Rear Window (1954)

Rear Window Movie Review

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Rear Window Movie Review

Rear Window is a 1954 mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly. It is one of the best films ever made.

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We’ve become a race of Peeping Toms.

What people ought to do is get outside

their own house and look in for a change

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Rear Window Movie Review

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It follows a professional photographer who injured his leg and is bound to a chair until it heals. He spends the majority of his type spying on various neighbors from his apartment until he comes to suspect that one of them is a murderer.

So the film is very much a mystery but also a strong suspense thriller in its third act. As a mystery, it fully works because I was intrigued from the beginning and I wanted to know what happened and is this man truly a murderer. It features an abundant amount of detail and I loved how we got to solve the mystery along with Jeff. Very well realized.

But it is maybe even stronger as a suspense flick because that third act is downright thrilling to behold. Of course the ending is great, but to me the highlight was following Lisa go into the murderer’s apartment. That was inventively shot, unforgettable and simply riveting to watch. The tension there was so palpable that I even got goosebumps.

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But where Rear Window truly succeeds and is remembered the most is in its themes. It is the ultimate picture about voyeurism as it explores it to the fullest degree. It never goes too far, but just right. It portrayed the loneliness and boredom of people so truthfully while giving us a wonderful glimpse at a 1950s neighborhood.

And as many have pointed out, the film is very feminist which was not expected from Hitchcock who honestly did not portray women all that well usually. But here the women are actually active in solving the case, even going so far as to go into the murderer’s apartment to look for clues. So the man stays bound to his chair, while the women investigate and go into action. That was fantastic to witness in a 50s movie.

So let’s talk about these women. The film really has only four characters and thus all four are superbly developed and highly memorable. It is a wonderful indoors, confined chamber flick and probably the best example of such a film.

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Rear Window Movie Review

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Stella is very funny and is the comic relief in the film which is usually very serious and dark, but she provides the much needed humor and some of her morbid lines were so funny. Thelma Ritter did a phenomenal job in this role and she ought to have gotten a seventh nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Lisa is simply fantastic. She at first seemed like a typical younger love interest, but eventually proved to be anything but. She is very strong, capable and brave while still remaining elegant and ladylike. Grace Kelly probably gave her finest performance here and she simply shines in all of her scenes.

Raymond Burr is memorable and creepy as Lars Thorwald who is not too much in the film, but is always a very intense presence. And Jeff is awesome and a very complex main character who is never portrayed as too heroic which was a nice change in pace. James Stewart here gave one of his best performances and that really says a lot for a man of his caliber. His performance is brilliant and extremely powerful and nuanced.

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Rear Window Movie Review

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Rear Window is a glorious achievement technically speaking as well. The dialogue is playful, smart and outstanding with a couple of funny as well as observant lines. Hitchcock’s direction is amazing and this is his very best film in my opinion which says a lot as he’s the best director who ever lived. Here he not only showed that he is the master of suspense, but he also showed his deft hand at structure and inventive storytelling. The scene where we follow each neighbor and we witness a woman preparing dinner for an imaginary guest is one of the best sequences of all time and an incredibly moving, powerful piece of filmmaking.

The film is the most inventive thriller of all time. The cinematography here is of the best in film history as each shot is beautiful, elaborate and immaculately conceived. The camera moves elegantly to capture every single moment that matters and the camera can be said to be the character in itself here. We become Jeff as we follow the action through his binoculars and thus this is the ultimate ‘put in the protagonist’s shoes’ movie.

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The score is nice as well and the film looks and sounds great throughout its whole runtime. It lasts for just about the right time and is consistently riveting from the very first to the very last moment. Nothing is wasted or rushed here and every single scene matters. It truly is a masterpiece and an almost flawless film which currently sits at number seven on my all-time list.

