Michael Powell's "Peeping Tom," a thriller couched in the destructive leer of a camera, is an ice-cold yet blazingly rendered thriller. With potent colors and thick ideas, Powell tells the story of a murderer obsessed with the image captured through a camera lens. Themes of fear, power, and violence pour forth from a restrained yet striking piece of work. In the end, the thriller may be too measured to make a remarkable impact; but it is a compelling and chilling film.
An uptempo horror ride that mixes coming-of-age notes with comedy, McG's "The Babysitter" is a rowdy and fun chiller. Revolving around an adolescent's babysitter who has satanic pretensions, the film is quick-paced, violent, and appealing. The story swings through teenage-boy fantasy beats, and McG imbues the production with popping energy and engaging atmosphere. It all makes for a lightweight yet fully committed genre outing.
"Inception," at its most basic, is two things. It is a heist film dressed in science fiction conventions; and it is a study of a man trying to free himself from a near-suffocating past. "Inception," at its more complex, is a cerebral pop-masterpiece. It is an enthralling combination of thought-provoking, layered story-telling and sumptuous aesthetics enhanced by near-flawless editing, sound design, effects, and musical score. Driven by a pitch-perfect cast and the confident directorial hand of Christopher Nolan, "Inception" is a brilliant and unrivaled piece of filmmaking.
"Whiplash," Damien Chazelle's 107-minute-long ode to mentors, musicians, and motivation, is a taut and mesmerizing piece of filmmaking. A quick-moving and engrossing drama that explores the roles of teacher and learner, parent and child, Chazelle builds a film that brims with energy and emotion, bursts with authentic character beats, and soars with a percussive and narrative brilliance.
With its powerful performances, crackling direction, and riveting story, "Whiplash" is a truly great piece of work.
Chazelle's story is built around Miles…