Category Thriller

Insomnia (2002)

Insomnia is almost the ultimate film noir inverse, an argument supported strongest by its location – a small town in Alaska during the time of year in which it never gets dark, ever. In the noir films of the 1940s and 50’s, and even the majority of the neo-noirs produced in the decades following, high contrast […]

Thunderball (1965)

After two Fleming-faithful Terence Young helmed pictures, director Guy Hamilton took over for 1964’s Goldfinger; which is perhaps the most acclaimed, and certainly the most influential, 007 film of all-time. With a substantially larger budget and director change, Goldfinger shaved away some of the harder thriller elements of Young’s films in favor of blockbuster spectacle, and under Hamilton’s […]

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

One of the year’s most beautiful movies, to be sure, and the “novel” sections of the film are pure pulped-up thriller, but I’m not sure what else is really here. Reminded me a bit of The Neon Demon meets Hell or High Water (especially in the way Ford elevates cinematic trash, similarly to Refn, through […]

The Steel Helmet (1951)

Made for just $10,000, it’s surprising just how well The Steel Helmet works on so many different levels. It’s ostensibly a straight forward story: we follow Zack (Gene Evans), the sole survivor of an American POW unit, and a South Korean orphan (William Chun) across the war torn landscape as they group up with another infantry unit […]

Hell or High Water (2016)

The recession has hit and the financial crisis has taken its toll on Texas and Texan families, namely Toby (a more solemn and melancholy Chris Pine) and Tanner Howard (Ben Foster, with the dial turned up a bit more than those around him). The crisis and the banks first taking their ailing mother and the […]

Stranger Things – Season 1 (2016)

80’s pastiche is in full swing, and seems to be trending upward given the monstrous (pun intended) success of this year’s Netflix produced Stranger Things. However, show creators Matt and Ross Duffer (who primarily handle writing and directing duties as well), elevate their show by embracing their 80’s trappings and tropes and, rather than relegating them […]

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

It’s no surprise that the most visually striking and assured installment in the Bourne franchise is the best. Director Paul Greengrass’ over-the-shoulder, around-a-corner handheld compositions stand as excellent micro-examples of the peeping and surveillance that is perpetual in The Bourne Ultimatum, the third and (should have been) final entry in the spy thriller trilogy. Although Identity director Doug […]