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”

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?”

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”

Is It Safe? Marathon Man

Is it safe? That is the question that haunts many of our characters throughout Marathon Man, and likely you while you watch as well. Lets set the scene… Babe (Dustin Hoffman) is a graduate student, training to run a marathon, who gets dragged into a dangerous conspiracy to retrieve stolen diamonds involving Nazi war criminalContinue reading “Is It Safe? Marathon Man”

Uncut Gems: How I Learnt To Stop Worrying And Love Adam Sandler

Now this was a pleasant surprise. I think it’s a little like Marmite. Some people will like it. Others won’t. I have no idea what side you are on, but I can tell you my opinion: I loved it. Uncut Gems is about a fast talking Jewish jeweller, Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), who has aContinue reading “Uncut Gems: How I Learnt To Stop Worrying And Love Adam Sandler”

Why Se7en Is Scarier Than Your Typical Horror

There may be spoilers ahead, and some unpleasant images… After the success of last week’s Tuesday review, I said to myself why not try it again. And here we are, dear reader. Enjoy! It seems the logical next move – Brad Pitt and David Fincher, tying in with Kevin Spacey and the exciting genre ofContinue reading “Why Se7en Is Scarier Than Your Typical Horror”

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