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    Top 5 Hitchcock

    I am planning to rewatch some of the Hitchcock films. And therefore, it is a good time to discuss some of his top films. The films that I usually tend to like are -> Vertigo, To Catch a Thief, North by Northwest, The Lady Vanishes, North by Northwest, Strangers on a Train, Notorious, 39 Steps, Rebecca, Suspicion, etc. .... Films such as Torn Curtain, I confess, are a good watch too What are your top 5?
  2. zen

    Top 5 Hitchcock

    It has been 2 months since I started this thread. Now I have rewatched 20 films. Since Hitchcock has some solid work spreading over decades, it is hard to rank his films. At times, the differences among top films are minimal and therefore positions interchangeable Top 10 (10 to 1) #10 North by Northwest: I expected NBNW to be placed higher on my list but it has not aged as well as I expected. And then there is the 39 Steps. However, the finale at Mount Rushmore and Bernard Hermann's score gave it a place in the Top 10, just edging out Strangers on a Train, which is of the Film Noir genre and can easily swap positions with NBNW #9 Foreign Correspondent: Both FC and Rebecca were released in 1940 and competed for the best picture award. The films starts slowly but picks up pace later on. It has some dramatically picturized scenes as shown in my previous post. The film has the type of characters that make Hitchcock films interesting and also builds a case for US' entry into WW2 #8 Spellbound: Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman. Oscar winning background score. Dream sequences directed by Salvador Dali. Could be placed higher on the list too #7 The 39 Steps: The original man on the run film. Gets to the point straight away. Has some amazing cool and hilarious sequences. Keeps you glued to the screen (and smiling) #6 The Lady Vanishes: One of the best train movies. Like the 39 Steps keeps you smiling most of the time #5 To Catch a Thief: TCAT is usually not in most people's Top 5 as it is more of a romantic comedy than a thriller. People like to rate Hitchcock's films loaded with drama higher. However, I found that the film has aged well. The interactions b/w Grant and Kelley are timeless. The films is also beautifully shot w/ the French Riviera as backdrop. It would look amazing if released on 4K HDR. Since it is shot in VistaVision, it would also look sharp in 4K #4 Vertigo: Another film that is beautifully shot and would look good in 4K HDR is Vertigo. However, the film is a slow burn relatively speaking. Positives include Bernard Hermann's score, which is brilliant. James Stewart delivers a believable performance. Many rate it has the best Hitchcock film or the best film (Sight and Sound?) ever. Could have been #1 but lost out as you have to be in a certain mood to fully appreciate the film #3 Psycho: Perkins performance has Bates. Janet Leigh as the girl on the run. Bernard Hermann's score. Technically in terms of pacing, editing, direction, it is among the best. Could easily be #1 #2 Rebecca: Continues to blow me away after multi rewatching over the years. Has quite a few twists and turns. Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine are amazing. And Mrs. Denver's character is among the best villains. Again a film that could easily be placed at #1 #1 Notorious: Grant and Bergman take on the Nazis in South America. With ice cool villains, you can feel the danger lingering much like the Sword of Damocles in the picture below PS Dynamic ranking of the 20 films rewatched so far: Notorious (serious thriller) Rebecca (psychological drama) Psycho (psychological thriller) Vertigo (psychological drama) To Catch a Thief (romantic comedy) The Lady Vanishes (comedy thriller) 39 Steps (comedy thriller) Spellbound (psychological drama) Foreign Correspondent (thriller) North by Northwest (thriller) Strangers on a Train (thriller) Dial M for Murder (crime) Sabotage (thriller) Birds (horror) Rear Window (drama) Shadow of a Doubt (drama) Stage Fright (thriller) Frenzy (crime) The Paradine Case (drama) Family Plot (drama) Notes: I have yet to watch films such as Suspicion. But I do not expect them to make dramatic changes to the top 5-10 films. Some of the films like Birds and RW, I expected them to be in my top 10 but did not make it. Reasons could be multiple including age and wearing off of the novelty factor. While many of the B&W films have passed the test of time. I believe that could be due to the WW2 environment that lend a degree of historical importance and acceptance to these films
  3. With an avg of 62 scored at a SR of 96 in subcon, Pandya is someone who can score big runs quickly to turn a session Also is an useful 5th bowler as he bowls at 140+ ..... He is someone who can be used to bowl pacey bouncers effective on grounds such as Perth
  4. zen

