I've no idea why I ended up watching this again. Still funny in places, with a great many jokes that wouldn't be acceptable today, for better or worse.
It is difficult for me to separate my feelings watching Cape Fear today from those I had seeing it repeatedly at a formative age (around 13 or 14) around the time of its release. Watching it last night for the first time in at least 20 years changed my percpetion of the movie in part.
De Niro comes back from the dead about three times too many. Also, the part of the film concerning Max Cady's approaches to the daughter,…
I enjoyed it. It seemed a cross between Blow Out, Peeping Tom and a TV news satire like Network, and is genuinely unsettling. Jake Gyllenhaal, one of the best actors of his generation, is great in it, even though I didn't quite buy the character (it doesn't quite convince that he is a violent criminal from the beginning, it would have made more sense just to present him as an obsessive loner).
Traffic (2000) was among the first of a rash of multi-strand movies during the 2000s, each of which employed a broad canvas, settings in several countries and, occasionally, a geo-political dimension. The narratives of such movies were loosely interlocking both on the level of theme and character, yet they differed in attitude from the more offbeat mosaic effect achieved in multi-protagonist works by Robert Altman (Nashville, Short Cuts) or even Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia). I am thinking about the films…