Movie review by Lauren
IMDB Summary: A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
Review: I mentioned above that my on-campus classes start tomorrow, but I actually have an online class all about Alfred Hitchock. I'm a cinema studies minor (no that doesn't mean I'm a movie snob or that I even know a ton about films, but I love them!) so this is my last film class before I graduate in May. I've only seen about two Hitchock films in my life, so it's interesting to finally see some of these titles that I've heard about.
One such title would be Rear Window, and while I did enjoy it, it's a bit slow going. I liked James Stewart and his character is quite interesting, but it takes awhile before the main plotline to come into affect. For awhile, it's all about Stewart watching his neighbors through the window and enjoying but not wanting to marry his lovely girlfriend played by Grace Kelly.
Character-wise, Rear Window has some good ones. I really enjoyed Stella, who I assume to be the nurse or helper. She's quite an amusing woman, though, and it was enjoyable whenever she came onto the screen.
I guess my main complaint of Rear Window was the end. It was a bit more anticlimatic then I was led to believe...I mean, yes, there are some interesting moments, but it all seemed to be leading up to something that never quite came. It's a bit hard to explain, I suppose.
Would I recommened Rear Window? Yes, but be careful not to expect too much of a thriller.
Strangers on a Train
Movie review by Lauren
IMDB Summary: A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder...a theory that he plans to implement.
Review: I'd never heard of this Hitchcock film before but it was one that I highly enjoyed and would definitely want to watch again. Guy Haines (tennis star) and Bruno Antony (socialite) meet on a train. Bruno recognizes Guy and starts telling him what he knows of Guy's life...how he's married but really wants to be with another woman and that he will be divorcing his wife soon. Bruno then goes on to talk about murder, mentioning how he'd like to kill his own father. The way to a perfect crime is to have no motive, Bruno tells Guy...which essentially boils down to "I'll kill yours, if you will mine."
Guy doesn't take Bruno too seriously, getting off the train and going back to his life. When his wife tells him she won't divorce him, though, he's angry...and Bruno isn't ready to let his plan die.
I won't go into too much detail but I really loved how surprising Strangers on a Train was throughout. The characters were interesting and shocking, and you can't help but shake your head at the psychotic nature of Bruno.
I really enjoyed Guy, though, because he never does exactly what you expect him too. When you think he's about to do something, he switches on you, and that's what had me most engaged.