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Movie Review Flashback: ‘Prisoners’ Is a Creepy, Riveting Thriller

I love a good mystery and The Silence of the Lambs is the best one conceived on the big screen with Anthony Hopkins’ unforgettably iconic Hannibal Lecter and Jodie Foster’s perfect written heroine, Clarice Starling starring alongside one another in a thriller worth watching.

While trying to find something to watch on HBO Max I ran into Prisoners, a haunting thriller starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal that came out in 2013. It sits at #200 on IMDb’s Top 250 movies and learning this I had to check it out. Here’s the synopsis.

When Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. Continue reading Movie Review Flashback: ‘Prisoners’ Is a Creepy, Riveting Thriller

Two More Alfred Hitchcock Movies, Two Similarly Shocked Opinions

I love Alfred Hitchcock movies! They are so riveting, surprising, different, rewarding, and the two newest Hitchcock films I watched yesterday blew my mind!

A Shadow of a Doubt

First, my sister and I watched A Shadow of a Doubt which was Hitchcock’s personal favorite film in his repertoire and I don’t blame him. This movie was outstanding, from beginning to end, with a plot that built upon its level of suspense, creating more and more layers of shockingly brilliant movie making.

The film’s primary antagonist was the creepiest villain I’ve seen in Hitchcock’s movies besides Bates in Psycho. However, Teresa Wright’s Charlie is undoubtedly my favorite female character of the Hitchcock movies and maybe is one of my favorite movie heroines of all time.

I found myself cheering for her and scared for her and I just loved her. With so many damsels in distress in these films, it was nice to see her take charge in this movie.

This was undoubtedly one of the best Hitchcock movies I’ve seen and I’m so glad I watched it.

5/5 stars

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‘Marnie’: The First Alfred Hitchcock Movie to Make Me Cry

As a homage to Sean Connery who passed at the age of 90 just last week the next Alfred Hitchcock movie I decided to watch was Marnie, a film starring him and Tippi Hedren in a romantic mystery that, despite not having the high-octane action of North by Northwest or the nail-biting suspense as Rope, manages to keep you on your toes in a different way.

Sean Connery plays the role of the dashing (and rather gentlemanly, all things considered) businessman Mark Rutland who unexpectedly falls in love with a kleptomaniac (Tippi Hedren’s Marnie.) She tries to steal from his company, he finds her, and instead of turning her over to the police, he marries her and tries to help her due to her mentally challenged behavior.

What takes place is a two hour long film that asks the question and leaves you asking the question, “What is wrong with her?” She’s frightened by the color red, she hates thunder and lightning, and despite sharing a couple of onscreen kisses with Connery’s Rutland and getting married the thought of performing any, you know, marital acts leaves her screaming and deathly afraid.

It’s all very strange and as the tension builds so does the suspense until the film reached its resounding conclusion which actually brought me to tears, can you believe that? I didn’t think I’d find myself actually getting emotional over Hitchcock’s movies but this one…this one got me.

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‘Rope’: Another Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece

I love Alfred Hitchcock movies and Peacock has a library of Hitchcock films to explore. One such film that I was really excited to watch was Rope and boy did it deliver.

Every Hitchcock movie, besides their directorial similarities and recurring actors, manages to be different and this was no exception. Taking place in a single apartment for the duration of the movie, Rope follows the plot of two young murderers who try to prove the perfect crime by having a dinner party in the very apartment where they killed their fellow youngster. What takes place is a slow motion mystery that builds in suspense until by the end, you’re just bursting at the seams with excitement.

James Stewart once again stars in this Hitchcock movie and honestly, it may be my favorite role of his yet. He was utterly perfect in this film with his classic brand of nonchalant humor and clear-cut good-guy qualities. He’s honestly become one of my favorite old Hollywood actors and this movie confirmed that.

Rope is an amazing mystery and if you get the chance check it out ’cause it’s totally worth the watch.

The next Hitchcock movie I’m going to check out will definitely be To Catch a Thief and then Marnie. Both seem fascinating enough and I can’t wait to see them.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day.

‘Zodiac’: Another Creepy Thriller

I love a good mystery thriller. Movies like The Silence of the Lambs and Prisoners are films that get my heart racing, my eyes widening, and leaves me riveted! So of course, being the thriller lover that I am, I decided to watch Zodiac; a movie that features the real life crime story of a serial killer from the late 60s’ through 70s’ by the name of Zodiac who was terrorizing California.

Starring in the film were three Marvel alums; Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, and its lead actor, Jake Gyllenhaal. They each injected a sense of life into the movie but it was Gyllenhaal who stole the show, his frantic youthful obsession with discovering the identity of the serial killer driving the story forward.

I really enjoyed the movie. It felt like a cross between Spotlight and Prisoners and its last twenty-thirty minutes were uber frightening. I found myself actually peeking through the fingers a few times because it was that scary.

Is this the best movie I’ve ever seen, no, but it was enjoyable.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day.

‘Prisoners’ Is a Creepy, Riveting Thriller

I love a good mystery and The Silence of the Lambs is the best one conceived on the big screen with Anthony Hopkins’ unforgettably iconic Hannibal Lecter and Jodie Foster’s perfect written heroine, Clarice Starling starring alongside one another in a thriller worth watching.

While trying to find something to watch on HBO Max I ran into Prisoners, a haunting thriller starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal that came out in 2013. It sits at #200 on IMDb’s Top 250 movies and learning this I had to check it out. Here’s the synopsis.

When Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. Continue reading ‘Prisoners’ Is a Creepy, Riveting Thriller