Archive for 1990

Pacific Heights

Posted in Mystery, Thriller with tags on May 6, 2010 by Mark Hobin

Suspenseful thriller about an unmarried couple who sublet their Victorian home to a menacing tenant.  Hitchcockian tale gradually exposes their vulnerability so we share in the frustration of the young couple.  Script also raises some interesting questions about California tenant laws.  What makes this thriller so convincing is the unexpected path the story ultimately takes. Melanie Griffith shines as the more rational mind in the yuppie couple and Michael Keaton is effectively manipulative as Carter Hayes, a psychopathic con artist.

Cry Baby

Posted in Comedy, Musical, Romance with tags on July 21, 2008 by Mark Hobin

Weird comedy musical from director John Waters has some lively bits, but misses the mark overall.