Movie Review: Hitchcock (2012)



There are certain truisms that you hold on to in this world of vague uncertainty. The sun will rise.  The world will spin.  Anthony Hopkins will not suck no matter how bad the movie he may find himself in does.  Or at least he did…

I’m not entirely sure what Hitchcock is supposed to be.  It’s not a biopic.  The only insights we get into the great director are when he pisses someone off and they scream that he’s always doing this or always doing that.  Jessica Biel plays an actress whose career he supposedly ruined, but it’s tossed out in such a way that makes it totally irrelevant.  Everything, about the movie seems irrelevant.  The pitch is, I suppose, that Hitchcock was backed up by his wife Alma and he was really only as good as they were together.  The crucible for their marital crisis is the director’s controversial and scandalous (at the time) making of Psycho…..but the movie spends very little time on the making of it at all.  If you haven’t seen Psycho, you’d have no idea what they were even referencing most of the time.

What does the film spend its focus?  Well, there’s a lot of Anthony Hopkins parading around in the Hitchcock makeup being episodically quirky/pervy.  The makeup is not good.  It’s bad.  It’s Anthony Hopkins in a fat suit.  It looks nothing like Hitchcock and Hopkins gives the first bad performance I’ve ever seen.  He brings nothing to the character and seems partially asleep most of the movie.  Helen Mirren is stellar as always, playing Hitchcock’s wife.  Scarlett Johanssen does a good job as Janet Leigh, though she’s only in about ten minutes of the film.  The rest of the cast is as forgettable as the movie.

Bookending the film are two instances of Hitchcock directly addressing the audience as he did in his Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV show.  So that framing device frames the making of Psycho which is seen through the lens of Hitchcock’s marriage.  It’s bizarrely scattered, unfocused and-ultimately-unentertaining.  Go rent Psycho.  Read a book on Hitchcock if you want to learn something about him, because you won’t glean anything from this.

Amazing Spider-Man 2 On the Set Gallery

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Courtesy of Super Hero Hype, we have an on-the-set look at Marc Webb’s crew filming Amazing Spider-Man 2.  Granted, it’s 8 pictures of them getting a shot of him wall-crawling, but it’s still bits of tid, people!  Amazing Spider-Man 2 is filming right now for a May 2014 release.

Trailer Time: The Wolverine Japanese Trailer (2013)

In Japan, where the movie is set, The Wolverine is going to be released as Wolverine: Samurai (which I actually think is a better title).  Today the Land of the Rising Sun got its own trailer, which I present to you via the magic tubes of the Interwebs.  This week has been a super hero news extravaganza.  Directed by James Mangold, The Wolverine will hack its way into theatres on July 26th.

Trailer Time: Thor The Dark World (2013)

As promised, here is the first trailer for Thor: The Dark World.  A little something to make the beginning of the work day more palatable.  THOR ODINSON RETURNS!!!!  What are your thoughts?  Are you looking forward to returning to Asgard in November?

Iron Man 3 Midnight IMAX Poster by Jock

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I lost count of how many posters this makes for Iron Man 3, but this one is by one of my favorite artists – Jock – so I’m compelled to post it.  I think I’ll only feel truly successful if I can command people to use a one-word name for me.  Granted, some do it now, but it’s not at my behest and rarely complimentary.  At any rate, Rotten Tomatoes has four reviews up (they start rating when they get five) and they range from pretty good to awesome.  That tells us next to nothing, but we should get a better picture of the film’s critical reception over the next week.  You know you’re going to see it anyway.  If you go to a midnight IMAX showing of the film, there’s a fair chance you’ll get a copy of Jock’s handiwork.  Iron Man 3 opens May 3rd.  Official synopsis below:

Marvel’s Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

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