Skip to main content

Is "Vertigo" really the best movie of all time?

ROSEBUD!
Perhaps you heard not too long ago that "Vertigo" was named the best film of all time by British magazine Sight & Sound. This is in strict opposition to the commonly accepted idea that "Citizen Kane" is, in fact, the owner of this title. So somewhere, Orson Welles is quaking in his big grave.

This begs the question- well, is "Vertigo" the best movie in history?

If you asked me, and no one did for good reason, I would have said "Casablanca," which is truly an epic, historically-rich romance. Ingrid Bergman and Nazis:  WHAT gets better than that. This side of Easy Mac- UM NOTHING.

So "Vertigo." I recently rewatched it because I didn't have anything better to do one Sunday night.

neither did he.
Have you seen the movie? It's certainly a film that deserves repeated viewings. It's kind of hard to accurately describe...it's trippy. 

The premise boils down to a fear of heights- hence the title. The main character, Scottie, has a HUGE issue with heights, as we learn in the beginning. Oh, also, his real name is John, but he goes by Scottie or Scotty. WHY? It's like how people named John also go by Jack. Makes no sense at all to me. Hitchcock does a great job of capturing Scottie's vertigo, in fact, my understanding is this film is rather groundbreaking. Now, you watching it with almost 60 years of perspective and innovation....it can be dated at times. 

He also has this assistant that's in love with him, the girl with glasses pictured above. She is like the Megan ("Mad Men") of this film. She probably likes jazz and reads Ginsberg and may be going on the pill in several years. I like to think this girl became a hippie and hung out with pre-crazy Jane Fonda at least once (and pre-"Monster in Law," it's worth saying. Ugh).

The girl HE is in love with, though, is the blonde (surprise!) wife of a man who hires him to watch her. Of course, he sees her (Kim Novak) and is smitten instantly. But it's a lot more complex than that. Example:  she goes to an art museum and stares at this picture of some dead lady all the time. I don't know why that's a sign to not get involved, but she's a curvy blonde and we all have our weaknesses. My weakness is...haha like I have just one! LOL

The film's plot is baffling and unbelievable at times, but there are several great scenes (ESPECIALLY at the end!) and part of the rules of cinema is to suspend disbelief. However, this all being said, as much as I personally enjoy "Vertigo," I don't know if it merits "best film of all time" status. Top ten, yes. But perhaps I just need to watch it again. 

Well, what says you, Peanut Gallery?





O.o

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

"Chang-E" - Emmy the Great (new album out 10/9)

Emmy the Great drops her new album tomorrow on Bella Union - the fastest album she says she's ever created.  "April /月音" was completed after a trip to to her birth city Hong Kong in 2017. In early 2018, Emmy the Great made "April /月音" in a two-week period in Brooklyn - which was delayed for release until now because of her maternity leave. After recording this album, Emmy moved (for good) back to Hong Kong.  Since her original trip to Hong Kong, things have become quite tumultuous there. Said Emmy. "I’ll never know why the city called me back, but I know what it gave me. In return, I want to give it this album. That Mid-Autumn, nobody could have predicted what was to come, neither the atomization that began with the anti-Extradition Law protests in June 2019, nor the struggle for democracy that continues now, through the Covid-19 pandemic. To witness your birth city in its greatest moment of need is a powerful, humbling event, and I know I watched Hong Kong

Give JR a Break

Recently, I've been reading some sites that have criticized James Roday, the lead actor on the USA show PSYCH for an apparent weight gain. But you know what? Who gives a flying fizzle stick if James Roday is slightly larger than he was 4 years ago. Apparently, it wasn't enough to scare away his current girlfriend/ co-star Maggie Lawson. (Who is one hell of a Catch!) And NO they are not engaged. That seems to be nothing more than a rumor, but there is a very high chance of it happening in the near future. Anyway, as long as PSYCH continues to entertain I don't mind about James Roday's waist. He, and Dule Hill, and Corbin Bernson too, can eat all the fried broccoli they want. The last episode of PSYCH wasn't so smashing, but I don't blame it on dietary issues. QATFYG: Are you keeping up with Psych? And who is hotter, James Roday or Maggie Lawson? (Trick Question but idk why) PS: If you have heard any more news on Roday and Lawson becoming Roday-Lawso

movies you should see: hiroshima mon amour

Hiroshima, Mon Amour this movie has been on my mind a lot lately, due to the recent events in Japan. when I saw it about a year ago, it easily made an impression on me. easily. it was just so beautiful, in every way thinkable. it follows the story of a French actress and her Japanese architect lover, having a conversation together as they lie in bed. the majority of the film is told in flashbacks of their lives in WWII (the film was made in 1959, so there's a ten year gap there). he was directly affected by the dropping of the atom bomb in Hiroshima; she was ostracized due to her involvement with a German soldier. the reason I was propelled to see it was the song "Burning Hearts" by My Favorite- "I was an architect, she was an actress, I drew the Eiffel Tower upon her dress." (really good song too, by the way! RIP My Favorite). luckily, you can find the movie online. here's a portion of it: I HOPE YOU LIKE READING FILMS it's given credit (so I am