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monty

The sole redeeming value of this mediocre movie lies in that it pays tribute to Boris Karloff.
10 years 11 months ago
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MrE2Me

Completely disagree. This is a brilliant, ballsy movie that merges two forms of "horror" - old-fashioned movie horror & modern, all-too real horror - via two different stories, whilst meditating on the nature of film in these changing times. Karloff & Bogdanovich play themselves (pretty much), and the final sequence, in which a drive-in movie literally has the power to kill its audience, is incredible. This thriller is a seriously impressive debut for the director.
10 years 3 months ago
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lauli

Best Bogdanovich film I've seen
10 years ago
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sushantv10

"....modern, all-too real horror"

true indeed....
9 years 10 months ago
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nicolaskrizan

Intelligent B movie

http://1001movies.posterous.com/872
9 years 6 months ago
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ClassicLady

The worst part was knowing those people in the cars were just sitting ducks for his angry bullits. The tension that built up before the first shot was unbearable.
8 years 4 months ago
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celinesthreedots

Amazing performance by Boris Karloff.
3 years 8 months ago
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Eldylabor

A few of Karloff's lines are meant to be "ironic" but they really, really aren't.
1 year 2 months ago
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GrooveRemote

I watched an interview that Bogdanovich conducted with David Chase, the creator of The Sopranos, and Bogdanovich mentioned that he didn't have the budget for a score for his first movie (Targets), so he licensed some crappy songs from a friend of his just to have some diegetic music. He wasn't kidding. The music on the radio in this movie is really bad.

The rest of the movie is alright. It's like two good movies mashed together that have nothing to do with each. When you put them together it recontextualises them a little, but not that much. The killer story could've used time to breathe and develop characters, particularly the killer himself, and the Karloff story doesn't really go anywhere, even if it is interesting for a while. There are some tense bits, but once the killing starts it's so amateurish that the tension dissipates. The screenplay seems to have been written without much consideration for practical application; people don't seem to hear footsteps or gunshots. The big finale moves is so calmly-paced that it's only intermittently thrilling. I think I see the promise, but it's nowhere near as good as Bogdanovich's best movies, or the best movies of this genre.
1 year 1 month ago
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Siskoid

In the world we live in today, Targets is sure to be triggering for a lot of people, and I staved off watching it a couple of weeks ago because I didn't want to review it within a stone's throw of a rogue shooter incident here in Atlantic Canada. But then, is there ever a good time for it these days? The portrait of a lone gunman, Targets doesn't really give you insight in the why, because no explanations make sense for this kind of action. Such killers are simply among us, and nowhere is safe. Peter Bogdanovich was allowed to make this thing (in fact, "anything he wanted") on Roger Corman's thin dime so long as he used up the two days Boris Karloff owed the production company. So Targets becomes a study in what constitutes horror. In an older model, there's the Universal monsters and Gothic chills represented by Karloff's aging actor Orlok (it's extra meta, with Bogdanovich playing his director); the newer model is the real-world terrors of serial killing and bell-tower snipers. One world is shot like a Hammer Horror, the other very naturalistically, in cinema verité, and there's a certain ticking clock in knowing the two must eventually collide... but with what results? Ultimately, why does artifice still scare when there are real monsters in the world? Good stuff that has only become more relevant with time.
1 year 1 month ago
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cinephile085

Brilliant film.
1 year 1 month ago
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