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The Best Movies for a Snow Day

The first thing I ask myself when I look out the window and see white drifts of snow is, “Well, what movie am I going to watch today?” There’s something so cheery and satisfying about tucking yourself into the couch with a fluffy blanket and some hot coffee and turning on a movie. Lately, Logan’s been “educating” me on old movies and Hitchcock is far and away my favorite. In case you don’t know much about him, Hitchcock movies always involve beautiful women and gorgeous men trying to kill each other while wearing amazing clothes. Just kidding. :) I think my favorite thing about a classic Hitchcock tale is the way it isn’t scary, it isn’t horrifying, it’s just…thrilling. The tension builds and builds until it feels like your heart will either explode or just stop ticking all together. So in honor of this glorious snow day, here is a short list of my favorite Hitchcock films ::

Rope

This movie is about two normal men who become murderers by performing fancy mental tricks to sidestep their own consciences. The whole film takes place in one room in a big city loft and Hitchcock uses impossibly long shots to build the tension. Your fingernails will be in shreds by the end of it. via

To Catch A Thief

Honestly, the main thing I remember about To Catch A Thief is the red hot chemistry between Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. You’ll be paralyzed, unable to move a muscle, as you watch them together. Logan told me that when this movie was made, there were rules about how long an on-screen kiss could be. Hitchcock found a way around this by telling his actors to say their dialogue in bits and pieces between kisses. So they kiss and then whisper their lines just inches from each other and then kiss some more. It comes across way more scandalous than any long makeout session on today’s screens. via

North by Northwest

Iconic. Suspenseful. Stylish. You’ll never look at Mount Rushmore (or fields or planes or the UN building or mid-century houses) the same again. via

Notorious

We just watched this one over New Year’s and I was captivated. (Logan’s mom mentioned that Hitchcock didn’t have to film this one in black and white, he just liked to play with light and shadows and movement.) The story is perfection…a flippant party-girl is called upon by a US agent to spy upon her father’s Nazi friends. You feel so sorry for her as she risks her life for the sake of people who think she’s a notorious jade. via

What about you? Do you like Hitchcock films? What’s your favorite? What kind of movies do you like to watch on a snow day?

(Photo of Hitchcock and his children from Vintage Everyday)


Posted by Aanna on Monday, January 6th, 2014


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