Chris has written 4 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2020.

  • Sweet Smell of Success

    Sweet Smell of Success

    ★★★★

    A pitch-black Noir that presents a world of moral bankruptcy, where blackmail and deception have spread to every corner. Principles go out the window if you wish to get ahead in life and success is determined by how much use you can be not by how much talent you possess. Tony Curtis radiates sleazy charisma, Burt Lancaster is unnervingly dispassionate, James Wong Howe's photography is strikingly vibrant and Ernest Lehman's script is packed with memorable dialogue.

    One of the most caustic films of its era.

  • Panic Room

    Panic Room

    ★★★★

    Panic Room is an unfortunate victim of circumstance. It finds itself sandwiched between David Fincher's two best films and ends up fading into the background as one of his lesser works. It's a shame because this is still a mightily entertaining effort. It is clearly his attempt at making a pure popcorn thriller and is a first-rate example of such.

    The high-concept premise allows Fincher to play to his strengths by placing emphasis on building tension and using the claustrophobic…

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★★

    Wes Craven shook the horror genre for the second time in his career with this razor-sharp slasher satire that's as witty as it is thrilling. Kevin Williamson's fantastic script plays with genre tropes by following some and subverting others, while providing memorable dialogue full of movie references and self-aware characters that give the film an energy not many others of this style possess. It is aided by a spirited cast, inventive set-pieces, a sense of unpredictability (as characters are killed…

  • Se7en

    Se7en

    ★★★★

    Arguably one of the darkest mainstream films ever released, right from the wonderfully unsettling open credits of David Fincher's sophomore effort Seven you know you're in for a disturbing ride. The sinister atmosphere is palpable. The nameless city is nearly always in the middle of a downpour and the looming buildings cast deep shadows. The cops are weary and the citizens apathetic. The murders are as chilling as anything you'll see in a horror movie (especially the harrowing one involving…