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The Fortune

Turning up on Amazon Prime’s streaming service like a lost sock, Mike Nichols’ forgotten comedy is a star-powered throwback to the screwball comedy era, top-lined by Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty. Comedy and period revivals were a big deal in the 70’s, from What’s Up Doc? To The Sting, but The Fortune, despite an illustrious […]

The Fortune
Comedy

Is The King of Comedy Scorsese’s Best Film? No – It’s Simply The Best Film

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 9 out of 10. Oh – hello there. The following tale of celebrity fetishisation and psychotic delusions is true. And by true, I mean false. Welcome, to The King of Comedy. I’d just like to make this clear: I love this film. And by love, I do not mean hate. In every sense […]

Is The King of Comedy Scorsese’s Best Film? No – It’s Simply The Best Film
Crime

Classic Film Review: Hoffman’s at his toughest doing “Straight Time” (1978)

Looking back, I think that two movies shaped and/or reinforced my views on “the criminal mind,” the folks who rob, cheat, vandalize and threaten as if they were born to it. “Donnie Brasco” (1998) set in stone my hunch that what Deep Throat said about the Watergate Burglars and the GOP leadership holds true for […]

Classic Film Review: Hoffman’s at his toughest doing “Straight Time” (1978)
Crime

Classic Film Review: “The Defiant Ones” (1958) hold up a lot better than expected

Some films achieve “classic” status and even become pop culture shorthand, but eventually find themselves dismissed as overly-earnest, “of its time,” or even “self-parody.” More than one Stanley Kramer production of the ’50s on into the ’70s has suffered that fate. A self-conscious/socially-conscious filmmaker, it’s hard to think of anybody in the modern cinema that […]

Classic Film Review: “The Defiant Ones” (1958) hold up a lot better than expected
Comedy

Otobüs (1974) İnceleme

Tunç Okan’ın zamanında anlatmak istediğini hafif abartı mizahla hafif de gerçekçilikle işleyen aşırı nadide bir filmi. Batı ve Türkiye karşılaştırması anlamında modernizme dokunan eleştirisini İsveç’e kaçak yollarla giden Anadolu insanımız ile aktarıyor. Yapım yılına bakıldığında dönemi aşırı iyi yansıttığı söylenebilir. Bazı yerlerde abartı veya aşırıya kaçılmış gösterimler olsa bile Anadolu’dan gelmiş birinin gözünden düşünüldüğünde o […]

Otobüs (1974) İnceleme
Crime

Piccadilly (1929)

Piccadilly (1929) is a silent movie based on the glamorous world of a London revue bar and the entangled relationships behind its inner workings with spurned love, rivalry and jealousy that results in murder. This is a newly restored High Definition deluxe edition complete with an array of video extras now available on Blu Ray […]

Piccadilly (1929)
Biography

“Georgetown” (2021)

Christoph Waltz stars in and makes his directorial debut with “Georgetown”, a too-crazy-to-be-true crime drama that’s actually based on an true story. Well, sort of. The film is written by screenwriter David Auburn and is taken from a 2012 New York Times Magazine article by Franklin Foer titled “The Worst Marriage in Georgetown”. I haven’t […]

REVIEW: “Georgetown” (2021)
Crime

Klute: Character Study Or Detective Thriller?

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 8 out of 10. Klute was the first of the Pakula paranoid trilogy – The Parallax View came three years later, and All The Presidents Men five. So why have I done it in this perverse order? I’ll be asking the questions, young padawan! Really, it should be called Bree (Jane Fonda), because […]

Klute: Character Study Or Detective Thriller?
Crime

Moreish Mare of Easttown Proves You Can Have Too Much Of A Good Thing

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 7 out of 10. Well, this show has been all the rave recently, and in my typical fashion, I went into this one hoping that I’d be able to go against the tide and rip Mare of Easttown to pieces. Unfortunately, I won’t be doing that, but it’s not exactly a laudation either… […]

Moreish Mare of Easttown Proves You Can Have Too Much Of A Good Thing
Crime

Prisoners

Keller’s daughter goes missing and when he soon realises that the police are taking longer than he thought, he decides to take things into his own hands by going out to find his daughter’s kidnapper himself. However, his mental health begins to decline and so he starts doing things he will soon regret leading him […]

Prisoners – MOVIE REVIEW
Action

“The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard”

Pity the fools who can’t appreciate the magnificent mayhem of “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard,” the screaming, bustierre-busting glories of Salma Unleashed. Whatever middling “charms” the carnage-packed caper “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” wrung out of pairing up Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson in 2017, casting Salma Hayek seriously ups the comic ante in this slaughterhouse of […]

Movie Review: “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard”
Crime

How Mindhunter Makes Conversation More Frightening Than Blood

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 8.5 out of 10. I know I’ve been on a bit of a ’70s run recently, with the likes of The Long Goodbye, The French Connection, The Parallax View and Marathon Man, so I thought this would be a nice change of gear with recent Netflix series Mindhunter. But, ah ha! I’ve fooled […]

How Mindhunter Makes Conversation More Frightening Than Blood
Comedy

Movie Review: “The Columnist”

Ok, who hasn’t dreamed dark thoughts about some social media troll who’s made disgusting, cruel or hateful comments about something you’ve said, shared or posted? No one, right? There’s something very satisfying about the thought that some thinks-he-or-she-is-anonymous online troll realizing, with shock, that they aren’t protected from their ugly, sometimes violent opinions by “anonymity” […]

Movie Review: “The Columnist” has a REAL problem with hate mail
Action

The Awesome Bleakness Of The French Connection

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 8.5 out of 10. This happens to be a great film, yet also an action film, yet also with a deep, dark message. How? In the modern age, it’s sad that all of those are basically exclusive from one another. But, back in the early seventies, The French Connection was just about ready […]

The Awesome Bleakness Of The French Connection
Comedy

Review: “Cruella”

Something really strange happened to me while I was watching “Cruella,” the latest animation to live action Disney prequel/remake. Disappointed by Disney’s recent installments in their series of nostalgia cash grabs and not impressed with the trailers for this one, I was fully prepared for “Cruella” to not be a good time. But less than […]

Review: “Cruella”
Crime

The Woman in the Window (2021)

Director – Joe Wright (Atonement) Cast – Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Wyatt Russell, Gary Oldman, Fred Hechinger, Anthony Mackie, Jennifer Jason Leigh Plot – Agoraphobic New Yorker Anna Fox (Adams) lives a secluded life stuck in her apartment afraid to venture out into the outside world but […]

Film Review – The Woman in the Window (2021)
Crime

REVIEW: “The Dry” (2021)

It’s great seeing Eric Bana not just getting a leading role, but getting a really meaty one in a movie that lets him show why he’s such an underrated actor. “The Dry”, an Australian thriller from director Robert Connolly, marks Bana’s first feature film appearance since 2017. Written by Connolly and Harry Cripps, it’s an […]

REVIEW: “The Dry” (2021)
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
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)”
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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