Tag Archives: Thriller

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

King Cobra

BE WILLING TO GO ALL THE WAY.  Young Sean Lockhart (Garrett Clayton) becomes a gay porn sensation, but when two fledgling producers (James Franco, Keegan Allen) want to use him for a movie, a conflict turns deadly… The story of how real-life porn star Brent Corrigan started out and became involved in the murder investigation … Continue reading King Cobra

Dolores Claiborne: Island of Misery

SOMETIMES, AN ACCIDENT CAN BE AN UNHAPPY WOMAN’S BEST FRIEND.  During a critical scene between Dolores Claiborne (Kathy Bates) and her abusive husband Joe (David Strathairn), she tells him that he’s likely to end up in Shawshank Prison. Fans of Stephen King will recognize this as a typical sign that the story takes place in … Continue reading Dolores Claiborne: Island of Misery

The Parallax View

THERE IS NO CONSPIRACY. JUST TWELVE PEOPLE DEAD.  After the assassination of a presidential candidate, witnesses who may have seen something not disclosed in the subsequent investigation die mysteriously one after one; investigative reporter Joseph Frady (Warren Beatty) looks into it. The second film in Alan J. Pakula’s paranoia trilogy (after Klute (1971), before All … Continue reading The Parallax View