Notorious (1946)

ORIGINALLY POSTED JANUARY 2013 I haven’t watched Rebecca in a few years, so at this point I’m declaring that Notorious is my favorite Alfred Hitchcock film (at the moment). There’s just so much to say about it, and yet I really don’t want to reveal too much so that you’ll go out and watch it…

Far From the Madding Crowd (1967)

In honor of its remake opening this week, let’s go back to 1967 when Thomas Hardy’s novel first received the big-budget Hollywood treatment. Far From the Madding Crowd is a difficult text to adapt since, unlike Hardy’s infinitely more readable Tess of the D’Urbervilles, the plot meanders as much as the sheep everyone herds within.…

The Legend of Hell House (1973)

Originally published January 15th, 2012 I’ve read and enjoyed Richard Matheson’s novel The Legend of Hell House, although I don’t quite remember the story. It’s easy to confuse this movie with something else as there’s many films with “Legend” and “House” in the horror genre. I got this confused with House on Haunted Hill (1959) at…

The Innocents (1961)

Originally published October 24th, 2012 I’ve watched The Innocents twice, and while it’s good I’m not considering it one of the best psychological horror films according to Martin Scorsese (hmm, he’s making his second appearance in the references this week). I applaud the cinematography, the story, and the acting from Deborah Kerr and Martin Stephens.…