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Harold and Maude 1971
Harold and Maude 1971

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Joseph Cotton
Joseph Cotton

Star of the Month 

Want to know more about an actor you saw in Breakfast at Tiffany’s or Hud? Star of the Month offers a mini biography of your new favorite actor. We recommend our favorite films from the actor or actress and tell you what else you probably know them from. For Example: June Star of the Month: Joseph Cotton

Psycho 1960 Adapted from a novel of the same name.
Psycho 1960 Adapted from a novel of the same name.

Top Five 

Haven’t had enough of lists? I’m glad to her it because we have our fair share at Worldaccordingtofilm. A specific genre, or topic is chosen and a list is made. There are small reviews attached to the list and information. For example: Five Favorite Film Entrances 

With Robert Walker in Strangers on a Train
With Robert Walker in Strangers on a Train

Top Five Hitchcock Edition 

Same as above but strictly dedicated to the master himself. Hitchcock Edition chooses a Hitchcock related topic and creates a list of top five favorites. Five Favorite Cameos 

Broken Blossoms
Broken Blossoms

10 Films, 10 Decades 

Pick a genre and then pick a film from each decade beginning in the teens up to the 2010’s. A great place to find out what horror films you have never heard or what romance film you might find interesting, 10 Films, 10 Decades gives you a list of reviews and information. 10 Decades, 10 Films: Horror

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10 Films, 10 Decades (Romance)

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Broken Blossoms
Release Date: May 13, 1919
Starring: Lillian Gish, Richard Bathelmess, Donald Crisp
Director: D. W Griffith
Writer: D.W Griffith
Plot: A man leaves his native China to spread the message of Buddha. He meets the abused daughter (Broken Blossom) of a boxer and begins to fall in love with her.
Thoughts: Of course I wish the role played by Caucasian actor Richard Bathelmess was instead played by a Chinese actor. I rarely watch movies where a n Asian character is played by a white actor in yellow face. It is a offensive. However the path this story took surprised me. Griffiths story differed from the original story by Thomas Burke in that it portrayed the Chinese character in a more positive light.
Trivia: Adapted from a story by Thomas Burke

Sunrise

Sunrise
Release Date: 1927
Starring: Margaret Livingston, George O’Brien and Janet Gaynor
Director: F.W Murnau
Writer: Hermann Sudermann
Plot: A women from the city falls in love with a man from the lakeside town she has been vacationing in. She tries to convince him to murder his wife by drowning her in the lake.
Thoughts: I saw Sunrise while in school on a big screen. What better way to watch a movie? I wasn’t very versed in silent film at the time so I wasn’t to keen on watching it. My mind was changed by the end. The film felt very much like the picture inside your head when you read a book.
Trivia: Scenario by Carl Mayer

It Happened One night

It Happened One Night
Release Date: 1934
Starring: Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable.
Director: Frank Capra
Writer:Robert Riskin
Plot: A spoiled heiress runs away after her marriage to an aviator. She reluctantly accepts help from a reporter she meets on a bus home.
Thoughts: I have never been the biggest fan of romance. There is however the occasional story that peaks my interest. The chemistry and comedy made for a romantic film with a funny twist.
Trivia: First film the sweep the Oscar’s.

I Marriad a Witch

I Married a Witch
Release Date: 1942
Starring: Veronica Lake and Fredric March
Director: Rene Clair
Writer:Several
Plot: An executed witch from the 17th century possesses a women’s body. She seeks revenge on the distant relative of her persecutor.
Thoughts: I grew up loving Bewitched so it was only a matter of time before I discovered this film.
Trivia: Lake and March did not get along during filming.

