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My film of the Year 1997
A masterpiece, if not THE masterpiece of modern cinema.
A film which understands exactly what it is, what it‚(TM)s doing and what it‚(TM)s about and plays out with pace to resolve what is certainly on of the most complex detective stories the multiplex‚(TM)s have seen in a long while.
The story is built in solid layers, exposing its audience to every clue, with time to digest them, without falling back on the cack-handed clich√ (C) of holding back that vital clue to end in order to maintain its twist. This movie had taken its plot, cut it up the pieces and shuffled them about as to confuse the eye, but in the end, it‚(TM)s all there for the taking. Well acted, directed and supported by a perfectly balanced score by the late Jerry Goldsmith, along with first-rate editing, sound design and cinematography, this is a pleasure to watch, every time.
This is a true classic, that is bathed in the noir which in it is set, pretending at nothing, feeling not like a period piece nor modern, this is timeless in recreation of the 1950‚≤s. Even its gruesome elements don‚(TM)t feel overplayed, and I‚(TM)m still always surprised to this day when I think that it is an 18.
All in all, this is the benchmark of modern film making, ticking every box perfectly. A fantastic film, with a first-rate native to drive it. Every filmmaker should see this and learn‚¶
My film of the Year 1993:
This is a template for how make a great action/adventure movie. Clocking in at for what these days, a film of its' type would seem to be a modest 121 mins, it divides itself into two solid halves.
The first hour debates the science, the sociology and evolutionary issues of both cloning and of course, dinosaurs, whilst skillfully setting up and yet sidetracking the audience into not realising who the real villains of the movie are going to be.
From the opening scene, the Velosaraptors are clearly formidable, but the film feeds on the overwhelming desire from the audience to see the T-Rex to point of distraction.
And it works, allowing a still awe inspiring and music less might I add, T-Rex sequence, and then giving the fourth act over the Raptors.
This film uses every minute brilliantly, maintaining a sense of pace throughout whist not bombarding us with pointless action.
I do think that this film has lost some of it's standing these days, but it's well worth rediscovering.