The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs ★★★★★

Remarkable on all fronts. Somehow, despite how many times I've seen this, it continues to surprise in its ability to craft wicked tension and delivers payoff after payoff. There's not a single wasted second, demonstrating a mastery in pacing.

What struck me most on this watch is how often and consistently Demme has his actors deliver their performances directly to the camera. It contributes to this subtly unsettling rhythm that allows the story and its characters to get under your skin. Their gaze matches yours and fills you with their dread and fear. It's just part of why The Silence of the Lambs endures more than 25 years later as a perfect piece of filmmaking.