Alfred Hitchcock

Analysis: Will he finally win an Oscar?

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People often forget that Alfred Hitchcock, in his prime, never won an Oscar. He was nominated 5 times for Best Director, but lost each time. Eventually he was awarded the honorary Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award by the Academy in 1968.

Awards, including Oscars, can sometimes feel like sporting events where people back a certain “team” and root for them from the moment that movie premieres to the ceremony at the dawn of spring.

This is why Leonardo DiCaprio’s lack of an Oscar has become an ever-growing concern for many people. People see him deliver exceptional performances almost bi-annually while he doesn’t reap any benefits. (more…)

SideNote: Managing Expectations

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The most peculiar thing about “Interstellar” coming out hasn’t been its lukewarm 73% on Rotten Tomatoes or that it came up short to “Big Hero 6” in the box office over it’s opening weekend, it’s the apologetic reaction from fans of director Christopher Nolan, most of which defended the film even before its release.

“Interstellar” isn’t the first movie to fall victim to hype. But its worth discussing how a person’s reaction to the film is almost set in stone before they even see it. I have always liked Nolan’s films, but since I’m trying to offer an objective opinion on a blog I try to clear my mind of any good, or bad, expectations before watching a film. The same goes for games and television shows.

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Top 20: Alfred Hitchcock Films

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Alfred Hitchcock is the greatest filmmaker of all time. This is a claim that very few people would ever argue with. His films challenged the limitations of technology and delivered subject matter that many had never seen before.

The list, at a glance, displays some of the all-time greatest films. Many of them are downright masterpieces. So here is our list of the top 20 Alfred Hitchcock films of all time.

Vertigo-4651. Vertigo

It was big news in 2012 when the esteemed Sight & Sound critic’s poll, coordinated by the British Film Institute, had “Vertigo” dethroning “Citizen Kane” as the best film of all time. “Vertigo” received mixed reviews upon its initial release, but is now widely considered one of the most defining works of Hitchcock’s career.

In 2008 it was ranked 40th to the best film of all time by Empire Magazine. In addition to implementing new, innovative filmmaking ideas, including the famous push-pull camera effect, the film is, to this day, regarded as a monumental cinematic achievement.

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Top 20: Most Iconic Characters – Film

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The film medium has been around for over a century now, and throughout the years there have been moments and stories that have held point in our minds from our favorite films. One conductor of this often not discussed is iconic characters. We don’t usually have to know a life story or an epilogue of a character to really enjoy their company and many characters throughout the years have stood the test of time.

Here is our list of the top 20 most iconic film characters (more…)

Film Analysis: Filmmakers who emulate themselves

Meet-the-Cast-of-Characters-of-Wes-Andersons-The-Grand-Budapest-Hotel-0Film Analysis: Filmmakers who emulate themselves

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is the first real awards-contender of 2014. It received a warm 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am devoted fan of Wes Anderson. A statement made recently caught my attention. “Quentin Tarantino is a hack because he copies himself, Wes Anderson is a hack because he copies himself.”

At the time my rebuttal was weak and I was not as prepared for that statement as I am now sitting here writing this post. I understand why someone would make that statement, but I have to disagree. The statement is an irrational generalization. Filmmakers like Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino will always have their detractors. The same way people out there will always argue that Alfred Hitchcock or Stanley Kubrick were overrated.

If you buy a ticket to a Tarantino film at this point you kind of know what to expect. You’re not getting conformity with directors like Tarantino or Anderson, but you can’t just put these two filmmakers on trial. (more…)

Top 20: Films of All Time

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Citizen Kane
The Godfather
Casablanca
Gone with the Wind
Lawrence of Arabia
Vertigo
The Godfather Part 2
Singin’ in the Rain
Raging Bull
The Wizard of Oz

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