Retro: Vertigo Dream Sequence 0 102

Retro - Vertigo Dream Sequence

Retro is a regular feature highlighting the classics, whether that be an original trailer, poster, still image or classic scene.

As you no doubt have read by now Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1958 film Vertigo has unseated Citizen Kane after five decades as the greatest film of all time in Sight & Sound’s critics poll. Having just recently rewatched the film it’s not difficult to see why it’s finally found its way to the top spot.

In celebration of Vertigo’s now monumental standing within the film world I have decided to highlight, as part of our Retro feature, the dizzying dream sequence found in the film. A unique, standalone signature sequence to add to the Hitch list alongside the shower scene in Psycho (to name but one), it’s truly a wonder to behold.

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I’m a freelance film reviewer and blogger with over 10 years of experience writing for various different reputable online and print publications. In addition to my running, editing and writing for Thoughts On Film, I am also the film critic for The National, the newspaper that supports an independent Scotland, covering the weekly film releases, film festivals and film-related features.

I have a passion for all types of cinema, and have a particular love for foreign language film, especially South Korean and Japanese cinema. Favourite films include The Big Lebowski, Pulp Fiction and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Video: 2012 Movie Trailer Mashup 0 29

Video - 2012 Movie Trailer Mashup

It’s become a staple of the year’s end when some of the talented video editors of the online world come out to play and deliver their mashups of all the movies released throughout the year.

Below I’ve highlighted the best one I’ve come across so far, courtesy of the brilliant Sleepy Skunk. It must take a lot of painstaking hours and a whole load of patience just to create one of these things never mind actually making it great in the process. Check out the awesome mashup video below:

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What did you think of the video? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

For more from The Sleepy Skunk you can follow him on Twitter, visit his Facebook page, visit his innovative website or check out more of his videos on his YouTube channel.

Competition *CLOSED*: Win Tickets To A Sight & Sound Poll Winners Screening at BFI Southbank 0 61

Thoughts On Film - BFI Southbank competition

The following competition is now closed. Congratulations to Dorottya Botta who has won the pair of tickets!

Following the recent unveiling of Sight & Sound’s once-a-decade Greatest Films of All Time poll the British Film Institute is running a season of screenings of the top ten films at the BFI Southbank in London throughout September and October.

So here, according to hundreds of critics, historians, curators and programmers from around the world, are the Ten Greatest Films ever made, a programme that covers (or ought to) nearly everything of which the cinema is capable. And somewhere among this selection is the title that these experts have collectively decided is The Greatest Film of All Time (you’ll have to buy the September issue of the magazine to find out exactly where each film has ranked, and which has emerged triumphant). I’m not going to eulogise or describe individual titles here – each is familiar and brilliant in its own way – nor will I mention the near-misses, because this list speaks for itself. What one can say is that these titles are the result of a terrific game, an agony of decision-making that has given sleepless nights to so many passionate cinephiles and made my role feel more like that of a therapist than an editor. We at Sight & Sound are very proud of this ten-yearly task, and we’re confident that – though canons have their detractors and we can (and will) argue to the end of time about what should be in or out of the list – this canon is vital proof that cinema is an art form. Anyone who can take the time to see every one of these films will find a permanent passion for the medium is latent within them.

– Nick James, Sight & Sound Editor.

The BFI has teamed up with Thoughts On Film to give you the chance to win a pair of tickets to a screening of your choice from any of the films which made it into the top ten. The top 10 includes:

10. 8 1/2

9. The Passion of Joan of Arc

8. Man With a Movie Camera

7. The Searchers

6. 2001: A Space Odyssey

5. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

4. The Rules of the Game (La Regle du jeu)

3. Tokyo Story

2. Citizen Kane

1. Vertigo

Information on screening times can be found over at the BFI Southbank official website (additional screenings of Citizen Kane have also been added here).

To be in with a chance of winning the tickets all you need to do is follow @TOF_UK on Twitter, Like the Thoughts On Film Facebook page and answer the following question:

Which film directed by Stanley Kubrick features in the 2012 Sight & Sound Critics’ Top Ten Poll?

Send your name and answer to with the subject heading “BFI Southbank Competition.”

  • Competition open to UK residents only
  • Only one entry per person
  • The winner will need to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation if needed
  • Competition closes on Wednesday September 5th at 23:59pm GMT
  • The winner will be chosen at random from the entries received.

Good luck!

If you would like to keep track of the films you’ve seen from the entire Sight & Sound Top 100 then you can use the new BFI Facebook app.