All posts tagged: Thriller

Alfred Hitchcock Quotes

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (August 13, 1899 – April 29, 1980) “There’s no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” “Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.” “Drama is life with all the dull bits cut out.” “A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.” “The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.” “Give them pleasure – the same pleasure they have¬†when they wake up from a nightmare.” “If it’s a good movie the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.” “Luck is everything…My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person. I’m fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear, because a hero couldn’t make a good suspense film.” “Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell …

‘Prisoners’: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

A few weeks ago I saw Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard and Melissa Leo. The trailer was very well done and I had high hopes for something truly terrifying and thrilling. What I found, instead, was a complete contradiction. On the one hand, Prisoners is particularly well done – shot spectacularly in a starkly beautiful location with a great cast and performances. On the other hand, it’s long. Far too long. And it plays with drama the way a Lifetime or Hallmark movie would. But because I was a production undergrad and understand what it’s like to put your heart and soul into a project, it’s difficult for me to sit down and write a scathing review. The only movie that was bad enough for me to review “meanly” was Joshua Michael Stern’s Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher (read my review here). But after watching¬†Prisoners, I left the theater confused. I expected something so wonderful, but what I discovered fell flat. Because Prisoners redeems itself in some ways, I …