January 10, 2011

Final Destination 3 (2006)

IMDB:
Final Destination 3 (2006)

Plot:
In this third installment of the Final Destination series, a student's premonition of a deadly rollercoaster ride saves her life and a lucky few, but not from death itself which seeks out those who escaped their fate.




Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 06/15/2008]

Posted by mark at 06:18 PM | Comments (0)

Paycheck (2003)

IMDB:
Paycheck (2003)

Plot:
What seemed like a breezy idea for an engineer to net him millions of dollars, leaves him on the run for his life and piecing together why he's being chased.




Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 06/14/2008]

Posted by mark at 06:14 PM | Comments (0)

The Orphanage (2007)

IMDB:
The Orphanage (2007)

Plot:
A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, where she opens an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.





Rating: 8

[Viewing Date: 06/05/2008]

Posted by mark at 05:00 PM | Comments (0)

Torn Curtain (1966)

IMDB:
Torn Curtain (1966)

Plot:
An American scientist publicly defects to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the solution for a formula resin and then figuring out a plan to escape back to the West.





Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 05/11/2008]

Posted by mark at 04:46 PM | Comments (0)

The Number 23 (2007)

IMDB:
The Number 23 (2007)

Plot:
Walter Sparrow becomes obsessed with a novel that he believes was written about him. As his obsession increases, more and more similarities seem to arise.





Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 04/21/2008]

Posted by mark at 03:53 PM | Comments (0)

January 05, 2011

The Boys from Brazil (1978)

IMDB:
The Boys from Brazil (1978)

Plot:
A Nazi hunter in Paraguay discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich.




Gregory Peck's performance against type as a Nazi is sublime.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 03/15/2008]

Posted by mark at 09:13 PM | Comments (0)

Marathon Man (1976)

IMDB:
Marathon Man (1976)

Plot:
A graduate history student is unwittingly caught in the middle of an international conspiracy involving stolen diamonds, an exiled Nazi war criminal, and a rogue government agent.




"Is it safe?"

Never was so chilling a question asked!

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 03/11/2008]

Posted by mark at 09:05 PM | Comments (0)

Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)

IMDB:
Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)

Plot:
Myra, a self-styled psychic in London, concocts a scheme to gain celebrity. She convinces Billy, her weak-willed husband, to kidnap the young daughter of wealthy parents. She and Billy will demand money, and then she will go to the parents with extra-sensory messages that will help the police find the child and the ransom. The plan unfolds beautifully, except that after her first visit to the parents, the police want to check her out. He's scared. As her delusions worsen, Bill realizes Myra may not want the child found alive. Behind it all is also the death at birth, years before, of their only child, whom they've named Arthur and who is Myra's contact with the beyond.




Fantastic, creepy thriller!!!


Rating: 8

[Viewing Date: 03/08/2008]

Posted by mark at 08:22 PM | Comments (0)

Frenzy (1972)

IMDB: Frenzy (1972)

Plot:
A serial killer is murdering London women with a necktie. The police have a suspect... but he's the wrong man.




Summary says it all, shot magnificently with the expert eye of Hitchcock of course.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 03/01/2008]

Posted by mark at 06:31 PM | Comments (0)

January 13, 2008

The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)

IMDB: The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)

Plot Outline:
Concentration camp survivor Victoria Kowelska finds herself involved in mystery, greed, and murder when she assumes the identity of a dead friend in order to gain passage to America.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date:01/12/08]

Posted by mark at 05:08 PM | Comments (0)

January 12, 2008

The Amateur (1981)

IMDB: The Amateur (1981)

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date:11/30/07]

Posted by mark at 10:43 PM | Comments (0)

The Invisible (2007)

IMDB: The Invisible (2007)

Plot Outline:
After an attack leaves him in limbo -- invisible to the living and also near death -- a teenager discovers the only person who might be able help him is his attacker.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date:10/30/07]

Posted by mark at 07:42 PM | Comments (0)

Civic Duty (2006)

IMDB: Civic Duty (2006)

Plot Outline:
An American accountant bombarded with cable news and the media's obsession with terrorist plots in the post 9-11 world, receives a jolt when an unattached Islamic graduate student moves in next door.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date:10/15/07]

Posted by mark at 07:26 PM | Comments (0)

