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Cinequest: GOLDSTONE

The Australian crime drama Goldstone is writer-director Ivan Sen’s sequel of sorts to the 2014 Cinequest film Mystery Road. Both films feature Sen’s wholly original protagonist Detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pederson), an indigenous police investigator who must face racist locals … Continue reading

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VIOLENT SATURDAY: desert noir in De Luxe color

Richard Fleischer is one of my favorite directors, but I was unfamiliar with his Violent Saturday (1955) until the Czar of Noir Eddie Muller programmed it for the 2017 Noir City film festival.  Unusual for 1950s noir, it’s filmed in … Continue reading

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THE SICILIAN CLAN: Gabin, Delon and Ventura

The 1969 French neo-noir The Sicilian Clan is an exemplar of noir’s Perfect Crime sub-genre – they’re going to get away with the elaborately planned big heist EXCEPT FOR ONE THING.  In this case, the one thing is Sicilian macho … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: HELL OR HIGH WATER – you won’t see a better movie in 2016

For the second straight week, my DVD/Stream recommendation is the superb Hell or High Water. Toby: “You’re talkin’ like you don’t think we’re going to get away with it.” Tanner: “I never met anyone who got away with anything.” The … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: HELL OR HIGH WATER – you won’t see a better movie in 2016

Toby: “You’re talkin’ like you don’t think we’re going to get away with it.” Tanner: “I never met anyone who got away with anything.” The character-driven crime drama Hell or High Water is remarkably atmospheric and gripping, and I have … Continue reading

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HELL OR HIGH WATER: best movie of the year so far

Toby: “You’re talkin’ like you don’t think we’re going to get away with it.” Tanner: “I never met anyone who got away with anything.” The character-driven crime drama Hell or High Water is remarkably atmospheric and gripping, and I’ll be … Continue reading

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THE LINEUP: cool killer, volcanic killer, careening thru San Francisco

The 1958 film noir The Lineup plays this Saturday, July 30, on Turner Classic Movies. The villains and the final chase scene are unforgettable, as are the movie’s iconic San Francisco locations.  It’s one of my Overlooked Noirs. Two gangsters … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES – see the real Oscar winner before the Hollywood version

The superb The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) won the 2010 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Picture. The Hollywood remake is coming out this weekend, but you should first see the original. The Secret in Their … Continue reading

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BLACK MASS: psychopathy and ambition is a nasty combination

The excellent crime drama Black Mass tells the true life story of how gangster James “Whitey” Bulger built his Boston Irish gang into a major crime empire under the protection of the FBI.  As if we needed an illustrative example, … Continue reading

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SICARIO: a dirty war against the narcos

In the dark crime thriller Sicario, Emily Blunt plays a fierce and skilled FBI SWAT team leader. She’s battling Mexican narcos in Phoenix when her superiors give her the chance to “volunteer” for a mysterious anti-narco detachment with a cheerfully … Continue reading

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