Sunday, October 01, 2017

Mystery Movie Night | Jamaica Inn (1939), Rebecca (1940), and The Birds (1963)

Michael, Dave, and David are joined by Kay (Hyperspace Theories, to talk over a trio of Alfred Hitchcock movies with a second connection.

00:02:00 - Review of Jamaica Inn
00:12:52 - Review of Rebecca
00:32:22 - Review of The Birds
00:55:19 - Guessing the Connection


Erik Johnson Illustrator said...

True Story, i looked up Jamaica Inn on Wikipedia to see what year it was released and the first sentence on the page reads "Jamaica Inn is a 1939 British thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock adapted from Daphne du Maurier's 1936 novel of the same name, the first of three of du Maurier's works that Hitchcock adapted (the others were her novel Rebecca and short story "The Birds")." How about that.

Rebecca was a movie I had considered for an upcoming episode based around "the unnamed protagonist". So I was curious who was going to trip over what to call her first.

The Birds is on that I've seen at least once a year since Ive been spending my summers on Lake Erie. Since we have an enormous seagull population I like to invite the neighbors over to watch it and freak them out on the way home. That's the kind of practical joker I am!

I would have loved to discuss its influence on other horror films, special effects tech and its similarities to other Hitchcock films. (The ending feels lifted straight from "Notorious" with a slow walk out to the car)

I'll be wrapping up at the park soon so I'll look forward to talking to you in November!

Michael May said...

Woo hoo! Can't wait to have you back. We'll probably have a guest on that episode since I contacted six people about coming on, but we skipped the August show.

My plan is to have you pick the movies for the December show, if that's okay.

Yeah, my connection was a softball this month. I'll probably do more easy ones, too. Sometimes, I just wanna watch movies with obvious connections. :)

And man, I really need to watch Notorious again. I think I agree with Kay about it's being my favorite Hitchcock.

Erik Johnson Illustrator said...

I already have my triple features in mind so I'm good to go!

"Rear Window" is my favorite Hitchcock film, though Notorious would be in the Top 5 easily. That would also be good to watch with David since the Star Wars Clone Wars episode "Senate Spy" is a homage to that story. Since he's mentioned that series on Dragonfly Ripple is be curious if he'd recognize the influence.

Last year I overheard my roommate Max talking to a guest about how he loved suspense movies, so while driving home I asked what his favorite Alfred Hitchcock movie was. "Who?" he replied. I drove us straight to the library to get every DVD I could find and I made him watch one every night for the next week until he moved out.

It was a real trip to watch with someone for the first time, especially Psycho. He did not know Janet Leigh died halfway through, much less how it ended! He declared "Vertigo" his personal favorite by the end.

Michael May said...

I need to rewatch Vertigo it gets listed as favorite by a lot of people, but I didn't connect to it the first time. I do like Rear Window a lot.

A big part of my love of Notorious is the cast. All three of the main actors are all-time favorites of mine.


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