Salt (2010).
I have to admit Liev Schreiber is one of my favorite actors and I wasn’t impressed with his role. Angelina Jolie however was classic. I hadn’t seen her in a while and I know this film is over a decade old but I thought it was pretty good. Generally I don’t love Spy films. The exception being Jame Bond movies.  Originally they were trying to get Tom Cruise for this film and he was apprehensive because he felt it was too much like Mission Impossible. So they redid the script and changed it to a female lead. Honestly I wish they had done a sequel or two because this was a fairly large hit making about $300 million in the box office.  I wonder why it never happened. My guess is it had to do with Angelina.  On the flip side is this as well written as the Bourne series? No it’s not even fair to compare, but I like it better than the mission impossible films or the ton of Liam Neeson films which I guess are more bubble gum thrillers and less of spy films. Neither are my particular favorite genre.

It’s a fun fill with some cliche things but the entertainment value is there especially if you like this genre. For me it’s a solid C film worth watching on bored holiday weekend or late at night when you are looking for some entertainment.

Thanks to the guys at Scottsdale Video Production (MultiMedia Communications) for recommending I watch.
Acting – 4
Story – 3
Entertainment – 4
Enjoyment – 4
Screenplay – 4
Cinematography – 4
Characters – 3
Plot Holes – 4
Production Value – 5
Overall – 4
Overall Score – 78

No Country For Old Men (2007)


Llewelyn Moss(Josh Brolin) discovers several dead men near an underground drug deal gone wrong. Among the dead is a Mexican man with $2 million in his suitcase and another bag containing heroin. Moss brings the money home to his wife Carla Jean (Kelly Macdonald), but not before he notices somebody taking aim at him from a ridge on top of the hill. Moss returns fire and barely escapes alive, setting off on a dangerous adventure as he tries to figure out what happened that day and how he can survive this terrible ordeal. **Cast** * Josh Brolin as Llewelyn Moss – A Vietnam veteran who leaves behind his old life after finding several casualties near an underground drug deal gone wrong. He reluctantly ventures into dangerous territory as he tries to figure out what happened that day and how he can survive this ordeal. *


It stars Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Kelly Macdonald, Garret Dillahunt, Woody Harrelson among others. No Country For Old Men won four Academy Awards in 2008 including Best Picture, Best Director (Ethan Coen & Joel Coen), Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Joel & Ethan Coen).

In contrast to the overwhelmingly positive reception of No Country for Old Men from mainstream critics, feminist film critics had mostly negative things to say about the movie. As a prime example, Alyssa Rosenberg of ThinkProgress wrote that she considered it one of her least favorite films ever. On the other hand, Stephanie Zacharek (of Salon ) and Maitland McDonagh (of TV Guide ) both praised the film in their reviews. The following is a sampling of English-speaking feminist film critics’ reviews; foreign language criticism will not be included in this survey for reasons of time and copyright law (i.e., many translations are available online, but there is no way of knowing if these reviews represent the opinions of professional critics or merely fans who happen to have a grasp of English). In some cases, I have added my own thoughts in. Rotten tomatoes score of the No Country for Old Men : 8.5.

Similar movies if you like No Country for Old Men include The Departed, The Road, Sicario, Hell or high water & The ballads of buster scruggs.

No Country for Old Men was the film which got the most critical acclaim even before its release in 2007. At that time it had already won three of the most prestigious awards in American Cinema: The National Board of Review Award for Best Director, The New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Picture and The Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Director – not to mention an astonishing eight other award wins before its theatrical debut!

The Coen Brothers’ work on No Country For Old Men has also been praised by several acclaimed filmmakers. Quentin Tarantino has publicly stated that he believes this film will stand the test of time as one of his favorites moments from recent cinema history

Although some critics have rated this film very highly right from day one, others have been more reserved when doing so. 



Se7en (1995)

Se7en (1995) movie story: Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the ‘seven deadly sins in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. Sommerset researches each sin in an effort to get inside the killer’s mind, while his novice partner, Mills, scoffs at his book-learned theories and follows his own gut instincts.

Thriller about two detectives (Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt) tracking down a serial murderer whose victims are all found guilty of some kind of sin in the Seven Deadly Sins.

David Mills (Brad Pitt) and William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) are homicide detectives who receive a call one night about a man with an unusual hobby: killing people. The killer is perfectly content to let the police know he has the upper hand over them, taking photos at each crime scene with clues for how they can catch him if they follow his instructions.

As Mills and Somerset try to figure out what makes this twisted psycho tick, they must rely on everything they have learned – both from their personal and professional lives – before it’s too late.

