Tag: Crime

The Connection (La French)

The Connection (La French)

| September 28, 2015

The moment that I saw the classic Gaumont logo in front of the title credits of The Connection, (La French), I knew that I was in for a treat. From its stylized, production value to its suave cast of characters, The Connection acts as a perfect companion piece to William Friedkin’s The French Connection, as […]

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American Heist

American Heist

| September 6, 2015

The problem with heist movies is that they’re so insanely difficult to do well.  It’s the structure.  It’s nearly impossible to structure a heist movie that feels believable while balancing the need for things to go wrong and create conflict, and the ultimate success of the caper not feeling too convenient despite those misteps.  One […]

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Criminal Law

Criminal Law

| July 10, 2015

Like a lot of the movies I get to review for Olive Films, I’d never heard of Criminal Law, a 1989 courtroom drama starring Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and Kevin Bacon (Apollo 13).  Also like many of the films I’ve seen through Olive, I’m really happy I […]

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Still

Still

| June 28, 2015

The biggest sin of this film is that it’s almost amazing.  Unfortunately, it’s not.  Still feels like a great short film that was expanded into a feature on a whim.  The story is difficult to summarize because it starts of clunky, tripping over itself as it moves from plot point to plot point.  Aidan Gillen […]

Rogue: Season 2

Rogue: Season 2

| May 14, 2015

I honestly had no idea Direct TV had original programming.  I don’t know if that’s a symptom of not having Direct TV or just the show’s unpopularity, but I guess it doesn’t surprise me given every media outlet has original programming these days (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime).  Even the playstation network has an original drama […]

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Daredevil: Season 1

Daredevil: Season 1

| April 11, 2015

As I’ve written about many times on this site, I’m a big fan of the ambitiously interconnected cinematic universe Marvel Studios has been building since 2008’s Iron Man.  I eagerly watch each installment of the MCU as quickly as possible, thinking about how it relates to everything else I’ve seen, and what it might set […]

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The Best Offer

The Best Offer

| April 27, 2014

It’s difficult to summarize The Best Offer because it’s impossible to see how the separate storylines are ever going to intersect.  The film centers around Virgil (Geoffrey Rush; The King’s Speech), who is an art expert and auctioneer who appraises newly discovered pieces by famous artists, verifies their authenticity, and tells the owner how much […]

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Hidden in the Woods

Hidden in the Woods

| September 17, 2013

Artsploitation Films has made a name for itself recently by releasing controversial films that other distributors are wary to touch. Their first theatrical releases, Kristina Buozyte’s Vanishing Waves and Maja Milos’s Clip, were a perfect way to introduce the film community to the Artsploitation Films style. Sharing depictions of graphic sexuality, the films otherwise couldn’t […]

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Shoot First, Die Later

Shoot First, Die Later

| June 1, 2013

If you missed this bit of news, distributor Raro Video has partnered with Kino/Lorber to release their expertly-restored rarities from the annals of Italian cinema in the United States. And what better way to kick off this partnership than with the home video release of another picture from Fernando Di Leo, whose oeuvre accounts for […]

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Pawn

Pawn

| April 23, 2013

Ok, so we have a diner filled with people and a cop who walks in for the customary pastry and cup of java. But this isn’t an ordinary diner, and the cop isn’t an ordinary cop. The cop is Oscar winnerForest Whitaker, and he thinks he knows all that is going on, but he really […]