Tuesday, January 22, 2013


I Loved Hitchcock. Thank you SAG-Aftra for the screener. A subtle story…of Hitchcock learning to appreciate his wife while struggling to make Psycho.  I never saw Anthony Hopkins. All I saw was this bloated, wry whack of a Hitchcock man. So brilliant. And Helen Mirren, always good, stood up to him well.

Scarlett Johansson?  Beautiful. And got Janet Leigh down.  I love Scarlett and want to work with her one day. Like, tomorrow?

Beautifully directed by Sacha Gervasi, you didn’t want to miss a single frame. Surprising scenes, which is appreciated in this smart, slowly opening story. Plus, just enough memorable references to Psycho, that you feel grounded. You root for Psycho to be a successful movie. You root for everyone. And not because they are such great people---but because they are flawed in a flawed world, with their eyes wide open. (Toni Collette. How can I forget Toni Collette? The full blown seen-it-all, do-it-all assistant-plus.)

The movie has not made a load of money. But I think it may have a long life. It’s so enjoyable and looks lovely on a big flatty. Get it on your flatty!

See this movie. It isn’t huge. Its charms lie in the fun and fear of movie making and the obsessions that drive people. And, of course, the fabulous acting.

I do wonder if this light positive movie is a riposte to the HBO film The Girl, about Hitchcock’s unsavory behavior toward Tippi Hendren during the filming of The Birds.

But who cares?

Fully satisfying.

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