The Birds (1963) Film Review

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The Birds is a Hitchcock classic. A fairly annoying woman, Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hendren) meets a quite arrogant man Mitch Brenner(Rod Taylor) and decides, with very little thinking, to surprise him at his mother’s home a couple of hours down the coast. Both he and is younger sister Cathy (Veronica Cartwright) are quite impressed, but his mother (Jessica Tandy) and ex-girlfriend Annie (Suzanne Pleshette) are less impressed. But this story doesn’t get to be explored any further as all of the birds start to attack the townsfolk.

It’s not hard to get past the fairly average special effects; the story is so compelling. I think what got me is that it is not explained. The birds just start working in an obviously deliberately aggressive fashion, and together. Plus, when you see hundreds of bird covering every surface with no soundtrack besides the sound of the birds. You don’t get much creepier than this. Below is a truly magnificent short lecture from Alfred Hitchock about birds. How wonderful.

The Birds was nominated for an Oscar for Best Effects, Special Visual Effects.


Driving Miss Daisy (1989) Film Review


Miss Daisy (Jessica Tandy) is getting on, and when she drive her car into her neighbour’s yard, her son, Boolie Werthan (Dan Aykroyd) has to deal with it. Against her will, he hires a driver, Hoke Colburn (Morgan Freeman), and eventually, she allows him to start driving her around. Over many years, they develop a friendship.

And that’s it. I felt that there were so many opportunities to do something or say something, but it just missed. There was almost a comment on class, there was almost a comment on race, there was almost a comment on several things. Instead, it was just a nice drive through the country, avoiding any real potholes.

Driving Miss Daisy won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Jessica Tandy), Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Alfred Uhry) and Best Makeup