Showing posts with label Movie Review. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Movie Review. Show all posts

Really Retro Review: North by Northwest (1959)

Monday, November 15, 2021

"North by Northwest" is not only one of Alfred Hitchcock's best films, but it's a movie that I'd consider to be one of the greatest of all time.  This movie strikes my wanderlust fancy and provides a thrilling, suspenseful mystery.  It also doesn't hurt that most of the film is set in my favorite place on the entire planet: the Black Hills of South Dakota.  Surrounded by the majesty of Mount Rushmore and garnished with the glamour of old-school train travel, Hitchcock paints a masterpiece that could captivate anyone.  With his mastery of suspense, thrills, a little romance, and of course, the signature Hitchcock camera angles, this movie is easily a certifiable classic.  

North by Northwest first came into my world after discovering another Hitchcock masterpiece, Rear Window.  My Dad had shown my brother and I Psycho and The Birds when I was young, around 7 or 8 years old.  The Birds scared me so much I was afraid to go open the basement door where the garbage can was located for days just in case birds were about to fly out and attack me. 
 

Around that time, Dad either found the VHS of Rear Window or recorded it off the TV for me.  Rear Window quickly became my favorite movie of all time, and I began searching out more Hitchcock films as I grew up.  Vertigo, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, and many others soon occupied my free time.  Then, I found North by Northwest.

Really Retro Movie Review: 1954's "The Long, Long Trailer"

Monday, March 22, 2021

To me, "The Long, Long Trailer" is such a great film. Perhaps you have to tow a travel trailer across the country with your significant other to truly understand the emotions in this film, but, seeing how I loved this movie as a child nearly 30 years before I ever towed our trailer clear across America, I'd say it does a great job of conveying those emotions to the uninitiated viewer.

I've always been a fan of trailers and motorhomes. Even as a young kid, while some kids were into race cars or rocket ships, I was into airplanes and RV's. There's just something about a self-contained mobile unit that excites, and oddly, comforts me.  It's likely why every storyline I made up with my action figures included them having an "escape-mobile" where they could all pile in with the supplies needed to make a safe yet comfortable getaway. 


I first learned of "The Long, Long Trailer" when I was around 7 or 8 years old. My Uncle knew I loved RV's as well as watching "I Love Lucy" with Dad in the evenings on Nick-at-Nite.  Being a classic TV and film buff with a fairly extensive collection, he loaned me his VHS copy of "The Long, Long Trailer." 

I remember asking, "So, it's Lucy and Ricky in an RV?" His reply was, "Sort of.  It's Tacy and Nicky towing an RV. It's a completely separate movie with the actors who play Lucy and Ricky playing other people."  

Confused, because I thought Lucy and Ricky WERE Lucy and Ricky, I popped the tape into the VCR when he went home. 

I was instantly mesmerized.