Alfred Hitchcock Retrospective: Inaugural BYT Posting

Brightest Young Things ( is a DC-based online entertainment magazine that was founded in 2006. Targeted to a younger audience, this wide-ranging website covers everything in the DC-Metro area including live music, restaurants, cultural exhibits, art shows, film, theatre, and much more. Really, if you wanted to find something fun to do every night of the year, this website would prove to be a wonderful guide in helping you do just that.

In particular, their film coverage is quite impressive — extensive and knowledgeable. Most recently, BYT film writers have interviewed such distinguished filmmakers as Todd Solondz, Alex Gibney, and the legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman. Since I am new to the area, I decided to reach out to the BYT editors and introduce them to my mighty Magic Lantern Film Blog with the hopes of joining their exciting team of film writers. Thankfully, I have been given the opportunity to do just that, which excites me to no end. In addition to writing for Magic Lantern, I will now be reviewing and writing about movies for Brightest Young Things. My first film review will be for the much anticipated thriller, The Adjustment Bureau (starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt), which will appear upon its release in early March.

Below is my first piece of writing for Brightest Young Things. AFI Silver Spring is celebrating the works of the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock in three different retrospectives this year. The film writers at BYT were asked to write briefly about their personal faves in the canon of Hitchcock’s works – I chose Notorious (1946), starring Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, and Claude Rains.

Other films cited here by BYT staff include: Dial M for Murder, North By Northwest, Rear Window, Rope, Strangers on A Train, To Catch A Thief, and Vertigo. Feel free to read through everyone’s thoughts and opinions on their various selections. Here is the link – enjoy!


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