Window Shopping

In Rear Window, Jimmy Stewart plays a free bird, an adventurous action photographer named L.B. Jeffries who’s scared to death of being caged in…

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“Lourdes”: Miracles can happen?

With its palette of hot poppy red and cool sky blue; its deft mining of the subliminal comic potential of grand, historically heavy locations;…

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Violins of Violence

The world's most imitated movie sound effect — the “stab” screech from the shower scene in Psycho — wasn't made by foley artists, synthesizers,…

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On the Wings of Love

Implausible plots, laughable dialogue, stilted acting — the plague of the self-serious summer blockbusters draws nearer every day. Be afraid, be very afraid. Silicon…

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The 39 Steps

This production being a Broadway import, you might expect just another generic and generally unchallenging extravaganza. Arguably, it is, but how appealing that the…

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The 39 Steps

This production being a Broadway import, you might expect just another generic and generally unchallenging extravaganza. Arguably, it is, but how appealing that the…

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Notorious, Psycho Birds Cause Vertigo

When today’s torture porn makes old slasher films look like after-school specials, Alfred Hitchcock’s movies must seem mighty quaint. Unless, that is, one muses…

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A killer style: The Moment of Psycho

In The Moment of Psycho, David Thomson sets a dangerous precedent. Not for pointing out that Alfred Hitchcock's shocking little low-budget 1960 movie about…

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Lethem Drops Chronic

Jonathan Lethem's last two novels — 2003's Fortress of Solitude and 2007's You Don't Love Me Yet — steered away from the sci-fi leanings…

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