Tag Archives: Thriller

The Bourne Identity

HE WAS THE PERFECT WEAPON UNTIL HE BECAME THE TARGET. A young man (Matt Damon) is fished out of the Mediterranean and remembers nothing of his past; all he has is an implant in his hip revealing a Swiss bank account number. Doug Liman’s great breakthrough as a filmmaker also introduced Damon as a star … Continue reading The Bourne Identity

Marathon Man

A student (Dustin Hoffman) gets drawn into a web of intrigue involving his brother (Roy Scheider), a secret government agency, a stash of diamonds and a Nazi war criminal (Laurence Olivier). A hit in its day in spite of a flawed script, this thriller is still worth a look thanks to John Schlesinger’s taut direction, … Continue reading Marathon Man

Remington Steele: The Moonlighting Detective

Remington Steele shared a lot of similarities with another humorous crime show called Moonlighting, which also featured two detectives that would spend a lot of time bickering although they actually loved each other. This was not so strange, as the creator of Moonlighting cut his teeth writing episodes of Remington Steele. I still preferred the Pierce Brosnan starrer. Hey, we’re … Continue reading Remington Steele: The Moonlighting Detective

Cruising

AL PACINO IS CRUISING FOR A KILLER. New York cop Steve Burns (Al Pacino) goes undercover in the gay S/M club scene to find whoever’s killing its participants. A hunt for a serial killer that never becomes very suspenseful, that takes turns being laughable and nasty and features an open ending where the  possibilities only … Continue reading Cruising

Munich: No Promise of Peace

THE WORLD WAS WATCHING IN 1972 AS 11 ISRAELI ATHLETES WERE MURDERED AT THE MUNICH OLYMPICS. THIS IS THE STORY OF WHAT HAPPENED NEXT.  It was in a Time Magazine article shortly after the release of Munich that its director, Steven Spielberg, expressed a hope that the film would bring Palestinians and Israelis together. Perhaps … Continue reading Munich: No Promise of Peace

Mary Reilly

EVIL LOVES INNOCENCE.  Mary Reilly (Julia Roberts), a 19th-century London housemaid, is informed that her master, Dr. Jekyll (John Malkovich), has hired a mysterious new assistant. The Dangerous Liaisons (1988) gang – Stephen Frears, Christopher Hampton, Malkovich, Glenn Close – reunited for this admittedly interesting take on the old Robert Louis Stevenson tale of madness … Continue reading Mary Reilly

Phone Booth

YOUR LIFE IS ON THE LINE. New York PR man Stu Shepard (Colin Farrell), who lies for a living, finds himself trapped in the city’s last phone booth, talking to a killer who’s determined to make him repent. An experimental thriller from a director who tried to change the direction of his career in the early … Continue reading Phone Booth

V for Vendetta

REMEMBER, REMEMBER THE 5TH OF NOVEMBER. In the future, England has turned into a fascist dictatorship, but a masked freedom fighter called V (Hugo Weaving) intends to bring it down – perhaps with some help from young Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman). Perhaps this movie version of the classic graphic novel seems bloated at times, but … Continue reading V for Vendetta

Stigmata

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BELIEVE… TO SUFFER. 23-year-old Pittsburgh hairdresser and atheist Frankie Paige (Patricia Arquette) exhibits signs of the stigmata; a Catholic priest (Gabriel Byrne) is sent to investigate. Some critics have compared this thriller to The Exorcist (1973) and there is indeed a Max von Sydow kind of priest present, as well as … Continue reading Stigmata

The Path to 9/11

THE YEARS THAT LED UP TO IT. EVERYTHING THAT MIGHT HAVE PREVENTED IT. FBI agent John O’Neill (Harvey Keitel) and White House counter-terrorism advisor Richard Clarke (Stephen Root) spend the 1990s hunting the terrorists who would eventually attack the U.S. on September 11th, 2001. Former Clinton White House officials (including Clarke) criticized this miniseries heavily … Continue reading The Path to 9/11

The Murders in the Rue Morgue

POE’S CLASSIC CHILLER OF INHUMAN CRIME, SHRILL SUSPENSE, AND DAZZLING DETECTIVE WORK.  Auguste Dupin (George C. Scott), a retired police detective, is talked into investigating a brutal double homicide that took place in a Paris apartment; he realizes that the killer’s identity may be something of a surprise… This is in fact the only faithful … Continue reading The Murders in the Rue Morgue