Saturday, February 01, 2014

Great review of a Great movie (and even greater novel by Richard Matheson)

Stir of Echoes starring Kevin Bacon

From Criminal Element

I love the mainstream, popular, and critically acclaimed films as much as the next person. The last thing I’d consider myself is a cinematic snob. But there are times when a truly amazing movie slips into—and out of—theaters without much buzz before fading into obscurity. So I’d like to bring a few of those gems back into the light and remind you that sometimes the blockbusters aren’t the only films that can give you plenty of bang for your buck.
Released mere weeks from The Sixth SenseStir of Echoes wasn’t given much of a chance to make a stir. At a surface level, both films have the same set-up: the main character sees dead people.
What sets Stir apart in my books is its rewatchability (is that a word? If it isn’t, it should be). The Sixth Sense was great the first time, good the second, but after that…. Once you know the big twist, the story loses much of its power. Stir of Echoes, though, is something you can appreciate no matter how often you watch it.
[No one ever gets tired of Bacon, after all...]

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