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The CEWB Movie Club / Re: Psycho (1960)
« on: November 13, 2018, 12:08:07 AM »
I just watched this. I enjoyed this better than the other Hitchcock films that I've seen so far. The best part about it was the creepy music that played throughout, but especially during the opening credits. While I'd never seen this before, I totally knew very early on that Norman's Mom was dead. I suspected that he had gone crazy and was speaking as his Mom since you never saw his Mom or heard them speaking at the same time!

I don't think there were too many films using this kind of a plot device pre-Psycho. So while we've come to expect these type of twists, I very much doubt too many audience members were able to guess that back in the day when it was released.

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The CEWB Movie Club / Re: North By Northwest (1959)
« on: November 13, 2018, 12:01:28 AM »
Did anyone notice the Hitchcock cameo on the poster art?  ;D


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The CEWB Movie Club / Re: North By Northwest (1959)
« on: November 12, 2018, 11:51:58 PM »
Yup! It was rather jarring to see it there, and I wondered if it might have been the 49 star flag, which flew for just one year -- the second half of 1959 to mid 1960. So we know that filming took place in the first half of 1959 or earlier. Cool stuff.

The 49 star flag:

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The CEWB Movie Club / Re: North By Northwest (1959)
« on: November 12, 2018, 01:40:57 AM »
I like the shot inside the Embassy where you see the 48 star flag. It just looks so weird.


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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Beatles Appreciation Thread
« on: November 12, 2018, 01:28:12 AM »
Cool! I'm probably going to get it at Christmas, so I look forward to discovering all the changes too. Helter Skelter is my favorite McCartney song, and Yer Blues, Cry Baby Cry and Glass Onion are all big favorites.

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The CEWB Movie Club / Re: The Lady Vanishes (1938)
« on: November 09, 2018, 08:51:20 PM »
I really enjoy this film. It's more of a "why-have-they-done-it", than a "who-done-it", and again Hitchcock has us trying to solve the mystery right along with the characters.  But this time, the film feels playful and light, and doesn't take itself too seriously.  I hadn't seen Margaret Lockwood or Michael Redgrave in any other film, and they are really enjoyable in this together. (Looking at Redgrave's IMDb filmography, this was actually his first film!) Dame May Whitty I've enjoyed in bit parts in other films, and she's a delight in this. And, of course there's the comic scenes with the cricket loving Englishmen. I think watching films from this era, you get more joy out of smaller things like these little gems of scenes. Now we seem to need so much "more" to entertain us. This is definitely a jewel from the 1930's.


----  SPOILER ALERT ----   


I can't quite figure out how a lyric free melody can be code for a message unless someone has perfect pitch and knows exactly what notes were sung. But, if you don't ponder it too long, it's an interesting MacGuffin.  Another observation:  Ms. Froy high-tailed it through those woods when leaving the train, didn't she?  Who knew the old dame had it in her!

 

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The CEWB Movie Club / The Lady Vanishes (1938)
« on: November 05, 2018, 05:11:40 PM »


This is the discussion thread for The Lady Vanishes.  Discuss anything you'd like about this film here!

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The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: November 04, 2018, 11:00:27 PM »
I may not get to view these films in their designated week but I'm tracking the ones I don't own down. Finally borrowed a copy of Rear Window this week. 8)

Great! Jump in any time!  O0

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The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: November 04, 2018, 10:59:51 PM »
Oh, please, do add Notorious!

Anything for you.  ;)   It's on the schedule. We're gonna stay busy right up to the week of Christmas now.

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The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: November 04, 2018, 04:12:35 PM »
We're about halfway through our Hitchcock film series.  I'm enjoying watching all these films again, so even with the low participation, it's been fun.  We can even maybe tack on Notorious at the end as a third bonus just because it's so great. :)

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The CEWB Movie Club / Re: Psycho (1960)
« on: November 04, 2018, 04:09:33 PM »
Anthony Perkins is so great in this -- it's his little side glances, or tapping his fingers as he gets more and more anxious, or when he looks behind him to see if anyone's watching as Marion's car stops sinking into the lake for a few seconds and and then the slight smile as it starts to sink again  -- it's a performance that is subtle, and chilling, and horrific all at once.

How about those birds, huh?  It's impossible to not compare that scene to other "horror" film. I'm guessing Hitchcock didn't like birds much.

I remember watching this on AMC when I was just a teenager. My mom walked in and sat to watch some of it and reminisced about when she went to see this film  upon its release. She said they had waited in a line that went around the block to see it. And she remembered how shocked everyone was that the star of the film dies -- and so soon into the film.  And this goes back to what happened in Sabotage about how Hitchcock said it went against the rules to kill someone that the audience has grown attached to.  He may have wanted to do the bomb scene differently in Sabotage, but there doesn't seem to be any hesitation to do away with Janet Leigh here!  Now I vaguely remember watching a special on the making of Pyscho, and I seem to remember Hitch saying that they had photographed Janet Leigh and blown it up, and then filmed that for the closeup of her face after her death so that her eyes would look completely lifeless.

This is a great film -- the scene at the end with the fly, and that smile... it stays with you.

