STREET KINGS

11/4/2013

 
Have you ever started watching a DVD and wonder: how the heck did this get in my queue? Halfway through this disaster I realized why: James Ellroy wrote it. Street Kings is no L.A Confidential (or Training Day.)
 

TRANCE

8/21/2013

 
Danny Boyle directed, violent, nasty dark, psychological thriller vehicle for Rosario Dawson, who is amazing; co-starring James McAvoy and my favorite badassmofo Vincent Cassel: yes.


 
 
Film Noir, adaptation of a Cornell Woolrich novel, 81 minutes tight, great drunken flashback montage: yes!
 

KILLING ME SOFTLY

7/29/2013

 

So many things wrong with this film, it's not even worth the time to complain. The last 60 seconds are the entertaining...

 
 
Violent, Showtime, family / gangster / political drama, set in Providence, Rhode Island, which lasted three seasons. The writing, acting, characters and performances: outstanding. Loved it. 
 

OUTRAGE (2010)

3/18/2012

 
"Beat" Takeshi Kitano returns to hardcore yakuza action: lots of violence and brutality. Not a great film but worth it if you love his messed-up face, gangsters and imaginative murders.
 
 
Violent, French, and only 76 minutes! Hollywood will remake someday.
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Director Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, Yankee Doodle Dandy) faithfully interprets Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not with John Garfield as a struggling vet skipper and family man, his mistress Patricia Neal, and a ruthless band of criminals. Great movie. One of Garfield's (an original Bad Ass Mofo) last screen performance.
 

LA SCORTA (1993)

8/25/2011

 
Ennio Morricone scored this low key Italian police procedural. Bodyguard cops protect a magistrate from La Cosa Nostra and political corruption. Way cool locations, not too violent.
 
 
As Josef von Sternberg had Marlene Dietrich, Yimou Zhang had Gong Li. This film has it all; story with depth, beauty, 1930's Shanghai gangsters, great performances. If you're unfamiliar with the work of Yimou Zhang Shanghai Triad is a great place to start!

Official Site: http://www.sonypictures.com/classics/shanghai/index.html