With not a single wasted or rushed scene, immaculate camera work, highly inventive storytelling and many brilliantly conceived, highly suspenseful sequences, Rear Window is also thematically observant and very sophisticated with phenomenal dialogue and a couple of highly memorable lines. Grace Kelly probably gave her finest performance here and this is also one of James Stewart’s best works which says a lot for the actor of his caliber. The film is also admirably feminist, especially for its time. Palpably intense, brilliantly authentic and almost flawless, Rear Window is in my opinion one of the ten greatest films of all time.

My Rating – 5

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Wind River (2017)

Wind River Movie Review

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Wind River Movie Review

Wind River is a 2017 western mystery thriller film directed by Taylor Sheridan and starring Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner. This is a very competent genre film.

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Why is it that whenever you people try to help us,

you always insult us first, huh?

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Wind River Movie Review

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I am usually not a fan of thrillers, but this one is surprisingly strong, moving and rich that I ended up liking it quite a bit, though not as much as the critics for sure. It is even more so a mystery than a thriller and with strong western elements to it as well and that interesting mix really worked in its favor.

There are not a lot of films that revolve around snowy, remote parts of America and thus I loved this one. It has a different setting and a different mood to it and both complement the story beautifully. And an even bigger reason why I admire the film is its inclusion of Native Americans which was wonderful.

They are portrayed as good people and the end credits stating that missing Indian women are the only group that is not evidenced by police was just terrible to realize and I admire the film for taking a stance against that and for finally promoting their rights and giving a good name for their people.

Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen are both of the MCU fame having together appeared in ‘Age of Ultron’ and again their dynamic here is very strong. I loved the relationship between the two. He struggles with his grief of having lost his daughter and she is a tough agent who tries to remain calm and tough despite the awful circumstances. The villain is typical, but I loved Martin as he is such a great character. The highlight was seeing him and Cory share their grief at the end.

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Wind River should have had better character development. It is solid, but the film demanded much greater characterization. But the acting is very strong across the board. The direction is also strong as is the dialogue. The film is rarely as smart or as original as you would expect, but the emotional resonance is very strong as it is very tough to watch and heartbreaking at times. I loved the cinematography and the mood and atmosphere of the film are quite remarkable and different.

Wind River needed stronger characterization, but the acting is very good across the board and the film is emotionally resonant and sometimes difficult to watch and quite heartbreaking. It mostly succeeds because of its different than usual setting, excellent atmosphere and mood and good direction. It is also very admirable that finally Hollywood gave us a movie about Native Americans that strongly spotlights their issues with that important and alarming final statement.

My Rating – 4

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Children of Men (2006)

Children of Men Movie Review

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Children of Men Movie Review

Children of Men is a 2006 science fiction thriller film directed by Alfonso Cuaron and starring Clive Owen. It is one of the best genre films of the 2000s.

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Your baby is the miracle the whole world has been waiting for

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Children of Men Movie Review

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It is set in 2027 Britain. In the future, humans are infertile and for the last eighteen years there has not been a single birth. To me this concept is highly original and ripe for solid thrills which it does have a lot to offer. But there is one problem here and that is the ambiguity of it. I do realize that most may prefer this, but I wanted at least bits of information when it comes to infertility and why it came to be in this bleak future world and the movie did not give me any answers whatsoever which was pretty lazy.

I liked the mix of science fiction concept, drama and intense thriller. This is one of those dystopian films that are very dark, but not overly dark as I loved the theme of hope which was well explored. So the film is bleak, but still hopeful and ending on such a wonderfully ambiguous, but still hopeful note. And I really liked its religious parallels. My favorite scenes are the ending, the death of Caine’s character which was beyond tragic and that famous car chase which was brilliantly and so realistically executed.

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Clive Owen is excellent in what is arguably one of his best performances. Julianne Moore is surprisingly underutilized here, but she still made an impression. Both of their characters are great and Kee is also very likable, but it is Michael Caine who surprised me the most here as he played a very different character than usual. He portrays a hippy and a highly endearing one and never has he been more likable in a role, at least for me.

