“movie on my neck with the screen gems” - pusha t
With everyone in it constantly complaining and kvetching at the worst possible time, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is New York movie excellence. A tense thriller that’s constantly upping the stakes, but breezy and light enough on its feet to let the comedic bits land perfectly, especially Walter Mathau’s brilliant performance.
Such an odd little gem. Wilder proving once again why he’s potentially the greatest screenwriter of all time with an expertly plotted story and crackling dialogue. Yet, even for an indictment of the press, it’s surprising where this goes, such as its “Indian burial ground” setting, the way it implicates law enforcement and the construction business, and that strange abusive relationship that ends up becoming of the most important elements of the plot. Just fantastic.
Cops and gangsters in the surveillance age. “Patriot Act! I love it! I love it!” One of the best paranoid films of the Bush era. Everyone’s spying and lying to each other and the worst monsters are protected by the government.
Also a flawless cast, with supporting players Alec Baldwin, Ray Winstone, and Mark Wahlberg the biggest and best bastards of the bunch.
Typical of Kaufman there’s a lot to unpack with I’m Thinking of Ending Things. I should start by saying that I have read the book and I appreciated most of the alterations to the original text. Kaufman’s turned an enjoyably creepy page-turner with a twist ending into something that lingers in a very different way.
This movie is cold. “Cold,” “winds,” “brr,” “blizzard” get tossed around a lot. The exterior shots are an icy blue, devoid of color and obscured…