Scott’s Film Geek Journal is a daily account of all the films I watched in a given day. No full-length reviews here (unless they’re being linked), these are brief rundowns of my daily viewing habits. Some films I’m seeing for the first time, some I’m seeing for the hundredth. Some days will only have one or two entries, some will have more. But this should give a clearer picture of where I’m at on a daily basis. Hope you enjoy it!
DAY 6: JANUARY 6, 2013
REAR WINDOW (1954) – Alfred Hitchcock classic in which a disabled James Stewart becomes obsessed with spying on his neighbors from his window. Eventually, he believes that his neighbor (Raymond Burr) may have murdered his wife. Unable to get around, he brings his incredibly gorgeous and long-suffering girlfriend into his sleuthing.
Hitchcock took what on first glance would be the easiest film in the world to shoot and turned it into a mammoth and groundbreaking undertaking. Always experimenting with new techniques, he had a lavish set built that allowed the viewer to peer into all the windows of Stewart’s neighbors. The viewer becomes an accomplice to and participant in his voyeurism. One drawback, boy those street sounds get annoying.
But that’s a minor quibble in what is another great film from one of the most talented directors in history. Stewart is fantastic as usual and Grace Kelly is unforgettable. A classic. ★★★½ (out of ★★★★)
Despite being released Down Under back in 1982, it didn’t make its way to the U.S. Until 1985. You know what that means? That’s right, it means I can’t tell you how good or bad the film was right now. Instead, you’ll have to wait until we cover it on our new podcast FILM GEEK CENTRAL PRESENTS: THE FILMS OF 1985. The show premieres this Friday, right here at Film Geek Central. Every film from 1985, covered week-by-week for a whole year. Check it out.
OUT OF CONTROL (1985) – Betsy Russell (CHEERLEADER CAMP, AVENGING ANGEL, TOMBOY), Martin Hewitt (ENDLESS LOVE, YELLOWBEARD) and a very young Sherilyn Fenn (TWIN PEAKS, TWO MOON JUNCTION) star in this film about a bunch of teenagers celebrating their prom with a wild weekend vacation. Their small plane crashes and they wind up stranded on an island. As they figure out how to survive, they also run afoul of no good, dirty, commie smugglers.
And you saw the year there, right? I know. I’m horrible. I have an opinion. So do Austin and Jesse. You just have to wait until the podcast to hear them. Remember, it premieres this Friday – FILM GEEK CENTRAL PRESENTS: THE FILMS OF 1985. We’ll be covering AVENGING ANGEL, teen sex comedy THE PARTY ANIMAL, the dark love story THE WOUNDED MAN and the Nazi skinhead expose THE INHERITORS. And all that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Trust me, it will be worth all my shameless pimping and teasing.
Total films watched in 2013 so far: 15
My soundtrack for January 6, 2013: “Let fury have the hour. Anger can be power. Don’t you know that you can use it?”