Monthly Archives: September 2009

The Factoter: Alfred Hitchcock

Hitch: A True Ladies' Man

Hitch: A True Ladies' Man

As a very memorable birthday gift this year, my friend Tim*—creator of the whimsically informative trivia-based podcast, The Factoter—dedicated a recent episode to me and my filmic interests.

Have a listen to the episode: Factoter 906 – Hitchcock

Fans of minutia, public-radio-style audio essays and the like, should get a kick out of these. Check out other episodes here!

[*He and I share an appreciation for the oft-ignored, yet masterful use of the eponymous MacGuffin of Weekend at Bernie’s.]

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Trailer for Nicolas Refn’s “Valhalla Rising” (2009)

Of Danish director Refn’s films, I’ve only seen The Pusher trilogy, a collection of modern Neorealist crime films made over the course of a decade—each installment better than the last—and stylistically composed in a manner not unlike 2008’s critically lauded Gomorra.

From Todd Brown’s review over at Twitch, it sounds as if Valhalla is much more abstract, both thematically and structurally, than the trailer lets on. For starters its main character, One Eye (played by Pusher/Pusher II [co-]star Mads Mikkelsen, who also played villain Le Chiffre in Casino Royale), remains completely mute throughout the entire film.

I’m hoping that this one ends up at Chicago International this year! I guess I’ll find out next week, when they release the full schedule*.

[*update: it’s not a part of the lineup, and that is a bummer. However, the fact that it’s being labeled as a “VIKING FAIL” by various Tweetards only makes me that much more interested, since I assume at least some of them were hoping for some sort of Norwegian 300.]