Thursday, October 1, 2015

Thursday Movie Picks #64: Halloween Edition - Alfred Hitchcock Movies



Hello there and welcome to Thursday Movie Picks a weekly series where you share three movie picks each Thursday. The rules are simple simple: Each week there is a topic for you to create a list of three movies. Your picks can either be favourites/best, worst, hidden gems, or if you're up to it one of each.For further details visit the series main page here.


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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Halloween Edition - Alfred Hitchcock Movies

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Hey it's October and the whole of this month I'm running the Halloween Edition. Take a look at what's in store for the rest of the weeks.

October 1 - Halloween Edition: Alfred Hitchcock Movies
October 8 - Halloween Edition: Villainous Children (Suggested by Wendell)
October 15 - Halloween Edition: Asian Horror
October 22 - Halloween Edition: Werewolves
October 29 - Halloween Edition: Ghost Movies (Suggested by John Hitchcock)

This is actually the second time I'm running the Halloween edition. If you missed it last year, check out last year's themes below:

October 2 2014 - Unstable Characters (characters that seemed off...eg. Donnie Darko)
October 9 2014 - Zombie Movies
October 16 2014 - Found Footage Movies
October 23 2014 - Vampire Movies
October 30 2014- Haunted Buildings


Well this week is Alfred Hitchcock movies! I have picked a few of his movies before for other weeks' themes (namely Rebecca, Psycho, The Lady Vanishes and Strangers on a Train) so for the sake of variety, I will not be picking them again. Still, of the ones I've watched, I do like a couple of them so it was hard just picking three.  

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
A young woman craves for excitement in her dull life and is thrilled when her favorite charming Uncle Charlie comes to stay with her family for a visit. However she soon discover he is harbouring some dark secrets. If you like Stoker, I'd recommend seeing this; there are some similarities.

Rear Window (1954)
Confined to his apartment after breaking his leg, Jeff a photographer begins spending his time observing his neighbours from his window. He soon begins to suspect that a man in the next building to have murdered a woman. Unable to move himself, he enlists his nurse and his girlfriend to do the investigating. Quite amazing how much suspense is created from just using a single location. Just cut all the other noise and rely on story, characters and good dialogue. This wasn't Hitchcock's only single location movie, they're all just as good but I had to choose just one. If you like Rear Window, check out Disturbia (2007) too which is sort of modern twist to the story and wasn't bad at all.

The Wrong Man (1956)
In The Wrong Man, a string bassist is mistaken for a criminal and his world is turned upside down when events and coincidences seem to conspire against him. I think this is one Hitchcock less popular movies and really is a simple mistaken identity story that is effectively scary.


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So that's it...my three picks. What three movies made your list today?

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18 comments:

  1. Aha! again - great minds think alike - didn't think Shadow of a Doubt would be a popular pick - I thank Stoker for this though :)

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    1. I think Stoker may have directed people its way.

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  2. Great picks! I have to fix one sentence of your post, though...

    If you like Rear Window, DO NOT check out Disturbia (2007) which is sort of modern twist to the story and is completely terrible.

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    1. Disturbia wasn't that terrible 😐 at least I don't remember it being so.

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    2. GURL, Disturbia was much better than Snooze Window!

      :-P

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    3. Oh my blasphemy! Rear Window is a gem...say you were in a bad mood Drew:)

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  3. I mean, you can't really go wrong with Hitchcock, but... Yes, Yes, and Yes.

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  4. I haven't seen any of these, I had to do something a little different this week.

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  5. You've given me 3 new Hitchcock that I need to see! Loved this post, completely expected to see Psycho on here, glad I didn't! (Not that I don't adore it but it's nice to see some different choices!) I wanna get involved next week so do I just post the url for next week's post on that widget before next Thursday?

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    1. I really like Psycho, but had already picked for another week's theme.
      Each Thursday theme and it's widget goes live on Thursday by 06:00 (UTC/GMT +8). The widget will open for a week and closes by the next Wednesday 23:55 (UTC/GMT +8) so you have plenty of time to submit your link. You can still take part in this Thursday theme if you want.

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  6. Love all these films! One of my favourites is Shadow of a Doubt that many people have not seen. Hitch really does show the mindset of a serial killer. I adore Rear Window and how we become the voyeurs and I still have to see The Wrong Man! There are a few of Hitch's films I have not seen

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    1. I still have a few more to see too.

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  7. Rear Window made my list too! I love movies about people watching people and especially love single location movies, which Hitchcock was an absolute master of. This was a really fun week to prepare for!

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    1. I like single location movies too. Challenging and must have a strong screenplay.

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  8. Love Rear Window and Shadow of a Doubt, Rear Window is one of my top five favorites of his, both tremendously thought out and executed films.

    Glad to see the obscure Wrong Man as one of your picks. It's one I've never found that accessible but it's a decent film and it's good to see a little light shone on it.

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    1. It is. I like it's simplicity and it's realism.

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  9. Shadow of a Doubt is one I really need to see.

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