Tommy Lee Jones Weekend – Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

Director: Irvin Kershner

Writer: John Carpenter, David Zelag Goodman (Screenplay)

Starring: Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif, Rene Auberjonois, Raul Julia, Frank Adonis, Lisa Taylor

 

Plot: A famous fashion photographer develops a disturbing ability to see through the eyes of a killer.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice Lil-Murder Mystery

 

Story: Eyes of Laura Mars starts as we meet fashion photographer Laura Mars (Dunaway) who is on top of the world with her work taking over the city, but her life is about to change when she seems to get visions of murders.

When she comes forward believing she saw the latest murder, detective John Neville (Jones) takes the case only to learn that Laura’s photos are strikingly similar to recent murders. When Laura starts to become paranoid about her visions she teams up with Neville to uncover the truth.

 

Thoughts on Eyes of Laura Mars

 

Characters/PerformanceLaura Mars is one of the most famous fashion photographers in the business, taking things to a new risky level. She finds herself seeing murders of her friends and must deal with trying to solve. John Neville is the nonsense detective that is working on the case and one of the few people that comes to understand what is happening to Laura.

Performance wise, Dunaway and Jones both show their full talents here showing how they can capture everything in their emotions through the different situations they are put through.

StoryThe story gives us a good mystery to solve as we only see the crimes committed through the eyes of our lead Laura Mars, we are left to guess who it could be as we are introduced to plenty of different suspects, while also diving into a potential morale question about how the fashion industry can be over sexualising the models.

Mystery/ThrillerWe are left on edge trying to figure out who the murderer is, we are given plenty of suspects which all could be the villain which is all we want from a mystery thriller.

SettingsThe big city is always a great setting for a murder mystery which is great but in the modern era of cinema would be very difficult to get the body count they do.

Special EffectsThe effects are all good through the film, whether it be the kills which are the main attraction for this film.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good thriller that has a mystery you just get drawn into trying to solve.

 

Overall: This is a film that should be watched by all the mystery fans.

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ABC Film Challenge – Romance – O – The Other Woman (2014)

Director: Nick Cassavetes

Writer: Melissa Stack (Screenplay)

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kate Upton, Don Johnson, Taylor Kinney

 

Plot: After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly soon meets the wife he’s been betraying. And when yet another love affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot revenge on the three-timing S.O.B.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Rom Com

 

Story: The Other Woman starts as we meet Mark (Coster-Waldau) who is just starting a relationship with businesswoman Carly (Diaz) but Mark also has a wife back home in Kate (Mann), he has mastered the art of covering his tracks but when Carly goes to surprise him she learns he is married.

Kate starts to have a break down with learn that her husband has been cheating on her and befriends Carly as they struggle with everything going on. They also find out that Mark has another woman on the side Amber (Upton) and the three meet and plan to get revenge on Mark.

 

Thoughts on The Other Woman

 

Characters/PerformanceCarly is a successful businesswoman that has always struggled with love but believe she has found the perfect man in Mark but once she learns he is married she tries to distance herself from the situation but ends u joining forces with the wife to get revenge on Mark.  Kate is the wife that has a break down once she learns he is cheating but soon works with Carly to get revenge. Mark is the husband that has been playing his way through the women, he believes he has everything under control but he is about to learn his lesson. Amber is the young woman that has been the latest choice for Mark and regrets being involved and joins forces.

Performance wise, Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann are good like you would expect in a form of romantic comedy Nikolaj most famous for Game of Thrones suits the character but does seem to struggle with the comedy side of his role. Kate Upton is similar in this too.

StoryWe have seen the husband cheating before in film but the idea of making the women team up to get revenge and expose a potential huge criminal case shows us something fresh in this idea. Sure, this does feel like it is targeted towards a female audience it can still be enjoyed.

Comedy/Romance The comedy does work on certain occasions and is one of the better ones of recent years if not the best while the romance side of the film comes from how the girls have been cheated on.

SettingsThe settings show the different lives the women live so Mark can get away for as long as he did.

Final ThoughtsThis is a rom com that is better than I thought but it still isn’t on the list on the list of my favourite.

 

Overall: Enjoyable rom com.

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