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Hitchcock Review: “Family Plot” (1976)

Posted by therebelprince on January 10, 2014

Barbara Harris in "Family Plot"

Barbara Harris in “Family Plot”

Well, dear readers, it’s been a two-year journey to watch (or rewatch) all of the films of the Master of Suspense. For the most part, my project has been quite minimal, really just a capsule idea of each film, but I hope they’ve conveyed a sense of just why we film buffs still love Hitch 90 years after his first film was released. Today, I’m capping off the project with a (much delayed) investigation into his comedic final work. Stick around.

“I told you about danger, didn’t I? First it makes you sick. Then, when you get through it, it makes you very, very loving.”

— Arthur Adamson, Family Plot

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The Woody Allen reviews: 2008 – 13

Posted by therebelprince on December 13, 2013

Penelope Cruz in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"

Penelope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

The sixth and final set of my Woody Allen capsule reviews are below. As in the previous posts, all ratings are subjective, and I thoroughly recommend Every Woody Allen Movie for a more detailed analysis of them all.

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The Woody Allen reviews: 2000 – 2007

Posted by therebelprince on December 6, 2013

The Curse of the Jade ScorpionThe fifth set of my Woody Allen capsule reviews are below. As in the previous posts, all ratings are subjective, and I thoroughly recommend Every Woody Allen Movie for a more detailed analysis of them all.

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The Woody Allen reviews: 1994 – 2000

Posted by therebelprince on November 29, 2013

Kenneth Branagh, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gretchen Mol, Adrian Grenier: "Celebrity"

Kenneth Branagh, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gretchen Mol, Adrian Grenier: “Celebrity”

The fourth set of my Woody Allen capsule reviews are below. As in the previous posts, all ratings are subjective, and I thoroughly recommend Every Woody Allen Movie for a more detailed analysis of them all.

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The Woody Allen reviews: 1987 – 1993

Posted by therebelprince on November 22, 2013

SeptemberThe third set of my Woody Allen capsule reviews are below. As in the previous posts, all ratings are subjective, and I thoroughly recommend Every Woody Allen Movie for a more detailed analysis of them all.

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The Woody Allen reviews: 1977 – 1986

Posted by therebelprince on November 15, 2013

Diane Keaton is Annie Hall

Diane Keaton is Annie Hall

The second set of my Woody Allen capsule reviews are below. As in the previous post, all ratings are subjective, and I thoroughly recommend Every Woody Allen Movie for a more detailed analysis of them all.

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The Woody Allen reviews: 1965 – 1976

Posted by therebelprince on November 8, 2013

Woody in "What's New, Pussycat?"

Woody in “What’s New, Pussycat?”

I’ve spent many hours of 2013 watching Woody Allen’s entire output (although not chronologically). Many I had seen before, indeed some have been my favourite movies for years. Others I was only vaguely familiar with (although a few I thought I’d seen turned out to be complete surprises to me!). Over the next few weeks, I’ll be churning out capsule reviews of all of the films, including some where he appears only as an actor and not as the ideas-man. I hope you enjoy.

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Hitchcock Reviews: “Frenzy” (1972)

Posted by therebelprince on April 3, 2013

Barbara Leigh-Hunt's last moments in "Frenzy"

Barbara Leigh-Hunt’s last moments in “Frenzy”

Welcome back to the latest installment of my Hitchcock reviews. Today, I want to ask the question, “Why do we still revere Hitchcock?” And, to do so, let’s take a look at his penultimate film – in which he returns to Britain, and so many of his greatest themes.

“The police as usual have got these things arse about face.”
— Rusk (Barry Foster), “Frenzy”

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Hitchcock Reviews: “Topaz” (1969)

Posted by therebelprince on September 18, 2012

 Welcome back to my Hitchcock reviews. As we near the end of Hitch’s career, let’s take a look at one of the director’s last – and most debated – films.

“To be a man of principle is one thing, but a man doesn’t cut his throat on principle.”

— Jacques Granville (Michel Piccoli), Topaz

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Hitchcock Reviews: “Torn Curtain” (1966)

Posted by therebelprince on August 29, 2012

 This week, in my complete Hitchcock reviews, we arrive at the Cold War, and Torn Curtain.

“Big deal. You still have that expression, ‘big deal’?”

— Walter Gromek (Wolfgang Kieling), Torn Curtain.

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