Thursday, 11 February 2016

North by Northwest / Dial M for Murder / Stay / Inside Out

Dir: Pete Docter-y, Ronnie Del Carmen
Starring: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, etc.
Comment: Has NB become old and cynical? Everyone seems to love this film, but I really didn't get into it. I could see that it was good... but it seemed to try too hard to give me a message, and I don't like to be manipulated. I am manipulat-er not a manipulat-ee. Animation's pretty ropey in some places too.
Rating: Good

Dir: Marc Forster
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Ewan McGregor
Comment: Tries too hard and comes off a bit contrived, cos the complex plot and psychological twists are ultimately kind of un-engaging. Ewan McG's hair is pretty amazing in this, tho.
Rating: Alright film, great hair

Dir: Alfred Spatchcock
Starring: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint
Comment: Sharp script, sharp suits, dangerous blondes, lots of running around. A true "film." NB prefers Hitchcock's more claustrophobic works, but NBNW is unquestionably a "classic."
Rating: Genius

Dir: Alfred Hitch
Starring: Ray Millan, Grace Kelly
Comment: NB realised he's forgotten all of the details from some classic Hitch films so he's been watching them again. Dial M is genius. Really well directed... I felt genuinely shocked by the attempted murder scene.
Rating: Genius

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