Sometimes the Academy gets it right and gives movies like The French Connection Best Picture. A timeless, relevant, and still thrilling and influential piece of cop drama with one of Gene Hackman's best roles as Popeye Doyle. What I really loved about the almost documentary-esque filming of the movie is that Hackman and Schieder's characters move, talk, and act like real police officers in the field. Yes, the car chase still holds up too.
Still amazed that this film somehow made it into wide release. Probably cause it was marketed as a terrifying, horror thrill-ride when it is actually more of a period piece drama that probably could have gotten awards recognition if marketed differently. The film is a slow-burn with tons of authentic dialogue and production design that make it a fascinating and disturbing watch. Just don't go into it expecting The Exorcist when you are really getting The Crucible.
Woo! First review on here!
I'm not sure if the rating is too generous or too harsh but it's definitely better than I expected it to be. Don't let the trailers/marketing fool you either. While this film has the elements of a horror flick it is far more slow burn drama/thriller than horror and don't let the R rating fool you either because besides a few F Bombs it could have easily been PG-13.
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Alexander Payne is the master of good, quirky family drama without dialing up the quirk. This movie wasn't the masterpiece I was hoping for but I am a definite sucker for Father-Son drama, black & white cinematography, and movies about small towns. All the acting is superb especially Bruce Dern and June Squibb who are never affectionate but feel so real as an old couple. Actually the whole family feels extremely real and that's what I loved most about. Even Will…