Monday, January 9, 2012

Weekly Round-Up (1/1/12 - 1/7/12)

 I'm late again. Oh, well.

Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock) **** - This is a second viewing of one of Hitchcock's major films. For those of you who don't know, it's about a young girl (Teresa Wright) who starts to suspect her beloved uncle (Joseph Cotten) could be a wanted serial killer. It's said to be Hitchcock's favorite among his films and it's a thrilling, compelling piece of work.


Women in Love (Ken Russell) *** - Director Ken Russell passed away relatively recently and it occurred to me I have yet to see a film of his. This is the film I chose to lose my Ken Russell virginity to. It's an adaptation of a DH Lawrence novel about two sisters during the 1920's who have affairs with two upper-class men who are close friends with some complications of course. Overall, I thought it was a very good film. Ken Russell manages to make what's essentially a period romantic drama into something that feels quite contemporary and not stuffy at all. Glenda Jackson was very, very good in her Oscar-winning role but I find it a bit strange that she won while Oliver Reed, who for me had the most compelling, complicated role and was the standout of the piece, wasn't even nominated. Oh, well. I look forward to more films from Russell.

12 comments:

YeamieWaffles said...

Shadow of a Doubt is something I seriously would love to see after reading this round-up. Hitchcock in my opinion is someone you either love or hate but I personally think he's great so I need to check this out.

Mark said...

Psycho remains the only Hitchcock film I've seen and my English teacher ruined it for me.

Mark said...

Psycho remains the only Hitchcock film I've seen and my English teacher ruined it for me.

Adam said...

I'll have to go see Women in Love

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

I have yet to watch a Hitchcock movie that I didn't enjoy. Shadow of a Doubt isn't my favorite, but it's up there.

My 2 Pesos said...

Every Hitchcock's film is amazing, but my favorite is Psycho.

The Angry Lurker said...

2 classic's of cinema.....

terminal-b.org said...

Ken is the better director ever, also + follow, cool blog

Interwebs Fails said...

Great movies

Bersercules said...

I never new Shadow of a Doubt was Hitchcocks favorite! I'll have to watch it cause of that!

DWei said...

I need to watch more Hitchcock films so maybe I'll give this one a try.

WOODLOUSE said...

I haven't seen either of these so I'll be sure to watch them in the future, thanks!