The Bridges of Madison County 1995
Three journals, three in-depth looks enclosed by a narrative frame. One central part of melodrama is recollection, dwelling upon the things that were. If done right, everything else unfolds from there on, also evoking ideas of the things that could have been. Subtlety might be out of fashion especially among cinephiles, but there is no way of turning a corny romance novel into a cinematic masterpiece like this without nuances. Eastwood has an eye for details, which clearly gives him…
Sleepaway Camp 1983
It took me some time to cherish how exceptional this film is. Like so many allegedly sophisticated people, I too thought of Sleepaway Camp as "problematic" or "questionable" (like being uncomfortably challenged by movies was something to avoid), when I first saw it about 20 years ago. Little did I know.
Although a lot of it might be accidental or unintended (two absolutely irrelevant categories in this respect), the standout qualities of Hiltzik's film are hard to ignore even if…
The Hand that Rocks the Cradle 1992
Frame by frame, the beautifully calm title sequence reveals every showable room of a rock-solid suburban house – the very same home Rebecca De Mornay will enter visibly disgusted on her arrival shortly afterwards.
In the domestic thriller aka. batshit-crazy-person-invading-heteronormative-ways-of-life genre, this is on par with Fatal Attraction and The Stepfather, meaning it absolutely rocks from start to finish, with everything one could wish for: the perfect villain, the most twisted and vile ideas to drive someone's victims insane (such…