The New York Times this week reported that production on the world’s ultimate perennial spy thriller, the new James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, has been suspended indefinitely. According to numerous sources, the source of the trouble is MGM’s pending sale. It appears that the longtime association between the studio and 22 previous bond films […]
The best thriller films of all time.
Roman Polanski’s latest effort is based on Robert Harris’ controversial political thriller, The Ghost (British slang for “Ghostwriter”). The film opens ominously, with a BMW SUV seemingly abandoned on a wintertime ferry from Wood’s Hole, Massachusetts, to Martha’s Vineyard. Nearly as soon as the driver’s body washes up on the stormy beach, we learn through […]
Ever get tired of movies about rogue CIA agents? Me neither. This time it’s Angelina Jolie as CIA agent Evelyn Salt. When Salt is accused of spying for the Russians, she goes on an unauthorized covert op to prove her patriotism and protect her husband. This looks to be a far more serious role than […]
The new Matt Damon thriller, Green Zone, takes its inspiration from the nonfiction book Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone. Early reviews are favorable, and compare Damon’s character to his Jason Bourne counterpart. Here’s the official film synopsis: Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, United […]
When reviewing our candidates for best psychological thrillers, we looked for movies that (a) made a lasting impression on us personally, (b) were critical and/or box offices hits and (c) sustained a sense of gripping unease and dread throughout the entire film without resorting to cheesy conventions. And of course, these films had to have […]
Hardly a year goes by without a juicy international incident involving the CIA. Plotting to overthrow foreign governments. Using illegal interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists. Secret assassination squads. With so many real-life scandals, it’s no wonder that screenwriters love to feature protagonists from “The Company.” With that said, my current Top 10 list features not […]