Jared Smith (English47)
Jared's Recent Reviews
I'm not the biggest Woody Allen fan as I've only seen his most recent 3 (all which I have liked including To Rome with Love, but I was still a little disappointed with Annie Hall. The comedy is there and it's not hilarious, but it's intelligent and witty which is nice and all, but I never found myself caring for this couple because they never seemed like a couple that deserved each other. I liked Allen's observations and how he broke the fourth wall to deliver his perspective on those observations, but as for the story I was totally uninvested and uninterested. I'll give it another shot one of these days...
Shadow of a Doubt is one of my favorite Hitchcock films I've yet to see. There's something so compelling about Charlie Oakley, who is a man on the run. He's charismatic, charming and well-spoken, but secretive. Joseph Cotten seems the perfect actor for this role as he can also pull off the menacing look a character like Charlie needs.
Spoiler Alert I guess, I was thinking almost hoping that a twist would happen somewhere along the line where Cotten's character would be revealed to be innocent (which kind of did happen, but not exactly), and all the misleading evidence would be explained. Well, this didn't happen, but I kept thinking that he really wasn't a serial killer. Even after the death traps for some reason I still remained skeptical, although it should've been obvious at that point. I think that's what made my viewing so compelling though - I thought just as Charlie Newton did, that he couldn't have been the killer. I think that perspective is useful in relating to Teresa Wright's character and it makes Charlie Oakley seem that much more mysterious and interesting.
Regardless, it's a great movie.
Jared's Favorite Movies
The greatest film ever made. The acting is flawless, the cinematography is beautiful and the storyline is incredible.
Kevin Spacey is one of the greatest actors of all-time. The twist at the end is one of the best I've ever seen. Oh and fuck Scary Movie...