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Movie Roundup: 08/01/2010 January 8, 2010

Posted by Shujath in Articles, English, Movies, Reviews.
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1) The Tenant (1976)
Director: Roman Polanski
Cast: Roman Polanski, Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas

Polanski finds himself as the new renter of a creepy looking apartment which played host to its previous occupant leaping out of its window. Slowly things start happening to the new tenant. For someone watching the movie today, the plot might seem a little dated but Polanski the director makes it work effectively even if Polanski the actor isn’t quite up to the mark. This is supposed to be the third part of his “Apartment Trilogy” after Rosemary’ Baby and Repulsion. I’ve only seen Rosemary’s Baby and I can say “The Tenant” doesn’t quite match the standards of that one, it is still a great psychological thriller.

2) Misery (1990)
Director: Rob Reiner
Cast: James Caan, Cathy Bates, Lauren Bacall

Being stuck with your “number 1 fan” isn’t quite the experience one would want to have if the “fan” in question is Annie Wilkes. Kathy Bates in her Oscar winning role – brings to life one of the scariest on-screen characters in this Stephen King adaptation. This is also considered to be one of the best films based on the author’s work. A great thriller which is far scarier than a lot of so-called “horror” flicks.

3) Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Director: Don Siegel
Cast: Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan

A superb prison break movie. Far better than your average seventies thriller with Siegel-Eastwood  in top form.

4) Play Misty for Me (1971)
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter, Donna Mills

Eastwood’s first directorial venture was the precursor of all “crazy woman stalker” flicks and can still hold its own – especially for a genre which is well past its overkill stage.

5) 2012 (2009)
Director: Roland Emmerich
Cast: John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oliver Platt, Amanda Peet, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson

Emmerich is back in form with the mother of all disaster movies but I seem to have lost interest in them for a while now. And sequences of ground breaking away as our protagonists run/drive/take-off do get monotonous after a while. What also pissed me off completely even before watching the film; is the fact that out here discussing the “scientific evidence” about its content was considered to be the greatest intellectual activity by a large number of people (I was a victim at least twice). If all you expect is a disaster flick, this more than works.

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