Movies Posts Tagged as 'Crime Drama'
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Satan Met A Lady (1936)
They hired accomplished actors to line read with little expression except snide, stupid or cute. The characters are comic strip flat. 04-Dec-2019
Irishman, The (2019)
The film punched a hole in the walls I had built being a mobster's kid which I only recently realized. It deftly displayed the inner workings of what my father's life was as opposed to how I experienced it.
The more the legends stripped to the third layer the more astonishing the outcome. Pacino roared, DeNiro resolved, Pesci divested, Romano rattled, Maniscalco (pants daddy) plundered and Jim Norton was uncanny. The women were prescribed little voice yet supplied haunting images.
Scorcese realized the gangster of today and allowed him to pay for his regrets. 28-Nov-2019
Old feeble men playing dress up. The intensity of the work is evident as is the three hour sacrifice to honor the best of it but most of it is unwarranted. The pros are welcome faces and the force is evident. I'm halfway in and I want to record my experience in parts. The history is concentrated and the genre is foolproof. While I've had highs with many of these men, it feels like they never moved forward or learned from their mistakes. Where's the now gangster? Scorcese masters the downfall of every criminal hero he builds yet the audience always ends up glorifying him. 27-Nov-2019
Black KKKlansman (2018)
In order to be entertained by a Spike Lee movie, you must see it to the end.
The beginning stacks so much hate that it begins to feel uncomfortable especially when our current sensibilities are asserted. I felt like the movie was about switching roles which is not equality but subjugation.
John David Washington kept his Stallworth steady when he needed to grow into him. Mr. Stallworth would have been one of a kind and he would appear grateful and not establish his big dick presence (it's an attitude) so early.
Adam Driver seems alive again. He gave his quiet hero a timber.
The details I will remember are the dumbfuck ones. Somebody needed to check out Driver's dick, a cop shouldn't ever use his real name in an investigation and the black KKKlansman was basically a phone operative.
Every ending was a celebration to cheer, laugh and finally understand Lee's idea.
El Angel (2018)
The angel is a pretty boy thug serial menace. The treatment is enamored of its subject, diluting his gay tendencies and celebrating every crime as a cute inspired revolution. Lorenzo Ferro keeps the character charged and the film pulsing but the consequences for heinous are overlooked. I could smell the 70s. 24-Oct-2019
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
The quest for survival does not always entail good judgment. Melissa immerses herself in a character that is designed to grate, frustrate and devour and supplies her with a humanity we can sympathize with. We ride happily along as she eviscerates the establishment that pulled the pedestal from under her because she wouldn't play the game. The support is top notch and the writing barks. 05-Sep-2019
It steps close to hysteria but the climb has its moments. 18-Jun-2019
Ben Is Back (2018)
A Mother's Day Celebration card. Roberts is luminous lending artistic strength to a mother's compassion and struggle to save her addicted son. Her heart is her valor. Lucas Hedges adds fatigue to the privileged son who defies the comfort his family provides. He suddenly awakes to redemption while implicating everything he cared about. 05-May-2019
Still Of The Night (1982)
Streep's femme fatale is overly conscious and uncertain. Scheider and Tandy squish brighter but cannot bail out the tepid mystery. 27-Feb-2019
A depiction of modern slavery is a tough subject not to exploit. Deon Taylor identifies the subject but can't tackle it hard enough for us to feel it. 03-Jan-2019
Foxy Brown (1974)
The material doesn't spark but a slice of home and a plenitude of attitude make up for the pinch. Grier is gorgeous disciplinarian. 16-Nov-2018
Killing Ground (2016)
All Kool-Aid, no punch. 05-Sep-2018
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
Candied environment, matching toy cars and boy tramp stampede. It doesn't get more boyly than this. 30-Aug-2018
Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
Alfred Molina suffocates in gay insecurity and Gary Oldman glides into indulgeness. The film celebrates gay life as much as it warns us about knuckling to its darkest tendencies. 23-Jun-2018
Collector, The (2009)
Schooling for psychopaths on how to execute an ugly death. It's bloody torture. 20-Jun-2018
Postman Always Rings Twice, The (1981)
Jessica is ignited, Jack is just and the story is on broil. It replaces a toxic relationship with a violent one pretending its a portrait of love. The brutality that intercedes raises a wall between the main that disallows the emotionally sequestered writ understanding of motivation. Jessica and the film's corruption keep it afloat. 18-Jun-2018