Category Archives: 80s American crime films

Chiefs

I’d never heard of Chiefs, a three part 1983 US television series, until recently. But a recommendation from Overland Magazine deputy editor Jacinda Woodhead got me interested. Her pitch, which wasn’t too far off the mark, was that it has … Continue reading

M Emmet Walsh and Blood Simple

“Well Ma’am if I see him, I’ll sure give him the message.”  The late Roger Ebert called it the “Stanton-Walsh Rule”. Any movie “featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M.Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can’t be altogether bad”. I’ve … 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

Wallace Stroby on the best 5 crime films you’ve never seen

Today I’m honoured to have New York crime writer Wallace Stroby guest post on his top 5 crime films you’ve never seen.  For those of your not familiar with Wallace’s work, he is the author of five hardboiled works of … Continue reading

Hunger and other films about doing time

I haven’t spent a lot of time in prisons and don’t want to. But I won’t deny they make tremendous story settings. This was brought home to me again over the weekend after watching Hunger, Steve McQueen’s 2008 depiction of … Continue reading