Se7en (1995) movie rotten tomatoes score: 81%

Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher and written by Andrew Kevin Walker. It stars Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, John C. McGinley, R. Lee Ermey, and Kevin Spacey. The film tells the story of David Mills (Pitt), a detective who partners with the retiring William Somerset (Freeman) to track down a serial killer (Spacey) who uses the seven deadly sins as a motif in his murders.

Seven was released theatrically on September 22, 1995, by New Line Cinema, and was a box office success, grossing $327 million worldwide. The film was positively received by critics; praise was given to Fincher’s direction, Dante Spinotti’s cinematography, Nelson Stoll’s production design, Andrew Kevin Walker’s screenplay. The film won Best Film Editing at the 68th Academy Awards.

Movies to watch if you like Se7en:

  • Memento
  • Identity
  • Leo
  • American Psycho
  • The Machinist

it was released at the worst time possible. On one hand, Pulp Fiction received all possible awards and renown in the film industry, on the other releases like Die Hard 4 or even Batman Forever were just around the corner. So it’s obvious that David Fincher’s movie did not get much attention from a wide audience. Critics’ praise was unanimous though – they hailed this artistic approach to thrillers and tried to compare new classics with some older masterpieces.…

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)


Jodie Foster plays an FBI agent who has to interrogate a doctor played by Anthony Hopkins, who is locked away in jail due to cannibalistic tendencies. Through the course of the film, this doctor helps the FBI find someone who is kidnapping young women and eating them. This person turns out to be just as dangerous as he seems.

This 1991 horror movie was well received by critics and audiences alike. It gained five academy awards including “Best Picture” and “Best Director”. Since it came out, The Silence of the Lambs has remained one of the most critically acclaimed movies ever released, according to


  • Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling. Masha Skorobogatov as young Clarice.
  • Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter.
  • Scott Glenn as Jack Crawford.
  • Ted Levine as Jame “Buffalo Bill” Gumb.
  • Anthony Heald as Dr. Frederick Chilton.
  • Brooke Smith as Catherine Martin.
  • Diane Baker as U.S. Senator Ruth Martin.
  • Kasi Lemmons as Ardelia Mapp.

Towards the end of the 20th century, the American film industry was undergoing a major paradigm shift brought on by new technologies and social changes. After decades of growth at breakneck speed, the American film industry had finally hit its ceiling in terms of audience numbers and financial assets. In 1980, Americans spent an inflation-adjusted $8 billion on going to movies; this figure dropped to just over $6 billion net dollars in 1989. Things were not much better overseas: whereas Hollywood studios once reigned supreme across Europe and Asia, box office receipts from foreign cinemas now equaled those from America. Developing nations such as China saw an impressive increase in movie attendance rates as well.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991) rotten tomatoes scores 94% critics, 86% audience.

Similar movies

Hannibal (2001) rotten tomatoes score: 83% critics, 80% audience.

Red Dragon (2002) rotten tomatoes score: 72% critics, 74% audience.

The Silence of the Lambs remakes Hannibal’s (2006) rotten tomatoes score: 59% critics, 61% audience.

Red Dragon remake Red Dragon (2002) rotten tomatoes score 71%/61%.

Silence of the lamb’s sequel Hannibal Rising (2007) rotten tomatoes scores 31%. Those are the scores for each movie in turn so far.

Pros & Cons:

Pros: Anthony Hopkins’ well-deserved Oscar for Best Actor; Jodie Foster’s second nomination in as many years; crisp dialogue; chilling climax; suspenseful score; studied camera work.

Cons: Weak beginning; jarring scene transitions; too long at 2 hours and 4 minutes.

Although it has its flaws, The Silence of the Lambs goes down as one of the most influential thrillers ever made.


The Fugitive (1993)


Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) is on a train to Chicago when it’s stopped by a signal, and a mysterious man offers him a drink of water. Kimble gratefully accepts but soon falls unconscious after being given an unidentified drug in the drink.

The unknown man then tries unsuccessfully to kill him with a makeshift garrote, but Kimble manages to escape from the moving train with his briefcase, which contains only a small amount of money and two changes of clothes. He eludes capture by the police and stumbles into Union Station in Chicago where, still groggy from his drugging, he is helped by the station janitor Sam (Danny Glover). After passing out in Sam’s apartment for several hours, he wakes up, and the two decide to go to Lt. Philip Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) office at the Chicago police station. Once they arrive, Kimble explains what happened on the train but claims he doesn’t know who tried to kill him or where his briefcase is.


