Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
the master of suspense. Perf.
Anthony Perkins (Norman Bates)
and Janet Leigh (Marion Crane)
[Suzie Vargas in the touch of evil] )
Nominated for four Academy awards
(Sub-categories for B&W)
Psycho was very great film full of suspense. I wasn't disappointed at all while watching it.I was looking forward to every A3 class to began watching because during lunch i was predicting what would happen next.
Psycho was the first movie i ever watched with narratives meaning you follow one character for the first 40 minutes than the next for the rest of the movie. That's what really confused me after Lila Crane dies by Normans "So called mother" i really thought the movie was over or that that was going to replay even further from the beginning but they did what nobody else did put another narrative after the scene so they can solve the missing persons case. I really thought Normans mother was still alive because i would see her in the window or hear he voice i even seen Norman carry her down the steps. The domination of Normans mother was so strong on Norman that he would try to be his mother. I found this out when Sam grabbed Norman and snatched his wig off. That scene is what made me realize Normans mother was just a skeleton and he was both characters.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The ending of psycho was really shocking. Finding out that Norman had actually murdered his mother and her husband really caught you by surprise. To protect himself from the pain of what he had done he (metaphorically) gave half his life to his mother. Switching personalities from her to himself in the matter of seconds. After watching the ending I reflected on the film and there are several parts in the movie where you can point out that the mother was not there. For example when norman was arguing with his mom every time one of the two personalities talked one had to pause to Norman could switch to the other. Also when Norman was carrying the deceased body of his mother down the stairs, she was telling him to let go but wasn't moving at all her body was completely limp. I really enjoyed the suspense and irony of this movie. I view this film as a true, horror classic that can still be watched and enjoyed even in today's developing and more improved cinema.
This movie was interesting because it was kind of a crime investigation type movie but yet it had some jump scares that actually got me even though its an old movie. For example a scare that got me was when the victims sister went into the phyco's basement and found his mother in a chair, when she turned the chair it was just a skeleton and this got me because I expected it to look like a recent death, not someone who has been dead for years and years.
In the movie they made the phyco seem like a suspect because of how nervous he was when he was being questioned and he wouldn't answer everything or have short / undescriptive answers.
I thought it was strange when they debriefed the situation and said that he thought he was two people and that's what caused him to act so crazy, I found it interesting because I never would have thought that's what was wrong with him, he even dressed up as his mother.
Its important to notice things such as in the beginning of the movie she had on a white bra but then around the time when she stole the $40,000 she had a black bra which could symbolize evil, compared to when she had on white which makes you think more positive.
The amount of suspense kept the film entertaining, and from class to class had me wondering and interested on what exactly would happen next.
In the case of observation, I had also mentioned in my prediction of the ending that there would potentially be one character living, typically in other films, the most innocent. Usually it is a blond haired woman, fair skinned with light eyes to represent that innocence, but in this case it was quite different. The last living character was in fact a woman with fair skin, but a woman with brown hair and dark eyes as well.
Overall it is safe to say that the movie itself was satisfying. The effects weren't all too bad either, though you can definitely see the influence Star Wars had on the movie. Between the design of the ship, the robots, the creatures--they can all be compared.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Okay, good news: No more randomly playing tense music.
I have to say, watching these old movies really shows me how these movies had aged ever since this movie's release in 1960. I'm not going to touch on aspects such as the black and white color, but I will touch on aspects such as the scenes and how they're done. Obviously from above, I want to talk about the "stabbing in the shower" scene, especially with how nonchalant the stabber was with stabbing Marion as it seemed slow, and no real force seems me to seen.
One last thing I'd like to touch on was the "special effects", obviously there isn't going to be much of them since this film is old, but honestly, it's a bit weird seeing there was practically no blood on Marion, but only splashed a bit around the bathtub. Heck, there wasn't even see-able stab wounds from the attack.
Though, I'm sure at the time, this film must've been wonders for the citizens during the 1960's.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
movies that I liked whether it was funny or scary I've always watched movies. Watching movies was always
a family pastime.I remember my parents taking me and my siblings to see Lilo and Stitch in the movie theater
as a family. My family always used to go see outdoor movies and these are memories that stuck with me.
I've watched plenty of movies in school that were related to the material we were learning. In this class I
expect to really notice and learn film terminology and be introduced to new movies I haven't seen or maybe
even thought about watching. I feel like coming in to this class I’m in something that I’ve always knew but
never took the time to actually go into depth.
First off, I'd like to say this movie has a decent set up so far, with one of the female workers nabbing a ton of money in order to go off with her boyfriend from a wealthy individual that planned to use the money else-how.
Still though, the movie does get a bit awkward with using its tense music. I get the first time it was used, when a person she worked for recognized her in the car, and the police somewhat stalks her. But even when the police stalks her, it doesn't seem that there isn't really any MAJOR danger besides the police being nearby, and the tense music starts blasting as the main female starts to nonchalantly drive away from the situation. It just feels a bit awkward as nothing really is happening besides driving sections and the female looking nervous as people talk in the background.
