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Silent Rage (1982)
Better than most of the slashers from that time
I remember watching "Silent Rage" along time ago when I was very young, and I could barely sit through the whole film because of the suspense. I would get up and walk into another room, then come back to check out what was going on. It was quite intense for a young kid. I can certainly sit through the whole thing now, without trouble, but the movie is still suspenseful. And, like my one line summary says, this movie creates and maintains suspense better than a lot of the slasher movies that were being made back the the early '80s.
This isn't a well known movie, but it's really one of Norris' best that he's been in. 8/10
White Hunter Black Heart (1990)
A Great character study
"White Hunter, Black Heart" is very much a character driven film. The plot is easy to give a summery of: a movie director named John Wilson (Clint Eastwood) wants to shoot a film in Africa so he can hunt down an elephant.
The very first time I saw this movie, my first impression of Eastwood's performance was that it seem a little odd. I wasn't sure what he was doing there. But as the film went on, I realized that he was lost in his performance. The performance seems to take over at some point. I think it's a great performance from Eastwood, and as a director, it's another strong film from him. With each viewing of this film, I seem to like it even more. My rating: 9/10
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
The best caper film!
"Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" is, essentially, a caper movie. But this one blows away all of the cliched caper movies. This is wholly original, funny, and just an all around great movie. At the heart of the film is the friendship between Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges). For me, it's what really makes this film very special, and one of my favorite Eastwood movies. My rating: 10
Mystic River (2003)
Great movie with powerful performances!
After I saw "Mystic River," the movie remained in my thoughts for the rest of the day. It's been a while that a movie has made me think so much after I viewed it. For that reason, I really want to see the movie again. The performances from the whole cast is really great.
From reading some of the other comments, and the message board, I've seen that a lot of the people who haven't liked this movie think that it's very slow. I wouldn't argue with anyone there. It's not fast paced, but I don't believe it's intended to be. I greatly admire Clint Eastwood because he's willing to take the time needed to tell a story. He doesn't look down on his audience; he assumes they have an attention span that will get them through a movie more than ninety minutes long. I'm not saying that the people who didn't like it are wrong, I'm just saying there's another way of looking at it.
If someone was to try to trim the movie up to make it faster and/or shorter in length, what scene could be taken out? As I think about the movie, one scene builds on top of the other. Information on top of more information.
"Mystic River" is one of the best films I've seen this year, and is another great movie from Clint Eastwood. Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Bacon are at their best here.
...No Lies (1973)
A powerful short film
I saw "No Lies..." recently in a film class I'm taking. It is a very powerful film. I won't give any spoilers, since part of what makes this film good is getting to see it without knowing anything about it. It hits the viewer in a very unexpected way. 8/10
Graduation Day (1981)
"Graduation Day" is a result of the success of "Friday the 13th." Both of those films are about creative, bloody murders, rather than suspense. If you enjoy that type of film, I'd recommend "Graduation Day." If not, I wouldn't. There's nothing new here, just the same old killings.
Even though I've given the film a 4 out of 10, I will say that it's not a repulsive film. It is watchable if your curious about it, just not creative.
The Best of the sequels!
First, there was "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," a truly remarkable horror film that has remained one of my favorites. Then, there was "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2." It's an interesting film that is both funny and horrific. With "Leatherface," they got back to the original approach to this subject matter. The humor in this third installment is much more subtle (like the Original TCM), and this movie has a similar feel to it that is like the original (though, certainly not as good as the original).
I guess if you looked at these movies from a realistic standpoint, there would have never been any reason for any sequels after the original, plus the fact that the sequels don't really follow any type of story line. It seems like you just have to take each installment as is. And this one is one of the better ones. My rating: 8/10
I give this movie a 4 out of 10. It would be my least favorite out of the whole series, which, I'm not a huge fan of the series as a whole (parts 2-6 are all OK, with the only standout being part 3). I really like the original and, in my opinion, the best overall is the seventh film, "Wes Craven's New Nightmare."
But my "one line summary" kind of gives it all away. This movie is funnier than I would ever expect a "Nightmare" film to be. I got a couple of good laughs out of it, so maybe it's not all bad.
Nightmare 3 is a lot better than I had expected it to be. The plot idea is really quite clever. Nancy's return to help others fight off Freddy in their dreams is probably a better idea than a lot of people would ever give this movie credit for.
I haven't seen all the Nightmare movies yet, but I'm guessing that Part 3 is one of the better sequels in the series, with the exception of the seventh film. I'm one that feels "Wes Craven's New Nightmare" is the best of the series overall. My rating for Nightmare 3: 7/10
Wrong Turn (2003)
A nice throwback to 1970s horror
From watching the commentary on the DVD, it is told that the purpose of this movie was to do a horror movie in the 1970s style. It does a nice job overall. The plot of the movie is influenced by Wes Craven's "The Hills Have Eyes." In Craven's film, a family gets stuck out in the desert and gets attacked by a family of cannibals. In "Wrong Turn," a group of young people (probably a '90s influence) get stuck in the back woods of West Virginia, and get attacked by a family of cannibals.
I love horror movies like "The Hills Have Eyes" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," so "Wrong Turn" was a pleasure to watch. Once the film got started, I was really wrapped up into the suspense. My rating: 8/10