• Jack Gattanella

    ★★★½ Watched by Jack Gattanella 17 May, 2010

    Somehow when Curtis Hanson gets a hold of something as a director he's able to make it work far better than it should (if not all the time then with a good average for him to keep getting work). Case in point, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. He takes material that could, in lesser or just more hack-like hands, be a simple TV movie about a woman scorned badly getting her payback against the family that not-sorta-really did this…


  • Calum Iain MacIver

    ★★★★ Watched by Calum Iain MacIver 23 Jul, 2013

    By the early '90's the economic gains achieved by the middle class as a result of the divisive laissez-faire economics of the '80's was bringing its own angst. Not everyone was benefiting from the Thatcherite brand of "greed is good economics" and those who had done well found themselves increasingly paranoid that those who hadn't were going to come and take away their newly achieved wealth. This economic angst manifested itself in a slew of "home invasion" movies during that…


  • Dead Moon Night

    ★★½ Rewatched by Dead Moon Night 03 Oct, 2015

    A woman is sexually molested by a doctor. He commits suicide and his wife has a miscarriage. The grieving widow takes the job as a nanny to the couple who destroyed her life...

    The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is a classic 90's psycho thriller but it doesn't hold up very well today. Rebecca De Mornay was the hottest woman I knew when I was in my early teens. She's really good as the manipulating psycho bitch Peyton but the…


  • RJSit10

    ★★★★ Added by RJSit10

    Remember how Annabella Sciorra used to be in everything? We were always so deeply on her side. But she had terrible taste in friends. REVEL in a time when working moms and "at home" moms judged each other harshly, and moms who worked AT HOME...? aaww..shit. Annabella is so busy building a greenhouse that she just can't be distracted by her daughter, who despite all appearances is not Matilda. Her husband, Lloyd Braun, is a feckless new-age Gilbert & Sullivan fan.…


  • neglify19

    ★★★★ Watched by neglify19 10 Sep, 2015 1

    Film #11 of the "Scavenger Hunt #6 Challenge"
    Item #5: A film featuring an intrusion

    What a wonderful thriller! The script, acting, directing, etc. are top notch. Of course, Rebecca De Mornay steals the show as the cunning villain. I also absolutely loved Ernie Hudson as the "special needs" handyman. I was impressed with the realism in his character and the restraint to not go overboard. The only big drawback in my view is that Peyton is so obviously evil to the audience that I was practically yelling at my screen for them to open their eyes.


  • Dan Gorman

    ★★★½ Watched by Dan Gorman 09 Sep, 2015

    "Look at me - if you don't, I'm gonna rip your fucking head off!"

    Aaaawwww shit!!!

    Message aside, this is some very entertaining trash.


  • nthnmartin

    ★★★ Watched by nthnmartin 29 Aug, 2015

    It definitely has its laughable moments, but Curtis Hanson is able to draw enough tension out of the film to make it work. Aside from some pretty huge contrivances, the movie works as a piece of pulpy fiction, and if you take it at that, you'll probably enjoy it.


  • Kerry Fristoe

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Kerry Fristoe 23 Aug, 2015

    "Never let an attractive woman hold a power position in your home."
    -Julianne Moore

    Turns out Julianne was right.


  • Martin White

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Martin White 27 Aug, 2015

    Every parent's worse nightmare! This film teaches an invaluable lesson to every parent out there, when hiring a nanny to look after your newborn child, do some research and gather info about them first instead of just inviting a complete stranger into your home. In short, never trust a babysitter who is seemingly a bit all TOO nice!


  • Jourdain Searles

    Watched by Jourdain Searles 09 Aug, 2015

    Offensive on almost every level. Ick.


  • Jose Garcia Jr.

    ★★★ Rewatched by Jose Garcia Jr. 09 Aug, 2015

    Still a good watch. Had a hard time believing De Mornay's motivation this time around but it's a minor complaint. Julian Moore is pretty great in the few scenes she has. She has my favorite line: "You've got a Harvard education, you figure out."


  • Chip

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Chip 09 Aug, 2015

    An advanced course on how to revenge. This was the first R-rated movie I saw in a theater. And of course I had to buy a ticket for something else and sneak in. It's both ludicrous and brilliant. The way the affluent protagonist family's house is filmed, the movie feels like a real estate advertisement. It really is the perfect family. They sing opera while they get ready in the morning. They build a greenhouse in the backyard because it's…