The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Summary:

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 www.imdb.com.

Starcast:

  • 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)

Summary:

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.

Starcast:

  • 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)

Summary:

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)

 

Summary

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)

Summary

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.

Starcast:

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.

Starcast:

  • 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 Tomoatoes.com. 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. 

Parasite (2019)

Summary

Parasite movie is a Korean horror film about an isolated family that is being terrorized by parasites who have invaded their home. The protagonist, Park Do-ha, is the only immune member of the family and tries to help her parents and sister escape from the house before they become infected by the parasite. Parasite movie has won many awards for its production quality including Best Screenplay at Cannes Film Festival 2019.

Starcast

Parasite, a 2019 science-fiction horror film, tells the story of a group of people who are trapped in their apartment building and must battle for survival. The movie was directed by Bong Joon Ho and stars Steven Yeun (Walking Dead), Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange), Song Kang-ho (Snowpiercer), and more.

Score on Rotten Tomatoes

The 2019 movie Parasite is getting some pretty mixed reviews with a score of 90% on rotten tomatoes, with most reviewers giving it 7-8 stars out of 10. Is this the type of content you are looking for? We have plenty more to share that will be sure to satisfy your needs! Check back soon for new blog posts from our team who are eagerly waiting to write about movies, music, and other entertainment topics they love so much.

Similar Movies

This movie is a genre parasite because it takes from multiple genres and combines them into one. The result of this is a film that does not fit into any specific category. If you are looking for something new to watch, this may be the right choice for you! 

The trailer for this movie shows off its different aspects including horror, sci-fi, drama, and comedy. There is also an interesting plotline that will keep viewers engaged throughout the entire film. This might be what audiences need in order to get out of their comfort zone when watching movies! Here are some of the similar movies which you would love to watch if you like Parasite:

  • PANIC ROOM (2002)
  • BURN AFTER READING (2008)
  • GOSFORD PARK (2001)
  • THE GOOD GIRLS (LAS NIñAS BIEN) (2018)
  • MEMORIES OF MURDER (2003)

Pros & Cons

‘Parasite’ offers you an engaging storyline where three different perspectives of parasitic invasion on humans are shown through their own setup – an ordinary American family coping with extraordinary circumstances at home when a parasitic worm infection turns their lives upside down which separates this film from others in its genre. 

The movie’s pacing is very slow-moving and it begins to get more interesting after the middle of the film which makes parasite near the end really worth watching.

 

Basic Instinct

Logline: While investigating a savage murder a police detective becomes involved with the victim’s  lover who is also a suspect resulting in a bizarre love triangle that he must solve in order to find the murderer.

Thoughts: This major hit is almost 30 years old. Other than being slightly dated the film holds up. There have been few mysteries as well crafted. The film grossed $359 million which was a massive hall at the time.

The conventions of a great thriller.

1) Unwitting but Resourceful Hero:
Our detective’s rebellious past gives him the skills to solve this murder. He is so determined to find the murderer that he would even turn in his lover.
2) Dangerous Villain:
Who makes a great villain? Someone powerful with lots of money, who is trained in the art of mind games. The spin is that this suspect is drop dead gorgeous and irresistible to even the most honorable of men.
3) High Stakes:
His checkered past makes him susceptible to being framed and if he doesn’t solve the crime he could lose him job.
4) Life and Death Situation:
He hands the suspect an ice pick and allows her to tie him up both used in the murder he’s investigating. Is he next? But then two cops get murdered to cover the trail.
5) The movie is thrilling because?
It has a lot of sexual content and you wonder why will be the next victim all the way until the end.
All thrillers have three structural elements.
1) Big Mystery
Who killed the rock star. After a man is brutally murdered while having sex with a blonde woman, the mystery becomes “Who kills in this psycho-sexual way?”
2) Big Intrigue
Can our investigator follow the rules and stay clean long enough to solve the crime?
or
The psychological/sexual game between Catherine, Nick, and Beth.
3) Big Suspense
Is Nick being played as the next victim of Catherine’s new book?

If you haven’t seen this movie in a while it is easy to forget how well crafted the mystery is done. Every scene is a page turner.Especially if your like a lot of us and teeter on the verge of being a pervert. this movie has a lot to offer.

 

Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Logline: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.

A deep analysis of the movie Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. It’s been a few years since we have seen this film and we are instantly reminded why it made an impact and won so many awards.Unfortunately the only Oscar win was best editing but that was well deserved. Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter did a mastery job of building suspense from a great script and great directing but the true skill was in their edit, which delivered. It had two more nominations for sound and anyone who knows film making knows that real magic happens in the sound. Trent Reznor’s score didn’t get nominated but it’s damn good. The shame is that Rooney Mara got nominated but didn’t win. Her performance was incredible and carried the movie, after all not too many actors can stand scene to scene with James Bond. Yeah we are Daniel Craig fans too. But let’s look at the story and why it worked so well as one of this centuries top thrillers.

The conventions of a great thriller.

 

1) Unwitting but Resourceful Hero:

We have a great investigative reporter who is broken after recently being framed by a rich billionaire. After a lifetime of great detective work he made one mistake and it has cost him greatly. He is forced into the journey when the court case has nearly bankrupt him and he has no choice but to take the gig.

2)  Dangerous Villain:

Who makes a great villain? Someone powerful with lots of money, from a family of generations of power and manipulation. Money power and corruption.

3) High Stakes:

A detective who never loses but is coming off his first failure and has had his reputation damaged. He must prove himself all over again or his career as an investigative journalist will be over.

4) Life and Death Situation:

He takes the gig and must stay on the deserted family island to be close enough to the family to investigate. Then a rogue bullet almost hits him but was it an accident or does someone want him dead. Is he a threat to uncover the murder? Or are there other more serious things at risk. Who wants him dead? In the end he will come face to face with the killer and come close to death himself.

5) The movie is thrilling because?

 It’s a classic story of good vs evil. The rich and powerful versus the weak and broken who must over come.

All thrillers have three structural elements.

1) Big Mystery
Who killed the niece a generation ago.
2) Big Intrigue
Can an investigative journalist defeat a rich billionaire family and solve the murder that no one has been able to solve for a generation. The patriarch wants closure and he’s running out of time. A journalist with the assistance of a young bisexual mentally disturbed computer hacker can beat the family.
3) Big Suspense
Is the mystery what is seems and is she really dead? If she was killed why did no one ever find her body? Will this rich powerful family allow the mystery to be solved and why are they hiding from the truth?
If you haven’t seen this movie in a while it is currently being run on Netflix so catch it for free if you have a membership.

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