Crime

Rope (1948) Review

Time: 81 Minutes Cast: James Stewart as Rupert Cadell John Dall as Brandon Shaw Joan Chandler as Janet Walker Cedric Hardwicke as Mr. Henry Kentley Farley Granger as Phillip Morgan Constance Collier as Mrs. Anita Atwater Douglas Dick as Kenneth Lawrence Edith Evanson as Mrs. Wilson Director: Alfred Hitchcock Two young men, Brandon Shaw (John Dall) and Phillip Morgan […]

Rope (1948) Review
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Crime

Dark Woods (Das Geheimnis des Totenwaldes) 2020

“Dark Woods” is a German police procedural that is less about tracking down a serial killer than about the ripple effects of random, senseless violence and the pain of not-knowing what’s happened to a loved one who simply vanishes. There’s mystery in this account of a 30 year-long German case that only dogged persistence by […]

Series Review: German cops hunt a serial killer, and a kidnap victim, in the “Dark Forest (Das Geheimnis des Totenwaldes)”
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Action

Bonnie and Clyde

Part of the purpose of the Blind Spot series is to challenge myself to watch classic films outside of my comfort zone. These are usually films I’ve heard great things about but have been hesitant to watch for one reason or another. 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde definitely fall into that description. A landmark of its […]

Blind Spot 65: Bonnie and Clyde
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Crime

Saw V (2008) Review

Time: 92 minutes Age Rating: Torture & Sadistic Violence Cast: Tobin Bell as John Kramer Costas Mandylor as Detective Mark Hoffman Scott Patterson as Agent Peter Strahm Betsy Russell as Jill Tuck Julie Benz as Brit Meagan Good as Luba Gibbs Mark Rolston as Agent Dan Erickson Carlo Rota as Charles Director: David Hackl Although Jigsaw […]

Saw V (2008) Review
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Crime

Mitchum is Marlowe in Chandler’s “Farewell, My Lovely” (1975)

Robert Mitchum was a high-mileage/hard-miles 57 when he took on Raymond Chandler’s iconic private eye Philip Marlowe in 1975’s “Farewell, My Lovely,” a character immortalized by Bogie in “The Big Sleep” in a story of that had been filmed twice before, in the film noir-mad 1940s. He wasn’t too old to take the part, but […]

Classic Film Review: Mitchum is Marlowe in Chandler’s “Farewell, My Lovely” (1975)
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Action

Saul Wick – Nobody (2021)

Embracing your inner badass. So this is about an everyday person (Bob Odenkirk). He’s an unremarkable family man, and he would not stand out in a crowd. On a night where his home is robbed, the dominos start falling which will lead to him going on a mayhem-filled spree. Now I was looking forward to […]

Saul Wick – Nobody (2021)

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Comedy

Friday Film Club: Jojo Rabbit (2019) & Better Days (2019)

Hi folks and welcome to the The Friday Film Club where both myself and Elwood will be highlighting a film which we feel is worth checking out. At the same time we would love to hear your own selections whether you’re choosing to just name them in the comments section or join us in arguing […]

Friday Film Club: Jojo Rabbit (2019) & Better Days (2019)
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Biography

The MIDNIGHT express (1978)

This movie most probably the most irritating movie in history for my nation. The movie, midnight Express is 1978 drama film based on Bill Hayes’s non-fictional book released in 1977, directed by Alan Parker and written by Oliver Stone who wrote the screenplay of this movie after he came back from Vietnam.  The movie tells […]

The mIDNIGHT express

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Crime

Becker: Sea of Love (1989)

When Sea of Love was released in 1989 Al Pacino hadn’t been in a film for four years – the longest gap in his career to date. His last film, Revolution, had also been a box-office bomb, meaning the American public hadn’t seen him in a prestigious role since Scarface in 1983. That makes Sea […]

Becker: Sea of Love (1989)

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Action

Friday Film Club: Baby Driver (2017) & Tramps (2016)

Hi folks and welcome to the The Friday Film Club where both myself and Elwood will be highlighting a film which we feel is worth checking out. At the same time we would love to hear your own selections whether you’re choosing to just name them in the comments section or join us in arguing […]

Friday Film Club: Baby Driver (2017) & Tramps (2016)
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Action

REVIEW: “Vanquish” (2021)

A cool idea can go a long way in making a good movie. But rarely is a movie good solely because of a cool idea. That speaks to the biggest problem with “Vanquish”, the new crime thriller directed and co-written by George Gallo. The movie’s snappy premise is action movie junk food, the perfect scenario […]

REVIEW: “Vanquish” (2021)
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Action

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Offical Teaser Trailer

Reynolds, Jackson, and Hayek are back for another crazy adventure as Lionsgate released the official teaser trailer for the upcoming sequel Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. View trailer below. The world’s most lethal odd couple – bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) and hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) – are back on another life-threatening mission. Still unlicensed […]

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Offical Teaser Trailer
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Crime

First Glance: “The Woman in the Window”

It took a while, but the long-delayed psychological thriller “The Woman in the Window” is finally set to see the light of day. Originally owned by 20th Century Fox, the rights then went to Disney following their acquisition of Fox. Now Netflix is set to release the film next month. It’s directed by Joe Wright […]

First Glance: “The Woman in the Window”

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Amazon Prime

Carnival Row

 Amazon Prime          Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne   Jarred Harris   Suspense, Fantasy, Drama A serial killer is loose in Carnival Row, and the government turns a blind eye (as always) to lower class citizens. The human Rycroft Philostrate (bloom) is a detective or P.I. looking into the deaths of some fae […]

Carnival Row
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Action

Spanish Netflix Series “Sky Rojo” Will Return for Season 2 in July

After its release just 10 days ago, Netflix has announced that their female-led action series “Sky Rojo” will return for its second season on July 23rd. The series is from the Spanish award-winning producer and writer Alex Pina, the creative mind behind the most watched non-English show on Netflix, “La Casa de Papel” (“Money Heist”) […]

Spanish Netflix Series “Sky Rojo” Will Return for Season 2 in July
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Crime

Breaking Bad (2008-2013)

There is no doubt that Breaking Bad is genius. It shows how “the impossible”—like the notion that an innocent, deferential science teacher could transform into an evil, mass-murdering, money-laundering meth kingpin within a couple of years—becomes “possible.” And, even more strikingly, the dichotomy between lead character Walter White and his sidekick Jesse Pinkman is brilliant. […]

Breaking Bad (2008-2013)
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Crime

Movie Review:China’s Oscar contender “Better Days”

“Better Days” is a searing indictment of bullying culture and China’s insanely intense college admissions system, all tucked into a sadly compelling romantic thriller. The added-attention of an Oscar nomination gives a welcome boost to a movie much of the world missed in late 2019, but one well worth enduring and embracing. “Enduring” because Derek […]

Movie Review: Bullying as a romantic thriller — China’s Oscar contender “Better Days”
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Crime

SXSW 2021: “The Criminals”

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 4 out of 5. In a very strict culture, two people who love each other must get married first before they are allowed to get close to each other. If intimacy occurs before marriage, it can be punishable with something as harsh as a death sentence. Nazli and Emre, escaping their homes, hope […]

SXSW 2021: “The Criminals”
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Crime

Robbing Banks with PTSD – Cherry (2021)

Not everyone’s going to have an easy life. So this is about a young man (Tom Holland). He goes from college dropout to Army medic, and he serves two years in the Iraq war. He has PTSD when he returns home, which leads to drug addiction. This is an expensive habit to maintain, so he […]

Robbing Banks with PTSD – Cherry (2021)
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