Fave Film #29 – Psycho

The poster features a large image of a young woman in white underwear. The names of the main actors are featured down the right side of the poster. Smaller images of Anthony Perkins and John Gavin are above the words, written in large print, "Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho".(1960)

Director – Alfred Hitchcock

Cast – Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, John Gavin, Vera Miles, Martin Balsam, John McIntyre

Marion is in love and her lover can’t marry her because he doesn’t have the money.  Taking matters (and her boss’s money) into her own hands she flees Arizona and heads to California.  Along the way she becomes panicky after a policeman starts following her.  On a dark and rainy night she ends up at the Bates Motel, where an awkward proprietor takes an interest in her and she has second thoughts about the money.

Why I Love It – This movie didn’t waste a scene, there was no extra fluff.  We are introduced to Marion as a woman itching to get married and Sam, a man reluctant because of money issues from the very beginning.  Marion surprises us and the tension is ramped up to the point that when she finally arrives at the Bates Motel we take a deep breath.  Until we don’t.  It was perfect storytelling in my opinion.  I know that it differed from the book a bit so I want to give that a read someday.

Not only did I think the thriller was expertly put together, surprise after surprise, the cast was great.  Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh had some sweet scenes and some not so sweet ones.  Leigh made Marion sympathetic, yet not soft, and Perkins?  So good.  I also loved the jaded private eye with a heart Martin Balsam as Detective Arborgast.

For an old movie this holds up remarkably well and deserves it’s classic label.  And who can forget that shower scene?

See if the Alfred Hitchcock can convince you to watch it…

 

Here’s the list of my 100 favorite films.

 

Book vs. Movie

Yesterday was my 20th Book v. Movie  post and a comment by Kathy got me thinking.  She mentioned that she wasn’t surprised that I liked the book better than the movie.  As book lovers isn’t that generally true?  So, I decided to look through my posts.  Of the 20, 14 were clearly the book, 4 were clearly the movie and 2 were so close that if I allowed myself to call a tie I probably would have.

Then I got to thinking about a few of my favorite movies, the ones where I’ve read the book too, but clearly adore the movie more.

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961 poster).jpg The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).jpg Under the tuscan sun poster.jpg

What are some of your favorite movies that you love more than the book so I can add them to my watch list?

Best of the Oscar Best – The Ladies

We are a movie loving house.  Somehow Jason finds more time to watch movies on his own than I do, but we see plenty together and with Gage.  On Friday Gage and I had a lunch and movie date to see the Lego Movie Part 2 and then Jason and I had a dinner and movie date to see Green Book.  That has never happened before but it was fun.  I like to watch the Golden Globes and the Oscars.  I admit the Red Carpet is my favorite thing to catch if I can.  All of those beautiful gowns!!

So I perused a list of past winners and thought I’d feature some of my favorites and see what you think.  I’m basing them on the performance, but the win wasn’t always my favorite movie of theirs.  Also, as I looked through the list I realized how many deserving women got robbed!

Best Actress Oscar winners.

Katherine Hepburn is my girl.  She did not win an Oscar for my favorite of her performances but did win a total of 4.  My favorite of the four was probably her 1968 win as Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter.  She also won for Morning Glory (1932/33), Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (1967) and On Golden Pond (1981).  Her independent nature and the sparkle in her eye make me love seeing her onscreen.

Audrey Hepburn (no relation) also won for a movie that wasn’t my favorite, but I did love her 1953 win for Roman Holiday as Princess Ann.   As much as I loved her onscreen it was her life and an activist that makes me love her.

Jodie Foster won two deserving Oscars.  One in 1988 for The Accused and one in 1991 for The Silence of the Lambs.  As dark as Lambs was the acting in that movie was so, so good.

Elizabeth Taylor also won two Oscars, but it’s the 1966 win for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf that gets her on my shortlist.  Jason and I watched it last month.  What a performance.  She also won in 1960 for Butterfield 8.  As a teen I remember thinking she was the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen when I’d watch her older films.

