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Rolling Thunder (1977) 4/5 (1)

 

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Rating: The Good – 83.4
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Duration: 95 mins
Director: John Flynn
Stars: William Devane, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Haynes

As good a thriller as the 70’s offered up, Rolling Thunder is damn near perfect. The ever cool William Devane and Tommy Lee Jones play two POW’s who, after returning home, find life as torturous as their imprisonment was. Things get steadily worse for the hard boiled Major Charles Rane (Devane) when his wife and son are murdered by a gang of home invaders who also take his hand. Devane gives a smouldering performance as a man who has “learned to love” torture as a means to surviving it. A young Tommy Lee Jones is sensational as the equally stoic Johnny who ultimately helps him to exact his revenge. John Flynn allows this masterpiece to develop at its own pace building the film not around the inevitable action but rather the drama that comes with a man who is pushed to the brink but never breaks. The parallels between Rane’s time in captivity and the life he has returned to are repeatedly drawn but never explicitly so, ensuring that the viewer discovers something new on each viewing. Thus, the more one watches this gem the better it gets. “Let’s go clean ‘em up”.

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Best Seller (1987) 2.86/5 (1)

 

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Rating: The Good – 67.3
Genre: Thriller
Duration: 110  mins
Director: John Flynn’
Stars: James Woods, Brian Dennehy, Victoria Tennant

John Flynn’s thriller about a psychopathic hit-man (played with typical gusto by James Woods) who asks a cop turned writer (the always excellent Brian Dennehy) to write a book exposing his life and the gangster he worked for would be little more than an above average 80′s thriller if it wasn’t for the terrific performances of the two leads and the steady, assured pacing of one of that era’s most underrated directors. On top of that, Flynn’s soft pallets and Jay Ferguson’s interesting score (reminiscent of Tangerine Dream at their height) give Best Seller a quintessential 80′s vibe which adds a nostalgic quality to the movie for those who grew up in that decade.

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