Children of Men is technically terrific. Certainly the film is a cop-out in terms of special effects and I disliked that this future was way too restrained technologically speaking, but it was believable having in mind that infertility happened. The despair and also hope was felt as the film conveyed its atmosphere so well.

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The direction from Alfonso Cuaron is terrific and this surely is one of his best works. His deft hand behind all of this project is definitely felt. The score is also very good, especially the use of religious score to accompany its religious imagery. I loved the atmosphere and I really liked the cinematography which is particularly accomplished here along with the editing. It is deft and the film is never at all boring or rushed. It works as a pretty great chase thriller above all else and it is one of a few dystopian films that never overstays its welcome.

Children of Men has a very strong concept despite not giving any answers when it comes to it. It is a phenomenal chase thriller and a dystopian film that earns its bleakness and darkness as the atmosphere is so strong and the sense of despair and also hope is felt in almost every scene. It has a bunch of unforgettable sequences such as that wonderfully ambiguous ending and that highly memorable, perfectly executed car chase sequence. The performances are great, Cuaron’s direction is superb and the film has memorable imagery leading to a highly competent sci-fi thriller.

My Rating – 4.5

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Strangers on a Train (1951)

Strangers on a Train Movie Review

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Strangers on a Train Movie Review

Strangers on a Train is a 1951 thriller noir film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Farley Granger and Robert Walker. It is one of the director’s better films.

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Poor unfortunate girl.

She was a tramp.

She was a human being. Let me remind you that

even the most unworthy of us have a right to

life and the pursuit of happiness.

From what I’ve heard she pursued it in all directions

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Strangers on a Train Movie Review

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The story of two strangers who meet on a train and arrange to exchange murders is a very intriguing one and not to mention highly original and unlike any other story in thrillers. But the reason why this story works so well is because it is not as implausible as it might seem at first. The psychopath Bruno kills Guy’s girlfriend, but Guy doesn’t want to complete “the end of his bargain”. That made the movie much more plausible and entertaining as it led to more suspense.

The film is not perfect and it isn’t one of the greatest Hitchcock films. It is one of the better ones, but not one of the best ones and that’s mostly because it doesn’t hold quite as well upon second viewing as some of its flaws crept up on me only now. One of those flaws is the ending. It is very intriguing in its setting and really well executed, but too much of a spectacle. Also, some scenes were obvious and sometimes Bruno wasn’t the smartest guy he claimed to be. And the film is very much a repeat of ‘Rope’ in terms of the villain and the themes and I have to say that ‘Rope’ is the more accomplished of the two.

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But still Strangers on a Train is a very good, competent film which benefits from many unforgettable scenes. I absolutely loved that hall scene where Bruno stands why Guy passes by in a car. That was visually arresting. The tennis match was well utilized into the suspense and the story, the cigarette case in the sewer was stupendously filmed and I loved the scene at Bruno’s house.

The characters are very well established and especially their motifs. Both Bruno and Guy are excellent and especially Bruno is such a memorable villain. Robert Walker played him so well and it’s a shame that he passed away at such a young age of 32 two months after this film’s release. All of the actors did a good job, but as in ‘Rope’, I again am not a fan of Farley Granger. This role fits him, but his performance once again left a lot to be desired.

Strangers on a Train succeeds the most in its technical aspects. The striking black-and-white photography is stunning here and the film is so suspenseful and visually remarkable in some scenes that it definitely belongs in the noir genre as well as the thriller one. The cinematography is so exceptional that it manages to create a very suspenseful atmosphere. The dialogue is also terrific and I really liked the film’s humor.

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Yes, Hitchcock was very talented at humor too which not a lot of people realize. The humorous scenes here are rare, but they are definitely there and some lines of dialogue and facial expressions honestly made me laugh.

So the film is a very entertaining mix of light and dark, serious and comedic and it is delightfully atmospheric and dangerous from start to finish, not to mention highly authentic in premise and also in execution. It’s flawed, but certainly one of the director’s most purely fun flicks.

