Category Archive: Thriller

Le Cercle Rouge (Day 47)

My Opinion: 7.1 || A clockwork thriller that delivers a beautifully filmed heist sequence and great cat-and-mouse tension. The characters are standard hardboiled types, and some elements of the plot don’t hold up under… Continue reading

Intimidation (Day 44)

My Opinion: 6.2 || A tidy noirish thriller with interesting characters and a few superior moments. The ending is bizarrely abrupt, as if the real ending got lost and something had to be thrown… Continue reading

Rusty Knife (Day 39)

 My Opinion: 4.2 || And I chose this because? I can’t remember. It kicks off well, but the story becomes increasingly hokey and reliant on cantilevered coincidences. By the last third, it’s very difficult… Continue reading

Death of a Cyclist (Day 31)

 My Opinion: 6.3 || A nifty, efficient thriller with above-average directing touches. The premise is one that’s been repeated many times since, and it’s a good one. One of the protagonists undergoes a transformation… Continue reading

Z (Day 25)

My Opinion: 6.3 || A political thriller with a distinctive style, it’s effective as a wide-ranging procedural but doesn’t succeed as well at the level of emotion and character. Costa-Gavras gives us great breadth,… Continue reading

Nine Queens (Day 10)

My Opinion: 6.4 || An entertaining, intellectually engaging movie about con men who are as busy trying to swindle each other as their mark. All the pleasures of a good fast-talking, fast-moving crime movie… Continue reading

  • About Me


    I'm an author and consultant in Portland, Oregon. My novel 'Beheld' will be published this June.

  • The Mission

    To watch and write about one new foreign film a day for 100 days. It's a cinematic world tour -- with an emphasis on diversity of language, era, and style.

    In addition to the daily commentaries, I'll post weekly and monthly wrap-ups. And explore cool ways of graphing the films and my responses to them.