Recommendations, Please!

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Recommendations, Please!

Post by dulcinea » Sat Feb 06, 2010 9:55 pm

I am a regular patroness of thrillers, to the point that I fear I may have watched too many. The thrillers of the last few years all seem to blend together into one; the plots are the same, the stunts are the same, even the humorous lines are the same. Particularly vexing is that nearly all the leading men seem to play the same character: a combination of Jack Bauer, James Bond and Jason Bourne. As a result, I now watch more and more reality crime shows; at least those are scripted by the most imaginative and resourceful scriptwriter of all, Reality itself.
What thrillers do you recommend to me as fresh and original? But, please, no government conspiracy shows; that plot has been beaten to death.
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Re: Recommendations, Please!

Post by jserraglio » Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:01 am

Ben Affleck's first movie, Gone Baby Gone--a byzantine plot, a disturbing ending, and strong performances by Amy Ryan (Academy Award nominee), Casey Affleck, and the Boston rapper, Slaine

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Re: Recommendations, Please!

Post by Fergus » Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:56 am

One that I watched recently and enjoyed very much was....

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Post by moldyoldie » Mon Feb 08, 2010 3:10 pm

dulcinea wrote:....the plots are the same, the stunts are the same, even the humorous lines are the same.
I can't begin to tell you how pleasantly surprised I was at the "serious" remake of Casino Royale -- Daniel Craig's debut as 007. If you haven't seen it, check it out. :wink: There's little that's "samey" about it, especially the character of Bond. :!: There's also the most incredible foot chase you'll ever see...and Bond's not even breathing hard! :lol: The legend lives on...or should I say, begins.
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Post by Guitarist » Mon Feb 08, 2010 8:38 pm

Shutter Island (Leonardo Dicaprio's new movie) certainly looks promising. The novel was excellent.

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Post by Chalkperson » Sat Feb 20, 2010 12:18 am

Guitarist wrote:Shutter Island (Leonardo Dicaprio's new movie) certainly looks promising. The novel was excellent.
The New York Times mercilessly trashed it today...
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Post by Guitarist » Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:36 am

Chalkperson wrote:
Guitarist wrote:Shutter Island (Leonardo Dicaprio's new movie) certainly looks promising. The novel was excellent.
The New York Times mercilessly trashed it today...
It has mostly good reviews from those compiled on MRQE:
http://www.mrqe.com/movies/m100025131

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Post by Corlyss_D » Sat Feb 20, 2010 4:10 am

dulcinea wrote:What thrillers do you recommend to me as fresh and original? But, please, no government conspiracy shows; that plot has been beaten to death.
Not much made in the last 20-25 years or more. You have to go back to film noire and some excellently crafted works from the 50s. Gimme a pass till after the Olympics and I'll try to come up with some solid recommendations.
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