Strangers on a Train has its flaws such as the ending which wasn’t my cup of tea, but it surely is one of Hitchcock’s better films which features a highly memorable villain and a very authentic and fun premise wonderfully executed. There are a lot of unforgettable moments here and the film succeeds the most in its striking black-and-white cinematography, an amusing sense of humor and a suspenseful atmosphere.

My Rating – 4.5

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It Comes at Night (2017)

It Comes at Night Movie Review

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It Comes at Night Movie Review

It Comes at Night is a 2017 horror thriller film directed by Trey Edward Shults and starring Joel Edgerton and Christopher Abbott. It is a solid genre flick.

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You can’t trust anyone but family

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It Comes at Night Movie Review

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This is a very typical post-apocalyptic/disease story. We’ve seen this done before and many times actually. So the film definitely doesn’t have anything original in it. But I have to say that it is so well made for the most part that its unoriginality eventually didn’t matter and it ended up being quite engaging and respectable in its own right.

The ending was most certainly too brutal, sometimes illogical and just too much of a spectacle whereas before the film was quite restrained. So I liked it before that third act much more as it was mostly just a well acted and directed drama with some good horror and thriller elements.

Joel Edgerton is once again in a mixed-race marriage as he was in ‘Loving’ and he is once again quite admirable and here he sold the show with his very strong performance in the most demanding role. He truly is an underrated actor. Christopher Abbott is solid, but he doesn’t do anything great here as the role was typical for him. And the women are mostly forgettable. It was an interesting choice to do the movie from their son’s perspective even though sometimes it did not pay off as he wasn’t the most well developed or interesting character here.

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It Comes at Night is very well directed by its up and coming director Trey Edward Shults. He definitely did a good job with this movie. The horror elements with the unexplained disease were suitably icky and awful, but it also succeeds as a thriller in other scenes. The setting is overly familiar, but well utilized and the film is mostly very well shot and overall well made that it overcame its many flaws. It’s also moving at times.

So the movie is solid. Not great, but perfectly solid in the line of ‘The Witch’. It is famous for splitting the critics and the audiences, but I side with the critics more on this one as it most certainly isn’t a great movie, but it isn’t bad, there’s no question about it.

It Comes at Night is a typical post-apocalyptic/disease horror thriller flick so it’s pretty unoriginal. It compensates that unoriginality with competent direction, cinematography and performances, especially the one from Joel Edgerton. The ending was too over-the-top, but before that the movie was an engaging, well executed horror drama and I definitely side with the critics on this one. It isn’t great, but it most certainly is not a bad movie.

My Rating – 3.5

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Zodiac (2007)

Zodiac Movie Review

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Zodiac Movie Review

Zodiac is a 2007 thriller mystery film directed by David Fincher and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo. It is a pretty good, if not great movie.

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I… I Need to know who he is. I… I need to stand there,

I need to look him in the eye and I need to know that it’s him

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Zodiac Movie Review

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This 70s manhunt for a notorious killer who left clues for the police remains an infamous, never unsolved case and it was always ripe for a movie. And this film proves that and it proves how Fincher was perfect for it as he imbued it with excellent atmosphere, reliably stellar direction and a very well crafted mystery.

So Zodiac is a good movie, sometimes even very good. But it’s not great and it’s far from the director’s best works owing to the one and one thing only which is of course its running time. Two hours and forty minutes was just too much for this story and the film felt very prolonged, it dragged at certain parts and some scenes were unnecessary or dull. This runtime affected the movie a lot unfortunately.

Jake Gyllenhaal is very good as usual in the lead role and it was interesting seeing Marvel’s Ruffalo and Downey both here. The actors did a really good job in their roles and the characters are pretty solid, but they aren’t as great as the script and prolonged runtime demanded.

Now Zodiac is a truly terrifying movie. It doesn’t have enough action scenes, especially in the second half, but the first one featured a couple of truly horrific scenes and actually all of the killings we witnessed were so scary and creepy in how they were filmed and how we never see the killer. Such great choices.

