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Hitchcock takes the art of film making to new heights.
This Hitchcock thriller made in the 50's is one of the best films I believe he ever made. Wonderful performances from James Stewart as the man obsessively in love with the very beautiful and mysterious Kim Novak. Superb supporting cast including the late Barbara Bel Geddes. Hermann's theme gives a three dimensional feel to this movie with his haunting melody. This film has been lovingly restored to it's original beauty. I bought this DVD fairly recently and it has the bonus of having a lot of information about how the film was made and restored.If you enjoy Hitch then you will love this classic, go and buy it. Rating: EXCELLENT. Hitchcock isn't just a name, it's another word for GENIUS! From Meryl Heasman (songwriter) CATFLAP MUSIC.
Cruel Holiday (2003)
Cruel Holiday...and believe me it was!
This was one of the better reality shows aimed particularly at young teenagers. It was full of action and fun, well "fun" for the viewers at least. I thought the contestants were a good mix of different personalities. The camp master was appropriately nasty although I expect his mother loves him. I believe he went on to do variety at the West End.I know Jacqui, as I met her after the show, a lovely person with a vivacious personality. There have been a couple of re-runs of this series which is great for all those who missed it the first time around. I voted for Adam Heasman, there is a good reason for that I'm his mother! From Meryl Heasman singer/songwriter www.catflapmusic.org
The Night My Number Came Up (1955)
"Storm, darkness, snow"
The story begins to draw you in as commander Lindsay (Michael Hordern) relates a recent dream he has had about an air crash involving certain members of a dinner party he has cordially been invited to.Gradually, his dream starts to turn to a nightmarish reality as events start coming true. Even the Air Marshall played by Michael Redgrave, usually in control, finds his "stiff upper lip" starting to quiver as the dreaded dream of an air disaster looks like becoming a reality.Mr Robertson (Alexander Knox)gives a convincing performance as a man terrified of flying but more afraid of being seen to let his fear override his ideas of being dominated by superstition.This gripping story makes comparisons between the Eastern beliefs in dreams and omens and the Western culture's dismissive attitude to the same."There is no effect without cause" and this clever film has a way of persuading you that you are flying on the ill-fated Dakota instead of sitting comfortably in your armchair. An array of different characters and a fantastic supporting cast including the late Alfie Bass. Great story, superb direction from Leslie Norman, wonderful atmospheric music. In fact the perfect ingredients for a British classic thriller. Unforgettable film, a definite must watch. 10 stars. from Meryl Heasman (songwriter) CATFLAP MUSIC Kent England.
Night of the Demon (1957)
Night of the Demon. classic cult movie ahead of it's time.
"...like one that on a lonesome road doth walk in fear and dread because he knows a frightful fiend doth close behind him tread". From the beginning of this film you know you are going to be taken on a journey of nervous anticipation. It's tense musical score and clever artistic direction paint the unfolding colours of the story as you witness Professor Harrington driving down a dark and winding lane in fear of what may be lurking in the shadows of the night.Based on the story "Casting the Runes" this 1950's British classic is more about the unseen terrors of the human mind than the horror of blood and gore. Wonderfully directed by Jacques Tourneur, the actors are well-teamed in the shape of Dana Andrews as the prominent psychologist Dr Holden, who remains almost unshakable in his well-balanced and logical view towards the unsettling events gradually gaining momentum. He is pitted against Niall MacGinnis who gives a mesmerising performance as the dark and sinister Dr Karswell. If you haven't seen this movie than you have missed a film which probably set the trend for other films of it's genre. Watch and enjoy! from Meryl Heasman (songwriter) CATFLAP MUSIC.
FRENZY One of Hitchcock's best thrillers.
I watched FRENZY many years ago and I recently bought the DVD. I'm glad I did as it is truly one of the greatest of Hitch's films. The screenplay by Anthony Shaffer is very well written and the characters are totally believable. Jon Finch has an edge to him which gives an overall greater depth to this film than some of it's contemporaries.From the beginning it has your attention and the action never stops. The musical score by Ron Goodwin is excellent and sets the mood of the film. Rusk (Barry Foster)is brilliant and the rather black comedy with Vivien Merchant is second-to-none. British cinema at it's best, if you haven't seen this Hitchcock thriller SHAME on you! Go and buy it, it will be YOUR type of film!! Meryl Heasman CATFLAP MUSIC