Sabrina

Sabrina
Release Date:1954
Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and William Holden
Director: Billy Wilder
Writer: Billy Wilder
Plot: Infatuated with the playboy son to a wealthy family her father works for Sabrina leaves for Paris where she becomes more sophisticated and elegant. When she returns David finally notices her. The only problem is his older brother begins to fall in love with her and she is starting to feel the same.
Thoughts: What can you say about these three marvelous actors and human beings that already hasn’t been said. I have mentioned Director Billy Wilder several times. He is a favorite of mine.
Trivia: A remake with the same name was released in 1995

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Tammy and the Doctor
Release Date: 1963
Starring: Sandra Dee and Peter Fonda
Director:Harry Keller
Writer: Oscar Brodney
Plot: The third in a series of films. Tammy played by Sandra Dee gets a job as a nurses assistant at the hospital where a friend is having surgery. Peter Fonda plays her love interest.
Thoughts: I caught this film while watching the rest of the series. The first starred Debbie Reynolds in the main role. All of the Tammy films are wholesome fun for the family.
Trivia: A scene in the film references Bernard Schwartz, Tony Curtis’s real name.

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Harold and Maude
Release Date:1971
Starring: Bud Court and Ruth Gordon
Director: Hal Ashby
Plot: A black, romantic comedy Harold and Maude centers around a young man intrigued by death and his eventual relationship with a 79 year old women who lives life to the fullest.
Thoughts: I first heard of this film in my early teens and as you can imagine I wasn’t really intrigued. Then I got a little older and caught the film on television. From the first scene I was fascinated  by the overall plot and atmosphere of the film. Even if you don’t enjoy your typical romantic films you may find yourself loving this one.

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Gregory’s Girl
Release Date: 1981
Starring: John Gordon Sinclair
Director:  Bill Forsyth                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Plot: In this coming of age tale set in Scotland Gregory must compete for the affections of Dorothy the center forward on his school’s football team.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thoughts: I first caught this film on TV. Sadly it was in the middle of the film but I ended up catching it in full awhile later and fell in love with the adorably awkward John Gordon Sinclair.

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You’ve Got Mail
Release Date: 1998
Starring: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan
Director:Nora Ephron                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Writers: Nora and Delia Ephron                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Plot: You’ve Got Mail is an adaptation of the play Pargumeire and the 1940 film The Shop Around the Corner. It is an updated concept using email instead up letters. The two admirers are unaware of that they know each other away from there computers and are not to fond of each other in there daily lives.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Thoughts: You’ve Got Mail reunites Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in their third film together. Still igniting with chemistry You’ve Got Mail is a must see for all lovers of Romantic Comedies.

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Chocolat
Release Date: 2000
Starring: Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp                                                                                                                                                                                              Director: Lasse Hallstrom                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Novel by:    Joanne Harris Adapted by: Robert Nelson Jacobs                                                                                                                                                                Plot: A mother moves to a small French town with her daughter. She opens a Chocolate shop and her sweets begin to change the lives of the town’s people.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thoughts: One of my go to movies on a down day Chocolat is one of my top five Romantic films.                                                                                           Photo Source: http://www.impawards.com/2000/chocolat_xlg.html

10 Decades, 10 films (Horror)

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari  1919 (German)

Genre: German Expressionist

Known for:The twist ending.

It ended and started a decade. Dr. Caligari is one of the best known and best reviewed early horror films. While researching this film some places said 1919 others said 1920 but I do know that I haven’t seen many films pre 1920 so Its best that I use this great film to start off this post. The first time I heard of Dr. Caligai was via a horror documentary. I heard about it more recently through my father who is a great lover of silent films. This film is said to have introduced the twist ending something that’s common in horror and suspense films.

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Nosferatu 1922 (German)
Genre: German Expressionist Horror.
Known for: Nosferatu is an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stokers Dracula. The studio could not obtain the rights to the film.
Starring: Max Schreck as Count Orloc
After Stokers heirs sued a court ruling ordered that all copies of this film be destroyed. One copy survived however and Nosferatu has gone on to be one of the most influential and highly regarded horror films of all time.

When I was a little girl I stumbled upon this film by accident. I walked it to the living room while my dad was off talking on the phone. Nosferatu was on the television and I came in on the most popular scene. Count Orloc rises from his coffin and ascends the stairs. I remember running out of the room terrified. The rest is history.

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Freaks 1932 (American)

Known for: Freaks had a cast of real circus performers.

Tod Browning began his career in the circus and this film is inspired by some of his experiences. Two “normal” looking people scheme to steal the inheritance of one the “Freaks”.