    Top 5 Hitchcock

    Some amazing stills from Foreign Correspondent:
  5. zen

    Sam Curran what an all rounder

    It depends upon how optimized the batting and bowling is We played an extra batsman in the 5th test in Eng and that was one of our worst defeats. While Pandya actually won Ind a test to give some sort of respectability to the scorecard .... the specialist batsmen are just not good enough The 5th bowler usually bowls 8-10 overs so playing 5 bowlers may not be optimal. And if you optimize the bowling, you have your 4 best bowlers per form and conditions in the 11. The difference in effectiveness b/w 5th bowler and AR is not huge .... similarly, the difference in effectiveness b/w the 6th or 7th batsman and AR moreover if the extra specialist batsman gets a low score, he is out of the game. Similarly, the specialist 5th bowler if he is bowling only 8-10 overs. The AR helps to cover for those scenarios esp when we already have 5 specialist batsmen + 4 specialist bowlers + a WK who can bat too
  6. The question is whether those in the scheme for the WC are the best choices. And what is the back up plan if some of these guys get exposed in Aus and NZ
  7. zen

    Sam Curran what an all rounder

    And If you play all 8 of them, the bowling attack will appear even more threatening .... but this is not about appearing threatening but finding the right balance and managing the negative impact of diminishing returns
  8. zen

    Sam Curran what an all rounder

    Which is why Pandya is promoted as he offers balance as he is a better batsman (avg of 62 with a SR of 96 in his strong zone) at #6-7 and can effectively bowl 8-10 overs per inning as the 5th bowler PS If he had played most of his games in subcon, he may have been called Sehwag part 2 or something as he has an avg of 62 and SR of 96
  9. zen

    Sam Curran what an all rounder

    Yes. Pandya has played most of his games in SA and Eng
  10. zen

    Sam Curran what an all rounder

    FTR, Pandya avg 62 in subcon (and has a SR of 96) Records type batting analysis [change type] View career summary [change view] Host country India or Sri Lanka Ordered by default (ascending) Return to query menu Cleared query menu Career averages Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s unfiltered 11 18 1 532 108 31.29 720 73.88 1 4 2 68 12 Profile filtered 4 4 0 249 108 62.25 259 96.13 1 2 0 26 10
  11. zen

    Sam Curran what an all rounder

    Pandya has performed in SL too. Has a 100 iirc If the purpose of this thread is to praise Curran, it is great. If it is to use Curran to bash Pandya, it is not interesting and falls flat
  12. This is getting funny! What is the issue here? Why am I being dragged in to it? As for agenda, we can see your efforts. Is this about Sachin not being Ind’s best test batsman? Or is it that Sachin slowing down to score that meaningless 100th 100 to see Ind end up with a relatively low total impacting you to such an extent that you are digging around to see what you can find, however irrelevant it could be, on other players. Since Kohli is doing well and in Sachin’s territory, may be, you are trying to pitch Rohit as better in ODIs To save you the time and effort on your propaganda / agenda -> not interested in the topic atm!
  13. Joel Garner, one of the best LOI bowlers of AT
  14. I have not seen the match to comment on this .... I was dragged in to this by a Sachin fan because I rate Gavaskar as Ind's best test batsman
  15. So why did Ind bat for only 25 overs if they could bat for 30 or more? If we have to judge things based on scorecards, we could have won many games
  16. zen

    Should this be legal?

    .... when you do a 360, realistically for a spinner, you can only fire in the ball in so in fact doing that could make it easy for the batsman smart bowlers, esp. quicks, are not going to do that to hurt the momentum and chances of spraying the ball
  17. You expect Gavaskar, Amarnath and Vengsarkar to chase at 5 RPO on Day 5 in an overseas tests in a time when RR used to be in the 2.5-3 range
  18. zen

    Top 5 Hitchcock

    *updated*
  19. If we are going to lose anyways and in the process give rise to another Ind specialist, why not have these two back?
  20. zen

    Should this be legal?

    It is unnecessary.
  21. Iirc, Ind players are not allowed to play for non Ind franchises. Similarly, to maintain exclusivity and ensure that overseas players give their best in IPL, they should only be allowed to play in IPL and their respective domestic T20 As a criteria to be considered for IPL To summarize, domestic T20 leagues: Ind players -> IPL Overseas players -> IPL + their domestic league
  22. Ideally, in the 11 we need -> 4 specialist batsmen + 1 WK who can bat + 2 ARs/Handy players + 4 bowlers if we consider the WK who can bat too as an AR, we need 3 ARs/Handy cricketers in the 11 to give us the required depth and breadth -> 4+3+4
  23. zen

    Is Bhuvi Kumar India's Jade Dernbach in LoIs?

    Bhuvi = a hole that can sink the ship

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