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  • Shadow of a Doubt

    Shadow of a Doubt

    ★★★

    Been rewatching this classic this morning. Supposedly Hitchcock’s own favourite among those he made. And there are good things here.

    First, the performances by Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten are outstanding. It also has, from about an hour or so into the film, a genuine feel of paranoia and suspense (after all, Hitch was the Master of it).

    That aside, I think it has dated terribly. Little or nothing really happens during the first hour. Also, personally- kids in movies…

  • Gerald's Game

    Gerald's Game

    ★★★

    I've considered this Stephen King novel to be "unfilmable" because so much of it takes place inside the protagonist's mind. Therefore I was pleasantly surprised at the way they worked it out. Carla Gugino also did a splendid job.

    What I didn't like was the weight they put on the ending. One could argue that it was either too little or too much, personally I was never a fan of "monsters explained".

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  • Full Metal Jacket

    Full Metal Jacket

    ★★★★½

    This film has always given me a deep sense of unease. This feeling particularly applies to the first part, which takes place at basic training. In fact, I feel that what the recruits are exposed to affect myself directly. The whole film deals with partial degradation of human dignity and the self, but the way Kubrick throws this in our faces already from the beginning grabs me every time.
    The haircut-sequence is an important part of this. As before a…

  • Panic Room

    Panic Room

    ★★★★

    I think few people give Panic Room the credit it deserves. The production design is a state-of-the-art masterpiece.

    Looking through the background material for this film, it's impossible not to be impressed. For instance, the previsualization process was at the time the most thorough in movie history. Previz can best be described as an animated storyboard, and has never been used to this extent. In fact, with a few omissions in the opening and the end of the film, a…