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The CEWB Movie Club / Re: Rebecca (1940)
« on: October 29, 2018, 07:44:32 PM »
("I'm asking you to marry me, you little fool" is one of the great lines from the whole romance/gothic/innocent-heroine-brooding-mysterious-older-man genre, on a par with "Reader, I married him" from the genre's original, Jane Eyre) to the gloomy arrival at Manderley, where rain is pouring outside and an army of servants is lined up to confront her as she enters.

Yes! That is probably the best line of the movie!  ;D

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But Maxim finds them both outside on the grounds, safe and sound. This time, unlike in Sabotage, where not only a little boy but a cute puppy got blown up, the dog was saved!


Funny you mentioned this! The dog died in Rear Window too, and when Manderley was shown in flames, I wondered in Hitch had killed a dog in all three of our first three films. I was happy THIS dog survived!



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The CEWB Movie Club / Psycho (1960)
« on: October 29, 2018, 07:28:05 PM »
It's Halloween week, and time for Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho



Discuss anything about the film that you want. Is this your first viewing, or have you seen it many times? Do you remember your first viewing experience? Post about it all here!

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The CEWB Movie Club / Re: North By Northwest (1959)
« on: October 29, 2018, 05:32:43 PM »
I would say another comparison between North by Northwest and The Gauntlet is the grandiose over-the-top climactic scene of each film.  You can't go much bigger than Mt. Rushmore for a final chase scene -- unless you're driving down a Phoenix street with hundreds of cops trying to shoot you down. They're not just "huge" over-the-top endings, they're hilariously over the top, huge endings. 


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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: October 28, 2018, 11:08:40 AM »
Looks like somethnnig I wloud type! I wouldn't buy it!  ;D

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^Nice. Are they turkeys? They'd better not hang around too many weeks after Halloween! ;)


They're turkey vultures, and they're safe for Thanksgiving because no one in their right mind would eat one. They're ominous looking birds with a huge wing span.  We have a lot of them in my area. They can't kill because their beaks aren't sharp enough, so they have to wait for an animal that's already been killed and already torn apart. They love roadkill. You'll see these appear in rather large flocks like this one wherever there's a carcass.

I've never heard of your two feathered friends. I don't' think we have them this far south.

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A spooky scene for Halloween. Reminds me of a Hitchcock film!

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The CEWB Movie Club / Re: North By Northwest (1959)
« on: October 27, 2018, 12:24:53 PM »
This week is coming to a close, has anyone watched North by Northwest? I feel like we've already fallen apart on our Hitchcock film series. :(

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Netflix users ???
« on: October 23, 2018, 06:48:32 PM »
I just finished The Keepers also. My feelings are the same as what AKA wrote: angry that these priests can do what they do to children, and that it is hidden, and the priests are moved around from one parish or school to another but not banished from the priesthood. Maybe it has to do with Catholics believing that you can basically commit any sin, and if you ask forgiveness, you are cleansed of it.  I can't recall if it's part of the script of Spotlight, or something I read after watching that film, but some men become priests specifically so they can have access to children, and be above suspicion. And then, in this case as was true in the cases in Boston shown in Spotlight, even the courts and law enforcement were protecting the abusers and the Catholic Church. It's infuriating. Watching this, seeing the District Attorney defending that no charges had been brought against Joseph Maskell, even with all the corroboration and evidence that they had, it's just awful. I really have seen so much over the past five or ten years that's destroyed my faith in our justice system. If you have money and power, you can get away with murder. Literally.

As an adult, I went through the RCIA program to become a Catholic and got along well with the head priest. I enjoyed having deep discussions about religion, faith, lack of faith, and a million other things that are topics that I love discussing, but most people don't.  Obviously he enjoyed the conversations too, because he opened up and our conversations were very honest and open. So one of my questions was why can't you get married. Of course, the answer is that priests are married -- they're married to God.  So follow up question -- what do you do about sexual drive?  The answer "Pray.  And if that doesn't work, you take care of business yourself."  So that's not a sin then?  "No, we ARE human. We do the best we can." Some other interesting tidbits of our conversations:  Do you take the whole Bible literally, because I can't get on board with this Jonah living inside the whale bit. It's metaphorical, right? Answer;  "No. God wrote the Bible, and every word of it is literal and true."  Even Jonah? "Yes! If God wanted him to live inside a whale, he could because all things are possible with God."  Okay.  And what about communion. We're just pretending to take the body and blood of Christ right?  "No! They become the actual body and blood of Christ. There is no pretending."  I could never believe these ideas, but I really loved learning about other people do.


A few months later, one of the priests was no longer at the church, and I'll never forget my naivete at the time, because I asked about him leaving, and the same priest actually admitted to me, privately of course, that he was accused of being too close to some of the children of the parish. So, he had to quickly make arrangements to have him moved back to the Philippines.  His disgust with the situation wasn't with the priest, it was with the parents making the accusations.  Now, looking back, I remember that conversation. I have friends who attend that same church (the head priest is now long gone) and their children go there, and their son who is just about 13 years old wants to be an alter boy and they are so proud that he wants to be more involved in their church. I don't know how anyone could trust a child to be involved in the Catholic church anymore. I'm glad I took the classes, and learned about Catholicism. I do not consider myself a Catholic any longer. Faith has always been an issue, and always will be. But the religion itself seems "unnatural". Nothing about it feels right.

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The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: October 22, 2018, 11:07:03 AM »
Netflix in the US has very few films before 1970 too. If a library is convenient to you, they should have these films.

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