So I consider myself a fan of classics, the older the film the more it appeals to me and if it is in black and white then I already love it. I have been watching a lot of films recently especially older films from any era. If the director is Alfred Hitchcock then I will watch it no questions asked as he is easily my most favourite director alongside John Huges. So I decided to do a top ten of my favourite films and I’m going to draw a line once I hit the eighties mark. So here they are:
10. ‘Rebel Without A Cause’. I only recently watched this one due to my sudden interest in James Dean. I did like the film but I didn’t love it, the acting was cliché as I expected and James Dean was a good actor but I was discussing it with a friend and we found it a tad bit far fetched, a little bit too unbelievable which did ruin it slightly but I would definitely recommend it just to see James Dean’s acting and I guess if you like far fetched films then watch it! However for the times the film is incredibly good.
9. ‘Laura’. Once again I only recently watched this one as a friend recommended it. I did like this one due to it always keeping you on your feet, plus it was a noir and the whole premise was good. I liked the plot twist in which I won’t spoil as I didn’t see it coming myself and the person who does kill the poor girl was also the unlikely suspect which I liked. The acting was also good and I love how dramatic everything becomes, back in the forties they definitely amplify every feeling.
8. ‘North By Northwest’. My first and by no means last Alfred Hitchcock film. I liked the plot to this film a lot, I found it quite gripping. It’s been awhile since I have seen this one but I do remember liking it a lot. I also find it quite comical especially the auction scene when he begins to act nuts. It definitely is a much watch and I am going to have to rewatch it. The scene in which he is chased by the crop duster plane is quite iconic as well.
7. ‘The Birds’. The film sounds ridiculous but I consider it a must see as I did really enjoy this film, it’s crazy but it worked and even though the killers in this film are birds it is kind of menacing I must admit. I also was told by my mum that Alfred began hitting on Tippi Hedren but she declined and instead of using mechanical birds he did replace them with real birds, causing her a lot of harm.
6. ‘Some Like It Hot’. Anyone who knows this film will instantly think, Marilyn Monroe. This is the first film I have seen with her in it and I loved it! It was really comical and just light hearted, a nice change from my usual films. It feels like an older version of White Chicks and it is in black and white. I didn’t know what I was expecting from Marilyn’s acting but I was surprised, she is quite good although my mum wouldn’t agree.
5. ‘Dial M For Murder’. I find this film incredibly clever, it is down to the fine details that makes it very intelligent. I find a certain part in which Tony and Swann are talking and he drops this letter, Tony never touches it but gets Swann to pick it up in which in a later scene he can blackmail Swann and I just found it quite smart. The whole film has an intelligent dynamic which just continues to incriminate Tony, you’ll understand once you watch it! I recommend watching this one on Halloween.
4. ‘Strangers On A Train’. There is a pattern in which this list consists of a lot of Alfred Hitchcock’s films. I am also a huge fan of this film and its dynamic. Like most of Hitchcock’s film death is a running theme but Bruno’s character is quite disturbing to say the least, he gives the film an eerie feel. Also some of the music choice in the film adds to the creepy feel of the film. This is one of my favourites due to a lot of factors. It is also a must see!
3. ‘Psycho’ and ‘Halloween’. Firstly ‘Psycho’. This iconic thriller is known for its recognisable shower scene and unnerving Norman Bates. I loved this film a lot, once again a black and white film but it is done so well! Norman at first seems so normal and caring but then a switch is flipped and then he is completely psychotic. The scene at the end in which he is shown as his true self is definitely spine-chilling and I also recommend to watch this one at Halloween. Now for ‘Halloween’. A personal favourite of my mums. Like how I also paired a mother with her daughter? This film is definitely one of the best slasher’s of all time, Michael Myers and his creepy mask and the chilling music to go with his antics adds to the suspense of the film. The best film to watch on Halloween which I did last year! It’s a must watch for any horror fanatic.
2. ‘Les Yeux Sans Visage (Eyes Without a Face)’. One of my all time favourites! It’s French and in black and white what else could you want? This film considering the time in which it is made is very advanced, it has the perfect blend of drama and suspense. Her face due to a disfigurement is always being experimented on, to give her the beauty she once possessed. I can’t remember how I stumbled upon this film but it was worth the watch. I would consider it to be one of my favourite films of all time.
1. ‘Rear Window’. The first Alfred Hitchcock film I had seen and my favourite. I don’t quite know what I love about this film. It has two of my favourite actors (Grace Kelly and James Stewart) in it and also the who done it plot is quite fun to follow. How James’ character is confined to a wheelchair and he enlists the help of Grace and Thelma to help him catch his odd neighbour as he believes he has killed his wife. I also like the aspect of James’ character looking in on people’s lives as well, it felt quite realistic in that you could catch a killer if you have nothing else to do. If I ever break my leg I know what I will be doing whilst I wait for it to heal.
So that was my top ten (really top eleven) favourite classics which consisted of mainly Alfred’s films. Watch all of them! Even If you have seen them before.