Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February recap

I'm copying John. I think it's a great idea to give a rating to all the movies I watch each month. I'll try to keep it up with him. I wasn't kidding when I said I've been watching too many movies. 33 movies in 29 days (though I might be forgetting a few). I'm gonna do a roundup post on some of these soon. I'd love to do long posts on both HEART OF GLASS and CLAIRE'S KNEE, just because they would be fun to write about. I'll work on that.

My rating system is like Netflix's:

***** = Loved It
**** = Really Liked It
*** = Liked It
** = Didn’t Like It
*= Hated It
No Stars = Hate is too kind a word

It's a really fine line between really liked and loved for me. I could give five stars to every four star old movie on here, but I tried to limit its use. Still, I love most old movies I see.

Ink (2009) - *
Lonely are the Brave (1962) - ****
Heart of Glass (1976) - *****
Claire’s Knee (1970) - *****
Stolen Kisses (1968) - *****
Les Dames Du Bois de Bologne (1945) - ****
Spirited Away (2001) - ****
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) - ***
An Autumn Afternoon (1962) - *****
The Ghost Goes West (1935) - ***
Antonie and Colette (1962) - ****
The Only Son (1936) - *****
Ashes and Diamonds (1958) - ****
I Married a Witch (1942) - *****
L’Argent (1983) - *****
Ossessione (1943) - *****
Random Harvest (1942) - ****
River of No Return (1954) - ****
Some Came Running (1958) - *****
Elevator to the Gallows (1958) - ****
The Match Factory Girl (1990) - ****
An Affair to Remember (1957) - ***
Attack! (1956) - ****
Terror in a Texas Town (1958) - ****
Dark Passage (1947) - ****
Side Street (1950) - ****
They Live By Night (1949) - *****
A Letter to Three Wives (1949) - ****
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) - ****
The Set-Up (1949) - ****
Watch on the Rhine (1943) - ***
Hangmen Also Die! (1943) - *****
Marnie (1964) - **

Briefly, I'll just say that I didn't like Hitch's MARNIE, and it's the first Hitchcock film I've seen that I genuinely did not like. This has everything to do with how awful an actress I find Tippi Hedron to be. She's passable in THE BIRDS because of everything else going on, but in MARNIE she's actually required to carry the film and she can't. She's terrible. I couldn't get over it. Sorry if anyone's a big MARNIE fan. I obviously respect the craft involved, but was mostly annoyed watching it. Oh well.


  1. Wow, you've been busy. I'm happy to have been the person who made you watch your only 1 star movie of the month. I wouldn't have wanted you to enjoy February too much.

    1. Sorry my friend. It stands out because I've watched so few recent films. I'm sure if I saw more films from this year, Ink wouldn't be so lonely. But, hey, I almost gave Marnie one star, and I worship Hitchcock. So, at least there's that. haha.

    2. I recently got the Hitchcock Legend series DVD for $5. It's got 20 of his films spanning from 1926-1962. It doesn't have Marnie on it though. Maybe I'll make my March project a Hitchcock binge. That'd be pretty cool.

    3. I picked that up for $5 a bit ago, myself. It's definitely a cheap set with the lousiest prints available, but it gets the job done. They are a lot of great films on it that are worth binging on, for sure.