Posts Tagged ‘Crime Film’


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Noir Classic: Kiss Me Deadly

Noirtastic greetings Crimeziners. Those clever cats and kittens at LACMA’s Bing Audotorium are at it again, screening a veritable plethora of pulse pounding noir classics over the next two weeks.

Star of the show: a screening of Robert Aldrich’s sensational crime classic Kiss Me Deadly, followed by The Crimson Kimono. Saturday we get Experiment in Terror followed by Criss Cross & “M”.

Those of you who want to avoid the quadruple header Sports traffic cataclysm, caused by the confluence of the Kings, Clippers, Lakers games and the street closure cycle race thrills, can make a date for 6/25/12 for The Damned Don’t Cry followed by Slightly Scarlet, then on the 26th there is a truly spectacular triple bill showing of Murder By Contract, Nightfall and The Prowler. You lucky people.

For those Crimeziners who do not live in Los Angeles. The above mentioned movies are essential examples of 1950’s Noir at it’s best. If you have to stream just one from the internet, let it be the edgy and hard hitting Kiss Me Deadly based on the Mickey Spillane novel .

When you see it, let us know if you think Quentin Tarantino ripped of the Pandora’s box scene, where Mike Hammer opens the  box he finds in the bottom of the Hollywood gym locker and it gives of a blinding light. Coincidence or Pulp Fiction?

Sadly, many of these films are not currently available on DVD, so if you love crime and film noir, it is high time you petitioned head of the Noir Film Foundation Eddie Muller the “Czar of Noir” Tell him Crimezine sent you.

Go Lakers! RIP Mulholland resident retro hair primper Vidal Sassoon.


Scorsese: I want a carrot nose and twigs for arms…

We kid you not Crimeziners legendary Director Martin Scorsese is returning to the crime genre with an adaptation of Thriller The Snowman by Norwegian writer Jo Nesbø. The Snowman is the seventh book in the fijord fancying writers hardboiled Harry Hole series.

Hole is a Maverick cop tasked with catching a fiendish serial killer, who leaves a snowman at crime scenes. We know, it’s not exactly Goodfella’s is it Crimeziners? Are we to expect cable knit sweaters and fijord flavored hot fondue too?

Scorsese has made comment recently regarding his disappointment that his young kids cannot see his films, hence the mucho out of character Hugo. Perhaps the Snowman idea will follow in this vein?

Kidult entertainment is the next big thing after all. Even Harlan Coben has come out with a Kidult crime book recently. His new book Shelter features the adventures of Myron Bolitar’s naughty nephew Mickey. Crimezine hasn’t found the opportunity to read it loud at bedtime however, as we know the bloodthirsty kidults of our acquaintance are eagerly awaiting the video game.

Still we digress. Jo Nesbø is the latest Scandanavian writer to break big, in what is rapidly becoming a crime wave tsunami of fijordish crime fiction, there is also Karin Fossum, Henning Mankell and of course Girl with the Dragon Tattoo creator Steig Larsson.

The word on Hollyweird Boulevard is that Mathew Michael Carnahan is writing The Snowman script, hot on the heels of his work on Zombie flick World War Z featuring Brad Pitt. Though how much actual script writing was needed on this picture, one has to wonder…

Still, Scorsese is the man as far as Crimezine is concerned and we look forward with baited breath, to the emergence of his new crime masterpiece. We know it will have Crimeziners everywhere—walking in the air—chortle.