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PeterFoy
October 2 2017

Top 10 Crime Films of the 21st Century

What is it that makes for a great crime film? Is a movie a crime film simply because it deals with illicit characters? In that case, couldn’t a lot of political films be classified as such?...
PeterFoy
September 11 2017

Review: Good Time (2017)

Making a crime thriller set in contemporary New York is tricky these days for one principal reason: there isn’t that much crime there anymore. In the 44 years since Martin Scorsese released...
AngieBarry
May 1 2017

Under the Radar: Stranger than Fiction (2006)

Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) is hearing voices. Well, a voice. A middle-aged British woman's voice, to be exact. She's narrating everything he thinks, everything he feels, everything...
PeterFoy
March 23 2017

Review: Personal Shopper (2017)

It’s rational to think that one hasn’t fully matured as a human until they’ve come to understand death. No matter how much one has been told about the taxing toll of losing a...
PeterFoy
March 20 2017

Review: Raw (2017)

When your debut feature film receives attention for containing materials that causes audience members to faint, one must wonder what that says about your capabilities as an artist/provocateur....
BrianGreene
March 13 2017

Review: The Love Witch (2016)

One sign of a worthwhile film is that it can be experienced on different levels. This is the case with The Love Witch, the sexy horror-thriller movie that was released in late 2016 and is still...
PeterFoy
March 6 2017

Review: Get Out (2017)

Social thrillers are hard to pull off. While, sure, there have been numerous genre films that have managed to satisfy as entertainment while still being potent allegory, there are exceedingly more...
JoeBrosnan
February 24 2017

Carnage Count: Ranking 2017’s Best Picture Nominees

It’s hard to believe that this is my fourth time writing this article. What started out as merely a brainstorming joke has turned into my favorite singular piece of writing I do each year....
PeterFoy
February 13 2017

The Player: Why Robert Altman’s Hollywood Satire Is an Even Better Film 25 Years Later

Screenplay writers hate Hollywood! It really is as simple as that. There's a good chance you would too if you had to go through all the studio bullshit (i.e., studio rewrites, budget cuts,...
CrimeHQ
January 16 2017

Trailer: John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

John Wick is back, and it looks like he’s about kill a lot of people. Keanu Reeves returns as legendary hitman John Wick, who is forced back out of retirement when a former associate plots...
CrimeHQ
January 9 2017

Trailer: The Girl with all the Gifts (2017)

The Girl with all the Gifts is set in a dystopian world where a fungal spore has infected most of the world’s population, causing the infected to lose their mental functions and feed on human...
CrimeHQ
December 29 2016

Best Movies of 2016

2016 returned another year of mostly superhero movies and remakes, but there were definitely some gems along the way. Check out our top picks for best movies of 2016:  [See what movies...
AngieBarry
December 23 2016

The Cautionary Tale of Gremlins

Each year there's some new, hot thing every kid wants and every parent is desperate to get. Cabbage Patch Dolls. Tickle Me Elmo. This year, it's some bizarre Tamagotchi/Furby hybrid called...
AngieBarry
December 21 2016

Under the Radar: Movies You May Have Missed—The Ref (1994)

As the poet once said: it's a hard knock life. For Gus (Denis Leary), Christmas is an especially trying time. His latest job is a bust. He's had a nasty run-in with a rather toothy...
BrianGreene
December 15 2016

Another Kind of Christmas Movie: Lady in the Lake (1947)

It’s a long stretch to call Lady in the Lake—the dark suspense film from 1947 that Robert Montgomery directed and starred in—a Christmas movie. But, you know, I’m not much...
BrianGreene
December 13 2016

Revisiting The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Criterion Collection’s new Blu-Ray edition of the 1950 film noir title The Asphalt Jungle gives me a prompt to write about what I (and many others) consider to be one of the greatest crime/suspense...
PeterFoy
December 8 2016

Point Blank (1967): The Only Neo-Noir that Matters

I’ve been a consumer of countless crime fiction novels, films, and television for most of my life now—from eras ranging from Raymond Chandler to Elmore Leonard to Dennis Lehane—yet...
PeterFoy
December 5 2016

Review: Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Nocturnal Animals opens with a credits sequence that may very well go down as the most visceral and unexpected of the year. It’s a sequence that showcases obese naked women dancing and performing...
AngieBarry
November 18 2016

Passionate About Pulp: Revisiting The Phantom (1996)

THE SUBGENRE: Comic adaptation/supernatural adventure. THE HERO: Kit Walker, aka jungle hero The Phantom. THE VILLAIN: Megalomaniac businessman Xander Drax. THE SETTING: 1939 NYC and...
CrimeHQ
November 14 2016

Watch the Theatrical Trailer for Ben Affleck’s Live by Night

Batman takes a step back from fighting crime to participate in it, as Ben Affleck directs and stars in the dramatic crime thriller Live by Night. Adapted from the award-winning bestseller by Dennis...
girlygirl415
November 7 2016

Page to Screen: One Shot by Lee Childs and Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher is the star of 21 novels and several short stories written by Lee Child. He is a leading man like no other. He’s not well groomed, well dressed, or popular. He wears the same clothes...
A3Writer
November 3 2016

Demons Within: Exploring the Mythology of Angels & Demons

Angels are quickly and visibly present in Angels & Demons through the use of statues, but the demons are much more subtle. The first clue is not in the film, but is present on the cover of...
A3Writer
November 2 2016

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary: Exploring the Mythology Behind The DaVinci Code

With the final film in the Robert Langdon trilogy, Inferno, hitting theaters recently, we thought it'd be apt to explore the history and mythology of a series so steeped in it. Over the course...
AngieBarry
October 31 2016

The Adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe: The Good, the Bad, and the Appalling

Poor Edgar.  While he enjoyed a modicum of critical success in his lifetime, he died at the age of forty, penniless and under mysterious, still unsolved circumstances. He was orphaned...
AngieBarry
October 28 2016

Bruce Campbell: King of B-Movies

You may know him as “that guy with the chainsaw for a hand,” or “the aging Elvis who fights a mummy in a retirement home,” or “the hammy actor with a killer chin.” Or...
PeterFoy
October 27 2016

Don’t Look Now: The Best Horror Film You’ve Never Seen

When mainstream publications make best-of lists pertaining to horror films, there are always a number of mainstays you can expect to see in the perceived top ten. These films include The Shining,...
CrimeHQ
October 25 2016

Which Slasher Film Killer Are You?

Slasher films have created some of the world's most recognizable monsters. From Michael Myers to Jason Voorhees, these monsters were especially scary because, unlike Godzilla or other creature feature...
ThomasPluck
September 12 2016

Review: Hell or High Water (2016)

I wouldn’t say there’s been a dearth of good crime films lately; we haven’t had a renaissance, but we have gotten some good ones. It’s not a genre that is considered a genre—crime...
BrianGreene
July 21 2016

10 Essential Giallo Films

There are a few very general things in common between Italian giallo films and the pinky violence cinematic fare from Japan that I overviewed in a recent post. See also: Pinky Violence Both...
DaveRichards
July 18 2016

Have Mercy: Never Too Young to Die (1986)

Let’s travel back in time to 1986—a magical time when blockbuster, over-the-top action movies ruled American cinema. That year saw the release of a number of big action movies, including...