If pressed, I would probably say that my all-time favorite genre, in books and movies, is the gothic thriller, especially ones that are set near the sea.
So how is it that this Friday not one but two gothic thrillers, each taking place on islands off of Massachusetts, are opening up nationwide. Not only that but they are directed by Martin Scorsese and Roman Polanski.
They both look great. I've read the source material for each, and I think that Shutter Island will probably make a better film than The Ghost Writer (the book it's based on is simply called The Ghost. It's by Robert Harris).
For all I know, both these movies are terrible, but right now, it's looking like a very happy weekend for me. Gray weather, terrible secrets, grisly murders. Bring it on.