From the hard driving theme over the opening titles, to the famed elevated train chase, to the vehicular strip-search, to its bloody finish, The French Connection constantly adrenalizes its audience and proves why it deserves a seat at the table of 70s greatness. (Its Marseille-set sequel… not so much.)
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The characters are great and the plot terrifying, but what The Wicker Man does, first and foremost, is absolutely nail the tone. As Summerisle’s twisted ways become increasingly frustrating and dangerous for Sgt. Howie, suspicion turns to paranoia, then to astonished acceptance and open bewilderment and outrage. The remote island setting, web of lies, sexual and religious mania, folksy music, and creepy animal masks all contribute to this absurd, claustrophobic atmosphere.
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I've been waiting anxiously seven years for Alfonso Cuarón to bless us again. It's been that long since Children Of Men, a film so phenomenal and powerful that it changed the way I view and think about movies. It was one of my first HD-DVD purchases, and went on to become the most watched in my collection until the format eventually succumbed to Blu-Ray.
Gravity is likewise an astounding and absolutely gorgeous film, and regardless of how you may end…