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Crime HQ
August 29 2014

Rosewater: Jon Stewart’s Directorial Debut

Last summer, Jon Stewart took a three month hiatus from his nightly The Daily Show gig to travel to the Middle East. The result of his hiatus is Rosewater, a film that marks his first time as director...
Crime HQ
August 28 2014

The Devil You Know: Horns Trailer

If everyone thinks you're a monster...do you become one? After the death of his girlfriend (of which he is found guilty in the eyes of the public), Ignatius “Ig” Perrish wakes up...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
August 21 2014

What Am I Bid for Johnny Depp as Charlie Mortdecai?

Much has been written, and will be written about Johnny Depp starring as Whitey Bulger in the upcoming film Black Mass. Before that, however, there’s this: Johnny Depp as “amoral art dealer”...
JakeHinkson
August 6 2014

The Movies of 1944: Phantom Lady

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of film noir’s landmark year, we’re looking at the six key noirs of 1944: Double Indemnity, Laura, Murder My Sweet, Phantom Lady, When Strangers Marry,...
JakeHinkson
August 3 2014

The Movies of 1944: Murder, My Sweet

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of film noir’s landmark year, we’re looking at the six key noirs of 1944: Double Indemnity, Laura, Murder My Sweet, Phantom Lady, When Strangers Marry,...
EdwardAGrainger
August 1 2014

Back to the Beginning: Call for the Dead by John LeCarré

“Short, fat, and of a quiet disposition, he appeared to spend a lot of money on really bad clothes, which hung about his squat frame like skin on a shrunken toad.” That tag at the start...
BrianGreene
July 31 2014

Somewhere Between French and American: Shoot the Piano Player (1960)

We know about the appreciation of, and contributions to, noir film and fiction by the French. We know that they celebrated the likes of Jim Thompson when the now-revered American noir author was...
Crime HQ
July 17 2014

“Make the World a Safer Place, Isn’t That Enough?”: A Most Wanted Man Trailer

When Philip Seymour Hoffman died in February of this year, he had several films that were either filming or in post-production. One of those films—in addition to the mega film franchise The...
Debbie.Meldrum
July 13 2014

From Page to Screen with 4:50 From Paddington: Is the Book Always Better?

I read the Agatha Christie's book version of 4:50 From Paddington way before I saw the TV-movie, directed by Martyn Friend. I was most likely in my late teens or early twenties when I read...
JoeBro33
July 10 2014

It’s Sir Ian McKellen’s Turn: Can There Be Too Much Sherlock Holmes?

This is the first official image released of Sir Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes in the upcoming film A Slight Trick of the Mind. Slated to premiere sometime in 2015, this is the first glimpse we've...
BrianGreene
July 9 2014

Moving In, Creeping Out: Roman Polankski’s The Tenant (1976)

One could reasonably expect that if a Criminal Element blogger were going to single out a Roman Polanski film for appreciation, the chosen title would be Chinatown (1974). But at the risk of committing...
MeghanSchuler
July 8 2014

The Monster is Within: A Hemlock Grove Primer

Netflix’s original series, Hemlock Grove, is back for a second season, which means another summer of the gorgeous and psychotic Roman Godfrey and Peter Rumancek and his glorious hair. If...
Debbie.Meldrum
July 2 2014

From Page to Screen with Gone Baby Gone: Is the Book Always Better?

My only previous experience with Dennis Lehane was the movie version of Mystic River, but I was impressed by the story and as a result, Gone Baby Gone rose to the top of my to-be-read pile. The...
Crime HQ
June 27 2014

“Something’s Happening Out There”: Trailer for Deliver Us from Evil (And Sweepstakes!)

Deliver Us from Evil is slated to hit theaters July 2nd, and while it may seem like just another cookie-cutter horror film designed solely for teenagers looking for an excuse to get close, there...
Crime HQ
June 18 2014

The Last Ship is the World’s Last Hope?

