Captain Walter Anderson – “New York City, an architectural jungle where fabulous wealth and the deepest squalor live side by side. New York, the busiest, the loneliest, the kindest, and the cruelest of cities. Three hundred and eighty new citizens are being born today in the city. One hundred and ninety-two persons will die. Twelve persons will die violent deaths. And at least one of them will be a victim of murder. A murder a day, every day of the year, and each murder will wind up on my desk.”
Continue reading “Side Street (1950) Temptation Brings Pain And Misery!”
Banged up brute Harry Lomart (Oliver Reed) is in for a long stretch this time, possibly 15 years. Well he has murdered someone but at least his wife will wait for him till he gets out. He keeps fit by working out hard in his prison cell, like a caged gorilla doing pull ups from the pipework on the ceiling. Keep active, keep strong and the years will flyby, then he can be back in the arms of his lady. Yeah he can deal with the shakedowns and crappy food, he’s as strong as an ox. Continue reading “Sitting Target (1972) No Cage Can Hold Oliver Reed & His Lust For Revenge!”
Funny how you watch one superb film and before you know it there’s two more excellent films you see connected to it and off back you go into movieland. This time it happened straight off the bat of watching the first-rate 1955 Samuel Fuller directed, Japan meets US gangster flick starring Robert Ryan called House Of Bamboo. On further investigation it revealed that the film was actually a loose remake of a 1948 Richard Widmark movie called The Street With No Name featuring the same theme of infiltrating a gangster outfit. Now I was hit by a dilemma? I can’t do every film I see, so which film gets a post? Continue reading “The Street With No Name (1948) FBI, Gangsters, Infiltration and Informants”
Conflicted and lets be honest, pretty messed up prodigy Jimmy (Harvey Keitel) juggles a fine line between pure genius and total madness whilst trying to obtain his dream of becoming a concert pianist. Absorbed and completely obsessed with music, he rehearses the classics at home whilst in an almost possessed state, silently singing the notes as he plays. Then when he hits the streets he can’t be without his trusty portable cassette player, music is with Jimmy wherever he goes.
Tagline – He Has The Hands Of An Artist And The Mind Of A Madman.
Continue reading “Fingers (1978) Harvey Keitel Plays A Music Obsessed Pianist Debt Collector”
Oh here we go, this is what I’m talking about, first top film buzz of 2018 straight out the gate. Humphrey Bogart plays tough assistant district attorney law enforcer Martin Ferguson taking on the gangsters of New York. A guy so badass he can turn up rocking a dickie bow tie down at the precinct with not one raised eyelid, not even a little giggle. Continue reading “The Enforcer (1951) Cops, Contracts, Hit Men, Gangsters & Dickie Bow Ties”
Revisited one of my favourite gangster movies of all time yesterday, the beautiful stylish, surreal and avant garde 60’s masterpiece from director Seijun Suzuki. A bewitching serene different approach to the tried and tested Yakuza formula. From the editing, to the skillfully thought out creative photography used on the set pieces, your eyes are always in for a dazzling treat. Everything is oozing ultra cool style but then you get the understated, too damn cool for school, Tetsuya ‘Phoenix Tetsu’ Hondo. Continue reading “Tokyo Drifter (1966) Is Phoenix Tetsu The Coolest Gangster?”
Trouble Man actor Robert Hooks is just so damn cool that surely he’s playing our hero Mister T as himself. A man brimming with charisma and super fine suits, a beautiful apartment building filled with 70’s chic and the best stereo system equipment that money can buy. His girl Cleo (Paula Kelly) is sweet and loving and will do anything for her man and T repays her with his deep respect and love. Yeah there might be other ladies but hey, Cleo is his girl.
Miscellaneous honey – “When am I gonna see you again baby?”
Mr T – “I’m gonna have to think about that girl!”
Continue reading “Trouble Man (1972) Only Marvin Gaye Can Mess With Mister T + Weirdly Star Trek!”
Well maybe not Sombreros but I couldn’t think of a hat that began with S other than a Stetson and Sombreros are way more sillier. Especially if you can imagine they all did wear sombreros, it would really cut through the fog thick tension in this excellent thriller. Le Doulos is a rough old time French translation for “hat” and the hat of choice for these Parisian gangsters is the Fedora. Another translation for this is also “informer” and maybe that snitch also wears a hat! And considering most these gangsters wear a hat, who could be the finger man, the informer?
Continue reading “Le Doulos (1963) Snitches Stitches Safe-crackers and Sombreros!”
What! Robert Mitchum against The Yakuza! I’m sold, drop very thing and press play now.
Tagline – 100 years ago they were called Samurai.
Continue reading “The Yakuza (1974) Love, Honor and Kickass Robert Mitchum”
Looking like the love child of Leonard Rossiter and Bob Monkhouse, our hero Sammy “Lee” Leeman struts and steps around the streets of sixties London Soho. He’s a fast talking, quick thinking, two bit hustler with his brain on the game two paces before it’s happened, Sammy is a wheeler and a dealer. One minute flush with cash, the next minute, totally skint. Continue reading “The Small World of Sammy Lee (1963) Two Bit Hustler and Strip Club Dancing Girls”