The Killing ★★★★★

One of the greatest heist films ever made as well as my favorite Kubrick film. For me, it's the supporting cast. Timothy Carey (THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE, THE OUTFIT) is the standout as the hipster sniper. Kola Kwariani essentially plays himself, a chess playing pro wrestler (my introduction to Kwariani was in Ted Lewin's biography I WAS A TEENAGE PROFESSIONAL WRESTLER, which I also recommend). Elisha Cook Jr. and Marie Windsor give their usual best in their usual roles (weak man, bad girl). Based on CLEAN BREAK by Lionel White (so you know this "influenced" Tarantino). The screenplay is partially by Jim Thompson (the greatest pulp novelist ever). Beyond essential viewing.