After watching this film for the first time I feel like a part of me had changed. It’s a film that really makes you think. Looks don’t make a person a freak or a monster it is there personalities that make them monsters.

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Cat People 1942 (American)
Genre: Atmospheric, Suspense.
Known for: Cat People popularized the Lewton Bus effect.
Cat People was a Val Lewton picture that raised far beyond the limitations of most b pictures. Irena is a woman who believes she descends from a race of people that turn into cats when they become sexually aroused.

I had heard of this film thinks to my father and several horror documentaries. A few years ago I watched Cat People for the first time and was very pleased with the whole film most notably the atmosphere.

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Them! 1954 (American)
Genre: Science Fiction
Known for: Being the first big bug film. It was among the nuclear monster films popular in the 1950’s.
Them starts off as a suspense film. Police investigate suspicious deaths. The giant ants are not seen until a third of the film has passed. They are heard before being seen adding to the suspense.

I had the pleasure of seeing this film for the first time on a big screen while at school. I wasn’t very interested in these types of films prior.

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Peeping Tom 1960 (British)
Genre: Voyeurism, Early Slasher, Thiller
Known for: Highly regarded as the first slasher Peeping Tom ruined the career of its director Michael Powell.
Peeping Tom is the story of a serial killer who stalks and records his victims so he can keep their expressions of terror. Peeping Top now enjoys a cult following.

I saw this film for the first time in the past year or two thinks to TCM.

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Halloween 1978 (American)
Genre: Slasher
Known for: Popularizing the American slasher film.
Starring Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode Halloween is a independent horror film Directed, Written and composed by John Carpenter. Some have criticized this film by saying that encourages Sadism and Misogyny.

Halloween ranks in my top five. I saw this film for the first time when I was around ten years old. I immediately fell in love with the genre.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984 (American)
Genre: Slasher, Supernatural
Known for: Freddy Kruger
A severally burnt man haunts the dreams of teenagers. He kills them while they sleep. Nancy fights back after loosing her friends to the monster inside her dreams. She learns secrets about Elm Street.

After I was done watching this film my mom entered my room and scared me as payback for all the times I scared her.

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The People Under the Stairs 1991 (American)
Genre: Comedy Horror
Known for: Having an African American kid as it’s protagonist.
A young boy goes to rob the slum lords of his apartment when he comes across the disturbing life’s they lead. There are people under the stairs that have resulted to cannibalism to live. Fool meets the crazy couples daughter and roach a boy who lives in the walls. They help protect him.

I heard of this film several times before giving it a proper chance. I am glad I did.

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The House of the Devil 2009 (American)
Genre: Haunted house and slasher elements. Satanic panic.

Known for:  Set during the early 1980’s

The House of the Devil makes it easy to forget you are watching a modern film. A college sophomore strapped for cash takes a babysitting job at an old house in the middle of nowhere. While there she begins to suspect that the residents didn’t tell her the truth.

I was recently introduced to this film. It has quickly became a favorite of the genre.

Current recent favorite. 

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We Are What We Are 2013 (American)
Genre: Cannibals
Known for: An American Remake of a Mexican film of the same name.
After the matriarch of a family of cannibals die her young daughters must take up where she leaves off. They are saddled with a domineering father whose health is failing.

I knew I wanted to see this film I just didn’t know why. I was attracted to this films interesting mystique so I gave it a shot via Netflix and I am glad that I did.

Top Five Hitchcock Edition: Five favorite Hitchcock Cameos

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Psycho was the first Hitchcock film that I had the pleasure of seeing. I watched it on television and instantly fell in love with the film, its cast and the master mind behind the movie. Psycho is easily his most recognizable film among modern day film audiences. Made in 1960 Psycho was adapted from a book by Robert Bloch. Alfred Hitchcock’s meticulous planing was the reason behind audiences ignorance at the film plot even though the book was published a year prior to the film. There is no way this could happen today. Alfred Hitchcock’s appearance in psycho was at the 0.06.39 mark. He is seen outside of Crane’s work as she enters wearing a cowboy hat.