Death Proof (2007)

IMDB: Death Proof (2007)

Plot Outline:
Two separate sets of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his "death proof" cars to execute his murderous plans.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date:10/15/07]

Posted by mark at 07:24 PM | Comments (0)

Disturbia (2007)

IMDB: Disturbia (2007)

Plot Outline:
A teen living under house arrest becomes convinced his neighbor is a serial killer.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date:08/11/07]

Posted by mark at 05:31 PM | Comments (0)

Fay Grim (2006)

IMDB: Fay Grim (2006)

Plot Outline:
A ten-years-later continuation of Hal Hartley's "Henry Fool", where Fay Grim (Posey) is coerced by a CIA agent (Goldblum) to try and locate notebooks that belonged to her fugitive ex-husband (Ryan). Published in them is information that could compromises the security of the U.S., causing Fay to first head to Paris to fetch them

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date:07/10/07]

Posted by mark at 04:45 PM | Comments (0)

January 06, 2008

Doctor Sleep (2002)

IMDB: Doctor Sleep (2002)

Plot summary: While treating a policewoman for smoking, hypnotherapist Michael Strother has a telepathic vision of a young girl floating beneath the surface of a stream. The escaped victim of a ritualistic serial killer, the girl has become mute, and Michael is called upon by Scotland Yard to unlock the secrets she holds in order to catch a man who believes he has discovered the key to immortality.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 06/17/07]

Posted by mark at 08:16 PM | Comments (0)

May 15, 2007

The Good Shepherd (2006)

IMDB: The Good Shepherd (2006)

Plot Outline:
The tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency is viewed through the prism of one man's life.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 05/13/07]

Posted by mark at 11:12 PM | Comments (0)

Crash (1996)

IMDB: Crash (1996)

Plot Outline:
After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred car crash fetish victims and tries to use that to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 05/13/07]

Posted by mark at 11:10 PM | Comments (0)

Don't Look Now (1973)

IMDB: Don't Look Now (1973)

Plot Summary:
John and Laura Baxter are living in Venice when they meet a pair of elderly sisters, one of whom claims to be psychic.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 04/22/07]

Posted by mark at 10:36 PM | Comments (0)

Raising Cain (1992)

IMDB: Raising Cain (1992)


Plot Summary:
Jenny Nix, wife of eminent child psychologist Carter Nix, becomes increasingly concerned about her husband's seemingly obsessive concern over the upbringing of their daughter.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 04/14/07]

Posted by mark at 09:58 PM | Comments (0)

Ricochet (1991)

IMDB: Ricochet (1991)

Plot Outline:
An attorney is terrorized by the criminal he put away years ago when he was a cop.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 04/07/07]

Posted by mark at 09:22 PM | Comments (0)

May 13, 2007

Chinjeolhan geumjassi (2005)

IMDB: Chinjeolhan geumjassi (2005)

Plot Summary:
After a 13-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a 6 year old boy, beautiful Lee Guem-ja starts, seeking revenge on the man that was really responsible for the boy's death.

Rating: 8

[Viewing Date: 03/14/07]

Posted by mark at 10:11 PM | Comments (0)

Sorry, Haters (2005)

IMDB: Sorry, Haters (2005)

Plot Outline:
Against the anxieties and fears of post-9/11 America, an Arab cab driver picks up a troubled professional woman (Robin Wright Penn) with unexpected results.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 02/26/07]

Posted by mark at 04:39 PM | Comments (0)

September 24, 2006

Nick of Time (1995)

IMDB: Nick of Time (1995)

Plot Summary: Gene Watson's daughter is kidnapped. He is given a gun, and told that if he hasn't killed a specific person in one hour and fifteen minutes, his daughter will be killed.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 08/28/06]

Posted by mark at 07:39 PM | Comments (0)

Trauma (2004)

IMDB: Trauma (2004)

Plot Summary: Awaking from a coma to discover his wife has been killed in a car accident, Ben's (Colin Firth) world may as well have come to an end.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 08/26/06]

Posted by mark at 07:26 PM | Comments (0)

Eye of the Needle (1981)

IMDB: Eye of the Needle (1981)

Plot Outline: A ruthless German spy, trying to get out of Britain with vital information about D-Day, must spend time with a young woman and her crippled husband.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 08/18/06]

