Psycho remains one of my two favorite Hitchcock films, even after I’ve spent all term catching up on many of the ones I haven’t seen. (For the record, my other favorite is Rear Window, which I highly recommend to everyone.) Even were I to indulge in Hitchcock’s entire catalog and meticulously pick apart every film he’s made, Psycho will always remain a favorite for all of the reasons that it is so iconic. This is a film that legitimately makes me excited about the craft of filmmaking every, single time I view it.
There has been a lot of controversy brewing over Kick-Ass, but this is absolutely no surprise. Like so many envelope-pushers before it, the things that make it great are invariably the things that many an average Joe can’t swallow. Whether or not you’ll come out of it glowing or disgusted is going to be a matter of your personal moral code, but I can firmly say this: The film is incredible in a way that transcends good filmmaking and makes it innovative and important.
When you look forward to a film for awhile and it not only meets but exceeds your expectations, it’s a really wonderful and rare thing.
It’s for very good reason that this film is perpetually included in top ten lists of greatest films ever made.
As “must see” as it is possible to get.
A great film to view for academic purposes, but a brilliant piece of work in its own right.
By: Ethan and Joel Coen (directors, writers) Starring: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed, Sari Lennick, Aaron Wolff, Jessica McManus, Peter Breitmayer, David Kang, Amy Landecker, George Wyner, Michael Tezla, Fyvush Finkel, Adam Arkin A black comedy set in 1967 and centered on Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern professor who watches his life unravel when his [...]