Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
3 Days of the Condor
His CIA code name is Condor. In the next seventy-two hours almost everyone he trusts will try to kill him.
A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.
The shadow of Watergate looms large over this story of agencies within agencies, secret organisations shaping the world around us. The Nixon scandal was the springboard for Hollywood to produce a number of high quality thrillers exploring similar themes, all wrapped in a healthy dose of paranoia.
Robert Redford puts on a superb display as the man-on-the-run constantly looking over his shoulder with the CIA hot on his footsteps. He keeps the tension in place from the moment he walks back into his office and discovers every single working colleague has been murdered whilst on the lunch-run.
The idea behind the film from Redford's point of view is a little far fetched although he brings a lot of credibility to…
Now that's how you do a 1970s political thriller. Dark, mysterious, and still as relevant today as it was 40 years ago.
I don't remember yesterday. Today it rained.
Sydney Pollack and Robert Redford might not have been the greatest director/actor duo in film, but they managed to put together some solid films with a few great ones in the mix. This is one of them. A political thriller based on James Grady's novel Six Days of the Condor. It was changed to "3 Days" for the film because Redford doesn't need 6 days to pull off this sort of shit.
Screenwriters David Rayfiel and Lorenzo Semple Jr. adapted a near perfect political thriller from the novel. They manage to take Redford's character, Joe Turner, and put his life in immediate danger without him knowing the reasons behind it or…
I may have mentioned before that I find Robert Redford's eyes to be beautiful. He has a little sadness in them, just the right amount, and a little squint he does that denies you just the right amount of the whites. They're blue, but they don't stand out like some blue eyes (cough Newman cough). They're subtle, but they are very expressive. With a face that seems prematurely lined, with such a famously handsome countenance, his eyes still stand out somehow. They are a work of art. I always find it distracting when he covers them with glasses, because they distract from the way his face naturally frames his eyes to be perfect little metaphysical windows. They put new meaning…
A viewing such as this tends to be particularly interesting to me. A large part of the appeal of this film comes from the post-Nixon paranoia and distrust of government. As someone born in the mid 80's, trusting the government has never been a staple of my life, and as a result some of the initial shock appeal may not have affected me the same way it did viewers in 1975. Regardless, this is a decent espionage/suspense flick.
CIA agent Joseph Turner returns from lunch to find that everyone in his office has been shot and killed. What is a man to do? This is a film that excels when it is building tension. Typically, the paranoia and distrust follow.…
I love 1970s conspiracy thrillers and although I had seen Three Days Of The Condor before, I didn't actually remember much about it aside from the opening 20 minutes or so. After that, it was a bit of a blur.
It's perhaps because that is actually the best part of the film. Although this is often claimed to be one of the very best films of its type, it really isn't. It's frequently frustrating and yet I think it's the sign of the truly great film it could have been that it still manages to be engaging even despite the quite significant flaws that it does have:-
1) Robert Redford plays a bookworm nerd. How do we portray this Hollywood…
Great paranoid thriller. Max von Sydow properly scary as the villain. Redford and Dunaway's relationship a bit rapey.
Three Days of the Condor is about a CIA analyst. The film looks and sounds alright. New York City looks good. The romance between the two leads lacks sense. The conspiracy within the story is uninteresting. Available on Netflix Instant, Three Days of the Condor is an auteur requirement that may be skipped, but may be worth checking out.
DVD Combo Pack: All the President's Men
A classic '70s thriller where no-one can be trusted and you never know what is coming around the corner.
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A solid enough if typical mid-70s espionage films. In retrospect Redford seems miscast as the CIA analyst on the run from corrupt superiors -- his blandly handsome face doesn't register the fear his character needs to feel, and he too often displays determination and fortitude by yelling. All the same, it kept my attention through its various turns, and the conspiracy still resonates today.
One of those classic thrillers that are so much fun to watch but then you have a bit of a time remembering what the plot of it was and where the film even if you remember bits and pieces of it. The romance subplot feels like it wasn't needed because it does little to add to the movie. Redford is great in this and makes me wonder if it inspired his other spy films. Cliff is great as the government man who does his job because he should rather than any other reason. Faye is good here but is given little to do other than okay the scared woman who learns to love her captor.
Probably the best of the 70s paranoia conspiracy films. Good performances from Redford and Von Sydow. Surprisingly little screen time from Dunaway and a very questionable arc for her character.
Thanks to Filmspotting SVU for getting me to finally watch this one.
It's horribly overwrought and overplotted, but Robert Redford can make just about anything watchable.
A brilliant paranoid spy thriller that's just as relevant today as it was in the 70's.
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