Category Archives: 60s American crime films

The Nickel Ride

Amid the well-deserved hype around the film version of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice was this interesting list of early seventies crime films set in California and its surrounds. One of these was a little known 1974 movie, which I re-visited … Continue reading

Post traumatic noir – a note on the passing of Robert Stone

The death of US writer Robert Stone on the weekend has drawn me out of the break I planned on posting on this site over January. Stone was the author of two tremendous works of neo-noir fiction, both of which … Continue reading

Warren Oates, Gloria Grahame & other subjects for fiction anthologies

The recent release of Crime Factory’s LEE, an anthology of crime fiction inspired by the life of iconic actor Lee Marvin, has got me thinking about who else would be a good subject for similar treatment. There’s already been a … Continue reading

The heist always goes wrong, part 2: reader picks and other favourite heist movies

My recent post The heist always goes wrong – ten of the best heist movies ever made, generated some great reader feedback. The best thing about the response was that it pointed me in the direction of a number heist … Continue reading

The heist always goes wrong, part 1: ten of the best heist movies ever made

I love a good heist film. I love the genius and intricacy of their plots and the variations they come in, whether it be the all star team assembled for a job or the desperate ex-cons trying for one last … Continue reading