  • Tommy Lee Jones (Ford) – Wanted man who is accused of murder
  • Sandra Bullock (Rachel) – His lookalike wife who assists him in proving his innocence to FBI Agent Gerard (Jones)
  • Jeroen Krabbé (Kittredge) – A high ranked officer in Dutch law enforcement, assists Tommy Lee and Rachel in tracking down the real killer. Ben Vereen (Ives) – An FBI Agent who tracks Ford and his wife in hopes of capturing them, 
  • Charles Napier (Bartok) – A corrupt police officer who wants to capture Tommy Lee and Rachel because they broke into his apartment and killed his pet parakeet. 
  • Fred Dalton Thompson (Gerard) – A veteran FBI Agent who believes that Ford is guilty of killing his wife, eventually leading to a confrontation between himself and Ford. 
  • Tommy Hollamon (Bobby) – A young man who assists Tommy Lee and by providing them with clothes 

Rotten tomatoes score of the movie is 89%. The Fugitive is the second-highest grossing movie genre of all time, behind only mystery movies.

Although there have been a number of major releases in the past few years, including The Fugitive (1993), which brought about one of Harrison Ford’s most famous roles, and a remake of the original film back in 2000 starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, crime drama-thriller fans can still get their fix from the huge variety on offer from some excellent shows currently airing on TV.

In fact, if you had to pick one for your very own “guilty pleasure,” whether you’re new to this particular genre or a longtime fan, you could do far worse than turn to these five series:

One of the pros of the movie is that this movie is taken from a series and earned a very big amount. The cons include that if you want to watch the movie with your kids and family then you can’t as it includes some disturbing content which is not suitable for your kids.



Knives Out (2019)


Knives Out (2019) movie summary: A murder mystery centered around a group of people in a small suburban town whose secrets are exposed when a wounded detective turned up at the scene.

The first thing that comes to mind when you’re talking about Knives Out (read: wait for it) is how it is a full-blown Agatha Christie homage with twists and turns and intrigue and what not. It’s also a black comedy rather than a straight mystery but this little detail doesn’t matter as much as all the film has to offer.

Knives Out (2019) is essentially a whodunit set in modern times, even though most of its characters are stuck in the 40s. And speaking of those characters, they are definitely something worth mentioning as well since it’s hard to find such an ensemble cast nowadays.

This film received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, as shown by its 43% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as 50% on Metacritic. Its lukewarm reception is due to its perceived lack of originality and confusing plot development. It stars Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, and Michael Shannon. Knives Out (2019) official trailer: Here’s what some reviewers had to say: Kyle Smith of The New York Post gave it 2 out of 4 stars and called it “absorbing”. He writes that the director, Rian Johnson, succeeds in creating an atmosphere that is “suspenseful, witty and elegant.” But he also points to the lack of originality, saying that Knives Out (2019) has little new to offer.

Knives Out (2019) movie has been praised for its cast and the dialogue offered by the star cast. While there was a little disappointed because of the quick ending, but it doesn’t mean that Knives Out 2019 is not up to the mark. The film release on November 27th and has received great reviews from critics. 

Knives Out (2019) rotten tomatoes rating: 92%

Similar Movies:

  • Murder on the orient express
  • The Whole Truth
  • Crooked House
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Prisoners

Knives Out pros: It has a great cast: Daniel Craig and Lakeith Stanfield (who I don’t know yet but who seems to be perfect for this role). If you’re looking for other actors in the cast, check out this list on Wikipedia. It is directed by Rian Johnson, who also directed Looper (+ Joseph Gordon Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt), the excellent Brick (+ Joseph Gordon Levitt), and some episodes of Breaking Bad (he directed Ozymandias (2014)). It’s suspenseful.

Knives Out cons: We don’t know much about it yet. And I’m writing this article before watching the movie so I can’t tell you if I love it or hate it. But chances are that by reading my article anyhow you’ll like it more than you would if you didn’t read my review, right? So what does Knives Out (2019) teach us about Storytelling?


Argo 2012


Argo is a 2012 suspense thriller based on the “true story” of an operation to rescue six American diplomats stranded in Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis. Argo is directed by Ben Affleck and stars Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, and John Goodman. Argo has been nominated for seven Golden Globe awards including best director (Ben Affleck), best screenplay (by Chris Terrio), and film editing (by William Goldenberg). Argo was also nominated for seven Academy Awards including best picture, best editing (William Goldenberg), and best director (Ben Affleck) but did not win any of them.

Argo was produced by Grant Heslov and George Clooney and features an ensemble cast of actors including Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Victor Garber as well as Michael Parks.

Argo (2012) has a 90% score on Rotten Tomatoes based on 207 critics’ reviews. Argo (2012)’s Metacritic Argo movie review has a score of 82 which indicates Argo Argo is generally well-liked by both audiences.

