Tag Archives: crime

Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

“I knew it in my heart. You can buck the system but you can’t buck the dark forces that lie hidden beneath the surface. The ones some people call superstitions.” I drove up to Louisville back in November to see The … Continue reading

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L.A. Confidential (1997)

“Go back to Jersey, sonny. This is the City of the Angels, and you haven’t got any wings.” Good crime movies are a well-oiled machine. The complexity lies in the screenplay, a careful puppet show where strings are pulled left … Continue reading

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Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)

“I’m so fuckin’ mad I can’t see straight. And they’re just daring me to kill again.” I could watch documentaries for days on end, and Netflix seems to have taken to the real crime drama with its selections, likely following … Continue reading

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Batman (1989)

“Can somebody tell me what kind of a world we live in, where a man dressed up as a *bat* gets all of my press? This town needs an enema!” Maybe I decided to write about Batman so I could soapbox about … Continue reading

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Fargo (1996)

“There’s more to life than a little money, you know. Don’tcha know that?” When you watch a lot of Coen brothers movies, it’s easy to spot the patterns. “A regular person gets wrapped up in the world of crime” seems … Continue reading

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The Thin Blue Line (1988)

“Any prosecutor can convict a guilty man. It takes a great prosecutor to convict an innocent man.” Wrongful conviction has always been a fascinating topic for me. If you’ve got injustice in the system, even if it’s just reasonable doubt, … Continue reading

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On the Waterfront (1954)

“Hey, you wanna hear my philosophy of life? Do it to him before he does it to you.” I spoke of my adoration for Dustin Hoffman last week, viewing him as a prominent cultural figure of his generation. Marlon Brando … Continue reading

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