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Don’t Look Now

Posted in Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller with tags on August 20, 2010 by Mark Hobin

Psychological thriller about parents who retreat to Italy after the tragic death of their daughter in a drowning accident.  Director Nicolas Roeg masterfully creates an almost dreamlike atmosphere using the canals of Venice as a backdrop.  The surroundings are hauntingly eerie.  The story develops in such a way that impels the viewer to keep watching.  Indeed a genuine sense of dread permeates the action.  At times, certain stylistic devices of the filmmaker like glass breaking, the recurrence of the color red and the use of slow motion, can feel a bit self consciously arty.  And that infamous love scene which awkwardly intercuts footage of the couple getting dressed for dinner with unusually graphic sex, is hopelessly dated and unsexy.  However these are minor criticisms in an intensely absorbing, spooky mood piece of a film.  Based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier who also wrote the short story The Birds and the novel Rebecca.

Paper Moon

Posted in Comedy, Drama with tags on January 25, 2009 by Mark Hobin

PhotobucketPhotobucketRoad comedy set during the Great Depression about a father and daughter team who work as a couple of grifters. Hilarious, affectionate and stylish film makes excellent use of black and white cinematography. Director Peter Bogdanovich is at the top his game here.

Badlands

Posted in Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller with tags on June 27, 2008 by Mark Hobin

Director Terrence Malick’s best film.

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