If you're looking for a new apocalyptic show to fill the void after The Walking Dead, then The Last Ship (based on the book of the same title by William Brinkley) might be the show for you!...
Crime HQ
June 6 2014

Take A Walk Among the Tombstones with Liam Neeson

Can “the Pride of Ballymena play a bred-in-the-bone New Yorker” like Matt Scudder in the 1992 crime novel A Walk Among the Tombstones? Scudder's creator, Lawrence Block, who points out...
EdwardAGrainger
June 3 2014

Longmire 3.01: Season Premiere “The White Warrior”

“The White Warrior” opens with Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) thundering across the dusty landscape in his SUV with Deputy Branch Connally’s bleeding body in the back en route...
Debbie.Meldrum
April 20 2014

From Page to Screen with The Thin Man: Is the Book Always Better?

The movie version of The Thin Man (1934), written by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich and directed by W.S. Van Dyke, is one of my all-time favorite movies. What’s not to love? William...
Corrina Lawson
April 7 2014

Sherlock Holmes’ Odder Fodder Part 2

With the publication of A Study in Scarlet, Arthur Conan Doyle kicked off a Sherlock Holmes phenomenon that has yet to abate. Sherlock and Elementary are just the latest in a long list of “reinventions”...
EdwardAGrainger
April 5 2014

From Henry Fonda to Jeff Bridges: A Wild West Primer

I can’t count the number of times people have said to me that they won't watch a Western because they just can’t sit through one of “those boring movies.” Not another...
Crime HQ
April 2 2014

Amazon Picks Up Michael Connelly’s Bosch

Are you a fan of Michael Connelly's Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch? Well get ready for more! After testing the waters earlier this year with a pilot episode, Amazon Prime has ordered...
AndrewNette
March 9 2014

Wake In Fright (1971): Dusty and Thirsty in the Outback

If the popularity of writers such as Donald Ray Pollock, Cormac McCarthy, Daniel Woodrell and Frank Bill is anything to go by, rural noir is a big deal in the United States. While it may not...
Crime HQ
March 4 2014

And the Award for Deadliest Movie of All-Time Goes To...

In case you missed it, last week Criminal Element took a look at this year’s Academy Awards nominees and ranked them based solely on three categories: murder, mystery, and mayhem. In researching...
JoeBro33
February 27 2014

Carnage Count: Ranking Our Best Pictures for 2014

Here at CrimeHQ, the more murder, mystery, and mayhem you can fit into your movie, the more we’ll like it. This year, nine films were nominated for Best Picture, so we've created a custom...
KateVossBlogger
February 13 2014

7 Deadly Books Hitting Screens in 2014

Immersing yourself in a good read and getting the opportunity to personally envision what the characters look like, imagine the setting and fill in the intricate details of the plot is an unmatched...
JakeHinkson
February 5 2014

The Cowboy Rides Away: Gary Cooper and The Hanging Tree (1959)

Editor's Note: This entry will kick off a new series on the Final Westerns of the great cowboy stars. First up: Gary Cooper. When The Hanging Tree appeared in movie theaters in 1959 the Western...
LyndsayFaye
January 20 2014

Sherlock Episode 3.01 “The Empty Hearse”

Once upon a time, a hero who feared losing everything—including those most dear to him, though such individuals were few and far between—died in order to bring down a criminal mastermind...
WallaceStroby
January 14 2014

The Five Best Heist Films You’ve Never Seen

You may know the classics of the heist genre—John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle, Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing, Jules Dassin’s Rififi, etc.(for an overview of the essentials, check...
EdwardAGrainger
January 5 2014

Tom Selleck: More Than Magnum, an Underappreciated Western Icon

When Western fans discuss their favorite heroes from motion pictures, I’ve noticed behind the firmly-fixed John Wayne comes Clint Eastwood (though some generations may reverse these two), followed...
JakeHinkson
December 22 2013

The Bad Old Days of 1973: Serpico at 40

Forty years ago this month, Serpico hit movie theaters. It’s important to remember the context in which the film came into the world. The sixties had long since curdled into the seventies. New...