Argo movie Argo is a 2012 suspense thriller based on the “true story” of an operation to rescue six American diplomats. If you like Argo, you may enjoy other movies such as: – Argo (2012) – Argo: The Declassified Extended Edition [Blu-ray] [1979]: Based on true events that occurred while former CIA specialist Tony Mendez was rescuing six Americans during a covert operation in Iran, Argo is one of the most suspenseful thrillers ever. – Argo: The Declassified Extended Edition [Blu-ray] [1980]: Based on true events that occurred while former CIA specialist Tony Mendez was rescuing six Americans during a covert operation in Iran, Argo is one of the most suspenseful thrillers ever. – Argo (2013) – Argo: Tech Support Pack [Blu-ray] [2012]: In 1979 six American diplomats managed to escape an attack on their compound after being cleared out by Iranian militants.

Argo was a great movie and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys movies like Argo. Argo is based on the real-life events that happened during the Iran hostage crisis in 1979. Argo didn’t win any Oscars but it did get a standing ovation from the crowd when Ben Affleck won the award for ‘best director. Argo has received a lot of criticism for not giving credit to the Canadian government and its role in the rescue operation Argo (2012). “Argo” conjointly disturbingly caters to the biased, post-9/11 image of Islam, Muslims and Middle Easterners and effectively serves to re-assert existing stereotypes.


Get Out (2017)



The movie Get Out is about a young black man who visits his white girlfriend’s family estate. The story unfolds as Chris, played by Daniel Kaluuya, uncovers the truth of what happens to people who are taken in the night. Throughout this film, there are many twists and turns that will leave your jaw on the ground. This movie has an amazing cast with some actors you have seen before like Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener to other stars you might recognize from TV shows like Pose or Atlanta. I highly recommend this movie for anyone looking for something new or who just wants to see a great thriller!

Cast or star of Get Out Movie 2017

The movie was released on February 24, 2017, and has been a huge success by making $218 million in box office revenue as of March 3, 2017. Jordan Peele directed and wrote the screenplay for this film. Daniel Kaluuya plays Chris Washington who goes to meet his white girlfriend’s parents for the first time and learns that they are not what they seem to be. Allison Williams plays Rose Armitage, Bradley Whitford plays Dean Armitage, Catherine Keener plays Missy Armitage and Lil Rel Howery played Rod Williams.

About the reception of the Get Out movie, what does it score on rotten tomatoes?

We are living in a world where it is difficult to know what will happen next. We are constantly trying to anticipate future events, but often times we can’t guess the outcome correctly. This is especially true when it comes to movies. Often times there are high expectations for movies that turn out not to be as good as people thought they would be, and vice versa- sometimes you go into a movie with low expectations only to leave the theater feeling pleasantly surprised by how much better than expected it was. The recent release of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” has been one of those films that blew everyone away with its powerful message about race relations in America today coupled with some terrifyingly creepy moments involving deer carcasses, sunken ships, and hidden

Genre or similar movies ( Get Out Movie 2017 )

If you are looking for the perfect movie to watch this weekend, then look no further. Get Out is a horror-thriller that was released in 2017 and has been generating buzz since it first premiered.  It stars Daniel Kaluuya as an African American man who visits his white girlfriend’s family estate only to find out they have sinister plans for him. This suspenseful film is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat with its jump scares galore! One of the most anticipated movies in recent years is Get Out. This movie has been getting rave reviews and is a must-see. If you are looking for something else similar to watch, here are some similar movies including:

  • The Purge (2013)
  • Parasite (2019)
  • Mother! (2017)
  • Donnie Darko (2001)
  • Gone Girl (2014)
  • Escape Room (2019)
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) 

Pros & Cons

There are many pros and cons to this movie but one pro may be that it gives people hope that there can be change through unity among different races. Another pro may be that it brings awareness to some issues going on. 

The movie has been praised for its social commentary about racial tensions in America today as well as its ability to make audiences laugh while also creeping them out with each twist and turn along the way and one of the cons about movie is that the movie has to bring race into things. 


Nightcrawler (2014)


An ambitious young man who discovers the nocturnal world of Los Angeles crime journalism.”A young man who stumbles upon the underground world of L.A. freelance crime journalism uses his video camera for promotion, as well as to maintain a sense of self-awareness.” [ – ] Nightcrawler is an award winning film from 2014 American thriller film directed by Dan Gilroy, who also wrote the screenplay with his brother Tony Gilroy. The principal cast was assembled in October 2013, and principal photography occurred over a period of two months from November to December 2013 in Los Angeles.


