtiz's film. Humphrey Bogart is a cynical American in Vichy occupied territory who has to eventually take a side in the fight all around him through an unassuming French underground… Continue reading To Have and Have Not
A psycho-sexual thriller set in the Old South towards the middle of the Civil War, just before Grant begins his siege at Vicksburg, Don Siegel's The Beguiled, based on a book by Thomas Cullinan, is a lurid tale of mistrust, manipulation, and sex that gets shockingly close to greatness but never quite gets there. A… Continue reading The Beguiled (1971)