Movies, movies, movies

Rope (1948) – IMDb

Two young men strangle their “inferior” classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the “perfection” of their crime.

An interesting film. While the pace is perhaps a bit slow, the movie is a Hitchcock gem. It shines in the area of “filming experimentation”. Based on the play, Rope (1929) by Patrick Hamilton*, Hitchcock filmed it in “real time” and it appears to be one long continuous shot. If you watch carefully, you should be able to spot most of the transitions. The casting is very good, with Jimmy Stewart, Farley Granger, John Dall, Constance Collier, Edith Evanson, Douglas Dick, Joan Chandler, Dick Hogan (who uttered not one word, was seen and then gone, and this was his last film) and the incomparable Cedric Hardwicke (loved him as King Arthur in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court). The Hitchcock cameo? Ah, you’ll have to keep a sharp eye out for it, or should that be “them”?

Hubby and I give this 6 out of 10 stars, and highly recommend it for those who enjoy Hitchcock films, or watching films for their artistic value. If you are looking for a grand murder mystery, might not be your cup of tea; but then, who can say?


Geronimo: An American Legend (1993) – IMDb

The Apache Indians have reluctantly agreed to settle on a US Government approved reservation. Not all the Apaches are able to adapt to the life of corn farmers… (see full summary at imdb)

Decent cast, with Wes Studi (“Mugua” in The Last of the Mohicans) outshining Duvall and Hackman. He’s truly an excellent actor, with an impressive list of films and TV appearances to his credit. The locations used in filming were excellent, and my limited research shows the story was fairly close to the truth. Still, the pacing was horribly slow and I had to force myself to keep my attention on the movie and not let my mind wander to things I have to deal with in the upcoming days. This could have been a better film, and so we gave it 4 out of 10 stars.

Hatfields & McCoys (TV mini-series 2012) – IMDb

Dramatization of the bitter blood feud between the two families on the West Virginia/Kentucky border in the years after the Civil War.

Excellent mini-series. Excellent cast. Excellent photography. Excellent pacing. At just under 5 hours, we watched it over 2 evenings. It was hard to stop as it was such a gripping story and so well done. We gave this 9 out of 10 stars.

The Expendables 2 (2012) – IMDb

Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.

A 7 out of 10 star action-packed, mindless adventure. Filled with action movie trivia, jokes, wise-cracks and appearances by many of the old time favorites, this is a totally fun popcorn movie. The good guys vs. the bad guys and the good guys win. If you’re expecting a deep plot, loads of brilliant dialogue, and romance, you’ll be disappointed. HA! It is what it is (action-packed, mindless adventure), and it’s great at that.

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  1. todayiwatchedamovie

    Rope is the only Hitchcock movie I like.