Saturday, April 16, 2011
A Fistful of Crimes! (Matt's Picks)
As Crime Week looks to be expanding into Crime Fortnight, my list of a few of my favorite crimes.
5. The Killing of Jenny Wilson (The Limey): “You tell him I’m coming. Tell him I’m f*%#ing coming!” Old Man Wilson may not know much about life in the States. But he knows a lot about ending it. And his daughter’s murder is just what he needs to find a little focus now that he’s out of the clink.
4. The Disappearance of Johnny Favourite (Angel Heart): For Harry Angel, the search for a missing singer will bring him face to face with some nasty characters (the nastiest, really), a lot of chickens, and a part of himself he’d rather not know. “Who is the boooooy?!”
3. The Cover-up (Fatherland): Evil has triumphed, because good men did nothing. In an alternate 1960s, Germany rules Europe and is about to make peace with America. But one SS officer along with a visiting American reporter, won’t let a murder go unsolved, and begin to unravel a terrible secret. One of the greatest crimes in human history has been swept under the rug. The murder of millions of Germans has been lost to rumor and vague memory. And people who knew, but didn’t know want nothing more than to forget. And those who were behind it, and involved in it, will stop at nothing to keep the secret.
2. Stealing Chev’s Heart (Crank 2): Sure, he fell out of a helicopter. Sure, he seemed pretty dead. But he wasn’t done with that heart, and those organleggers should have kept their mitts off. When Chev Chelios wakes up wired to a nearly spent battery keeping a fake pumper pumping, you can bet he’s gonna rip the city up until he gets his own back (his doctor is reasonably sure he can put it back in).
1. Thomas Crown Returns the Painting (TheThomas Crown Affair): The climax of this fun caper film features one of my favorite Nina Simone songs, and inspiration from Rene Magritte, my favorite surrealist painter.