Writer/director Christopher Nolan is one of the most successful filmmakers currently working today. From The Dark Knight Trilogy to big budget epics like Interstellar and Dunkirk, his films have grossed billions. But, back in the late 90s, he was just a scrappy indie filmmaker trying to make a name for himself. We revisit Nolan’s second feature film—Memento, a psychological thriller about a man who is attempting to solve the murder of his wife despite the fact that he suffers from short-term memory loss. The film’s “reverse” structure stunned audiences upon its release and had a huge impact on the indie film scene in the aughts. But, 17 years later now that we know the answers to its puzzles, is the film still as engaging? Has the novelty of the gimmick worn off? Or, is it a film that, unlike its protagonist, we’ll be destined to remember for a long time?

Nominated for a slew of Oscars in 1992 (including best picture and best director), The Crying Game made quite a splash when it was released amongst both audiences and critics. But, how does this Irish crime thriller—which explores issues of race, gender, and nationality— hold up? Does knowing a movie’s twist (before you’ve seen it), ruin the viewing experience? More over, does the film feel just as edgy 25 years later or has the shock value worn off? Find out in our Re-view!


In the early aughts, writer/director M. Night Shyamalan could do no wrong. Coming off the monumental success of The Sixth Sense, he was heralded as the next Spielberg—a young directorial genius that was bound to change the way we watched movies. Then, came a string of flops—from Lady in the Water to The Happening to The Last Airbender (fanboys are still angry about that last one). As Shyamalan’s next project, Split, hits theaters, we decided it was time to look at one of his earlier, more successful films: the superhero/supernatural drama Unbreakable. Although not as widely popular as The Sixth SenseUnbreakable has amassed as cult following, with some even considering it to be one of the best superhero films ever made. While we’re now accustomed to seeing men and women with capes and cowls at the box office, back in 2001, the image wasn’t so commonplace. So, looking back 16 years, how does Unbreakable hold up? Is it a polished thriller that ushered in a new wave of pop culture? Or, another clunky misstep in Shyamalan’s much scrutinized oeuvre?

What happens when you take a high-concept premise (i.e. a big city cop is forced to live with Amish people), but combine it with a strong and subtle directorial hand? You get Peter Weir’s Oscar-nominated Witness. Arriving in theaters in the winter of 1985, Witness was a critical and commercial darling upon release, featuring starring turns from two of the biggest stars in the 80s, Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis. But, now over 30-years later, it feels like the film doesn’t really get all that much attention. Well, that’s about to change as Ivan, Mike, and Dave dive back into this classic American crime thriller for a re-view.

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Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs is still the only horror film to ever win best picture. Beyond that, it’s one of the rare mainstream thrillers to feature a female protagonist. Jodie Foster’s Clarice Starling is smart, strong, yet also vulnerable. Combine this with Anthony Hopkin’s portrayal of legendary fictional serial killer, Hannibal Lecter, and you have a film that is often considered to be one of the greats. A quarter of a century since its release, Mike, Ivan, and Dave dive deep into the film’s dark, psychological world to dissect why it’s so engrossing, as well as its continued cultural significance.

“A person who don’t look out for himself is too dumb to look out for anyone else.” Bearing that in mind, Mike, Ivan, and Dave enter the world of “the grift” with Stephen Frears’s thriller, The Grifters. This film was quite the critical darling when it was released in 1990, nominated for four Oscars including best director. But, it seems to have largely disappeared from popular conversation. We dig up this classic flick to determine if it’s worthy of being included in the canon of great “con” movies. Join us for our discussion…just try to not to get too caught up in the hustle.

Critically lauded when it hit theaters in 1997 but often overlooked by modern cinephiles, LA Confidential is a  neo-noir featuring a trio of very different cops all out to crack the same case. The cast is stellar (Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, and Kevin Spacey) and the visuals are impressive, but does this whodunit hold up to repeat viewings? Ivan, Mike, and Dave investigate.