Secret in Their Eyes (2015)

US, Spain / 112 minutes / color / IM, Route One, Union Investment, Gran Via, Moot Point, SITE, Willies, Ingenious, STX Dir & Scr: Billy Ray Pr: Mark Johnson, Matt Jackson Story: La Pregunta de sus Ojos (2005; vt The Secret in Their Eyes) by Eduardo Sacheri and the screenplay for El Secreto de sus Ojos (2009; vt The Secret in Their Eyes) by Juan José Campanella and Eduardo Sacheri Cine: Danny Moder Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Dean Norris, Michael Kelly, Joe Cole, Zoe Graham, Alfred Molina, Patrick Davis, Ross Partridge, Eileen Fogarty, Don Harvey.

One of my favorites of all the pieces I watched/rewatched specially for my Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir (2013) was the Argentine/Spanish movie El SECRETO DE SUS OJOS (2009; vt The Secret in Their Eyes), directed by Juan José Campanella and based on a novel by Eduardo Sacheri. Here’s the guts of the entry I wrote about it: Continue reading

Stoker (2013)

US, UK / 99 minutes / color / Indian Paintbrush, Scott Free, Fox Searchlight Dir: Park Chan-wook Pr: Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Michael Costigan Scr: Wentworth Miller Cine: Chung-hoon Chung Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Dermot Mulroney, Jacki Weaver, Phyllis Somerville, Nicole Kidman, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Brown.

It’s a tradition that every year on her birthday India Stoker (Wasikowska) should seek a hidden box containing her new pair of shoes. Today, on her 18th birthday, she finds the box but it contains not the shoes but a key. She barely has time to register this before the news arrives of her father’s horrific death in a car accident.

What’s a girl supposed to do when a date goes horribly wrong . . .?

At the funeral India meets for the first time her Uncle Charlie (Goode), her father’s younger brother, of whose existence she’s been ignorant; she’s informed that he has spent many years traveling the world. Possessed of a sort of poisonous glamour, he announces that Continue reading