Category Archives: Crime

5150 Rue Des Ormes – 5150 Elm’s Way (2009)

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Writer: Patrick Senecal
Starring: Marc-Andre Grodin, Norman D’Amour, Sonia Vachon, Mylene St-Sauveur. Canada. 1h 50m.

This dark twisted tale is akin to an urban legend, it has an eternal feel that hazes the brutality and mystifies the psychological aspects of the film.

After photography student Yannick (Marc Grodin) falls off his bike and injures himself, he makes the terrible mistake of knocking on the door of the Beaulieu residence to tidy himself up, after hearing screaming Yannick investigates and upon finding the source, a captive man, he also find himself trapped and held hostage in the house. Over time and during his incarceration he learns more about this batchit crazy family. Continue reading 5150 Rue Des Ormes – 5150 Elm’s Way (2009)

Cherry Tree Lane (2010)

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I had watched Il’s- Them (2006) and then I watched Eden Lake (2008) so my friend Jamie suggested I also checked out Cherry Tree Lane. He promised it would be good fun and exciting, what he didn’t prepare me for was the brutal hell ride into depravity that was awaiting me.

The film starts out quite dull and boring  a family settles down for dinner, things are strained, the film has no flare at all, then about 10 minutes into the film, there is a knock at the door, three teens rush
in kicked the couple and threatening them with a knife, then make themselves at home. It seem the son of the couple owes them some money and they have come to collect, sadly junior ain’t a home so mummy and daddy will have to be the entertainment.
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The Collector (2009)

 

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Director Marcus Dunstan
Writer Marcus Dunstan / Patrick Melton
Starring  Josh Stewart, Michael Reilly Burke, Andrea Roth, Juan Fernandez, USA 1h 30m

I wasn’t sure if this was going to be a film about stamp collecting or soul collecting but it turns out to be about a psychopath with a McGuyver manual who “always takes one”, so he’s not a gifted collector huh…

Arkin O’Brien (Josh Stewart) is an ex convict who’s not making an honest living as a handyman, he’s currently doing a lot of work for the Chase family and has become attached to their daughter, he starts noticing a lot of insects around the home and eventually an exterminator is called in. On returning home, his wife gives him the terrible news that she needs a lotta money by midnight to pay off a series of loan sharks , Arkin has to don his thief cap again and decides to rob the Chase family, while attempting to crack the safe he hears someone else entering the house and screams coming from the basement, there is something very strange going on in the Chase household tonight, Mr Chase enters the room ready to attack Arkin but he’s bloody and bruised. He triggers a trap which incapacitates him and when Arkin tries to call the police the phone is bobby trapped (in a very painful way) and then he realises the windows are boarded up and also laced with a trap… Continue reading The Collector (2009)

Carandiru (2003)

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Director: Hector Babenco
Starring: Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos, Rodrigo Santoro, Wagner Moura. Brazil. 2003. 2h 27m.

It’s going to be hard to try and keep this brief as I obsess over every detail of this movie as often as I can. I remember the tragic events sprawled out in the news when i was a youngster and the defiant song from Sepultura that followed.

Bittersweet and spicy, Carandiru digs deeps into the prison system in Latin America and humanises the inmates at one of the most controversial prison riots ever. Following the induction of Dr. Drauzio Varella (Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos) and through his fresh and sincere eyes we meet a host of wasted lives, thieves, junkies, whore and hitmen, all flourishing in the this uncanny citadel. Continue reading Carandiru (2003)

99 Homes (2014)

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I have to admit that I only picked this up because of Michael Shannon, not only do I have a thing for him, he plays some very interesting characters and so without knowing anything about this, other than it’s a modern drama, I had high hopes. and it turns out that it’s actually quite a charming, distressing and an emotive film.

Spideman is having a rather hard time with the bank and the film opens with him trying to get an extension on the bank foreclosing on his home, sadly things don’t go to plan and pretty soon the police and the owner of the property are banging down the door and evicting the family, which comprises of Spider Man/Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) his mother (Laura Dern) and son. After the distress and embarrassment they are soon in a motel along with a host of other people who are in the same situation. After calling around and trying to drum up work and through a strange twist of fate Spiderman ends up working for he’s very man who kicked him out of his home Rick Carver  (Michael Shannon) and soon ends up getting twisted up in the corruption of the US housing laws. Continue reading 99 Homes (2014)

Dead Man’s Shoes (2004)

 

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When I first watched this I didn’t know what to fully expect, I knew it was going to be a British drama with some grisly scenes, but what I didn’t see coming was the full force of dark tormented film making with a stark and dangerous edge.

Paddy Constantine stars as Richard, a troubled veteran who’s returned to seek out the truth about his mentally vulnerable brother Anthony (Toby Kebbell) death, upon a little bit of investigating he soon realises that a group of low lives were befriending him in order to torment him and he soon lavishes them with his own brand of deep psychological torture and a icy revenge. Continue reading Dead Man’s Shoes (2004)

Down Terrace (2009)

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A taut drama that’s as equally raw as it is brutal. Coming from the imaginative mind of my newest all time favourite directors, Ben Wheatley, who had a number of equally cold and calculating bizarre thrillers under his belt now.

The Brighton family have recently hit a small hiccup in their operations, it seems the crime enriched clan have an informant amongst them, the news is out to the crims above them from London and they are cautioned to find out who this individual is, and the film become a very unusual blood bath. On top of all of these problems Karl’s ex girlfriend, Valda turns up pregnant, the new addition to this alka seltzer popping bunch of sociopaths isn’t as welcome in times where no one can be trusted. Continue reading Down Terrace (2009)

Legend (2015)

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I was a bit dubious about this, I adored The Krays (1990) and it will always have a special little place in my heart. I was deeply upset about the lack of artistic flare in the Rise of the Krays (2015) and bemused to find out there was going to be ANOTHER Krays film in the same year but this one I had a little bit more hope for as it has a great actor playing both brothers, now Tom Hardy is an amazing actor but can he really play both brothers? Basic answer is Yes! But it doesn’t save the movie.