Shirley MacLaine won the 1983 Oscar for Terms of Endearment, a movie that wrecked me.  I always think of her first in The Apartment for a role that she was nominated for but she lost to Elizabeth Taylor.

 

Best Supporting Actress Oscar Winners

Jane Darwell as Ma Joad in 1940’s Grapes of Wrath was a perfection.  It’s funny as I was reading through the list I didn’t recognize the name, but when I saw the movie listed I pictured her perfectly in my mind because she was that good.

Ruth Gordon was so good and so bad in Rosemary’s Baby and totally deserved her 1968 Oscar.

Octavia Spencer pretty much elevates any movie she’s in and I was happy to see her win in 2011 for The Help.  I wouldn’t want to accept any pies from her though 🙂

Rita Moreno added energy to West Side Story and earned her 1961 Oscar.  WSS is not one of my favorite movies, but I did really like her performance.

 

Do any of my favorites jump out as your own?  Most of these are for older movies, but a favorite is a favorite.

 

Fave Movie #51 – Crash

Crash ver2.jpg2004

Cast- Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillion, Jennifer Esposito, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Chris Bridges (Ludacris), Thandie Newton, Micheal Pena, Ryan Phillipe, Larentz Tate

Directed by Paul Haggis

Winner of Best Picture Oscar and Best Original Screenplay

It’s Los Angeles around Christmas and the lives of a diverse cast of characters intertwine to show the ugly underbelly  of racism.  A politician, a detective, a director, a thug, policemen and others all face their own demons in this excellent ensemble film.

Why I Love It – The all-star cast and the way that Haggis put all of these different stories together was so satisfying to me.  Michael Pena’s character almost broke my heart and Sandra Bullock’s anger resonated.  But it was the rest of it, all of it, the bad with the good that make me love it.  Matt Dillion and Thandie Newton’s scenes together? Full circle storytelling.  Same with Don Cheadle.

The hate and prejudice was so in your face.  It’s out in the open and not blunted by political correctness.  It’s an anger, unfortunately, that is alive and well in 2019.  I know it’s no for everyone, but for me it was real and raw and shines a light on things that people don’t like to discuss.

Charity Winner…

is Best Friends Animal Society chosen by Heather (Gofita’s Pages)!  

Our Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles

The mission of Best Friends Animal Society is to bring about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets. We do this by helping end the killing in America’s animal shelters through building community programs and partnerships all across the nation. We believe that by working together we can Save Them All.

 

$100 was sent in Heather’s name to this wonderful charity.


Would YOU like to choose the next charity?  It’s not hard.  Every month I write a 5 word review of the movies I’ve seen and to encourage participation I ask you to write a 5 word review for the ones that you’ve seen too.  It’s fun!

Every ‘review’ is worth $1 and when we reach 100 I send $100 to the charity of the person who has contributed the most reviews.  In the past I’ve had people spend a few hours submitting reviews of all my past movies so their charity could get the money. Go for it.

Want to get started?  You can browse through 8 or 9 years of monthly posts (easiest way) or you can look through this list and click on the movies you want.

2017 Movie Favorites & Stats

I watched 50 movies this year, that’s up from 41 last year and doesn’t even include the 30 documentaries that Jason and I watched last January.

I wrote 5 Book Vs. Movie posts (The Girl on the Train, Tuck Everlasting, Northanger Abbey, Me Before You, And Then There Were None)

My second most popular post of the year was Book Vs. Movie And Then There Were None.

I wrote about 3 of my Top 100 Movies (17-Shawshank Redemption, 89-Catch and Release, 90-Desk Set)

We saw more movies at the theater than in years past with 20.

The oldest movie I watched was It Happened One Night, 1934

My favorite animated movie was Captain Underpants.

