The writing in Strangers on a Train is impeccably good. Shoutouts to Pat Hitchcock. Lots of genuinely great humor intermixed with well-built suspense and increasing stakes. Totally elevates a seemingly routine game of tennis. Superb use of foreshadowing and recurring motifs. Crisscross this, crisscross that. Top-notch performances. Before there was Norman Bates, there was Bruno Anthony. Instantly catapulted up there to be one of my favorites in Hitchcock’s filmography.
On some level, Boyhood relates to practically everyone, and it is for that reason that I can proudly say that Richard Linklater has crafted what is arguably the best coming-of-age film, but unarguably a cinematic masterpiece.
It was surprising how extensively Linklater utilized the product placement of everyday items from the 2000s to really hit the audience with wave after wave of nostalgic feelings. The aptly compiled soundtrack successfully does the same. All-throughout, the film is a perfect glimpse at…