The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) ★★★★☆

“A single crash of Cymbals and how it rocked the lives of an American family.” Revamping his 1934 thriller into an exotic, suspenseful adventure, Hitchcock makes excellent use of location, stunning chemistry between Doris Day and James Stewart, and the sharp story of what appears to be an average man, drawn into an assassination plot. “The Man Who Knew Too…

Vertigo (1958) ★★★★★

Just when you think you have already predicted the plot; then Hitchcock makes a fool of you. Unlike Hitchcock’s previous works, Vertigo takes a slightly different approach to enticing its audience in. Vertigo is a near-perfect suspense thriller with a devastating tragedy at hand. Retired police detective, “Scottie” Ferguson (James Stewart) is traumatized after a rooftop chase to…

The Trouble With Harry (1955) ★★★★☆

Who said being dead was easy…  A dead body inconveniently appears on the hillside above the town of Highwater, Vermont. It is stumbled upon on by Captain Albert Wiles (Edmund Gwenn), who is convinced he shot the man when previously trying to kill a rabbit. His efforts in hiding the body however, are thrown down the drain as fellow…

Dial M for Murder (1954) ★★★★★

Dial H for Hitchcock.  1954 was certainly a great year for Hitchcock – his masterpiece Rear Window came out the same year. Margot (Grace Kelly), the wife of ex-tennis player Tony (Ray Milland) has been having an affair with crime-fiction writer, Mark (Robert Cummings). However, the couple are unaware of Tony’s knowledge of the affair. As a result, he plans to kill his wife, though refuses…

Rear Window (1954) ★★★★★

Us watching someone watch someone else… A week before scheduled to get out of a leg cast that has made him housebound, photographer L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) witnesses what he suspects to be a murder. He informs his nurse, who dismisses the idea, advising him to stay out of other peoples’ business. His girlfriend, Lisa (Grace Kelly), doesn’t believe…

To Catch a Thief (1955) ★★★★☆

Hitchcock at his glossiest.  Set in the lavish Riviera countryside, notorious jewel thief, John Robie, otherwise known as ‘The Cat’ (Cary Grant), ‘retired’ from his occupation in France fifteen years ago. However, he is soon suspected of returning to his role. In attempt to prove his innocence, he must fish out the copy cat. Grace Kelly, as always,…

The Birds (1963) ★★☆☆☆

Nature’s vengeance… a lot of talk, though very little action. A blossoming romance springs between Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), a wealthy socialite, and a Lawyer based in San Francisco, Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor). They first meet in a pet shop, where they are both shopping for birds. Brenner is familiar with Melanie from a recent trial which she was…