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Murder has a sound all of its own!
Jack Terry is a master sound recordist who works on grade-B horror movies. Late one evening, he is recording sounds for use in his movies when he hears something unexpected through his sound equipment and records it. Curiosity gets the better of him when the media become involved, and he begins to unravel the pieces of a nefarious conspiracy. As he struggles to survive against his shadowy enemies and expose the truth, he does not know whom he can trust.
The works of Brian De Palma are cinema's comfort food, and Blow Out is the tastiest of all. Plus, it has John Travolta, and an ending for the ages.
I'm lowering the rating on this from my last viewing, but not because I enjoyed in any less. On the contrary: if anything I enjoyed it more with the benefit of hindsight and the ability to focus on particular elements of the film. Rather, I'm giving it a lower rating this time around because I can see where other audiences might not love it the way I do.
There are several aspects of the film which are pulpy or cheesy or even slightly thin or superficial. In particular, Nancy Allen's ditz of a character, John Lithgow's cartoonishly evil villain, and Pino Donaggio's lavishly bombastic soundtrack all feel like something out of a trashy slasher film. But for me, that's part…
I haven't written anything about Brian De Palma and that's surprising. Ten years ago I was obsessed with his films. I studied every one with complete fascination. I had most of them memorized. I bought every book about him that I could get my hands on and took extensive notes from them, as if I were his biographer. I compiled my own De Palma scrapbook with interviews, film reviews, concept art, and storyboards. De Palma is the reason I'm not just a fan of film. He's the reason I'm consumed by them.
Blow Out is an astonishing film. It is sophisticated and focused. It's also incredibly eloquent, indicative of a director in his prime. It's a film of technical virtuosity.…
"now that's a scream"
the eternal search for truth (through images & sound) obscured by a corrupt nation, built & celebrated on top of the dead
No one wants to know about conspiracy any more!
Oh, I beg to differ...
Actually, I was never a big fan of conspiracy films. I mean I like them, but it's not a sub-genre I was ever quick to hunt down.
I was never a big Travolta fan.
I was never a big De Palma fan.
Who knew that by putting them all together would make an instant favorite? I sure as hell didn't.
First, I gotta say, I'm with Quentin Tarantino on this one...why the hell did directors never use John Travolta to his full potential after this one? I mean, shit man. He's just incredible. Every one else is great too, but Travolta completely owns this show and…
Well written, well delivered characters. Loved the spinning shots in the sound room and the fireworks scene.
Just an all round well done, wonderful thriller.
Turns out De Palma is an alright director.
De Palma has a reputation for being interestingly inconsistent. I have seen the high amounts of praise that Blow Out has received and usually see it listed among De Palma's best films. Does it live up to the hype? Yes, it does. I do wish that De Palma had restrained himself with the action packed climax, but the haunting ending itself more than makes up for the ridiculousness. The first two thirds of the film are well executed, with some meticulously put together sequences that drive up the tension considerably. The story itself is intriguing and even though the viewer typically knows what is going on before the characters, there are still some surprises left to unfold. I enjoyed the…
Good God, it's about damn time I watched a film like this. I thought I was never gonna see the day where I'd give another 5/5.
This is an absolutely incredible work, and may be the most fun I've had watching a film.
Travolta kills it here, not unlike the rest of the cast. The cinematography is top-notch, the script is outstanding, and De Palma's directing was just too impeccable for the time.
I was practically a mess by the end of this. I was not expecting that devastating of an ending out of something so sharp and exuberant.
One of my new favorite films, I think. I can't even right now. Too reccomended.
"It's a good scream, it's a good scream."
I forget Johnny T was a real actor sometimes. Liked the thrills and chills. Didn't fall asleep.
Blow Out is a pure De Palma film.
He deals with complex themes on different levels in the guise of a cheap film.
Brian uses stylish techniques like
split-screen or slow-motion in order to
achieve an maximum of effect.
This film includes one of the most cynical ends ever created by De Palma.
I think I must not get Brian De Palma, with Blow Out as with so many of his 80s Hitchcock films there has been plenty that I liked but on the whole I've been left a bit unengaged.
A great film and a startling portrait of artistic obsession actually. Franz and Lithgow steal the show. But, it's not Blow Up.
I actually said "wow this is great!" at some of the camera tricks so yeah it was pretty good
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