Rating: The Good – 70.9 Genre: Thriller Duration: 102 mins Director: John Schlesinger Stars: Michael Keaton, Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine
Pacific Heights is an original and well crafted thriller about a young couple (Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine) who rent the downstairs of their newly renovated dream-house to an initially charming but deeply disturbed man (Michael Keaton) who begins to psychologically terrorise them ostensibly for profit but in reality because of deeper compulsions. Griffith and Modine hit most of the right notes but this is Keaton’s film as he gives us a very different type of villain than we’re used to seeing.
Rating: The Good – 79.7 Genre: Thriller Duration: 125 mins Director: John Schlesenger Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider
Atmospheric adaptation of William Goldman’s novel that sees grad student/marathoner Dustin Hoffman get involved in a conspiracy that involves his brother (played by Roy Scheider in outstanding form), diamond smuggling, and an ex-Nazi with a penchant for dentistry (Laurence Olivier). As with all the great 70′s thrillers, Marathon Man is defined by a heightened sense of paranoia thanks largely to Michael Small’s memorable score and the top class acting on show. Olivier and Hoffman got all the plaudits but one mustn’t overlook the contribution of Roy Scheider who carries the opening act on his shoulders. Rumour has it, there is a whole sequence of scenes missing where Scheider tears through Paris wreaking vengeance on those who attempted to kill him before returning to New York and that these scenes were removed because of their violence. Judging by how good he is in the cut version it would be a treat to see these scenes restored.