Unsurprisingly, two thirds of you who voted believe that Pulp Fiction is Quentin Tarantino’s best film. Reservoir Dogs came in a distant second with 21% of the votes. No other of his films got higher than 10% of the vote with Jackie Brown and Death Proof not getting a single hit. I’m curious where you […]
It’s Orson Welles appreciation month at Film Misery and in honor of the man whose legend is larger than life I have created a quiz based on his life and career in film. There are 25 questions ranging from easy to ridiculously hard. It’s multiple choice, so give it a shot! Orson Welles Quiz!
Grade: A- Ever have one of those moments where you begin to think that everything youâ€™ve ever known is a lie? Ever have what I like to call a Truman Show moment? No? Then you should check out Orson Welles free-form essay about the world of fakery, appropriately titled F for Fake. The last effort […]
The poll results are in and here are the top 5 Hitchcock film based on your votes: 5 and 4) North by Northwest and The Birds (tie) 3) Rear Window 2) Psycho 1) Vertigo All the rest of the list was pretty close. Check it out after the jump. If you want to defend your […]
Alfred Hitchcock was unfortunately neglected more than he deserved this month, but sometimes life happens. I have a feeling there will be another time down the road to examine Hitchcock’s works with more dedication. While I haven’t had time to review many of his films, I have been watching as many as I could get […]
Grade: A- When it comes to camera techniques, fewer are admired more than the infamous tracking shot. These shots have been used more frequently than ever in recent years, mostly for the sake of gimmick. However, when it is pulled off by a filmmaker who knows what they are doing, it can be a spectacle. […]
One of the best ways to get to know one of your favorite auteurs, besides watching their films, is to read their biographies. The better the director, the more books available about them. With all the choices out there for Hitchcock biographies, I thought I would take a look at them and find 3 that […]
I am excited to announce a new contest for Film Misery readers to coincide with Hitchcock appreciation month. You can enter to win a pair of tickets to the Broadway play The 39 Steps, based on the 1935 Hitchcock film of the same name. The play was nominated for 6 Tony Awards in 2008 including […]
As part of Hitchcock month at Film Misery I have launched the latest monthly quiz about the career of Alfred Hitchcock. There are 25 questions that range from easy to very hard. See how well you do! LAUNCH THE QUIZ!
Hitchcock month has begun at Film Misery! During the month of July we will be taking a look at Alfred Hitchcock’s life and work as part of our Career Appreciation series. Earlier this week I sent a query for reviews of your favorite Hitchcock film. The first response came from reader G1000 who has done […]
The month to appreciate the career of Charlie Chaplin has overstayed its welcome, but its finally time to wrap things up. I am with the majority of people who believe that Chaplin hit his peak at the end of the silent era. Everybody has their own Chaplin favorite and you can vote for yours after […]
Review: B+ There is a moment in Charlie Chaplinâ€™s Monsieur Verdoux when the protagonist replaces wine with a home brewed poison. As he finishes concocting, the writer/director/composer/star breaks the fourth wall, looks right at the camera and declares â€œitâ€™s time for a little experiment.â€ This attitude seems to represent Chaplinâ€™s attitude towards the film. He […]
Review: A- One of Chaplinâ€™s most underrated films and the one that Chaplin himself tried so very hard to forget is the 1928 feature The Circus. Released in between two of his better known films, The Gold Rush (1925) and City Lights (1931), The Circus features some of the trampâ€™s most hilarious bits and represents […]
1) According to legend Chaplinâ€™s infamous tramp costume was assembled when he took various costume pieces from other stars in the Keystone male dressing room. He borrowed Fatty Arbuckleâ€™s enormous trousers, Charles Averyâ€™s size extra small jacket, Ford Sterlingâ€™s size fourteen shoes, and a small derby hat belonging to Arbuckleâ€™s father in law. This has […]
Grade: A In the opening slide of the film The Kid it is described as â€œa picture with a smile, and perhaps a tear.â€ There may not be a kinder, more appropriate way to describe Charlie Chaplinâ€™s first ever feature length film. The Kid is a masterful blending of Chaplinâ€™s comic genius, which he had […]
In honor of this month’s Career Appreciation of the great Charlie Chaplin, I have created the first Monthly Quiz featuring questions about Chaplin and his films. You don’t have to be an expert to give it a shot. Try to do it without consulting IMDB or Wikipedia. Launch the Charlie Chaplin Quiz!