Archive for the ‘thriller’ Category

Brad Pitt (David Mills), Morgan Freeman (William Somerset), Gwyneth Paltrow (Tracy Mills). Screenplay by Andrew Kevin Walker. Directed by David Fincher. Rating: 18. Running time: 127 minutes. For those that have seen Fight Club – good. For those that haven’t – sort it out if you are also to see Seven. The links between these two masterpieces may […]


Leonardo DiCaprio (William Costigan), Matt Damon (Colin Sullivan), Jack Nicholson (Frank Costello), Mark Wahlberg (Dignam), Martin Sheen (Queenan), Ray Winstone (Mr. French), Alec Baldwin (Ellerby), Vera Farmiga (Madolyn). Screenplay by William Monahan. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Rating: 18. Running time: 151 minutes. The Departed is a film with mad energy. In every put-down and punch-up there’s […]


Sean Connery (Robert MacDougal), Catherine Zeta Jones (Virginia Baker), Ving Rhames (Aaron Thibadeaux). Screenplay by Ronald Bass and William Broyles Jr. Directed by Jon Amiel. Rating: 12. Running time: 113 minutes. I’ve said this many times, but it remains so true and relevant that I’m going to have to say it again: any film that […]


Gene Hackman (Harry Caul), John Cazale (Stan), Harrison Ford (Martin Stett). Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Rating: 12. Running time: 112 minutes. As I watched The Conversation, I was reminded of Blow-Up. Not because the style is similarly distinctive, and at times so self-consciously art-house, though those two traits undoubtedly hold true […]


Ray Milland (Tony Wendice), Grace Kelly (Margot Wendice), Robert Cummings (Mark Halliday). Screenplay by Frederick Knott. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Rating: PG. Running time: 105 minutes. Yet another example of Hitchcock’s obsession with murder, but glorious all the same, Dial M, like Rear Window also of ’54, gives us a husband trying to get rid of his […]


Naomi Watts (Betty), Laura Harring (Rita), Ann Miller (Coco), Justin Theroux (Adam Kesher). Screenplay by David Lynch. Directed by David Lynch. Rating: 15. Running time: 147 minutes. Nobody could ever accuse David Lynch of not being intriguing, but those accustomed with his work will know his adventurous filmmaking always suffered significant flaws up until Mulholland […]


Janet Leigh (Marion Crane), Anthony Perkins (Norman Baites). Screenplay by Joseph Stefano. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Rating: 15. Running time: 109 minutes. I had always judged Rear Window to be Hitchcock’s magnum opus, but rewatching Psycho I realise it should be evident to everyone that not only is this his best, but that it’s up […]