Posted by mark at 06:30 PM | Comments (0)

The Lodger (1944)

IMDB: The Lodger (1944)

Plot Summary: In late Victorian London, Jack the Ripper has been killing and maiming actresses in the night.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 08/12/06]

Posted by mark at 06:17 PM | Comments (0)

Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)

IMDB: Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)

Laura and Martin have been married for four years. They seem to be the perfect, happiest and most successful couple. The reality of their house-hold, however, is very different. Martin is an abusive and brutally obsessed husband. Laura is living her life in constant fear and waits for a chance to escape. She finally stages her own death, and flees to a new town and new identity. But when Martin finds out that his wife is not dead he will stop at nothing to find and kill her.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 08/10/06]

Posted by mark at 06:10 PM | Comments (0)

Brute Force (1947)

IMDB: Brute Force (1947)

Plot Outline: At a tough penitentiary, prisoner Joe Collins plans to rebel against Captain Munsey, the power-mad chief guard.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 08/08/06]

Posted by mark at 06:03 PM | Comments (0)

Night People (1954)

IMDB: Night People (1954)

Post WWII yarn about a young GI abducted by the Soviets in West Berlin and hauled off to the East. His recovery gets complicated as Colonel Steve Van Dyke tries to sort out the usefulness of informants, spies, bureaucrats, and the abductee's influential father!

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 08/02/06]

Posted by mark at 05:36 PM | Comments (0)

July 30, 2006

Basic Instinct (1992)

IMDB: Basic Instinct (1992)

A police detective is in charge of the investigation of a brutal murder, in which a beautiful and seductive woman could be involved

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 07/30/06]

Posted by mark at 09:33 PM | Comments (0)

The Game (1997)

IMDB: The Game (1997)

Wealthy financier Nicholas Van Orton gets a strange birthday present from wayward brother Conrad: a live-action game that consumes his life.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 07/27/06]

Posted by mark at 09:22 PM | Comments (0)

Killing Zoe (1994)

IMDB: Killing Zoe (1994)

Boy meets girl after getting out of prison. Boy meets old friend, partys all night, wakes up with a hangover and they go to rob a bank.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 06/27/06]

Posted by mark at 07:51 PM | Comments (0)

Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

IMDB: Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

An illegal Nigerian immigrant discovers the unpalatable side of London life.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 06/26/06]

Posted by mark at 07:47 PM | Comments (0)

Signpost to Murder (1964)

IMDB: Signpost to Murder (1964)

Stuart Whitman plays a man who escapes from an insane asylum, hiding out in an isolated and somewhat spooky-looking farmhouse near-by.


Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 06/26/06]


Posted by mark at 07:03 PM | Comments (0)

June 25, 2006

Repulsion (1965)

IMDB: Repulsion (1965)

Blurb: "Left alone when her sister goes on vacation, a sexually repressed young beauty goes insane with surreal fantasies of seduction and rape."

Although very slow paced, the building psychosis exhibited by Deneuve's Carol Ledoux is quite intense.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 06/22/06]

Posted by mark at 03:26 PM | Comments (0)

April 23, 2006

Final Destination (2000)

IMDB: Final Destination (2000)

Rating: 4

[Viewing Date: 04/23/06]

Posted by mark at 11:26 PM | Comments (0)

The Descent (2005)

IMDB: The Descent (2005)

Rating: 8

[Viewing Date: 04/16/06]

Posted by mark at 11:12 PM | Comments (0)

Afraid of the Dark (1991)

IMDB: Afraid of the Dark (1991)

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 04/05/06]

Posted by mark at 11:00 PM | Comments (0)

Sisters (1973)

IMDB: Sisters (1973)

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 02/27/06]

Posted by mark at 10:14 PM | Comments (0)

November 27, 2005

Hide and Seek / Cord (2000)

IMDB: Hide and Seek / Cord (2000)

Without paying attention I put Hide and Seek in my Blockbuster Online Queue, thinking it was the Robert DeNiro supernatural film, but received instead this one.

After watching it for 15 minutes, I thought it sucked and popped it out of the player. A month later I decided to give it a fair chance and am glad I did.

Jennifer Tilly is *so* way over the top in this, that she makes watching the film worthwhile.