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The cinematography is also pretty stellar. I usually dislike grim looking movies, but here I actually loved it because it complements the story and it sets the mood perfectly. It recreated the 70s decade so well with a great attention to detail, but the score, great atmosphere and especially superb cinematography sold those crucial creepy scenes. The mystery itself also provided a couple of terrific scenes, great twists and turns and I enjoyed its ambiguous ending and how faithfully they recreated this whole case.

Zodiac features good performances from its talented cast, reliably strong direction from Fincher, superb cinematography, a good mystery and a couple of truly terrifying murder sequences, but it needed more action in my opinion and it was ultimately undone by its needlessly prolonged running time. It’s a good film, but far from the director’s greatest works.

My Rating – 4

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The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

The Talented Mr. Ripley Movie Review

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The Talented Mr. Ripley Movie Review

The Talented Mr. Ripley is a 1999 psychological thriller film directed by Anthony Minghella and starring Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow. It’s a mediocre movie.

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I always thought it would be better

to be a fake somebody than a real nobody

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The Talented Mr. Ripley Movie Review

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After hearing for months how great of a movie it is and it does have a big status, I finally decided to see The Talented Mr. Ripley for myself and I was surprised at how much I disliked it and how overrated it is. It’s a shame that this great cast was wasted on such a ridiculous story and Anthony Minghella once again directed the movie poorly.

Yes, the story is just bad, there is no other way to say it. It feels as if you are watching two very different movies haphazardly put together and both are not good. The first one makes no sense whatsoever and the second one is your basic thriller with a man taking the identity of the other man he’d killed. There is nothing original in it at all.

But I have to talk about the first half as it is the more frustrating one. So basically you have Dickie who is an impossibly good looking and charismatic guy whom everyone loves and he invites Tom to spend some time with him and his wife and as they spend more and more time together, Tom starts to develop feelings for Dickie, but he turns him down and in that argument on the boat, Tom kills him.

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The Talented Mr. Ripley Movie Review

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What?! What is exactly going on here and what is the point?! I have no idea honestly. This is such a poor attempt at a mainstream gay romance or bromance or whatever that I was infuriated with it. The actions from the characters make no sense, I did not get their relationship at all and why they acted like they acted and I did not buy Tom suddenly becoming a killer.

Now Jude Law is very memorable and this is one of his better roles. He looks good and he gave a very good performance. But Paltrow is unfortunately entirely wasted on such a poor character and in my opinion Damon gave one of his weakest performances here. Now the first act of this movie was intriguing and I liked it, but everything that came afterwards was ridiculous and cliched. I deem it overrated and silly.

Only Jude Law is memorable and quite good in The Talented Mr. Ripley whereas Gwyneth Paltrow was entirely wasted on such a poor character and Matt Damon gave one of his worst performances. The film felt like two entirely different movies put together and neither one is good. The second half is your typical thriller whereas the first half made no sense whatsoever in its ridiculous story and character actions and a stupid relationship. It’s such a foolish movie.

My Rating – 2.5

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Timecrimes (2007)

Timecrimes Movie Review

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Timecrimes Movie Review

Timecrimes is a 2007 Spanish science fiction thriller film directed by Nacho Vigalondo. It is one of the best sci-fi films of the decade.

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Because Hector 3 told me

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Timecrimes Movie Review

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I have been seeing this title for quite some time on best sci-fi movies lists and I was intrigued and set out to find out for myself whether or not its status is warranted. And oh boy, did it thrill me! This has to be one of the best science fiction films of the 2000s, if not of all time, as it is just that good.

It is a great example of how fantastic an indie, small-budget sci-fi can be. This movie has only one big set which is the time machine and other than that, it has nothing and it uses its forest setting and creepy bandaged look to great, creepy effects. It does have some strong horror elements, but it is above all else a terrific thriller that can keep you on the edge of your seat almost from start to finish.

