Posts Tagged ‘Rear Window’

Oh dear God. This is like trying to pick out which one of your children is your favourite. Totally the youngest. Impossible.

Thrillers to me are like chocolate to a fat kid. An exciting guilty pleasure that you just can’t switch off. My favourite movie of all time is a thriller, so understandably you’d think it would be my favourite thriller. But I’m not sure it is. I’m gonna be a big flake and choose two. Oh-em-gee. The 30 day movie challenge police are not gonna let me get away with this one… I’m surely off to movie prison! 

I know... right!?

I jest of course. No one cares if I deviate. And well, if they do, I don’t care…

So, number one – we have the genius that is ‘Rear Window’.

That scene gives me chills!

Then we have a guilty pleasure of mine. A film that would never win any awards, but Angelina Jolie is fabulous in it, and the twist at the end is just breathtaking!

So that’s it for another day week month. I realise I’ve hardly been disciplined with this 30 ‘Day’ challenge but I’m like Hitchcock… building the suspense!

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I thought since I was doing the 30 day movie challenge on facebook, I’d share some of my thoughts on here. I am in no way I movie expert, I have had not film studies training. However, you’d be hard pushed to find someone who has seen as many films as I have, and I like to think of myself more along the lines of Mr Joe Bloggs ideal movie reviewer (Or Ms. Josephine Bloggs Winking smile). So while you are likely to disagree with my opinion, and certain to liken my taste of film to picking Lambrini over Chardonnay – I hope you can appreciate my witty take on things, and will see were I’m coming from, if only by a fraction. Also, I’m an impatient soul so if you find my speeding up in terms of days – don’t worry, no your calendar is not deceiving you!

Day 1: Favourite film

Not an easy choice. But if there is to be a film that I love for its shear genius, and how it makes me feel as a viewer, there is really only one contender.

Rear Window; Alfred Hitchcock, James Stewart and Grace Kelly.

Why?

Hitchcock was a pioneer in so many ways, but Rear Window truly cemented his title as the master of suspense more than any other of his previous outings. Sure, ‘Psycho’ was like nothing no one had ever seen, and ‘The Birds’ captured viewers in new and different ways but it was ‘Rear Window’ that hooked you in, and kept hold of you from start to finish. There is no film where Grace Kelly is more elegant – which is one mean feat. And the genius involved to have the presence of mind to shoot a film in the same room from start to finish, might seem mundane now – but Hitchcock was always one for firsts. There is something about looking out Jeffries window when Lisa is trapped in Thorwald’s apartment that is so entrancing that you feel not only as helpless as our protagonist, but trapped too.

There truly will never be a better thriller than it, and even if there is candidate for that, you can guarantee those who made it will have taken from Hitchcock’s work in some way. That is why it’s my number 1 movie.