Rating: 6

Posted by mark at 01:19 PM | Comments (0)

Save the Green Planet / Jigureul jikyeora! (2003)

IMDB: Save the Green Planet / Jigureul jikyeora! (2003)

Beekeeper kidnaps and tortures CEO he believes is an alien from Andromeda. Is he nuts, or are we being invaded?

Rating: 6

Posted by mark at 12:48 PM | Comments (0)

November 14, 2005

Mindhunters (2004)

IMDB: Mindhunters (2004)

Three words: Just Say No.

Rating: 3

Posted by mark at 07:01 PM | Comments (0)

October 23, 2005

Night Moves (1975)

IMDB: Night Moves (1875)

So slow I couldn't stay away through it.

Rating: 4

Posted by mark at 07:23 PM | Comments (0)

Beautiful Creatures (2000)

IMDB: Four Brothers (2005)

A little slow moving, but not to be discarded as another in the line of 'girls get back atchya' films

Posted by mark at 07:02 PM | Comments (0)

August 25, 2005

The Devil's Backbone (2001)

IMDB: The Devil's Backbone(2001), El Espinazo del Diablo

Produced by Pedro & Agustin Almodovar, and directed by Guillermo del Toro, The Devil's Backbone is an exquisitely crafted and quite beautiful ghost story.

Set in 1939, near the end of the Spanish Civil War, orphaned boys are brought to Santa Lucia School to protect them from the violence, but the school is already taxed to the limit trying to provide for the boys.

The school, run by a strong woman and her husband, a doctor, also provides shelter to a dark secret and supernatural happenings.

Carlos (Fernando Tielve), the twelve year old boy, is the latest addition to the school, and on top of trying to fit in with the school's group of boys, dominated by a bully, has to determine what, or who, is making those gasping sounds at night.

Rating: 7

Posted by mark at 07:25 PM | Comments (0)

August 13, 2005

Narrow Margin (1990)

IMDB: Narrow Margin (1990)

This remake of the 1952 William Friedkin Film Noir gem is a lesser version of the original, but still holds a sweet spot in my viewing library.

Rating: 6

Posted by mark at 02:49 PM | Comments (0)

The Narrow Margin (1952)

IMDB: The Narrow Margin (1952)

Excellent Film Noir effectively performed. Directed by William Friedkin, (The Excorcist, To Live and Die in L.A.), and starring Charles McGraw, Marie Windsor, and Jacqueline White, this original offers much more meat to sink your teeth into than the 1990 remake with Gene Hackman and Anne Archer

Rating: 7

Posted by mark at 02:39 PM | Comments (0)

August 05, 2005

Baise-moi (2000)

Baise-moi (2000)

This was one of those high profile independent films being called "Thelma & Louise on Steroids" and publicized for its graphic sex and lauded for the fact that it was banned in Australia.

Well, that said, this is most definitely no Irréversible (2002) even though it does share the themes of vengence, rape, and graphic sexual violence.

I found the picture boring, the characters totally non-sympathetic, and the entire storyline laughable.

There were a couple fair ultra-violent scenes, one in which the protaganists kill everyone in a sex club, but unfortunately, that's not enough flair to make up for the rest of an otherwise non-descript piece of work.

Rating: 5


Posted by mark at 09:22 PM | Comments (0)

July 05, 2005

The Bedford Incident (1965)

The Bedford Incident (1965)

I never tire of watching this movie. The fantastic cast and depth of characters easily maintains the tension of this Cold War classic.

To say that submarine chaser Capt. Eric Finlander (Richard Widmark) maintains a taut ship is an understatement. In fact, it takes little time for the audience to realize that it is inevitible that something, or someone, will snap.

Discovering a Russian sub inside the territorial waters of Greenland leads to an oceanic cat and mouse game, but the real match of wits and fears is onboard the sub chaser.

Sidney Poitier's reporter Ben Munceford is probably the weakest performance -- he barely manages to compete with the inexorably determined Finlander.

Martin Balsam shines as the ineffable ship's doctor, and of course James McCarther (Hawaii Five O) is memorable for his small role as the somewhat too anxious to please Ensign Ralston.

Rating: 7

Posted by mark at 05:50 PM