Sunday, February 22, 2009

Welcome to Alfred Hitchcock Geek

Under the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon. Rumor has it, this structure was built as a sort of dry run prior to the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. (Photo by Jennifer Schang.)

Alfred Hitchcock is, in my opinion (and others!), one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. I've seen all of his movies, except one. At some point I started taking notes. Renting his videos and watching them in slow motion soon followed. And then I fell among among film philosophers. After that, it was a slippery slope. Somehow, this led to the blog you now hold at your fingertips. It's also gotten the attention of the producers of the Broadway hit The 39 Steps, who've offered me some very cool opportunities to speak to their audience after the show.

I believe Hitchcock will go down in history as the Shakespeare of the 20th Century. You geek your way. I'll geek mine.

This blog now has thousands of visitors stopping by each month from all over the world. I'd be thrilled to add you to my community of friends, so please drop me line here, or on Twitter or Facebook.

Note: Some of my posts assume that you're already familiar with the movie I'm discussing. If you aren't, you may want to visit its IMDb plot synopsis to get up to speed. Just hurry back to my site, okay?

Another note: This is a blog, not a peer reviewed journal, all right? As such, these are my thoughts in progress. I welcome your comments and discussion.

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I AM OTAKU said...

I've been having a look through your posts, it's a great blog! I'm a big Hitchcock fan, love Hitchcock's work. Favourite film is Rear Window, the only film I don't like is Marnie. I adore the "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" because I think it shows his cheeky side. Keep blogging!

Sarah said...

Haha! I think I'll be designing the Christmas cards this year ;)
I love your blog, so I've given you the Premio Dardos award! All the details are on my blog.

Agastya Deokar said...

I have seen only 1 film of him and became a very big fan

Victor said...


I just found your blog because I'm also a big fan of Alfred. I first heard of him when I was at Universal Studios. It's pretty cool to be on the set of Psycho. I'm going to go see the musical soon because I'm in New York for school. I liked the blog a lot.

Joel Gunz said...

Hi Victor - I'm glad you stopped in to say hi! Enjoy the show -- I did, tremendously.

Armen Karaoghlanian said...

I just wanted to say I stumbled upon your blog a while ago, but only recently bookmarked it because I want to start reading every single entry from here on. I honestly can't start at the beginning, and I don't want to go back and read random entries, so I'm going to start from here on... but I'm sure I'll end up reading past entries as well. I've already read several. I'm hoping to take an Alfred Hitchcock course in Fall 2010, which is an analysis of his films and career, at USC. I think this blog would be a great companion, but even on its own, it's very informative with so much I (and others) can take away from. Thank you.

Joel Gunz said...

Hi Arman! For starters, you might want to take a look at some of "best" posts on the site, for what they're worth:

Be sure to let me know what you think!

Dan Stephens said...

Just discovered your blog Joel - terrific stuff! It may be an impossible task to limit yourself to just 10 films but would you consider writing an article for my site? Drop me an email at if you fancy it.

philip said...

Nice work here on one of cinema's greats. Glad I found you on Twitter.

Joel Gunz said...

Hey, Dan and Philip! Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad I found you too!

shhhh_listenUP said...

I found you when you followed me on twitter. I of course had to see who was following me lol and to my delight another Hitchcock geek! Well, to be honest you are far more advanced hahaha but you really inspire me to learn more on this very interesting man! I luv your wit and thought process on how you see thing. Refreshing. Thank you for getting me here! Look forward to expanding my mind... Ciao

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