A history piece that barely dips it’s toes in anything meaningful. But I’m not sure it’s meant to. Which probably accounts for the shallow character development. If you know the classic “Boy Who Cried Wolf” story you have all the clues you’ll need. Director Vromen offers us a nice backdrop as spy thrillers go with solid entertainment and some tense moments while racing against the clock, playing both sides of the fence. But don’t expect much more than a disposable escape from reality.
Director Cluozot once explained his motivations for Diabolique in this way “I sought to amuse myself and the little child who sleeps in all our hearts, the child who hides her head under the bedcovers and begs, “Daddy, Daddy, frighten me”. I remember many times I would ask my own father to tell me scary stories when I was young. Something about the adrenaline that warms us, sharpens our focus and distances the surrounding circumstances. So that all we notice…
Christopher Nolan has crafted a masterpiece of cinema. If I could give this 6 stars I would.
I remember reading Alfred Hitchcock saying something to the effect "as a story teller within this visual medium we have two chief responsibilities, to manipulate time and show not tell". If you could show it without words you are responsible as a director to do so. Or else you cheat the audience he would say. Not an exact quote but that was the…
Beyond a shadow of doubt David Fincher's most underrated film.
This is less of a review and more a rambling few observations.
The rich range of yellows, greens and earthy tones reminded me of my Moms old albums of faded photos from the 60's & 70's. Setting a strong foundation for the tone of the film that never lets you escape it's timeline.
I was enthralled with the way Fincher presents the intense obsession these investigators and newsman had over the…