Newest crush is Matthias Schoenaerts (Far From the Maddening Crowd)

Cutest Couple- Will & Louisa (Me Before You)

My most watched actor was Keanu Reeves with 3 movies (To the Bone, Brotherhood of Justice, John Wick 2)

My most watched actress was a 3 way tie with 2 movie a piece  –Anna Kendrick (Trolls, Drinking Buddies), Janelle Monae (Moonlight, Hidden Figures), Reese Witherspoon (Home Again, Sing)

Most despised movie of the year – Mother!

I continued my 5 Word Movie Reviews with $ for Charity and in April gave $100 to the American Red Cross, as Tony requested.  Keep adding to my reviews and maybe you can choose the next charity!

My 5 favorite movies this year

The Big Sick.jpgThe Big Sick, 2017. Humor and heart in a perfect combination.

Wonder (film).pngWonder, 2017. Such a heartwarming story of acceptance.

Room Poster.jpgRoom, 2015. So disturbing, but full of love between a mother and son.

Three women standing in the foreground. In the background a rocket is launching.Hidden Figures, 2016. Trailblazing women for the win.

Dunkirk Film poster.jpgDunkirk, 2017. Not your typical war movie.

What were your favorite movies this year?

 

V – Viggo Mortensen

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Viggo Mortensen had many roles before his star making turn as Alagorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  I’d already noticed him in G.I. Jane (not in a good way), A Perfect Murder, Psycho, A Walk on the Moon and 28 Days.  But it was his role as Aragorn that most of us sat up and took notice of his leading man abilities.  Since then his roles have only gotten bigger and more varied.  I will watch whatever he is in.

As the controversial dad in Captain Fantastic…

The softer side of Aragorn…

As the sexy Blouse Man with the backwards name…

He wasn’t the nicest guy in Eastern Promises…

What’s your favorite Viggo role?

 

S – The Shawshank Redemption, Fave Movie #17

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ShawshankRedemptionMoviePoster.jpg1994

Cast-Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, James Whitmore

Director- Frank Darabont

Andy is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover in a drunken rage and ordered to two life sentences.  In prison he maintained his innocence and took every opportunity to better his situation and those of his friends.  Life in prison was not without repeated heartbreak, but Andy remained hopeful to the last.

Why I love it– I could listen to Morgan Freeman talk all day long and, thankfully, this movie allowed me two+ hours of easy listening.  Hearing Freeman tell Andy’s story was what sold this movie for me.  Yes, everything else was very good, but without that it’s just another movie.

I thought the actors were fantastic, even the cruel ones.  I loved that the movie had a message of hope, but didn’t ignore reality.

Get busy living or get busy dying.

These words by Andy really captured the essence of the movie.  The prisoners had a hard life, but Andy persisted in making it better.  There were life lessons, thought-provoking insights about prison, and the bloom of friendship.

This movie tanked at the box office, was nominated for seven Oscars but didn’t win one, and ends up being Stephen King’s most successful movie adaptation.  Jason just read the short story so I know changes were made and I’m looking forward to reading it to see if it packs the same emotional punch.

This movie was mainly shot in Ohio halfway between where I live now and where I grew up. A few years ago we took the tour of the prison that was partially demolished after the film.  I’ll have to see if I can find a few of the pics today and add them.

Definitely a great movie and one of my favorites.

Q – Quotes from my 25 favorite movies

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You’ll never be a first class human being or a first class woman until you’ve learned to have some regard for human frailty.   (The Philadelphia Story, 1940)


Only grown-up men are scared of women.  (The Sound of Music, 1965)


I’m like cat here, a no-name slob. We belong to nobody, and nobody belongs to us. We don’t even belong to each other.   (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961)


I wouldn’t give you two cents for all your fancy rules if, behind them, they didn’t have a little bit of plain, ordinary, everyday kindness and a little looking out for the other fella, too.   (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 1939)


We all go a little mad sometimes.   (Psycho, 1960)


I understand you may have had sexual relations with my daughter before, but under our roof, it’s my way or the Long Island Expressway. So just keep your snake in its cage for 72 hours.   (Meet the Parents, 2000)


Mary: I want a guy who can play 36 holes of golf, and still have enough energy to take Warren and me to a baseball game, and eat sausages, and beer, not lite beer, but beer. That’s my ad, print it up.
Brenda: “Fatty who likes golf and beer.” Gee, Mary, where are you gonna find a gem like that?   (There’s Something About Mary, 1998)

Frodo:I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened. 

