Blowup (1966)

Blowup (1966) written by Michelangelo Antonioni and Tonino Guerra from a story by Michelangelo Antonioni based on the short story Las babas del diablo by Julio Cortázar directed by Michelangelo Antonioni A couple of years ago a co-worker and I were talking about all the changes we’d seen in our industry (TV), and the need […]

Blow Out (1981)

Blow Out (1981) written and directed by Brian De Palma Blow Out begins with an opening stolen directly from two horror classics, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 shocker Psycho and John Carpenter’s 1978 slasher Halloween. We see the point-of-view shot of a killer stalking young girls at a dorm, taking out a knife, and approaching a would-be […]

Shutter Island (2010)

Shutter Island (2010) written by Laeta Kalogridis based on the novel Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane directed by Martin Scorsese The first time I watched Shutter Island, I sat transfixed as the end credits rolled, slowly absorbing what I had just seen and feeling an infinite wave of sadness. This is one of the few […]

Se7en (1995)

Se7en (1995) written by Andrew Kevin Walker directed by David Fincher “You know, this is not gonna have a happy ending.” Truer words have never been uttered. Spoken by detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) halfway through David Fincher’s landmark Se7en, the dialogue not only foreshadows the film’s ending, it prepares the audience for one of […]

Dial M for Murder (1954)

Dial M for Murder (1954) written by Frederick Knott, based on his play directed by Alfred Hitchcock For many, New Year’s Eve is usually a busy affair: Parties, drunken stupors, kissing the wrong person and having to get on a time machine to undo the damage. And since time travel is so expensive, I’d rather […]