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.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Play Misty for Me (1971)

Directed by:
Clint Eastwood

Eastwood (also making his directorial debut here) is a late-night radio DJ who is seduced and then stalked by a psychotic one-night-stand (Jessica Walter). Aside from a maudlin romantic collage set to Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” this is a very good thriller and the prototype for FATAL ATTRACTION and its series of countless clones. Director Don Siegel, who directed many of Clint's best projects from this period (including THE BEGUILED), has a cameo as a bartender.


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