And the Oscar Goes to…: Rebecca

The video version of this review:

This post is dedicated to Joan Fontaine: (October 22, 1917-December 15, 2013)

Rebecca (1940) PosterI recall an episode of Siskel and Ebert where they reviewed David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch (1991). While giving a mixed review, Siskel liked the movie. Ebert, on the other hand, had this to say: “In a long time of reviewing movies, I’ve rarely seen a movie that leaves me more at a loss for words. I admire what Cronenberg and [Peter] Weller [the lead actor] and [Judy] Davis [the lead actress] have done here. It’s a very good job. It is a brilliant job. It is one of the most unpleasant movies I’ve ever seen, and I hated most of it.” I wouldn’t go as far as to say I hate today’s film. Like Ebert with Naked Lunch, I respect the skill and artistry that director Alfred Hitchcock employs to create mood and tell the story, and the actors certainly don’t do a bad job either. As with Ebert, that respect didn’t stretch to me loving the film, though. Continue reading

Thankful Heart

My lovefest towards The Muppet Christmas Carol enters its third and final chapter (“Thank god!” I can hear some say). I will end it, along with my Christmas celebrations, with the way I began it, with a song.

Until next year. Merry Christmas (you filthy animal)…and a Happy New Year.