Criterion Year Week 3: The Lady Vanishes and The Basics of Hitchcock

The Criterion Collection, the last vestige of truly collectable DVD and Blu-Ray movies in existence. These are well produced, fancy pants editions of important and interesting films for the discerning film lover.

We continue our journey through Jim's collection of movies with...

Week 3:

The Lady Vanishes

Spine Number: 3

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Genre: It's Alfred Goddamned Hitchcock!

The Master of Suspense. That's a hell of a label to throw on a person. I mean... The Master of Suspense? Think about it. That's like when they call Wayne Gretzky "The Great One." There is no attempt to mince words here. Hitchcock is the man. There really is no debating this, at least not with Jim...

Yes, that is a real tattoo.

The Lady Vanishes was one of Hitchcock's last films before moving to Hollywood and becoming Alfred Hitchcock. It was a huge hit and laid the foundation for the type of filmmaker Hitch would become. He set the standard and has yet to be surpassed.

So join us on our Hitchcockian journey through "The Lady Vanishes."

Next week:

Spine Number 5: Francois Truffaut's The 400 Blows

Also, check this out.
Looks like Summer Movie League has officially become Fantasy Movie League.
It looks quite fun. Here's how it works.
You have an 8 screen theater.
Every week you pick movies and have a budget/salary cap you have to stay under.
Then you compete against other theaters in your league.
It's fantasy football for movie people.

Our league is Film Thugs 2015 and the password is Porterhouse.

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Jim out

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