Crime

Fabián Bielinsky – Nueve Reinas AKA Nine Queens (2000)

Synopsis:
Early one morning, Marcos observes Juan successfully pulling off a bill-changing scam on a cashier, and then getting caught as he attempts to pull the same trick on the next shift. Marcos steps in, claiming to be a policeman, and drags Juan out of the store. Once they are back on the street, Marcos reveals himself to be a fellow swindler with a game of much higher stakes in mind, and he invites Juan to be his partner in crime. A once-in-a-lifetime scheme seemingly falls into their laps – an old-time con man enlists them to sell a forged set of extremely valuable rare stamps, The Nine Queens. The tricky negotiations that ensue bring into the picture a cast of suspicious characters, including Marcos’ sister Valeria, their younger brother Federico and a slew of thieves, conmen and pickpockets. As the deceptions mount, it becomes more and more difficult to figure out who is conning whom. Read More »

Shigehiro Ozawa – Tosei-nin retsuden AKA Yakuza’s Tale (1969)

Synopsis
A yakuza member embarks on a trail of revenge for his murdered boss. Senzo, the successor of the Mita Family, searches for the man bearing a tattoo of a dragon who is said to be responsible for the death of their former leader. – Letterboxd Read More »

Carl Colpaert – Delusion (1991)

Brief Synopsis:
On the road from Southern California to Nevada, an embezzler crosses paths with a hired killer and his enigmatic moll….

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In this fast-paced, noirish road movie, a computer expert embezzles half a million dollars and races off to Reno to start anew. Unfortunately, en route, he picks up a pair of hitchers and ends up entangled with a crazed couple who commandeer his car and leave him alone in the desert to die. As soon as he can, he hits the road to get revenge and to find his money before they do. — Sandra Brennan Read More »

Raoul Ruiz – Shattered Image (1998)

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Written adroitly by Duane Pool, “Shattered Image” has one of those stories about which it is all but impossible to say anything with any degree of certainty. It does seem clear that Parillaud’s Jessie and Baldwin’s Brian are an exceptionally attractive Seattle couple honeymooning at a posh Jamaican resort and that Jessie is deeply disturbed. She apparently has endured a rape and its trauma has been compounded by the death of her wealthy father. She has vivid dreams in which she sees herself as an ultra-cool hired assassin–and her latest assignment is to knock off none other than Brian or a man who is his twin. As for Brian, is he the solicitous husband he seems to be? Or is it the cold-blooded assassin who is real, and Jessie but a figment of her dreams? Read More »

Teruo Ishii – Narazu-mono (1964)

Intrigue and mystery surround a cold-hearted assassin who must keep one step ahead of the Hong Kong police as he tries to find out who framed him for the murder of a woman and set him up as the fall guy in a complicated drug scheme. Starring Takakura Ken as Nanjo the assassin and directed by the critically acclaimed Ishii Teruo, this is a journey into the dark underside of Asia’s most exciting city. Will Nanjo be able to find the solution and exact revenge for the terrible situation he finds himself in? Read More »

Louis Feuillade – Barrabas (1919)

Rudolph Strelitz, known as ‘Barrabas’, is the brutal leader of an underground gang who causes mayhe m and destruction to the lives of civilized people. A lawyer, Claude Varèse, is strongly determined to bring Strelitz to justice for the purpose of revenge, after his father was wrongly guillotined for the murder of Laure d’Hérigny, a mistress of a missing American millionaire. Later Claude Varèse’s sister, Françoise, is then abducted by the evil Dr Lucius, one of Barrabas’ henchmen. Read More »

Leslie Stevens – Private Property (1960)

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Duke and Boots, two young thugs, hold up a California gas-station owner. Duke, viral and savage, taunts the slower and psychologically-confused Boots because he has never made a sexual conquest. Duke offers to seduce a woman for Boots and the pair force a passing motorist to pursue a sports car driven by Ann Carlyle, the lustful wife of a insurance-company executive who has some desires of her own not being met by her husband. Read More »