November is the month for...well, mid-terms and Thanksgiving. But it's also the month where I watch 7 psychological thrillers (not horror, but kind of creepy in their own way) and blog about them. If you like this idea and want to recommend a film, leave it in the comments.
To begin, I watched the Joel Edgerton film The Gift last night and had to look it up again. I have no idea where I'd heard that it was a remake of the Haneke film Caché, because it is clearly not the same movie at all. The plot is completely different, although they do have a similar feel (psychological thriller with a childhood vendetta at the center). That said, both movies are completely worth watching, so if you have seen and enjoyed one, I would recommend seeing the other.
The Gift was a genuinely unsettling, uncomfortable experience - which doesn't make it sound so appealing, but there were surprisingly outstanding performances from the director himself and from Teen Wolf, Too...I mean, Jason Bateman.
(Rebecca Hall was no surprise; she's always fantastic and lovely).
The characters were complex, the story was gripping and the whole package was rather Hitchcockian in its power to make you bite your nails and stay glued to the edge of your seat.
If you have watched and liked The Gift, check out Caché and/or my previous blog (blah-g) discussion of that movie.