The Birds (1963)

You oughta know, this episode is rated R.

The Next 123 Project flies back 55 years to tackle our 7th Hitchcock thriller. This isn’t Hitch’s finest work (nor his finest hour from a #metoo standpoint) and Tippi Hedren is subpar as one of the last in a long line of Hitchcock Blondes. There are some solid F/X (especially for the time), some effective freak-outs and tense scenes, at least. The movie also gets better as it goes along, with a terrific last 30 minutes. As for the plot, Bev has a theory about who’s really to blame for the bird attacks. She also has a theory about why the work suffers when great filmmakers lose (or toss away) their wives. Sparkplug Coffee deserves your patronage, so check them out and use the promo code “top100project” to enjoy a 10% discount.

For The Record: Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith do have 1 child together. Also, Don Johnson is a twig on that family tree because he was married to Griffith and is Dakota Johnson’s pop.


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Rotten Tomatoes reviews

AFI’s Top 100 Lists

National Film Registry in 2016

1963 in film

1963 Academy Award winners & nominees

Links to: North By Northwest and Psycho and Marnie and The Birds II: Land’s End and The Girl (TV movie) and Hitchcock (the 2012 big-screen flick)

YouTube links: seagull clobbers Melanie and the birds gather on the jungle gym and the attack outside the schoolhouse and the birds cause a Rube Goldberg and the attic and the birds take over completely

Previously on the Next 122 Project: It Follows

October 22nd on the Next 124 Project: The VVitch