I'll have to see how the rest of the movie fairs, but it seems decent so far-(psycho theme starts playing) WHAT IS HAPPENING?!
I am both confused and intrigued by this post; what is this Man of Evil of which you speak? Are you confusing another film with Orson Welles's film noir classic Touch of Evil? I realize you were absent during some of our screenings. Let me know if you need to catch up or if we need to develop an alternate assignment.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Psycho is a film made in 1960, it's a suspense/horror movie that grabs your attention with its suspense and creepiness. The black and white seems to enhance the spookinest during the film. Marion is overly paranoid after stealing the money from her boss, every person she encounters she gets nervous. Getting anxious off the simplest questions of her name and when asked for her drivers license (when police officer pulled her over). Then you are introduced to Norman. A very well mannered but creepy young man. He seems to like marion, but has weird attributes about him. The way he spoke to marion when she was asking about his mother was leading me more towards the feeling that this man was in fact the psycho in this movie.
The movie Alien was a pretty good movie. I enjoyed the movie as a whole but it was hard to get past the mediocre gore (even though that was probably top notch graphics back then). Being so used to the quality of gore and use of technology we have today for filming, it was hard to go back and watch a film like this. The cat in the film confused me he would show up at the most inconvenient times for the space crew. This isn't a movie I wouldn't want to watch again, unless there was absolutely nothing else on.
Finally, the Alien is here. I like how the Alien is designed in this movie. Since, we technically do not know what Aliens look like, it is an interesting look for an alien. It walks on two legs, like humans, and has a tail, like an animal. This is my question, since the alien has mammal-like body parts and ways, did they take that into consideration? I think so, they wanted to portray the alien that way. Something unwonted and different from the usual alien movies like E.T and so on. When people think of aliens they think green and big eyes, so they wanted something different.
I also liked when the alien came into the movie. It grew in another person body, which is very different from what other people would think. Most people think the Alien would come straight out of the egg, and be there. But this movie made you think they immediately got rid of the alien, and let the man live. It did trick me for a second, then I thought "well if the movie is about an alien, it can't go away that fast."
I also liked how the alien only went after the humans, not the cat. Did the human do something to the aliens? Or did it just pick humans as its main food source. We eat cows and chickens, not foxes and rats. So, maybe the alien will only eat humans, because it is its main food source. I liked seeing this, not only does my favorite character live, but the alien must have a thought process. It must be able to think, and process what is going on. Maybe, the alien is smarter than us, it is able to go through the vents, and make its way through the space ship, that means it must know the layout. I know if I got into the ship for the first time, I would get lost or not know anything. The alien must know everything about the ship or a basic layout.
I hope to see more of how the alien gets a better idea of the ship or a better idea of humans. I want to see the alien get better at not getting caught, and catching people. I hope to see the alien get smarter and be able to process things better. Can't wait~
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
For example, when they're looking for the alien that had separated itself from the man's face, it falls unexpectedly from the ceiling onto the woman below. Thinking the alien is falling in order to attack, I was surprised to see that instead it was dead. Another example is when another man is looking for the cat on the lower deck of the ship. In this instance, he comes into contact with a full-grown, deadly alien that then kills him. My point is, the movie isn't too disappointing as far as the suspense factor really goes.
Moving on, I find the story-line thus far to be interesting. I find the plot to not do so much as bore me. There's often twists, shocks, anticipating moments in order to keep the viewer entertained. I value highly the way the cameras move so rhythmically and slowly in order to add to suspense. I admire the way the lighting adds to the eerie thought that there is this unknown being in their presence. It adds to the mystery.
I find as an observation to both this movie and even hundreds of others, that when people are to be killed, if there is one character to live, it is almost always the most innocent character. With that being said, it's usually a female, often blond haired, light eyed, in order to hint at the idea of a "perfect person," or even a Christ-like figure if you will. I'm interested to see how that plays out, and if anyone survives.
|Interior shot of the Millennium Falcon ca. 1977.|
|Interior of the Nostromo ca. 1979.|
I really enjoy this movie especially because the setting can remind you a bit of it being on a Star Wars ship [the Millennium Falcon perhaps? BTW director Ridley Scott has cited Lucas (Star Wars), Kubrick (2001: A Space Odyssey), and Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) as his primary influences on Alien]. Even though there is only one alien in the movie, it still stays interesting; you would think it would [might expect it to] be boring with just one alien.
"Screen Accurate Millennium Falcon Cockpit (CG Model)." The RPF RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Oct. 2014
"Star Wars - PistonHeads." Star Wars - PistonHeads. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Oct. 2014.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Today, the movie really started to get good. I'm more into the horror and suspense movies so Alien is meeting my expectations. I think I actually like this movie better than the other movies we have watched.
