The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

The Little Shop of Horrors
Director: Roger Corman
Writer: Charles B. Griffith, Roger Corman
Cast: Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph, Mel Welles, Dick Miller, Myrtle Vail, Karyn Kupcinet, Toby Michaels, Leola Wendorff, Lynn Storey, Wally Campo, Jack Warford, Meri Welles, John Herman Shaner, Jack Nicholson, Charles B. Griffith
Seen on: 17.4.2021

Gravis Mushnick (Mel Welles) has a small flower shop on Skid Row, always worrying about his shop’s continued existence. He has two employees, Audrey (Jackie Joseph) and Seymour (Jonathan Haze), but Seymour is not exactly the greatest at his job. When Mushnick threatens once again to fire him, Seymour tells him about an unusual plant that he has been growing and that might be a customer draw. Mushnick gives Seymour one more chance to prove his worth. The plant – nicknamed Audrey Junior – is unusual indeed, not just in the way it looks, but also in the (bloody) care it needs.

The Little Shop of Horrors is a fun film, even if not all its jokes work all that well anymore in today’s context. But overall, I really enjoyed it.

The film poster showing the drawing of a man holding a small potted flower. There is a vine around his feet that goes to a huge flower that is about to bite his head off.
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À bout de souffle [Breathless] (1960)

À bout de souffle
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Writer: François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard
Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger
Seen on: 22.03.2015

Michel (Jean-Paul Belmondo) graduates from thievery to murder when he shoots a police man who stops him in a stolen car. He knows that he can’t stay in France now, but returns to Paris to convince his girlfriend Patricia (Jean Seberg), an American journalist working for a newspaper in Paris, to run away with him. Patricia is not so easily convinced, though.

À bout de souffle is the first Godard film that I saw and I have to admit that I am a little baffled by it. From a theoretical point of view, I see its importance. That doesn’t make it any less boring, though.

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Psycho (1960)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writer: Joseph Stefano, Alma Reville
Based on: Robert Bloch‘s novel
Cast: Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Patricia Hitchcock

Marion (Janet Leigh) works at a small company. When she gets her hands on a lot of money in cash for a business transaction, she decides on a whim to steal it and sets off to get her boyfriend Sam (John Gavin) and start a new life. On her way there, she stops at Bates Motel, though. There the young and a little weird owner Norman (Anthony Perkins), who lives alone with his psychotic mother, gives her a room. But when Marion takes a shower in said room, things end deadly for her.

[I should have seen Psycho ages ago, but better late than never, right?]
Psycho is brilliant. Tense and wonderfully acted and (contrary to many other movie classics who are wrongly called great) really delivers everything its reputation promises.


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Home from the Hill (1960)

Home from the Hill
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Writer: Harriet Frank Jr., Irving Ravetch
Based on: William Humphrey‘s novel
Cast: Robert Mitchum, Eleanor Parker, George Peppard, George Hamilton, Luana Patten

Wade Hunnicutt (Robert Mitchum) dominates not only his entire family but basically his entire town, where he has slept with almost the entire female population. His wife Hannah (Eleanor Parker) tolerates it and compensates by doting on their son Theron (George Hamilton). But when Theron tries to get out from under his mother’s wing, he turns to his father and his father’s loyal employee Rafe (George Peppard) and gets his first hunting lessons.

I went into the film not knowing much about it [I had totally forgotten why I wanted to see it and therefore reserved a ticket – I didn’t even know the general plot anymore], so I wasn’t entirely certain what to expect. That means that for the first bit of the film I was a bit unsure because nothing much happened. But once I realized that this was just a family story and stopped waiting for the big events, I absolutely fell in love with the film.

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