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The Hope Lies Universal 100

Universal Pictures are 100 years old this year, so to celebrate we’re going to watch 100 films from the legendary studio. Those of thee that follow us on Twitter might have noticed that we live tweeted along to Justin Lin’s Fast Five last night, with the hashtag #HopeLiesUni100, to kick start the whole thing. While it made for an interesting counterpart to the weeks earlier Two-Lane Blacktop, thats about the only thing of any real note that can be said about it (catch up by clicking here).

Aside from last night’s adventure in celluloid, we’ve also taken in screenings of -

Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock)

Two-Lane Blacktop (Monte Hellman)

The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock)

The Incredible Hulk (Louis “son of François” Leterrier)

I imagine that quite a significant chunk of the 100 films we see this year will be Hitchcock flicks, thanks to the fact that they either produced or now own many of them. As mentioned before, follow the hashtag #HopeLiesUni100 to keep up with the whole thing.

Oh, and please feel free to suggest Universal films that you’d like to see us cover! 

1. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock) 1958
2. Two-Lane Blacktop (Monte Hellman) 1971
3. The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock)  1963
4. The Incredible Hulk (Louis Leterrier) 2008
5. Fast Five (Justin Lin) 2011
This project is not endorsed by Universal Pictures, please don’t mistake it for some kind of tacky “advertorial” piece. 


  1. The restored Universal Blu-rays look a treat. I’ve just seen All Quiet On The Western Front (in sound *and* silent versions) and the quality on the former especially is astounding. A trailer for the whole project confirms that Jaws, To Kill A Mockingbird and Frankenstein all look amazing, too.

  2. You’ve got to include a couple of their early horror’s in there such as Hunchback of Notre Dame and Phantom of the Opera or even the 30’s Dracula or the Black Cat. Buster Crabbe in Flash Gordon is a healthy dose of classic matinee and noir such as the Killers.

    Mmm, Touch of Evil? Spartacus? Andromeda Strain, Silent Running (of course) and the classic Jaws, Blues Brothers, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Videodrome and Scarface. Deer Hunter? Dune? Casino? 12 Monkeys? Actually there’s quite a few isn’t there?

    • Indeed there are! It’s just a shame that the really early years are a little bit lacking.

      I’ll be covering the Universal Monsters in their entirety at Halloween! What more appropriate a time?!

      And yes, Touch Of Evil was cued up for tonight, in an attempt to rid the aftertaste of Fast Five. Alas it’ll have to wait for another day now!

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