The Prestige: Is Magic Real, Or A Trick?

SPOILERS! Remember when I reviewed Memento? That was nearly a month ago, but revisiting Nolan for his own retrospective was always going to be a plan worth pursuing. And The Prestige is similar to Memento in the fact it’s often been overshadowed by Nolan’s flashier blockbusters, but is it one of his best? Does itContinue reading “The Prestige: Is Magic Real, Or A Trick?”

Forget Die Hard: Remember 12 Monkeys

SPOILERS! Day 5? I’ve lost track. But here we are people, and this should be a good one: 12 Monkeys focuses on James Cole (Bruce Willis), a convict in the year 2035, who is sent back in time to try and work out the cause of a virulent disease that wiped out five billion humansContinue reading “Forget Die Hard: Remember 12 Monkeys”

The Usual Suspects Plays Dirty, But Only The Most Stylish Can Get Away With It

SPOILERS! The ending of any story is usually what we remember most vividly: the Statue of Liberty in Planet of the Apes; the head in the box in Se7en; the “Forget it, Jake” line in Chinatown; Tony Montana’s little friend in Scarface; the chilling look from Norman Bates in Psycho; or that infamous closing ofContinue reading “The Usual Suspects Plays Dirty, But Only The Most Stylish Can Get Away With It”

Memento: The Thriller That’s Impossible To Forget

SPOILERS! As I write these reviews, I (mostly…) attempt to tentatively link each film to similar ones in a sort of theme, I guess, over a longer period of time. I went through a Danish/Thomas Vinterberg phase for a time; any of my more pious readers will know paranoid ’70s films has been the majorContinue reading “Memento: The Thriller That’s Impossible To Forget”

The Conversation: The Dangers Of Playing God

Sometimes, it’s simply just hard to put things into words. Which, I know, is silly, as I clack-clackity-clack away here at my computer. But sometimes, things are really too brilliant to try and justify – it feels disrespectful to do so to the Sistine Chapel ceiling, say. So forgive me if I feel that wayContinue reading “The Conversation: The Dangers Of Playing God”

Never Forget Chinatown

Back in the 1970s, they used to make films for adults. The French Connection, The Deer Hunter, Taxi Driver, The Godfather: Part II, and, of course, Chinatown. There’s not many films that go as bleak and dark as this. And that’s got to be a reason to love it. Chinatown is about J.J. “Jake” GittesContinue reading “Never Forget Chinatown”

Moreish Mare of Easttown Proves You Can Have Too Much Of A Good Thing

Well, this show has been all the rave recently, and in my typical fashion, I went into this one hoping that I’d be able to go against the tide and rip Mare of Easttown to pieces. Unfortunately, I won’t be doing that, but it’s not exactly a laudation either… Mare of Easttown is all aboutContinue reading “Moreish Mare of Easttown Proves You Can Have Too Much Of A Good Thing”

Klute: Character Study Or Detective Thriller?

Klute was the first of the Pakula paranoid trilogy – The Parallax View came three years later, and All The Presidents Men five. So why have I done it in this perverse order? I’ll be asking the questions, young padawan! Really, it should be called Bree (Jane Fonda), because the Fonda character is what carriesContinue reading “Klute: Character Study Or Detective Thriller?”

Comedy, Noir Or Altman? The Long Goodbye

In life, when surrounded by some of the horrors of humanity, you can go two ways. Number one is full out Travis Bickle, losing your mind and aiming to wipe all the ‘scum’ off the streets. Not a bad option, and many go for this choice, and they seem too fare well enough. The otherContinue reading “Comedy, Noir Or Altman? The Long Goodbye”

The Parallax View: The Power Of Silence

Dialogue. Pfft. So annoying, right? Wrong! Dialogue is great, but vastly overused. So it’s great to see a film come along like this, that has been cut and cut and cut a little more… The Parallax View is about Joe Frady (Warren Beatty), a political journalist, who gets sucked into a world of distrust, paranoiaContinue reading “The Parallax View: The Power Of Silence”

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