Requiem for a Dream
In art we often see bleakness paired with dullness. The unbelievably intense, and masterfully paced Requiem for a Dream masterfully refutes this assumed principle. The final product leaves the viewer feeling both deeply affected and disturbed.
When a priest becomes one of fifty volunteers to find a vaccine for a deadly virus, he survives while the others perish. Afterwards, he must deal with his status as a miracle, his strengthened bodily desires, and most importantly: a thirst for blood. With these elements, director Park Chan-wook creates a first rate horror film, but also an engaging morality tale.
Manhattan Murder Mystery
Although somewhat middle of the line fair for Woody Allen, this one does do a great job of balancing a whodunit thriller with a romantic comedy. The storyline is engaging and the jokes pop, but there is a lot of space in between them. Plus, the duo of Allen and Diane Keaton is always a big plus.
An American Werewolf in London
The still above helps to show how daring and imaginative of a thriller/horror film American Werewolf is, but most importantly, it keeps the hairs on the back of your neck up the whole time.
This film takes you inside the minds of tortured and disturbed minds, while keeping you on the edge of your seat the whole way. I think this image represents that.
The Bourne Identity
The story of secret agent gone rouge (Matt Damon) is sleek, stylish, and smart. Above he shows even fifty grand can be cool if its in the right hands.
One Hour Photo
This image is shocking, mad, and terrifying; everything that the film its from also is. As we watch Sy Parrish (Robin Williams) delve deeper and deeper into an obsession with a family he develops photos for, we are caught between feelings of sympathy for this pathetic man, and horror from his madness. An underrated thriller.
North by Northwest
This Alfred Hitchcock film follows Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant), as he tries to escape an assassination attempt based on a case of mistaken identity. A feeling of paranoia pervades the film, with many of the images (like the famous one above) leaving you wondering whether the events are real or imagined.
I watched Jurassic Park dozens of times as a little kid and I still return to it. I love the well thought out sci-fi plot line, (which is actually from Michael Chrichton’s book of the same name) groundbreaking visuals effects, and frightening dinosaurs of course. This still also tells you to be careful when playing God, a main theme. Not to mention Jeff Goldblum who is also in this frame.