30. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
Probably along with “Citizen Kane” the film that’s referenced the most on “The Simpsons“.
Here is the proof (thanks to the Alfred Hitchcock Wiki, which did all the work for me):
From The Black Widower
From Brother From The Same Planet
From Cape Feare
From Itchy and Scratchy and Marge
From Marge in Chains
From Treehouse of Horror IV
Plus you have Seymour Skinner being modeled after Norman Bates.
There are two things I love about trying to finish “The List“:
1. Watching films I never would have watched in a million years and enjoying them.
2. Getting all the Simpsons references.
On filmaffinity.com I gave the film an 8/10. It’s quite good, but I don’t like it as much as some other Hitchcock movies, of which the highest is a 9/10, so I gave this an 8 to make a distinction. And the poster is disappointing compared to other Hitchcock films.
29. Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard, 1959)
- Pierrot le fou
- Vivre sa vie
- Bande à part
- Une femme est un femme
- Two or Three Things I Know About Her
I like Godard‘s more conventional work. I think it’s primarily because I compare everything I’ve seen from him with Breathless, which was his first film, and also the first Godard film I watched.
Breathless is awesome. You have a cool-ass dude, a ballin’ girl, car chases, gun fights, people dying, tons of movie references, and it’s all set in Paris. Now that’s how you make a movie. Plus it looks fantastic. It’s a straightforward story, that’s totally accessible, and Godard never made another movie quite so engaging. So basically every Godard film I watch ends up alienating me more and more because they are not Breathless. That’s not to say I don’t like some of his other films. I really dug Pierrot le fou, Vivre sa vie and Contempt. But these movies aren’t Breathless, and alas they are somehow disappointing.
On filmaffinity.com I gave the film a 9/10, I think a rewatching might bring it up to 10. It’s great, and should be seen by all.