Strangers on a Train

A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder – a theory that he plans to implement.

There comes a point in a most thriller films, and the best name for it is “The Point of No Return”, when a character could very easily escape their circumstances – they are presented with an opportunity to explain or provide a warning – but they never seem to take it. Continue reading “Strangers on a Train”

Cool Hand Luke

A man refuses to conform to life in a rural prison.

My first interaction with Cool Hand Luke was actually about ten years ago, watching an episode of MTV’s Jackass that recreated the famous “50 eggs” sequence. Probably for everyone’s own good, I couldn’t find it on YouTube – it’s not an accurate recreation. Unlike the cast of Jackass, Luke manages to consume 50 hard-boiled eggs without throwing up. This is but one of the incredible feats he achieves, and each one entertained me more than the last. Continue reading “Cool Hand Luke”

Before Sunrise

A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.

If every film had a gimmicky sociology experiment agenda, the medium would be most unenjoyable. But Linklater’s ability to tell stories very much based in real life does not grow stale for me, especially against the backdrop of formulaic 21st century romance. Continue reading “Before Sunrise”