Tag: crime

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She Said

Friday, December 2nd, 2022 Film Reviews,

Harvey Weinstein, co-founder of film production company, Miramax, was the driving force behind a string of Hollywood hits. From his prison cell in California, where he is currently serving a 23-year sentence for sexual offences, Weinstein must have taken cold comfort from the poor box office that greeted She Said, which garnered only US $2.2 […]

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Decision to Leave

Friday, October 21st, 2022 Film Reviews,

Among Korean directors, Bong Joon-ho achieved worldwide fame when Parasitewon the Oscar for best Picture in 2019, but one should not ignore the claims of his contemporary, Park Chan-wook. At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Park won the award for Best Director, while his new film, Decision to Leave, has been selected as South Korea’s […]

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The Night of the 12th

Friday, October 14th, 2022 Film Reviews,

Never has a whodunnit been less dependent on suspense than Dominik Moll’s The Night of the 12th. At the very beginning we are told the French Criminal Investigation Department opens 800 murder investigations every year. “Some are never resolved,” we read. “This film is about one of these.” Even though we know this is the […]

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Friday, May 27th, 2022 Film Reviews,

Not for the first time I feel as if my reading habits might be working against my ability to enjoy a film-as-film. The great Belgian crime writer, Georges Simenon (1903-89), is a personal addiction. By any standards, Simenon is one of the most remarkable authors of all time. He is said to have written in […]

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To Chiara

Saturday, May 14th, 2022 Film Reviews,

Thanks to The Godfather and then The Sopranos, we’ve become accustomed to the idea that a Mafia movie can also be a family drama. Yet these are fables of wealth and power set in the United States, where money buys a good deal of respectability. Jonas Carpignano’s To Chiara looks at Italy’s criminal underworld from […]

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The Batman

Friday, March 11th, 2022 Film Reviews,

Many readers will have been introduced to Batman through that incredibly camp afternoon TV program of the late 1960s in which Adam West played Bruce Wayne (Batman), with Burt Ward as his ward, Dick Grayson (Robin). Has anybody ever heard of these two actors since? The supporting cast was more high-profile: Cesar Romero as the […]

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The House of Gucci

Friday, January 14th, 2022 Film Reviews,

Shakespeare allegedly set tragedies and comedies in Italy because the stereotype of the excitable Italian was engraven on the Elizabethan mind. One finds the same view at the end of the 18th century in the memoirs of playwright, Vittorio Alfieri, who, caught in an adulterous affair with an English woman, was astonished by the calm, […]

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The Many Saints of Newark

Thursday, November 4th, 2021 Film Reviews,

It’s said that crime doesn’t pay but movies about crime seem to do very nicely. This may be the main reason why anyone would attempt a film based on a successful TV series such as The Sopranos. When viewers have spent weeks, months, even years in the company of favourite characters, the standard two hours […]

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Friday, October 8th, 2021 Film Reviews,

Justin Kurzel may have a taste for dark, unhappy subjects, but he is a cut above most contemporary Australian directors. His first feature, Snowtown (2011), told the true story of serial killer, John Bunting, and those he drew into his orbit. It was a brutal but amazingly sophisticated debut. Ten years on, Kurzel and scriptwriter, […]

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The Dry

Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 Film Reviews,

As Australia Day looms so does another round of Australian movies. If you’re feeling patriotic you can now watch Glendyn Ivin’s Penguin Bloom, in which a disabled Naomi Watts finds new hope through a magpie. Coming soon is Stephen Johnson’s High Ground, an historical drama set in Arnhem Land, where Simon Baker treads a blood-stained […]