Hitchcock films…

For Christmas, I got a great set of Hitchcock films, what I would consider to be his five best: Vertigo, Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, and North by Northwest. But of course, everyone knows these films. (If you don’t, you’ve got some watching to do!) After you’ve seen them, what next? This is what I would consider to be the next top 5 Hitchcock films:

  • Rope
  • The Trouble with Harry
  • Notorious
  • Shadow of a Doubt
  • Strangers on a Train

By the way, 2012 is the year that Vertigo knocked off Citizen Kane as the number-one movie of all time. We’re currently rewatching Vertigo, but it’s hard to beat this classic scene from North by Northwest:

Source: Chris Cattle | North By Northwest – James Hance.

Essential movies…

I have been wasting a lot of time over on FlickChart building a list of what I consider to be essential movies, all of which I want to watch with my son when he is old enough as part of his education. So far, the list is 318 movies long and still growing. That’s over 6 years of weekly movie-night material. We’d better get started!

I won’t share the whole list with you, just the top 10 as it currently stands. This could change at any moment, though.

10. Pulp Fiction
9. The Shawshank Redemption
8. Jaws
7. No Country for Old Men
6. Alien/Aliens
5. The Godfather Parts I and II
4. Raiders of the Lost Ark
3. Vertigo
2. Star Wars/Empire Strikes Back/Return of the Jedi
1. The Big Lebowski

Source: Image Gallery: Quentin vs Coen – Flavorwire.