Cougar's Favorite Videos--
a tip sheet with thumbnail reviews
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A complex action-mystery like Reservoir Dogs, in which a gang
of criminals is enmeshed in the greater plans of a supposed arch-villain.
This one bears watching twice!
Talented Mr. Ripley
Many twists and turns to this slide of one poor man into private
hell. The tension comes up and takes you by surprise, after your
sympathy has been lulled. How far will his talents take him? In
the end, we may suppose, not much farther.
is carried out here to perfection.
...What happens to two women--to a society--when
rape is condoned or overlooked? An irreversible drive to violence
...Stephen King makes good as a master
dramatist, with a domestic tale all too real, with madness and
"murder" all too plausible.
...A Pacino masterpiece: a true tragic
hero in the modern mode--well-intentioned but doomed by karmic
Sense of Snow
...Riveting thriller set in Denmark
and Greenland, about a beautiful yet cold woman of Greenlandic
descent, a murdered Inuit boy, and a covered-up mining discovery
that threatens to spread death in exchange for fame and fortune.
The bad scientist gets it in the end, of course.
Postman Always Rings Twice (original version)
...Tamer than the remake,
with enough difference to make them both interesting enough to
see. James Garfield is even likeable here, and Lana Turner more
understandable than the Jessica Lange portrayal. Nick the Greek
is almost charming.
...An entertaining family-espionage
Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
...The Seventies obligatory blood-climax
rides again; a precursor to the growing trend of humor in any
...If you liked Pulp
Fiction, you’ll love Resevoir Dogs. Tarantino shines with offbeat
dialogue, perfectly meshed character and plot, and gripping suspense.
If you can stand some gore (and this will test you) you will be
rewarded with a fine work of art.
...Classic cops and robbers
featuring DeNiro vs. Pacino. The plot fills out nicely with the
overlapping subplots of the principal characters and the principal
women in their lives.
...A wrenching study of abuse and revenge,
artfully plotted and presented.