After gaining the attention of director Tony Scott, Jake Gyllenhaal starred in the 2012 film “End Of Watch.” His next role is in Nightcrawler (2014), playing Louis Bloom.

Rene Russo has been cast to play Nina, who is a senior worker at a local news station run by director Dan Gilroy. Her character goes out and hunts for the best crime stories in Los Angeles and uses them in her reports. “Nightcrawler” also stars Bill Paxton and Riz Ahmed in supporting roles.

The real main character of the movie is Lou Bloom played by Jake Gyllenhaal where he investigates crime scene footage for pocket money before getting involved with LA’s underground news world.

Reception of Nightcrawler movie & Rottentomatoes score:

“Nightcrawler” was screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Screenplay in addition to earning Gilroy a nomination for Best Director. It was also screened at Fantastic Fest. The film’s first U.S. screening took place on September 4, 2014, at the Telluride Film Festival, after which Entertainment Weekly published that Gilroy “received a standing ovation following the world premiere of his very dark comedy Nightcrawler.” The score of nightcrawler movie on rotten tomatoes is currently 100% based on 13 reviews. 

Genre & Similar movies:

Nightcrawler is a thriller, action, suspense drama movie and if you like to watch movies like this then you will also like similar movies following:

  • Birdman (2014)
  • Inherent Vice (2014)
  • No Country for Old Men (2007)
  • Nocturnal Animals (2016)
  • Taxi Driver (1976)


Black Swan (2010)

Black Swan is a psychological horror film produced and directed by Darren Aronofsky, with a script by Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, and John McLaughlin. The film stars Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, and Winona Ryder. The plot revolves around a production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet by a prestigious New York City company. The production requires a ballerina to play the innocent and fragile White Swan, for which the committed dancer Nina (Portman) is a perfect fit, as well as the dark and sensual Black Swan, which are qualities better embodied by the new arrival Lily (Kunis). Increasingly obsessed with starring in a successful production, Nina suppresses her true feelings about her mother’s death; becomes sleep-deprived, and starts hallucinating. This manifests into her becoming more vulnerable to Lily’s sly seductive ability until it results in an unexpected bloody ending.


  • Nina Sayers( Black Swan) – Natalie Portman
  • Erica Bielser(White Swan)- Barbara Hershey
  • Vinnie Gage- Winona Ryder
  • Thomas Leroy- Vincent Cassel   Milena Canonero Costume Designer, Art Director, & Oscar Winner for Best Costume Design 2010.  
  • Darren Aronofsky – director of the film.
  • Karen Mainwaring- Barbara Bryne

Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological horror film directed by Darren Aronofsky, starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, and Mila Kunis. The plot revolves around a production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet by a prestigious New York City company. The production requires a ballerina to play both the innocent White Swan and the sensual Black Swan. One dancer, Nina Sayers, is vying for the role; however, her main competition (and best friend), Lily, is chosen ahead of her. As Nina trains for the role each day, she begins to lose herself in her obsession with perfect technique. The film began a limited release in the United States on December 3, 2010, and opened to select cities on December 17, before expanding nationwide on January 21, 2011. Universal Pictures is the distributor of this movie that has been rated R by the MPAA for sexuality, nudity including one scene of implied rape and violence. 

This movie earned a 93% rating from critics at Rotten Black Swan’s (2010) movie reception and critical review have been a very hot topic on the Internet for quite some time now, and we’ve seen quite a few posts about it. One of them was even featured in Psychotic State’s blog. While it may seem like this is just another case of over-zealous fans getting annoyed at critics for pointing out flaws in their beloved movies, I think that it’s actually way more than that. At least one blogger had put his finger on what makes me so uncomfortable when I read comments from people who watched Black Swan with no or little prior knowledge about its actual content or director.

The black swan movie genre is an unusual mix of drama, thriller, and mystery. The audience will get too involved in the life of Natalie Portman’s character- Anna who is suffering from the death of her entire family due to one terrible event that took place on Christmas day. This leads to psychological problems in the movie where she cannot remember anything at all that happened on that fateful day or how her life was before tragedy struck while everything changed after she woke up in hospital with no idea what had taken place while suffering amnesia. Some similar movies like Black Swan:

Split (2016)

Fight Club (1999)

Whiplash (2014)

The Prestige (2006)

Memento (2000)

Pros (What’s great about it?) Cons (What’s not so great about it?) Natalie Portman delivers another impressive dramatic performance. Black Swan holds back on revealing too much of itself at the same time, which could be considered a flaw. The overall atmosphere is very creepy and sinister. There are plenty of allusions to classic horror films like Rosemary’s Baby. It does not offer any clear explanations about its characters or events that take place.