62. The Conversation (B+)
John Cazale filmography is now at 100%.
Made between Godfather
s, this is a 70s paranoia thriller that defines "slow burn" in its depiction of its isolated protagonist. It's quite clever, Coppola certainly knows how to convey a paranoid atmosphere, and the closing twist is very clever (he also manages to make the constant repeating of one basic scene rather interesting; it reminds me of the old school espionage bits in The Good Shepherd
). However, it devotes a ton of time to Hackman's character in the early stages that, at the end of the day, really is just constantly repeating the same point; and yet, the movie then abruptly has him make a completely out-of-character decision to move the plot along that feels completely against everything we've been shown up until that point.
Home Video: 41
Computer: 7 (+1)