Rope

Rope. This was pretty good, but not quite high enough suspense levels with all the dinnertime distractions. There are some great side characters, though. I like the novelty of having the movie run in real-time with one camera tracking around the room. It’s based on a play of the same name, which leads to a big downside for me: walking standing talking walking standing talking walking standing talking. That’s one of the reasons I’ve never gotten into theater that much. Only so many things you can do when you’re trapped in a room, and this is no Rear Window. My updated Hitchcock rankings:

  1. Rear Window
  2. To Catch a Thief
  3. Notorious
  4. Vertigo
  5. Rope
  6. Psycho
  7. Sabotage
  8. North by Northwest
  9. The Man Who Knew Too Much

James Stewart has a pretty good track record for me. I’ll need to see some more of his movies. And I think I’ve had my fill of Hitchcock for a while, unless there’s something really awesome I still haven’t seen…?

Gun Crazy

A recent screening: Gun Crazy, continuing my old-school kick after watching Laura and The 39 Steps a while ago. I didn’t like the female lead character in this one much, but the guy was cool. Some of these old movies still feel so weird in how they just END. There’s not a lot of the modern-day closure process that I’m used to.