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Fox Searchlight’s Hitchcock is quite the interesting story. While it would be so easy for some to attempt to call this largely independent film a glorified biopic, it is anything but. It is in fact one more movie adapted from the written word. It has been adapted from the book, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. Author Stephen Rubello’s book is a nonfiction work. It’s one thing to try to adapt a fiction work to the big screen. It’s a whole other task to try to translate an author’s work from a nonfiction into a near two hour movie that will be accepted by both uninitiated audiences and those more “experienced” Hitchcock devotees. That has already been evidenced in the likes of Public Enemies. The original book on which it was based is an excellent read. But the big screen take on that story hardly translated. So the question remains, where does Hitchcock get things right where other historically based movies adapted from nonfiction books get it wrong?
Despite what apparently many critics and audiences had expected of this movie, it is not just another standard biopic. Rather it is the story of how the famed director made his now legendary cinema classic. It examines not just how he made the movie, but how the movie made him. Audiences see in this story, the impact that making Psycho had on his marriage, too. In simple terms, this adaptation of Rubello’s book is less a history lesson and more a romance. It portrays a couple that is nearly torn apart as each becomes wrapped up in their own personal projects before each reach a revelatory point that brings them back together. This, in turn, leads the husband and wife team to finish Hitchcock’s masterpiece that remains one of horror’s best ever.
Audiences are instantly pulled into this movie as Hopkins introduces the story exactly as the real life Hitchcock had done in his classic TV series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents. This homage to Hitchcock history is enough to generate some laughs and applause from those who remember the classic program. From there, the combination of the movie’s sets and costumes work together to keep audiences fully engaged in the story, as they strive to keep the story as historically accurate as possible. Also worth noting here is the inclusion of facts about how studios and censors operated in the days of Psycho. This was one of the hurdles which Hitchcock had to face in bringing his movie to the masses. While the process of bringing Psycho to theaters may or may not have played out exactly as portrayed in this movie, it will still keep audiences engaged. And seeing him overcome everything thrown out at him, audiences will cheer at his success. That cheering will continue right to the story’s end. The reason behind that will be left to those who have yet to see the movie. But any viewer that knows anything of Hitchcock history will appreciate it, and will in turn be left agreeing that this turns out to be a movie worth having seen at least once.
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The Phil’s Picks blog and Facebook Page is hosting two brand new giveaways during the week of March 18th – 22nd. The first half of the week will see giveaways of 20th Century Fox’s award winning movie, Life of Pi. The adaptation of the book by Yann Martel is available now on Blu-ray/DVD/Vudu combo pack. Next Monday – Wednesday, I’ll be giving away one copy each day on the Phil’s Picks Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/philspicks. But I’m not just going to do any drawing. Those of you who have already “Liked” my FB page have to recruit more people to “Like” it in order to win. It will start Monday, March 18th. Here’s how it’ll go down. The first person to get just five (5) people to “Like” my page each day will win that day’s copy of “Life of Pi” on Blu-ray/DVD/Vudu. The people that you get to “Like” my page have to post to my timeline noting that you got them to “Like” my page. That way I can count each person’s recruits under your name. Make sense? Let me know if it doesn’t and I’ll try to explain it in simpler terms. I’ll announce the winner of each copy each afternoon at 4pm. Again, that’s the first person Monday – Wednesday to get 5 people to “Like” my page. And it doesn’t start until Monday. So that means that you need to get out there and spread the word about the Phil’s Picks FB page if you really want to win! I’m going to run the contest for these copies of “Hitchcock” the same way the following week
And if you’re not one of the people to enter or win, you can pick up your copy in store or online now. It can be ordered online at http://www.foxconnect.com.
Courtesy: Prosthetic Records
The second contest of the week of March 18th – 22nd will be held throughout the week. It is a contest for a pair of tickets to see Holy Grail on the Metal Alliance Tour. The band will play at Charlotte’s Tremont Music Hall on Saturday, April 13th alongside Anthrax, Exodus, and Municipal Waste. The performance is part of the band’s tour in support of Holy Grail’s new album, Ride the Void. Names will be taken beginning today, March 15th until 8:45a.m. EST March 22nd. One winner’s name will be drawn next Friday morning at 9am EST. The contest is courtesy of Prosthetic Records. You have to be able to attend the show in order to enter.