When they brought the guy in with the alien creature on his face I thought he was a goner until they said it was giving him oxygen. This was pretty strange. I still didn't think he would live though. Then, when they noticed the creature had fallen off his face and that it was dead, I questioned it. Was it really dead? Why did it detach itself from the guy's face? Also, was the guy really okay? He had woken up and seemed fine to the others but the scene left me with a feeling something strange was going to happen.
Then this happened:
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Throughout the film, I noticed how intelligent she really was. Unfortunately, her intelligence wasn't realized by the men, who barely paid attention to anything that she said. If she gave them orders, such as telling them not to let the man attacked by the alien claw back onto the spaceship, they defied her authority completely. She warned them that they could all get killed if he were to be let back in, and guess what happened? They all got killed. What a surprise.
In an attempt to destroy the aliens once and for all, Ripley activated the automatic detonation system (sounds intimidating, doesn't it?). In just ten minutes, the ship was to explode, which would also destroy the extraterrestrials. It became so intense when she was rushing around to get to the exit in the labyrinthine spaceship. As Mr. Monahan pointed out, the exits were located on the opposite side of the spaceship from the automatic detonation system. Along the way out, there was a massive alien, and it was truly amazing that she was able to avoid being attacked by it. Luckily, just in the nick of time, Ripley was safe, or so she thought. She had separated herself from Nostromo just in time, and watched it explode.
But that wasn't the end. It wasn't over; all was not safe and sound yet. I could tell from the music, the cinematography, and by Ripley's facial expressions that danger was still lurking on the spaceship. As Ripley was undressing and getting comfortable, I saw something strange-looking behind her. It looked like an alien, and it turns out that it was. Like the wind, she ran to her spacesuit, got her weapon, and set out to fight the alien. After about thirty intense seconds, the alien was finally out. But it climbed back into another part of the ship, so Ripley blasted it out, along with the other aliens that were still inside the spaceship. Finally, she was safe from harm.
But the harsh reality kicked in: Ripley was the only person out of the entire Nostromo crew that was still alive. But it also showed how strong of a woman she was, and how she proved the guys wrong. She knew that something was wrong with Ash, who turned out to be a robot who was plotting to kill all of them, early on in the film. But the other guys didn't see it. I'm not saying that they deserved to die, but they were definitely asking for it.
Alien is now one of my favorite movies, it's incredible in every way, Not only are the special effects far ahead of their time, but the combination of great music, cinematography, storyline, and acting all make for a killer film.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
One of my favorite aspects of Alien is the use of foreshadowing. It's beautifully done: not too revealing, but revealing enough. Throughout the majority of this film, there is a hauntingly eerie feeling conveyed to the viewer. And it's not some cheap suspense music or visual cues, but frighteningly well-planned cinematography and sound effects, as well as spine-chilling music. When one of the men aboard the ship went searching for the cat, I noticed a few things that signaled trouble. First of all, it was raining, and there were metal chains clashing together like wind chimes. And then the camera showed a close-up of one of the chains for a few seconds. Again, I knew that this shot had to mean something; it wasn't done just because the cinematographers felt like it. As the man kept looking for the cat, I began to hear this heavy squeaking sound. It sounded like something big. And then a tell-tale piece of evidence appeared: old slimy skin. Usually when monsters or aliens shed skin, that means they have grown. That can't be good. And it wasn't long until the humongous beast had appeared right behind the man. His time was up.
Right after, the movie jumped to the control center, showing another astronaut sitting at the computer. Not only was the sound of the computer keys creepy, especially since it was so ear-piercingly quiet otherwise. More foreshadowing was implemented in this scene as well: when he was attempting to do research on the alien lurking around the spaceship, all the computer could say was: "unable to compute" and "available date insufficient". Once again I said, "that can't be good".
One of the scariest scenes was when another astronaut was crawling through the hatches, which were just about as small as air ducts, looking for the alien. The music gave me goosebumps, and I noticed how normal sounds were manipulated to sound terrifying. With every inch the guy moved, I kept wonder when the alien would appear. The rising tension increased when he found gooey fluid on the floor, which made it clear that the alien was nearby. But where? The guy did have a tracking device, and so did the alien. The other astronauts, particularly a woman, was watching his coordinate on the screen. You could see the fear in her face, especially at the gut-wrenching moment when she saw that the alien was moving directly towards him. That was the end of him.
I could go on for hours about how much I love this movie, but let me just say this: it's beyond amazing, especially for 1979. I can't wait to see how it ends, yet I'm also disappointed to see it end so soon.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
The weirdest thing that happened at the end of the movie was that it turned out ironically that Sanchez actually was guilty and confessed to committing the crime. I wasn't expecting that to happen. I wonder how Quinlan and Menzies knew, or if they had just assumed and were right.
I recall when we started watching Touch of Evil it was really confusing to me. I didn't really understand the beginning but by the end it was more clear and I understood it better. The movie was okay but it wouldn't be a movie that I would want to watch on my own time or more than once. I hope the next movie we watch, Alien is more interesting.