4) Rear Window
Starring Grace Kelly in her second picture with Hitchcock and James Stewart in one of his many collaborations with the director. For some Hitchcock’s appearance in this film might be hard to spot but once you know you know. While Jimmy Stewart peers out the window at his neighbors he looks into the songwriter played by Ross Bagdasarian known for Alvin and the Chipmunks. While staring into his apartment he sees Bagdasarian on the piano as Hitchcock stands behind him fixing a clock. It is widely believed by some that Hitchcock broke the first wall in this one. A thought that never occurred to me. We he turns to talk to the songwriter he is suppose to be looking at the audience but Bagdasarian however responds to Hitchcock. I did not see his cameo in this film the first time I sat down to watch it. At one point in one of my viewings of this film I saw what I thought was him but I left uncertain so thanks to the internet I was able to assure myself that, that was indeed him across the courtyard. He appears 25 minutes into the film.

3)Strangers on a Train

I do have an obsession with this film. It is constantly vying with Shadow of a Doubt for the top space on my favorite film list. Appearing ten minutes into the film Hitchcock is carrying a Double Bass as he passes Farley Granger as he exits the train. Whats great about this cameo is Hitchcock’s appearance with the Double Bass contributes to the theme of doubles.

2) To Catch a Thief

Alfred Hitchcock appeared at the 0:09:40 mark in what I think is the funniest of all his Cameos. It what is arguably the hardest to miss cameo you may end up laughing out loud at this one.

1) Lifeboat

Easily his most cleaver appearance in a film  Hitchcock At the 0:25 mark Hitchcock appears in a before and after add in a news paper article. A group of survivors of a torpedoed ship find themselves in the same boat with one of the men who sunk it. Little known by modern day audiences, Hitchcock’s Lifeboat is a unique thrill ride for the director. Written by John Steinbeck at Hitchcock’s request the minimalist set adds to the suspense.

There you have it. My Five Favorite Hitchcock Cameos. Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to read this post. If you like what you see don’t forget to like and follow. What are some of you favorite cameos? 

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25 Facts About Me (Film edition)

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Below are a series of facts about me. All are film related. 

1) The Little Rascals was the first film I saw in theaters.

2) I cried at the end of Beauty and the Beast because I didn’t want the beast to turn back into a man.

3) The Maltese Falcon was my first film noir.

4) I still have my TV recording of The Sound of Music.

5) I was shacking after watching The Birds for the first time. I didn’t realize how much it had affected me until the very end.

6) I chucked my remote across during To Kill A Mockingbird.

7) Psycho was the film that introduced me to Hitchcock. It was also the film that sparked my interest in more aspects of film making.

8) I always go back and forth between Strangers on a Train and Shadow of a Doubt as my favorite Hitchcock film.

9) I saw Some Like It Hot several times in small parts before watching the whole movie. When I finally got to see the whole thing I feel instantly in love with the actors and the director.

10) The Secret Garden 1990’s film version is my favorite film from my childhood. I also prefer this version to others.

11) I was an avid watcher of Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen films. (I was a 90’s kid after all.)

12) I dressed up in a former Halloween costume as Dorthy to see The Wizard of Oz in theaters.

13) When I went to see The Wizard of Oz I carried my stuffed dog from Anastasia with me in place of toto.

14) I have yet to sit through The Exorcist.

15) The phone rang after my first viewing of scream and I freaked out. I told the story via YouTube check it out. First time I watched Scream.

16) I once scared my mom while she was in the shower pretending to be Norman Bates dressed up as his mother. It was priceless.

17) My go to holiday movie is Miracle on 34th street.

18) The first time I saw Opera I am quoted as saying “I forgot I had a phobia of this.”

19)After watching A Nightmare on Elm Street for the first time. My mom decided to get me back for all the times that I scared her. She ran into my room yelling and I freaked out running after her as she went away.

20) A marathon of film trailers calms me down when I feel agitated.

21) My favorite film soundtrack is Braveheart.

22) I screamed during Jaws when the head popped out from the boat.

23) Splendor in the Grass is a guilty pleasure movie.

24) I love watching Hallmark Holiday movies with my mother.

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25) I have been to Doune Castle as seen in Monty Python and the Holy Grail