MPW Blog: Alfred Hitchcock on the Difference Between Surprise and Suspense – by Jason Pyles

Hitchcock Blog

Prelude
Welcome to the resurrection of the Movie Podcast Weekly blog articles. This will probably only last for one or two articles, so enjoy it.

The Disappearance of Suspense
Lately I’ve been lamenting the absence of genuine suspense in our present-day cinema, especially in the Horror genre. I’m worried that it’s getting to be a lost art, or at least, a lost portion from the cinematic form.

The cynical side of me suspects that the recent generations of filmmakers have stopped spending time learning from “the great ones,” the pioneering filmmakers of the 20th century. I’m worried that black and white film has scared them away.

But I have a more likely theory: I believe we’ve lost genuine suspense with the advent of computer-generated imagery (CGI). Because we’re now able to conjure any being or environs out of thin air, I think the erroneous but pervasive belief must be that we don’t need to spend time “building up” to something; we can just make it happen right now.

Hence, the death of suspense. Continue reading

Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 147: Ant-Man (2015) and Mr. Holmes (2015) and The Gallows (2015) and Trainwreck (2015)

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Episode 147

It’s time, once again, for Movie Podcast Weekly. This is Episode 147. Jason, Andy and Ryan are joined by two of the hosts of the Geek Cast Live Podcast: Geek Cast Bass and Geek Cast Nic! Our cohorts are here to help us bring you an in-depth, must-listen Feature Review of Ant-Man, as well as Feature Reviews of Trainwreck and Mr. Holmes. Jay also brings you a brief, teaser review of The Gallows, which is a film that has spawned a major episode over at Horror Movie Podcast this week. Join us!

If you’re new to our show… Movie Podcast Weekly typically features four hosts — Jason, Andy, Karl and Geek Cast Ry — along with frequent guests. We give you our verdicts on at least one new movie release from the current year that’s currently playing in theaters, as well as several mini reviews of whatever we’ve been watching lately. And we usually provide specialized genre recommendations. New episodes release every single Wednesday. Continue reading

Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 146: Self / Less (2015) and Minions (2015) and Strangerland (2015)

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Episode 146

Welcome to Movie Podcast Weekly. This is Episode 146. In this show, we bring you three Feature Reviews of Self / Less and Minions and Strangerland. Thanks for listening.

If you’re new to our show… Movie Podcast Weekly typically features four hosts — Jason, Andy, Karl and Geek Cast Ry — along with frequent guests. We give you our verdicts on at least one new movie release from the current year that’s currently playing in theaters, as well as several mini reviews of whatever we’ve been watching lately. And we usually provide specialized genre recommendations. New episodes release every single Wednesday. Continue reading

Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 145: Terminator Genisys (2015) and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

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Episode 145

Hi and welcome to Episode 145 of Movie Podcast Weekly. In this memorable show, we are joined by special guest “Dr. Death” (aka Ryan’s dad) (aka Kevin). We bring you Feature Reviews of Terminator Genisys and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Join us!

If you’re new to our show… Movie Podcast Weekly typically features four hosts — Jason, Andy, Karl and Geek Cast Ry — along with frequent guests. We give you our verdicts on at least one new movie release from the current year that’s currently playing in theaters, as well as several mini reviews of whatever we’ve been watching lately. And we usually provide specialized genre recommendations. New episodes release every single Wednesday. Continue reading

Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 144: Dope (2015) and the Third Annual Jason’s Big Birthday Bash: 20 Movie Masterpieces!

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Episode 144

Happy birthday to Jason! On July 2, 2015, Jason turns 39! This show — Episode 144 — is the third annual “Jason’s Big Birthday Bash” for Movie Podcast Weekly. In this epic show, your four hosts bring you a Feature Review of “Dope” (2015) and then lists of 20 Movie Masterpieces! Each host will choose five Masterpieces each (and we have no repeats). Also in this show, Andy learns several new vocabulary definitions, and he also discovers that “Bronies” are a real phenomenon… We also get a great voicemail from Dino, who sends Jay a wonderfully generous birthday gift. Don’t miss this show! It’s Jason’s actual birthday party, and you’re all invited!

If you’re new to our show… Movie Podcast Weekly typically features four hosts — Jason, Andy, Karl and Geek Cast Ry — along with frequent guests. We give you our verdicts on at least one new movie release from the current year that’s currently playing in theaters, as well as several mini reviews of whatever we’ve been watching lately. And we usually provide specialized genre recommendations. New episodes release every single Wednesday. Continue reading