Timecrimes has great thrills, but it also features a terrific time travel storyline and it is probably the ultimate time travel movie that American films should take notice of. I did admittedly have trouble in its third act understanding the film, but once I did, it was brilliant to behold. The twist with Hector 2 is breathtaking, but the twist with Hector 3 makes it all the more complicated and ultimately admirable.

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It is admirable because the film is fueled with a marvelous, unprecedented attention to detail and I personally think that it made no mistake whatsoever. This premise is extremely difficult to execute, but its thorough and phenomenally thought out execution made all the difference. It is the kind of movie that you should watch extremely carefully and you should not take your eyes off of it for a single second or you’d miss an important detail or two.

That makes it especially prone to more viewings and surely I can’t wait to watch it again. Its structure means that it rewards us the viewers for paying attention as when the plot starts to repeat for the second and eventually even the third time your patience is rewarded appropriately.

Hector makes for a fine protagonist and I liked the scientist as well, played by Nacho Vigalondo himself who directed this movie with style in abundance. He is the reason why Timecrimes is such a big success as his direction is so strong and the film’s editing is absolutely spectacular. I just wish that the women in the film weren’t as helpless and the woman in the forest definitely had too cruel of a fate.

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The aforementioned forest is beautifully utilized and it was the perfect setting for this movie and I liked how it used sound to great creepy effect. The score is fantastic and very disturbing and it accompanies those horror scenes so well. The film is truly a one of a kind experience and it gives time travel flicks a great name, that’s for sure. It is also one of the better Spanish movies I’ve seen.

Nacho Vigalondo directed Timecrimes superbly and he is the one responsible for its greatness the most. The editing is phenomenal and the film is a textbook example of how great small-budget sci-fi can be as it uses its setting, high-concept and disturbing score to great effect. It has its great horror scenes, but it is above all a terrific thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout its running time. It is the ultimate time travel movie which should be watched extremely closely as it is filled with an incredible amount of detail and the fact that the film’s execution is so well thought out makes it an especially rewarding experience leading to one the genre’s best films of the 2000s.

My Rating – 4.5

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Colossal (2017)

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Colossal Movie Review

Colossal is a 2017 fantasy thriller film directed by Nacho Vigalondo and starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis. It is one of the year’s most underrated films.

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Hi. She’s the monster; I’m the robot

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Colossal Movie Review

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The film really should not be talked about in detail as the story is so unique that it should be experienced by everyone without spoilers. It is one of the most original films that I have ever seen and its offbeat nature just blew me away. It seemed like something anime would do and seeing it in an American film and realizing that it is not based on anything previously published or released makes all the difference. It is the proof that originality is still possible, even in this day and age.

It juggles its tones so well and it truly is very diverse in terms of the genres. I do not agree that it is a dark comedy, but it does have some of those elements. It also has some drama as well as really well realized horror elements. But it is at its core a fantasy thriller in my opinion. The film starts as a drama, then suddenly becomes a full-on fantasy and it afterwards introduces strong thriller elements with its villain. It is unlike anything I’ve seen before.

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Of the highlights, I absolutely adored its ambiguous ending as well as the final fight which was so well thought out and with a great twist. The film has exceptional attention to detail and they truly did the most they could do with this premise. Some of the chases felt unrealistic and to me the film has a plot hole or two (why not call the police or at least retain the villain in some way), but those plot contrivances are to be expected of any crazy and original idea and most of the movie had no such problems.

Dan Stevens is good in the role, but this is the show between Jason Sudeikis and Anne Hathaway. Him I did not buy in this role as his comedic background was not perfect for a very dramatic, serious role. He is still good, just not great. But the character is so well written and memorable. Anne Hathaway, on the other hand, entirely stole the show here and delivered one of her best roles to date in such a phenomenal, really strong and heroic female role.

