Today’s IMDB Top 250 Guest Review comes from Rob of MovieRob. He also reviewed Saving Private Ryan HERE and The Manchurian Candidate HERE and Pulp Fiction HERE. Thanks for the reviews, Rob! 🙂 Now let’s see what he has to say about Strangers On A Train, IMDB rank 138 out of 250…
There are still some movies up for grabs if anyone wants to do a guest IMDB Top 250 review. You can find the list of remaining films HERE. See the full list & links to all the reviews that have already been done HERE.
Also, if you’d like to add a link to your IMDB Review(s) on your own blogs, feel free to use any of the logos I’ve used at the top of any of these guest reviews.
“My theory is that everyone is a potential murderer.” – Bruno
Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Nov 2014)
Brief Synopsis – After two strangers meet by accident during a train ride, one of them suggests that they commit crisscross murders for each other so neither will be suspected of the crimes.
My Take on it – Despite being a co-host of a Hitchcock blogathon a few months ago, I still haven’t seen most of his movies yet.
This is one of them that I have been meaning to see for years, but for some unknown reason, I have constantly procrastinated seeing.
I knew the basic premise (which was re-used in Throw Momma From the Train (1987) and couldn’t wait to see how Hitchcock handled it.
As a fan of movies, I generally prefer good and gripping plots as opposed to masterfully filmed movies from a technical standpoint. That’s probably the reason that I never fully appreciated Hitchcock’s films because he was known more for his camera angles, shots and perspectives than for his storylines.
That’s actually my major gripe about this movie tho; the premise is genius, but the actual storyline execution is weak. The characterizations and plot should have been developed more instead of making sure that the reflection through a pair of eye glasses was done properly. But that’s what one should expect from a Hitchcock movie, so I can’t really complain about something I was already aware of when I watched this.
There are a few great suspense filled scenes, the most notable one is with a lighter in a storm drain.
I wish I could say that I loved this movie, but frankly I can only say it was very good.
Bottom Line – Amazing premise and great work by Hitchcock, but the story itself is weakly plotted. Camera shots are excellent and perfectly done just like Hitchcock was known for. Recommended!
Rating – Globe Worthy
***MOVIES FOR MOVIEROB & THE IPC
Hi. Your Cinema Parrot Disco host here. So, a few months ago, Rob did a review of Need For Speed for Eric’s Shitfest at The IPC. At the end of the review, he posted 10 pictures from 10 road racing movies and said that whoever got the most right would be able to choose 5 movies for him and 5 movies for Eric to watch & review. Well, I WON! 🙂
Sorry for the huge delay, guys – I know you’ve been anxious for these, Rob! Life has gotten in the way these last few months but, as promised once October was over, here are your five movies each. I have a few alternates in case you’ve seen any of these already or if you can’t get a hold of some. I’ve put links in on the ones I’ve reviewed and there’s also one I’ve never seen (Nikita). No time limit whatsoever on these (although I’m sure Rob will have these watched, written, and posted by lunchtime tomorrow). 😉
Harold & Maude
The Secret In Their Eyes
Sisters (aka Blood Sisters)
***Stay tuned the next two weeks for two more IMDB Top 250 Alfred Hitchcock guest reviews.
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Check out my review of Hitchcock’s Strangers on a TRain for the IMDB Top 250 challenge over at Cinema Parrot Disco. Thanks Mutant for letting me be a part.
Btw – thanks again for the review, Rob! 🙂 I’m behind on comments & blog reading again….
You gave me a HORROR movie????? tsk, tsk.
The other 4 will be done by the end of the week (just kidding), 🙂
Thanks for the list, havent seen any of them.
what do we do about the Babadook? Should I bite the bullet or be a pussy and ask for an alternate?
Lol. You can do comedy horror instead, then. 🙂 Babadook has been ruined for me a bit. Either do Grabbers or Tucker & Dale Vs Evil.
Ur mean 😀
😉 Grabbers is a very easy watch. Not gory. Really funny. 🙂
I’ll be the judge of that 😀
uh, I. Origins isn’t available to watch yet on DVD, so that might take a while, unless you wanna switch that one too
sorry to be a complainer 😦
I can wait. 😉 I want more people to see that one!
Looks cool. Hopefully I’ll find it soon.
Tnx for these!
The Secret in Their Eyes in awesome. Dying to see what Eric makes of it.
It really IS an excellent film. 🙂 He likes those long tracking shots or whatever (I know nothing about filmmaking) so he should like the football stadium scene.
This movie is pretty dope so far
What?! Are you watching The Secret In Their Eyes?????
Yes, you dope!!
Oh, how exciting! Can’t wait to hear what you think of the football stadium scene. And the end. 🙂
I know you think I don’t remember anything but that’s where I’m at right now : ) had to stop because of a conference call……..
Did you finish this???
The Secret in Their Eyes? If so – YEP – I loved it!
Yay!!!! Seeeeeee?! You should listen to me sometimes! 😉
#maybe : )
It’s a great one!
Agreed, Cindy. Not my favorite Hitchcock film but it’s still a good one. 🙂
This is one of my fave movies. Great review Rob!
Gotta love Hitchcock… 🙂
You know we’re fans!
I’ve seen this! I remember thinking it was OK but took FAR too long to get to the fucking point. It’s been a while so details are hazy but – did he really have to show the entire tennis match??? Good movie but far too boring.
thats the problem with Hitchcock, he spend too much time sometimes on the way it’s filmed and the story suffers a bit because of that.
Don’t diss the Hitch! 😉
Again, I’m shocked to see Zoe and now Rob going after these Hitchcock movies!! They ought to be sick to death of them!! Lol. Nice review though, Rob. This is one I really feel like I need to see…along with a million other Hitchcock films. I’ve still only seen 4 of them. Pathetic.
Well, this one is good but I’d definitely recommend other Hitchcock films before this one… 🙂
I’m gonna try to do Rear Window for Resolutions! Meant to do it this year, actually…
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