Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

...aka: Eyes

Directed by:
Irvin Kershner

Faye Dunaway (who had just won an Oscar a few years earlier for NETWORK) stars as a clairvoyant fashion photographer who sees murders before they happen and makes a living taking pictures of her visions: controversial hybrids of sex and violence. Things hit close to home when she discovers the killer (whose trademark is gouging out eyeballs with scissors) is targeting her, her friends and a group of lovely up-and-coming models. Tommy Lee Jones costars as the cop on the case who she falls in love with. Though nothing really special, it's an acceptable murder mystery featuring good performances all around, a fun script (co-written by John Carpenter), a glossy visual approach and a pretty low violence quotient, but enough (probably too many) red herring suspects to keep you guessing till the (ridiculous) climax. Dated fashions, music and mannerisms add up to somewhat amusing entertainment. A definite sign of things to come for co-star Brad Dourif, who plays Dunaway’s dedicated chauffeur. Also with Rene Auberjonois, Raul Julia, Darlanne Fluegel and Steve Marachuk. Barbra Streisand sings the theme song "Prisoner" and was once slated to star. Thankfully she found something else to do.


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