Category Archives: Crime

Drive review

Directed by Nicolas Winding RefnWritten by Hossien Amini from a book by James SallisI was so ready for this movie for a bunch of reasons. 1) Ryan Gosling is the King of Hollywood right now. He can do whatever he wants, get any movie made by showing an interest, and he's shown that he either…Read More

The Mechanic (2011), The Mechanic (1972) reviews

(2011) Directed by Simon WestWritten by Richard Wenk and Lewis John Carlino(1972) Directed by Michael WinnerWritten by Lewis John CarlinoBoth now on DVD For fans of action movies, watching these two workman-like examples of the genre is a great lesson in how much they've changed in the past 40 years.These days we expect our action…Read More

Another look at The Killer Inside Me

I love seeing a provocative movie every once in awhile, one that takes me by surprise,one that shakes me out of any possibility that I might be watching it for escapist reasons.The Killer Inside Me was one of those movies. I reviewed it on DVD last year, you can findmy thoughts here. I found justification…Read More

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps review

Directed by Oliver StoneWritten by Allan Loeb and Stephen Schiff, based oncharacters by Stone and Stanley WeiserOn DVDAbout 40 minutes into Oliver Stone’s revisiting of his 80s screed on the dangers and allure of big money, the sequel to Wall Street feels just a little, I dunno, drab? It’s hard to put your finger on…Read More

The Secret in Their Eyes review

Directed by Juan Jose CampanellaWritten by Campanella and Eduardo Sacheri from Sacheri's novel  La Pregunta de Sus OjosNow on DVD.  Buenos Aires 1974: Benjamin Esposito (Ricardo Darin) is a federal agent assigned to a murder case. A 23-year-old woman, a recent bride, is raped and murdered in her home. Esposito, with the help of his…Read More

The Killer Inside Me review

Coming out of Sundance this year, The Killer Inside Me caused quite a commotion. An audience member called out director Michael Winterbottom, calling the film "just horrible" for its depiction of brutal violence, especially towards the two lead female characters in the picture.Director Winterbottom is one of the most versatile and interesting filmmakers working today.…Read More