Tag Archives: Thrillers and Suspense Films

Rewind: Films of the 60s, 70s, 80s – The Bedroom Window (1987)

by RICHARD WINTERS

Terry Lambert (Steve Guttenberg) is having an affair with Sylvia (Isabelle Huppert), the wife of his boss. The two go back to his apartment one night after an office party to have sex. In the middle of the night Terry gets up to go to the bathroom and this is when Sylvia is awakened by a scream coming from outside the bedroom window. She goes to the window and sees a young woman struggling with a man on the sidewalk. When Sylvia opens the window the man runs away and by the time Terry gets there everyone is gone. The next day Terry reads in the paper about a similar murder of a woman that occurred later that night just a couple of blocks down the street. He is convinced there is a connection and that he should report the incident that Sylvia saw. In order to keep the affair a secret he decides to act as the witness and simply relay whatever Sylvia told him. However, in classic Hitchcockian style things quickly spiral out of control and Terry soon finds himself in deep trouble. Continue reading

A Few Good Blog Posts (October, 2011)

by HELEN GEIB

A monthly round-up of recent blog posts I enjoyed reading.

Writing about Drive at…

Cannelton Critic

The Cooler

Gateway Cinephiles

MONDO 70: A Wild World of Cinema

Scanners

Rewind: Films of the 60s, 70s, 80s – The Mackintosh Man (1973)

by RICHARD WINTERS

Joseph Reardon (Paul Newman) is a spy recruited by British Intelligence to infiltrate a secret spy ring in order to expose a traitor from a high-ranking government office. In order to do so he must assume the identity of an Australian criminal and allow himself to be caught and imprisoned. He is able to escape using the help of an inside organization that arranges the escapes for high profile prisoners. He is taken to an isolated mansion at an unknown location and trained to be a part of the criminal spy ring, but he unwittingly gives out his true identity, which forces him to make a daring escape and go on the run in the middle of nowhere. Continue reading

Rewind: Films of the 60s, 70s, 80s – Still of the Night (1982)

by RICHARD WINTERS

Successful psychiatrist Sam Rice (Roy Scheider) suddenly finds himself immersed in a tangled web of murder and deceit. One of his patients, wealthy art dealer George Bynum (Josef Sommar), is found murdered. A mysterious woman named Brooke Reynolds (Meryl Streep) visits him and states that she was George’s mistress and Sam suspects that she may be the killer. He tries to do his own investigation, but the police start to doggedly tail him thinking he may know more than what he is letting on. Continue reading

Movie Review – Drive (2011)

by HELEN GEIB and NIR SHALEV

HELEN’S TAKE

It’s a set up straight out of the classic film noir playbook. Continue reading

Two Lists, Ten Favorites: Films of Alfred Hitchcock

by HELEN GEIB and NIR SHALEV

An occasional feature where Helen and Nir compare their five favorite films by some of the greats of world cinema.

Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980)

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DVD of the Week – Review of I Saw the Devil (2010)

by NIR SHALEV

Choi Min-sik (of Oldboy fame) plays a psychopathic killer and his latest, random victim is the fiancée of a special agent played by Lee Byung-hun (The Good, the Bad, the Weird). After her body is found, the agent’s superior offers him a month off work to recover from his grief but he claims to only need two weeks. He immediately sets off to find the killer using info provided by his fiancée’s father and ex-chief of police. Within a matter of days, the agent finds the killer in a greenhouse and a terrific fight ensues. The killer is beaten to unconsciousness, his right hand is crushed on a rock and he awakens to the sight of an envelope that’s full of money. Why, you ask? Because while the killer was unconscious, the agent slipped a GPS pill into his mouth and made him swallow it. That way, wherever he goes the agent could find him. And then beat him up and torture him further. And he does. Continue reading

Movie Review – I Confess (1953)

by NIR SHALEV

Alfred Hitchcock was an early master of horror but is currently most famously known as the master of suspense. He released one thriller after another, some more thrilling than others (North by Northwest (1959), The Birds (1963)), but his visual and thematic signatures were noticeable even from the start of his film career that dates back to the silent era. I Confess looks like a Hitchcock thriller, steeped in gorgeous black and white cinematography; however, unlike his usual psychological thrillers, it plays much more like a psychological drama. Continue reading

DVD of the Week – Review of Source Code (2011)

by NIR SHALEV

Jake Gyllenhaal plays Captain Colter Stevens, a US military helicopter pilot who wakes up one day seated in a train that’s headed to Chicago. Before him sits Christina (Michelle Monaghan), an attractive woman who calls him Sean. As Colter attempts to figure out why his reflection shows a different face and body than his own, the train explodes and he wakes up still strapped to the chair in his helicopter cockpit. Continue reading

Film Buff Movie of the Month: The Killer (1989)

by HELEN GEIB

Short posts on my film club’s “movie of the month” series.

When I decided on “connections” for the series theme this year, the first title to come to mind was John Woo’s The Killer (1989). The only question was whether to pair it with a movie that influenced it or one that was influenced by it. I’d be hard pressed to come up with a better film to illustrate cinematic connections. Continue reading