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  • Kiss of Death

    Kiss of Death 1947

    ★★★ Watched 21 Apr, 2015

    Springcrime - The April & May Project

    Although I have never been a fan of voiceovers, I usually understand why they're in a film.

    What I don't understand is when they are used in films like Kiss Of Death and they give up on it for a big chunk in the middle before saddling it up and wheeling it out again for a grand speech at the finale. I've seen a few crime films and noirs like that recently. Unfortunately, when…

  • The Chaser

    The Chaser 2008

    ★★★ Watched 19 Apr, 2015 20

    Springcrime - The April & May Project

    For fuck's sake.

    You see, the problem with some movements in art is that the movement itself is derived from something you believe is either fundamentally flawed or riddled with problems. I think that's perhaps why I'm struggling to really get into this South Korean 'revenge thriller' genre in the same way that most others are.

    Now, normally, not really getting into a movement of films isn't a problem. You just move on to…

  • Gone Baby Gone

    Gone Baby Gone 2007

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Apr, 2015 4

    Springcrime - The April & May Project

    Ahh, that heady mixture of vindication and betrayal.

    I stood by you, Affleck. When almost everyone else was proclaiming you to be one of the worst things in the history of the planet, I stood by you, talking up all the good films you had done and the potential for more in the future. Then you went and decided to become a director. You made two cracking Boston set thrillers and a political thriller…

  • Youth of the Beast

    Youth of the Beast 1963

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Apr, 2015 3

    Springcrime - The April & May Project

    There's a bit in Youth Of The Beast where Joe Shishido uses a spray can to almost set fire to someone's head.

    He gets so close with that thing that I can't be sure that his victim wasn't left with an at least slightly singed scalp. It's the type of reckless abandon that I like in a film and there is plenty of it in Youth Of The Beast, due mostly to Shishido.

    I've…

  • Brick

    Brick 2005

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Apr, 2015 2

    Springcrime - The April & May Project

    It's always a pleasure to revisit hazy, sun-bleached California and pop down the odd storm drain for a crime tale.

    This is something I've talked about loads in the years I've been writing on Letterboxd. Yet looking at the detractors when it comes to Brick, it seems these elements were an issue for many. As was the fact that this was heavily derived from similarly set crime films from the past. Because it's been…

  • The Warriors

    The Warriors 1979

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 17 Apr, 2015 8

    I posed the question last night on Twitter, "Which gang in The Warriors would you like to be in?"

    The Baseball Furies seemed fairly popular among the two people that read my tweet. I said I wanted to be a Turnbull AC but due to being a wimp and generally a bit slow and stupid I'm probably a fucking Orphan. I've got better jeans than The Orphans though so I might just get away with it. I think the only…

  • The Brothers Bloom

    The Brothers Bloom 2008

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Apr, 2015 2

    Springcrime - The April & May Project

    The con artist movie is quite unusual in that the directors quite often choose to become con artists themselves.

    You couldn't list many other professions, legal or otherwise, where the makers of the films choose to take on that job themselves. Richard Loncraine didn't have to become a professional tennis player to make Wimbledon, for instance. Not that it would have saved that film from being an horrendous piece of shit anyway. But Rian…

  • Full Contact

    Full Contact 1992

    ★★★½ Watched 15 Apr, 2015 4

    Springcrime - The April & May Project

    You know, I think I might have watched a cut version of this and that really pisses me off. I HATE watching cut versions of films, I'd rather not watch them at all. But I didn't realise this until it was too late, plus I have been meaning to watch this for about 20 years.

    The Hong Kong action film addiction that I have carried since the mid 90s is something that has never…

  • Sabotage

    Sabotage 2014

    Watched 15 Apr, 2015 7

    Springcrime - The April & May Project

    I can't stand it.

    I've been one of the few staunch defenders of Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'proper' comeback films, in other words the films in which he's taken a starring role since the end of his political career. The Last Stand and Escape Plan were both absolutely great fun, I thought, and certainly much better than mere footnotes in his acting career.

    So the poor reviews that poured in for Sabotage didn't really perturb me…

  • Le Samouraï

    Le Samouraï 1967

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Apr, 2015 15

    Springcrime - The April & May Project

    At the time of this review, some pillock has changed the name of this film in the database to The Samurai, which no-one bloody calls it. If you are reading this and you made that change, YOU ARE A KNOB.

    Now obviously this film has been ruined forever due to its association with the user picture of that Adam Cook, who is currently in hiding after his latest Mafia hit. But I was able…

  • Hell Drivers

    Hell Drivers 1957

    ★★★½ Watched 10 Apr, 2015 4

    Springcrime - The April & May Project

    I think this would be called Eddie Stobart: The Movie if it had been made in 2015.

    It's not surprising that many reviews of Hell Drivers make references to The Wages Of Fear in them. The similarities are there for everyone to see - bloke with a shady background goes cap in hand for some truck driving work, ends up working for a possibly dodgy company, and working with some dodgy blokes, one of…

  • The Dark Mirror

    The Dark Mirror 1946

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Apr, 2015 2

    Springcrime - The April & May Project

    Films about twins, eh?

    They're pretty much always portrayed as a pair of nutters or for one of them to be a nutter. You rarely see them in a romantic comedy. Maybe Nicolas Winding Refn should do a film about twins, cast Ryan Gosling, and then he can have two lots of silent staring for the price of one.

    That's not to say that films about twins are not enjoyable because they often are…