Tag Archives: Thriller

Pulp Fiction: Great Vengeance and Furious Anger

YOU WON’T KNOW THE FACTS UNTIL YOU’VE SEEN THE FICTION.  A few weeks before this year’s Cannes festival, where one of the most talked-about events will be Quentin Tarantino’s return with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, I took the chance to revisit the film that really made his career. In 2019, there’s only one … Continue reading Pulp Fiction: Great Vengeance and Furious Anger

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

THE STORY BEHIND AMERICA’S MOST NOTORIOUS SERIAL KILLER. In the mid-70s, as police are doing their best to tie Ted Bundy (Zac Efron) to a series of murders, his girlfriend (Lily Collins) refuses to believe that he’s guilty. The unbelievable story of serial killer Ted Bundy explores his relationships with women and how he tried … Continue reading Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

The Americans: Suburban Spies

In 2010, the Illegals Program was revealed in the United States. That was an investigation by the FBI uncovering and arresting ten Russian agents who had been living in the U.S. for years, posing as American citizens. As they went about their everyday lives they tried to obtain intelligence for Russia by making friends with … Continue reading The Americans: Suburban Spies

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

A surgeon’s (Colin Farrell) mysterious relationship with a teenage boy (Barry Keoghan) results in a prediction that his family will die unless he ”balances” an incident in his past. Yorgos Lanthimos and his co-writer continue in the same vein as The Lobster (2015) – an absurd story told in an amusingly rational way, which is … Continue reading The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Bad Times at the El Royale

ALL ROADS LEAD HERE. In 1969, a motley group of people gather in an otherwise empty hotel straddling the California-Nevada border; they all have different agendas. The director’s first film since The Cabin in the Woods (2012) seems above all inspired by Tarantino. Drew Goddard grabs our attention instantly, and for a long while we … Continue reading Bad Times at the El Royale

Flatliners

IT’S BEAUTIFUL. IT’S EROTIC. IT’S TERRIFYING. THEY KNOW. THEY’VE CROSSED THE LINE. Five medical students begin experimenting with what happens right after you die by flatlining for one minute until the others resuscitate. A thriller with horror elements as each student who participates in the experiments is haunted by something awful from their past that … Continue reading Flatliners

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

THE PAST NEVER FORGETS. Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy) is hired to get her hands on a computer program built to access the world’s nuclear codes. Seven years after The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo came this sequel, based on a novel that wasn’t part of the original ”Millennium” trilogy. Intensely focused on Salander’s past and … Continue reading The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Altered States

WHEN HE HEARD HIS CRY FOR HELP IT WASN’T HUMAN.  Psychopathologist Eddie Jessup (William Hurt) begins to experiment with his mind using drugs from a Mexican tribe and a flotation tank. This sci-fi film was a departure for Ken Russell, a collaboration with Paddy Chayefsky that didn’t end well. The latter based his story on … Continue reading Altered States