Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Three 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.
A movie about sinister forces at work in the CIA with big scenes set at the World Trade Center and in a Ford Bronco? It's like the nexus of all conspiracy theories!
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 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…
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 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…
Vecchio spy movie, risalente al periodo in cui non ci si vergognava di prendersi sul serio. Al netto delle evidenti ingenuità narrative e di messa in scena è un buon film, soprattutto grazie alla forza dei personaggi, interpretati magistralmente da un cast in forma smagliante. Max Von Sidow mangia comunque in testa a tutti.
This films plot is still relevant today. The fact that the Twin Towers are always looming in the background and oil is its main goal is disturbing to say the least. Unfortunately though it loses a star & half for banging a love interest in the middle in the shape of Faye Dunaway. Any film that can waste such a talented lady needs to be punished. Still a great movie though.
A ordinary C.I.A codebreaker working in a secret cell in New York, Finds all the other members of his cell have been wiped out by a group of assassins , He finds himself on the run and in a fight for his life , While also trying to find out who is behind the attack, Class 70s conspiracy thriller with Robert Redford ,
Style inspiration: Joe Turner, New York City, 1975.
Solid stuff. Good in all ways pretty much. The plot didn't even feel dated.
Ein Paranoia-Klassiker des New Hollywood Kinos, der das Genre des Spionage Thrillers benutzt, um seine gesellschaftskritischen Aussagen zu transportieren. Wie alle Paranoia-Filme dieser Zeit drückt er ein grundsätzliches Misstrauen in die staatlichen Autoritäten und Organisationen aus. Die Bösen sind auf ein Mal nicht mehr die anderen, sondern die eigenen Leute. Organisationen, die einen eigentlich beschützen sollen, stellen sich als Bedrohung heraus.
Der Film hat für mich zwei entscheidende Schwächen. Die Geschichte zwischen Robert Redford und Faye Dunaway funktioniert für mich nicht, und sie wird vollkommen unglaubwürdig ab dem Moment, wo sie zur Liebesgeschichte wird. Vielleicht noch schlimmer ist die Tatsache, dass der Film ein reiner Spionage Thriller ist. Und 1975 war Paronoia bereits eine etablierte Genre-Konvention des Spionage Thrillers und…
An old school political/spy thriller, with Robert Redford as a CIA researcher who unwittingly uncovers a secret plot within the "agency," which makes him a target for elimination.
A solid entry into the conspiracy thriller genre but nothing more. It all starts of so promising, tense and brutal but loses its way halfway through. The revelation not as interesting and the romance unnecessary. But the cast can't be faulted, with Van Sydow the standout, and it's all put together effectively enough.
Tight little conspiracy thriller. Redford's character certainly does some questionable things throughout (and 70's misogony plays a role!)...which both makes the film darker and more interesting, and a little harder to root for our everyman hero.
Listed in the chronological order he watched them.
Movies Soderbergh watched multiple times this year:
Magic Mike XXL x3
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…