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Saturday, January 26, 2013

'Vertigo' nowhere close to No. 1

Sports, politics and movies have one thing in common:

All produce arguments, opinions and interesting discussions. Since this is a pop culture blog, we'll stick to movies.

Forgive me for being late to the party, but this week I watched for the first time what many call Director Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece, "Vertigo."

The 1958 film stars James Stewart as a retired cop who's afraid of heights. It's dubbed a psychological "thriller," but not in my book. Three words describe "Vertigo."

Boring, boring, boring.

What's worse,  in August 2012, the British Film Institute's Sight and Sound magazine poll that ranks the best films of all time once a decade named "Vertigo" the best film of all time. A panel of 846 voted in the poll.

Ousted from the top spot was Orson Welles' 1941 classic "Citizen Kane," to which I say, what in world is this panel thinking?
"Vertigo" has a preposterous storyline, is way too drawn out and the suspense simply doesn't sustain itself. I'm a big fan of Hitchcock, and "Psycho" and "The Birds" - arguably the director's most notable works - clearly deliver the goods from a thriller standpoint. Another Hitchcock classic, "North by Northwest" is an immense movie experience and I give it two big thumbs up.

"Vertigo?" ... No. It's certainly isn't the worst film of all-time. The scenic settings of San Francisco are breathtaking and Stewart is one of the all-time greats and he's fine in the role of Scottie Ferguson. But the best film of all-time?

No. Not even close. It's not even in the ballpark. What a whiff by the experts. But hey, this is simply one man's opinion.

- Mark Podolski | @MPodo


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