Posted: Aug 22, 2010
|There have been a lot of detective and police movies over the years and here are some that I like the best. Feel free to add your and write why.|
The movie that made Jack Nicholson an A-list star.
Dark, twisted and suspenseful, masterfully directed by Polanski, and great performances from Jack, Faye Dunaway, and John Huston, the primary force of evil.
The supporting cast is well meshed into the story and adds to the quality of the film.
2. LA Confidential
Great cast, good story with enough twists and red herrings for the viewer. It is a new film noir and shows that there is redemption even in the seamy dirty shadow world of a big city.
3. The French Connection I
The story is great, the car chase a highlight,
fast paced, gritty, and the bad guy gets away even though the deal broken up by the police.
Gene Hackman plays the role well, and Alejandro Rey shines as Frog 1.
4. Basic Instinct
Murder, an unstable cop, a brilliant writer with a very dark side and insatiable sexuality, a brilliant cat and mouse game with the cop being the mouse most of the time. The ending is somewhat flawed but with all the twists and turns it is very enjoyable.
5. Silence of the Lambs
Very suspenseful, and a very different approach which succeeded. Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal is one of cinema's most unforgettable characters, and his interaction with Jodie Foster and her psyche as the crime is solved is unforgettable.
6. The Maltese Falcon
Bogart, Greenstreet, Lorre, and Astor in the adaptation of Hammett's novel is entertaining and true to the pulp detective of the 30's and 40's. Always a joy to watch.
7. Farewell, My Lovely.
The 1985 version with Robert Mitchum as Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe is an excellent portayal of a story of greed, lost love, murder, betrayal and mayhem set in 1941.
Marlowe gets lied to, beat up, drugged, threatened and shot at as he tries to find Moose Malloy's long lost Velma.
His world weary portrayal is convincing, the supporting cast well drawn and the cinematography fits the seedy corrupt world of that era's Los Angeles.
If you look carefully, you can even find Stallone in a bit part as a goon.
Posted: Aug 23, 2010
|1. HEAT (1995): Pacino vs. DeNiro! Michael Mann specializes in crime dramas and this is his masterpiece. Almost 3 hours long but never boring, with great character development. Only the murdered hooker subplot seems superfluous. Not to be confused with the awful Burt Reynolds film of the same title. |
2. BULLITT (1968): Dated but still interesting police procedural, with ultra-cool Steve McQueen battling both the mob and city hall in San Francisco. Oh, and there's that car chase....
3. TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. (1985): Director William Friedkin topped his FRENCH CONNECTION with this slick tale of a hot-headed secret service agent (William Petersen, pre-CSI) pursuing a ruthless counterfeiter (Willem Dafoe). Extremely bloody but also extremely well-made. There are no real heroes here, just varying degrees of corruption.
4. HARPER (1966): Paul Newman chews gum and cracks wise in this glossy mystery about a private eye seeking a missing L.A. millionaire. An all-star cast gives able support. The sequel (THE DROWNING POOL) ain't bad either.
5. ANGEL HEART (1987): A scuzzy Mickey Rourke encounters voodoo and the supernatural while investigating weird goings-on from Brooklyn to New Orleans. Literally "dripping" with Louisiana atmosphere!
Posted: Aug 25, 2010
Perhaps the best adaptation of a Ross MacDonald novel. If you haven't read any of the Lew Archer novels, pick up one or two at a used book store. Good stuff.
Posted: Nov 24, 2010
|1. Shaft (1971)|
The private dick who's a sex machine to all the chicks.
My first favorite cinematic action hero.
2. Blade Runner (1982)
3. Devil In A Blue Dress (1995)
Film version of the book by author Walter Mosely, and
starring Denzel Washington as private detective Ezekiel
"Easy" Rawlins, and Don Cheadle as his itchy trigger
finger sidekick "Mouse". Love that the cinematic
"Mouse" is better than the literary one.
It is 1948 in LA and Ezikeal "Easy" Rawlins, an
African-American World War II veteran, is looking for
work. At his friend's bar, he is introduced to a white
man, DeWitt Albright, who is looking for someone to
help him find a missing white woman assumed to be
hiding somewhere in LA's Black community. This
woman, Daphane Monet, happens to be the fiancée of
a wealthy "blue blood," Todd Carter, who is currently
the favorite in the city's mayoralty race. Daphane
Monet is known to frequent the Black jazz clubs in LA.
Easy, innocently, accepts Albright's offer; however, he
quickly finds himself amidst murder, crooked cops,
ruthless politicians, and brutalizing hoodlums. (Text
by Joel Schesser)
4. The Element Of Crime (1984)
'Blade Runner' meets 'Angel Heart', although it was
released three years before 'Angel Heart'.
Fisher, an ex-cop, returns to his old beat somewhere
in northern Europe after a thirteen-year hiatus in Cairo.
His former mentor and role model, author of a treatise
called "The Element of Crime", asks him to solve a
series of murders involving lottery ticket sellers.
Guided by the theories put forth in the book, Fischer
retraces the steps of a suspect, Harry Grey, as recorded
in a three-year-old police surveillance report. (Text by
5. Bad Lieutenant (1992)
A police Lieutenant goes about his daily tasks of
investigating homicides, but is more interested in
pursuing his vices. He has accumulated a massive
debt betting on baseball, and he keeps doubling to
try to recover. His bookies are beginning to get
agitated. The Lieutenant does copious amounts of
drugs, cavorts with prostitutes, and uses his status
to take advantage of teenage girls. While investigating
a nun's rape, he begins to reflect on his lifestyle.
(Text by Ed Sutton)
Posted: Mar 4, 2011
|The "NBC Mystery of the Week" series... AKA Peter Falk as Columbo.. and its sister shows in the rotation were not bad either, McCloud and MacMillan & wife.. |
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