Tag Archives: Thriller

The Thin Man: Cocktails and a Mystery

A LAUGH TOPS EVERY THRILLING MOMENT! When William Powell arrived on his first day on the set of this film, he was going to shoot the scene where his character Nick Charles would be introduced to audiences. It takes place in a bar and director W.S. Van Dyke gave Powell a cocktail shaker and told … Continue reading The Thin Man: Cocktails and a Mystery

Bloodline

Initially a critically lauded Netflix drama from the creators of Damages (2007-2012) that also used flashbacks as clues to something sinister that had happened in the past; here, they were haunting a prominent Florida Keys family, the Rayburns. Everything came to a head when the oldest son and the family’s black sheep, Danny (Ben Mendelsohn), … Continue reading Bloodline

Absolute Power

CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY.  During a burglary, veteran Luther Whitney (Clint Eastwood) becomes an accidental witness to the U.S. President (Gene Hackman) trying to seduce a younger woman, which ends in her death. One of the author’s most sensational thrillers becomes a fairly intriguing movie in Eastwood’s hands, primarily a chance for himself to deliver a charming … Continue reading Absolute Power

Primal Fear

SOONER OR LATER A MAN WHO WEARS TWO FACES FORGETS WHICH ONE IS REAL. Chicago attorney Martin Vail (Richard Gere) happily takes on a high-profile case where a confused former altar boy, Aaron (Edward Norton), stands accused of having murdered the Archbishop. It’s not often an actor making his screen debut gets to shine as … Continue reading Primal Fear

The Usual Suspects: Catching Up with Keyser

FIVE CRIMINALS. ONE LINE UP. NO COINCIDENCE.  After seeing the drama Public Access at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival, Kevin Spacey went to the party after the screening, walked up to the young men who had written and directed it and told them that he wanted a role in their next movie. At the time, … Continue reading The Usual Suspects: Catching Up with Keyser

The Girl on the Train

WHAT YOU SEE CAN HURT YOU.  Alcoholic Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) rides the train every day and fantasizes about a seemingly perfect couple that she can see from the train; one day she wakes up with bruises and memory loss and learns that the woman she’s been watching has gone missing… This adaptation of the … Continue reading The Girl on the Train