Tag Archives: James Stewart

I’ve Seen Two More Classics: ‘High Noon’ and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

I love watching movie classics! There’s something so joyous about sitting down and turning on a really good black-and-white film. Maybe it’s because these classics felt so much more creative in their storytelling than the generic hodgepodge of movies these days but yeah, I love watching classic cinema. This past week I decided to watch two films that caught my eye; High Noon and It’s a Wonderful Life.

HIGH NOON: Celebrating The Power Of Individual Fortitude | Film Inquiry

I decided to watch High Noon because I love a good Western and this Western earned the film’s star, Gary Cooper, an Oscar for Best Actor. That’s like an actor getting an Oscar for playing a superhero these days.

So I turned on the film and at first I was kind of bored with the story but after a while my anxiety built and built until by the end I could barely contain my muffled screams of anguish.

High Noon tells the story of a newly-retired sheriff who has a date with four revenge-stricken gunslingers who are out to kill him. But here’s the catch, the gunslingers’ leader is coming on the noon train, meaning the sheriff has to try and recruit deputies and wait for the noon train to come before the showdown.

What transpires is a brilliantly written, highly suspenseful conclusion that left me beaming when it finished. I’ve seen plenty of great Westerns in my time but High Noon is totally up there with the greats like The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Unforgiven, and 3:10 to Yuma.

A

Continue reading I’ve Seen Two More Classics: ‘High Noon’ and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

‘Rope’: Another Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece

I love Alfred Hitchcock movies and Peacock has a library of Hitchcock films to explore. One such film that I was really excited to watch was Rope and boy did it deliver.

Every Hitchcock movie, besides their directorial similarities and recurring actors, manages to be different and this was no exception. Taking place in a single apartment for the duration of the movie, Rope follows the plot of two young murderers who try to prove the perfect crime by having a dinner party in the very apartment where they killed their fellow youngster. What takes place is a slow motion mystery that builds in suspense until by the end, you’re just bursting at the seams with excitement.

James Stewart once again stars in this Hitchcock movie and honestly, it may be my favorite role of his yet. He was utterly perfect in this film with his classic brand of nonchalant humor and clear-cut good-guy qualities. He’s honestly become one of my favorite old Hollywood actors and this movie confirmed that.

Rope is an amazing mystery and if you get the chance check it out ’cause it’s totally worth the watch.

The next Hitchcock movie I’m going to check out will definitely be To Catch a Thief and then Marnie. Both seem fascinating enough and I can’t wait to see them.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day.