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Colossal Movie Review

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Colossal is so well made. The direction is good and the script is out of this world. Its attention to detail and its dialogue are both terrific and the movie is actually pretty smart. It actually explores two things really well. One is the nice guy facade which women do know a lot about and the other is a quest to beat alcoholism which is the main theme of the film. Every woman should see this movie in my opinion as its heroine is great and the troubles she faces should prove relatable to them.

The score is forgettable, but I did like its special effects. Humble, yet very well done and the two creatures correspond well to the two characters. I liked their designs quite a bit. The film can be surprisingly funny at times while also being genuinely dark at other times. It is always a riveting ride and truly one of the most underappreciated films of 2017.

With absolutely amazing and actually quite thematically rich script, excellent characters and a superb performance from Anne Hathaway in such an admirably heroic female role, Colossal is simply unlike any movie I’ve seen before. It juggles its tones and different genres so well to create a well thought out and incredibly offbeat story that is not only incredibly entertaining, but also very deep. It is one of the most underrated films of 2017.

My Rating – 4.5

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Rope (1948)

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Rope Movie Review

Rope is a 1948 thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart, John Dall and Farley Granger. It is one of the director’s best films.

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Good and evil, right and wrong were invented

for the ordinary average man, the inferior man,

because he needs them

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Rope Movie Review

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Rope is quite a masterpiece. It surely is one of his most underrated films that should belong on any top ten lists. The film reminded me of ‘Seven’ in its exploration of experimental murder and their thought that they are superior to others and that intellectually inferior do not deserve to live. A truly clever script and the film deals with the psychology of its characters so well. Perfect murder, morality and Nietzsche’s superman concept are so well explored.

Its limited set of characters is great as all of them get good roles. Mrs. Wilson is your typical nosy housekeeper and she was quite funny at times. Kenneth is okay but more forgettable and Jane is memorable. That triangle was well set up. David’s father also had some good moments and in my opinion Mrs. Atwater is really funny with her quirks and smiles.

Phillip and Brandon are so obviously a gay couple that it is interesting how the movie got past the Hays Code. Their relationship makes the movie very interesting and different for its time period and even now as we do not see it all that often. Phillip’s more nervous behavior and the fact that he has guilt over the murder perfectly contrasted the more cold and calculated behavior from Brandon. A very interesting dynamic.

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And of course Rupert is great as this sort of detective and I liked how smart he was but that it was believable how he came to the realization that they committed a murder by analyzing the room thoroughly. Farley Granger and John Dall gave pretty good performances, both facial and physical, but of course James Stewart steals the show as his performance is truly terrific per usual.

Rope naturally features amazing cinematography, the best of its kind. It is ‘Birdman’, but done right. Yes, some bit parts definitely felt like cuts and were noticeable, but the film is mostly incredibly well shot and its long take is beautifully arranged and frankly very commendable and inspired. It is a character in its own right and some of the camera movements were very subtle and I loved how it panned the room and showcased the items related to the murder. The rope and especially chest were some of the best used Hitchcock items ever.

The only problem in the movie is that the ending wasn’t as perfect as the rest of the film was. In my opinion, it was riveting and exciting, but the taking of the gun and the prolonged conversation about the murder were somewhat unrealistic. And the film definitely should have been longer.

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But the finale is absolutely perfect. By showing us how they wait for the police to arrive instead of the police retaining them, the film managed to be incredibly suspense and those final moments were all the better for that choice. I loved the dialogue in this film, very smart. It is one of those talkative movies which are confined in space and the discussions are all that matters. This particular apartment is beautiful, its New York cyclorama is truly extraordinary and the Technicolor is wonderful here. As his first color film, it is technically polished and great. Hitchcock directed the movie stupendously and it truly is his first masterpiece.

With absolutely amazing cinematography with a groundbreaking, accomplished use of a long take, excellent performances, a superb use of its talkative and confined space approach, greatly explored psychology of its characters and smart themes along with an admirable attention to detail, Rope is one of Hitchock’s greatest and most underrated films that is always riveting, different and unique.

My Rating – 4.5

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