Gandalf:So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.    (The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001)

I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.  (The Shawshank Redemption, 1994)


You know, you may be the first attractive woman I’ve not wanted to sleep with in my entire life.   (When Harry Met Sally, 1989)


Those aren’t pillows!   (Trains, Planes, and Automobiles, 1987)


Oh, I don’t know, Charlie. Unlike you, I never expected “the thunderbolt.” I always just hoped that, that I’d meet some nice friendly girl, like the look of her, hope the look of me didn’t make her physically sick, then pop the question and, um, settle down and be happy. It worked for my parents. Well, apart from the divorce and all that.   (Four Weddings and a Funeral, 1993)


We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.   (The Breakfast Club, 1985)


You’re my knight in shimmering armor. Did you know that?   (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, 1992)


If you fit into my pants I will kill myself.   (While You Were Sleeping, 1995)


Sometimes things happen between people that make it impossible for them to stay together. (A Walk on the Moon, 1999)


Unthinkably good things can happen even late in the game. It’s such a surprise.   (Under the Tuscan Sun, 2003


I don’t think you’re an idiot at all. I mean, there are elements of the ridiculous about you. Your mother’s pretty interesting. And you really are an appallingly bad public speaker. And, um, you tend to let whatever’s in your head come out of your mouth without much consideration of the consequences… But the thing is, um, what I’m trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are.    (Bridget Jones’s Diary, 2001)


You can’t navigate me. I may do mean things, and I may hurt you, and I may run away without your permission, and you may hate me forever, and I know that scares the living shit outta you ’cause you know I’m the only real thing you got.    (Reality Bites, 1994)


Thank God its not a bullshit detector or none of us would get in.   (No Way Out, 1987)


A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.   (The Silence of the Lambs, 1991)


You can’t handle the truth!  (A Few Good Men, 1992)


You swim alone, climb rocks, rescue servants, is there anything you don’t do?   (Ever After, 1998)


You know the Greeks didn’t write obituaries. They only asked one question after a man died: “Did he have passion?”.   (Serendipity, 2001)


No, sir, I have no experience but I’m a big fan of money. I like it, I use it, I have a little. I keep it in a jar on top of my refrigerator. I’d like to put more in that jar. That’s where you come in. (The Wedding Singer, 1998)


What are some of your favorite movie quotes?


P – Paper Towns

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Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff as Margo Roth Spiegelman and Quentin "Q" Jacobsen respectivelyI could do a movie/book comparison, but I’m too tired today.  I read the book a few years ago (here) and watched the movie last night.  Amazingly, they both felt the same to me.  I’m sure there are differences, but my feelings about the story and each of the characters was the same for both.

Q and his buddies are not popular in high school, but they’re seniors so that part of their life is almost at an end.  Margo is popular, really popular, and Q has been in love with her since she moved in across the street over a decade before.  They had been friends before high school sorted them into different spheres.  One night not long before graduation, Margo sneaks into Q’s room and convinces him to join her on what turns out to be the best night of his life.  Thinking it was the beginning of something special, he is confused when Margo disappears the next day.

This was a good movie starring Nat Wolff who was Isaac in another John Green movie The Fault in Our Stars and Augustus from that same movie, Ansel Elgort, has a funny cameo.  My favorite part of the book and movie was the friendship between the three boys and the road trip they took together, even if it ended in heartbreak for one.

Solid movie based on a solid book.