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Tom à la ferme  (2013) 

Want to seeeee!

Tom à la ferme  (2013)

Want to seeeee!

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luens:

“Look into my eyes so you know what it’s like to live a life not knowing what a normal life’s like.”

Short Term 12 (2013)

One of the best indies of 2013. A must see!

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Robin Wright never fails to impress. Glad to see great roles for older actresses still exist too :)

Looking forward to this one!

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Jennifer Aniston taking on a serious role (finally!) on the set of upcoming drama “Cake”.

After seeing Aniston show some versality in underseen films  ”Friends with Money”, “The Good Girl” and “The Object of my Affection” I was hoping we’d get to see more of her serious work in the future. 

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Nicole Kidman on the Australian set of outback thriller “Strangerland”

Can not wait for this one!

Nicole Kidman on the Australian set of outback thriller “Strangerland”

Can not wait for this one!

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My Top Ten Psychological Thrillers

#10: What Lies Beneath (2000) Dir. Robert Zemeckis

Synopsis: The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost - or that she’s losing her mind.

While What Lies Beneath is not a perfect film: it is however great fun! I have a soft spot for this film because Zemeckis has created a thriller based on his love of my favourite director: Hitchcock. You’ve got everything Hitchcock in here: the spying neighbour (Rear Window), the female lead is a cool good looking blonde (every Hitchcock film), a heart stopping bathroom scene (Psycho), the haunting female ghost (Vertigo), a husband who may possibly be a murderer (Suspicion), an object linked to a murder (Frenzy) and long/continuous camera shots (Rope) as well as an intense violin based score. While you may be yelling out “don’t go in there idiot!” this is style over substance and an easy popcorn thriller for a stormy night in.

Other honourable thriller mentions:

  • Flightplan (2005)
  • Single White Female (1992)
  • Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
  • Pacific Heights (1991)
  • Insomnia (2002)
  • Fatal Attraction (1987)
  • Rosemarys Baby (1968)
  • The Birds (1963)
  • Copycat (1995)
  • Cape Fear (1991)
  • Beautiful (2009) 
  • The Orphanage (2007)
  • Sleep Tight (2011)
  • Julia’s Eyes (2010)

My Top Ten Psychological Thrillers:

#9: In The Cut (2003) Dir. Jane Campion

Synopsis: A New York writing professor, Frannie Avery (Ryan), has an erotic affair with a police detective (Ruffalo) investigating a murder in her neighborhood of a beautiful young woman.

A very under seen film: the reason I chose In the Cut is because it’s style and mood stand out so much which is really important with psychological thrillers. Also In the Cut blends really well into a serial killer film with a strong female lead which can be a rarity in this genre though Copycat (1995) did a great job too. This is a very unsettling film but it has always stayed with me, perhaps it’s because Jane Campion is a female director which adds something different to the way it has been made. Perhaps it’s the unsettling mood of sex and danger that run throughout this film that makes it stand out. A hard watch but an interesting choice for my list.

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My Top Ten Psychological Thrillers:

#8 Psycho (1960) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock.

Synopsis: A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer’s client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Hitchcock. Janet Leigh. Anthony Perkins. Enough said. 

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My Top Ten Psychological Thrillers

#7: Panic Room (2002) Dir. David Fincher

Synopsis: A divorced woman and her diabetic daughter take refuge in their newly-purchased house’s safe room, when three men break-in, searching for a missing fortune.

It’s hard to think that Nicole Kidman filmed a third of Panic Room until she broke her knee on the set of Moulin Rouge to which Jodie Foster was brought in: sadly we’ll never get to see any of the footage. Foster however does a great job along with a director (Fincher) who shows you how a real thriller is made. See Flightplan (2005) and Silence of the Lambs (1991) also for other Jodie Foster thriller goodness…

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My Top Ten Psychological Thrillers:

#6: Black Swan (2010) Dir. Darren Aronofsky

Synopsis: A ballet dancer wins the lead in “Swan Lake” and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.

Natalie Portman is suitably creepy as a young woman obsessed with perfection who is also suffering from a kind of dissociative personality disorder. Well made by Aronofsky with a great villain by Barbara Hershey, Black Swan is a nightmarish ride into what lies behind perfection.

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My Top Ten Psychological Thrillers

#5: The Sixth Sense Dir. M. Night Shyamalan

Synopsis: A boy who communicates with spirits that don’t know they’re dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.

Like The Others, The Sixth Sense manages to be creepy while still grounding itself with enough plot, characters and great moments. This whole film has this grim vibe running through it (like a feeling of unease) but it works so well and still manages to make you shed a tear - see the above scene. 

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My Top Ten Psychological Thrillers:

#4: Identity (2003) Dir. James Mangold

Synopsis: Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they’re being killed off one by one.

A great retelling of Agatha Christies “And Then There Were None”. Whether you go with the twist or not: the rain, the motel, the characters and some genuinely heart stopping moments make for a great thriller.

My Top Ten Psychological Thrillers

#3: Misery (1990) Dir. Rob Reiner

Synopsis: A famous novelist is “rescued” from a car crash by an obsessed fan.

Kathy Bates. That is all.

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My Top Ten Psychological Thrillers

#2: Dead Calm (1989) Dir. Philip Noyce

Synopsis: A mass-murderer kidnaps and seduces a young woman after leaving her husband to die on the vessel whose crew he’s just slaughtered.

So well made: Dead Calm is haunting with only 3 characters for the whole film (the fourth character is the isolated ocean), this is one of best films to come out of Australia. Oh and my top 2 thrillers both star Nicole Kidman - what can I say? She knows how to choose a good thriller.

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My Top 10 Psychological Thrillers:

#1: The Others (2001) Dir. Alejandro Amenábar

Synopsis: A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.

A perfectly chilling old fashioned ghost story with Kidman in one of her best roles. The plot is unique to the genre and The Others is surprisingly moving underneath the chills. This is as good as it gets. 

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