Category Archives: Thriller

52. The Constant Gardener

52. The Constant Gardener

Thankfully Alan Titchmarsh and Charlie Dimmock are nowhere to be seen in Fernando Meireles’ follow up to City of God, an African-set thriller starring Ralph Fiennes as a British diplomat trying to find the motives behind the death of his wife Rachel Weisz.

What Tierna thinks: “I’m glad this wasn’t based on a true story although I suspect it’s based on a lot of realities. The two main characters are people we can believe in; the film follows their romance yet there’s a strong focus on the corruption and conspiracies surrounding their lives. I’ll give this a nine out of ten. I really liked this one.”

What Tom thinks: “City of God is the highest rated film on our list (so far) and so you would expect Fernando Meireles’ follow up to be good… and it kinda is although not in the same league.  Have to admit I didn’t really think of seeing this when it came out purely because of its name, silly but true.  It’s a bit slow at times but an all-round intelligent film and well shot.  I’ll give it an eight out of ten.”

Up next: The Son’s Room (La Stanza del Figlio)

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57. The Consequences of Love

57. The Consequences of Love

Le Conseguenze Dell’Amore is an Italian psychological thriller about a lonely and secretive man who befriends a beautiful young waitress in the hotel he lives in and has a run in with the mafia.

What Tierna thinks: “A good film, not memorable as such but certainly very watchable. The car crash scene seemed oddly placed to me as it changed the course of the final days of his life yet it didn’t ‘fit’ for me.  When watching the film the ‘consequences of love’ didn’t jump out at me as such. Looking back on the story now while thinking of it in the context of the movie title makes it all make much more sense. It left me a bit confused but it’s well written and for that reason I’ll give it an eight out of ten.”

What Tom thinks: “We’re finally back after taking a few months break now that Tierna has finished her degree.  This was a pretty good film to get back into the list with.  The first hour or so of the film its almost difficult to guess what is actually about – Titta Di Girolamo is like a dour Larry David who merely ‘exists’ in the hotel he lives in until he finally starts to talk with Sofia and then the story starts to pick up.  A well made film that I thought was good but not great, this gets a seven out of ten.”

Up next … Volver

91. Lantana

91. Lantana

Australian part-drama, part-murder mystery with – you guessed it – a number of separate stories which come together over the disappearance of a woman.

What Tom thinks: “Of the three films we’ve watched with separate intertwining stories this was the definitely the best.  Well written and well acted I really enjoyed this – i’d never even heard of it before watching!  It’s gonna get an eight from me.”

What Tierna thinks: “This one took me by surprise and ended up being one of my favourite so far. I loved the use of symbolism throughout using snapshots of shrubbery as a metaphor which ultimately helped to piece together each of the stories. I’ve also decided to give this an eight out of ten.”