So this angle with this cult gangster twins of London flick, centres more around the differences between boys and in particular Ronnie (Tom Hardy) mental health and all told from the perspective of Reggie’s (also Tom Hardy) stunning wife Frances (Emily Browning). Based on the novel Profession of Violence by John Pearson and pushes the boundaries and limitations of film making by using Tom Hardy’s mesmerizing acting skills to play both twins interactively.

Written and skillfully directed by Brian Helgeland the film is visually stunning, often seeming more like a London version of Goodfellas (1990) there is an immense degree of glitz and smooth gangers charm, sudden smacked down to earth by a trail of bloody bodies and outrageous comments from one of the twins, more than often Ronnie as he declares his sexuality in vulgar ways and isn’t afraid to vent his anger on anyone who crosses his confused path as the identical twins do their part in terrorising london during the swinging 50’s and 60’s.

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Taking the unexpected path taken by the filmmakers to have the entire film narrated by the late Frances (Browning), the wife of Reggie Kray, she committed suicide in 1967, and narrates the film from beyond the grave, her sentiments give the film a very positive and feminine feel to it but adds in curious events that are totally fabricated.

Hardy is extremely accomplished and breezes through both characters, he seems to be on a mission to play all of the British Crime Legends, his amazing arty portral of Charles Bronson in the 2008 cult flick by Nicolas Winding Refn was outstanding and again he’s hit the sweet spot, but sadly it’s all of the other junk that lets the film down, it rapidly skips from scene to scene often without much connection or explanation, it’s just myriad of experiences that loosely follow a timeline. Each scene is golden but the movie just doesn’t flow… and some great actors were totally blow off with small bit parts including David Thewlis who played the lively Krays business manager who is hardly ever heard, and the Det. Super Leonard “Nipper” Read who in charge of taking down the brothers who has a measly few scenes but is graced by Christopher Eccleston and often looked over. Alongside Hardy’s sterling performance Browning comes across as bland and fairly forgettable, and it’s shame the movie makers didn’t give her more to work with especially as her story frames the entire movie.

Despite the inaccuracy and minor flaws it’s a better second to the 1990 classic film than Rise of the Krays and is very rewatchable, with some cool hardy vs hardy fight scenes and tense drama.

Rating 7/10

R – The Krays (1990), The Rise of the Krays (2015)
L – London Gangster/Crime Films, Gangster Movies, Biographies
A – How inaccurate can you be in a film before it’s TOO much?
5B – Tom Hardy, Emily Browning
Vs – The Krays Vs Legend Vs Rise of the Krays

Blood (2012)

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This film should have been made earlier in British film history, around the time of My Name is Joe (1998) but it wasn’t and it just looks dated. Utilising the great acting abilities of Paul Bettany, Mark Strong, Brian Cox and Stephen Graham.

Paul Bettany plays a determined cop who gets a blood lust for a particular man after a girls body turns up and he suspects him of her kidnapping and murder, with the pressure from his ill ex cop father (Cox) he does something rather hot headed and spends the rest of the movie trying to cover the mistake.

It attempts to be gritty, it is definitely tense at times but doesn’t have a lot of depth, I did enjoy the film,the concept is great but it wasn’t executed in the best possible way, but at least the story is totally complete and there is a justified ending.

Cox is by far the best actor in this, the clumsy father who is dealing with Alzheimer’s or something similar, while being a little devious and also using it to mask some underhanded tactics. There is a lot of double dealings going on and brilliant family drama scenes, both in the home and out on the “island” where there are a lot of problems buried.

I can’t really work out where to place the film, it is good but I feel it could have been a lot better. Mark Strong wasn’t really used to his proper potential, Bettany was equally under used, but I did feel that the entertainment was hit and miss throughout. It has a decent level of re watch ability I think I will make up mind in the review.. coming soon.

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Rating 6/10

R – My name is joe (1998), Gangster No1 (2000),
5S – Paul Bettany, Mark Strong, Brian Cox,

The Lodger (1927)

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Day 17 of 31

lodger headerThe Lodger  – A Story of the London Fog  (Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller,  1927) (A) D: Alfred Hitchcock W: Marie Belloc Lowndes (novel) P:  C: June Tripp, Ivor Novello, Marie Ault. 1h 8m. UK.

Synopsis : A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in london.

A new style of suspense film that kicked off a long line of amazing thrillers from a sinister director. Loosely based around the horrific crimes of the notorious jack the ripper, the villain at large in this fog shrouded London is after a particular female instead, one close to the heart of the equally notorious director.

Taking all of the mystery surrounding Jack the Ripper and balling it together with a whole new list of objectives, this film doesn’t attempt to answer any questions but instead gives an insight into the paranoia that was potentially suffered by Londoners, who can you trust, especially when you’re a landlady who rents rooms to strangers and have a daughter that fits the bill of the typical victim.

the lodgerWhen a landlady (Marie Ault) and her husband (Arthur Chesney) take in a new lodger (Ivor Novello), they’re overjoyed: He’s quiet, humble and pays a month’s rent in advance. But his mysterious and suspicious behaviour soon has them wondering if he’s the killer terrorizing local blond girls. Their daughter, Daisy (June Tripp), a cocky model, is far less concerned, her attraction obvious. Her police-detective boyfriend (Malcolm Keen), in a pique of jealousy, seeks to uncover the lodger’s true identity. Continue reading The Lodger (1927)