Crime

Robert Altman – The Long Goodbye (1973)

Quote:
Director Robert Altman, famous for his ability to turn any genre inside out, takes aim at film noir with this evocative adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s novel. Altman’s Philip Marlowe (Elliott Gould) is a relatively unsuccessful private eye living and working in 1970s Los Angeles. Stepping into the shoes of the notorious detective, Gould delivers a captivating performance that is the definition of ’70s hip: he spends the entire film mumbling to himself, smoking cigarettes, and making wisecracks to everyone he encounters. This time around, Marlowe decides to investigate the supposed suicide of his friend Terry Lennox (Jim Bouton). Read More »

Joseph Kane – Hoodlum Empire (1952)

Plot:
WWII veteran and ex-gangster, Joe Gray (John Russell) is subpoenaed to testify against his uncle and current mob boss, Nick Mancini (Luther Adler). Nick must restrain Charley Pignatalli (Forrest Tucker), his violent second-in-command, from killing Joe before he his court appearance. Read More »

Lav Diaz – Batang West Side AKA West Side Avenue (2001)

A Filipino teenager (Yul Servo) is shot to death on the sidewalk of New Jersey, USA. An investigation starts into his death. His family members and friends are interviewed. Along the way, we find out not only more about him but about the community of Filipinos in America in general, including the destructive effect of the drug “shabu” on its youth. The detective who handles the case (Joel Torre) also has his own personal demons to settle with his violent past. Read More »

Francesco Rosi – Cadaveri eccellenti AKA Illustrious Corpses [24fps PAL restore] (1976)

Plot (minor spoilers):
The film starts with the murder of Investigating Judge Vargas in Palermo, amongst a climate of demonstrations, strikes and political tension between the Left and the Christian Democratic government. The subsequent investigation failing, the police assign to the case Inspector Rogas (Lino Ventura), who has firm faith in the integrity of the judiciary. While he is starting his investigation, two further judges are killed. All victims turn out to have worked together on several cases. After Rogas discovers evidence of corruption surrounding the three government officials, he is encouraged by superiors nonetheless to trail the “crazy lunatic” who is murdering the judges. Rogas seeks three men who had been wrongfully convicted by the murdered judges. He is joined by a journalist friend working for a far-left newspaper. Read More »

Nicolas Boukhrief – Gardiens de l’ordre aka Off Limits (2010)

During a patrol, Julie (Cécile De France) and Simon (Fred Testot), two police constables, injure a wealthy man who pointlessly killed their partner. This wealthy man in question turns out to be the son of a politician. This is why the two police constables are accused of brutality by the brass. Abandoned by their superiors, the two leading characters will lead an investigation on the drug that caused the politician’s son to be out of his mind. Read More »

William C. Thomas – Big Town After Dark (1947)

After replacing ace police reporter Lorelei Kilbourne (Hillary Brooke) at her uncle’s newspaper, a young gambling addict named Susan (Ann Gillis) is kidnapped and held for ransom. When Lorelei investigates the girl’s disappearance, she stumbles upon a web of dark secrets. Full of mystery, intrigue and romance, William C. Thomas’s classic crime drama co-stars Phillip Reed, Richard Travis and Vince Barnett. Read More »

Staffan Hildebrand – Stockholmsnatt (1987)

Stockholmsnatt’ is a cult film from 1987, which depicts the life of 17 year-old bad boy and figher Paolo Roberto. The movie deals with youth violence, rival gangs och peer pressure, but also family relationships och love. The story is based on Paolo’s own experiences fron the street and real incidents he’s been involved in. Read More »