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Den of Thieves (2018) / Z-View

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Den of Thieves (2018)

Director: Christian Gudegast

Screenplay: Christian Gudegast and Paul Scheuring

Stars: Gerard Butler, Jordan Bridges, Pablo Schreiber, Evan Jones,O’Shea Jackson Jr., 50 Cent, Cooper Andrews and Michael Bisping.

The Pitch: “Think The Shield meets Heat!”

Tagline: None.

The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…

Big Nick Flannagan (Butler) leads a LA Sheriff’s office strike force on the trail of an elite team of thieves who’ve staged several bank robberies executed with military precision.  Flannagan’s team considers themselves a gang with badges and they’re not above doing whatever it takes to solve cases. When they find themselves head-to-head with thieves that are their equals it becomes clear that a final showdown is looming.

Den of Thieves is more than just a good guys vs bad guys or heist movie.  I really liked it and the 2 hours and 20 minutes flew by.  Everyone with me felt the same.  It was interesting in that the most likable character wasn’t Big Nick Flannagan, yet, like The Shield‘s Vic Mackey, you find yourself pulling for him.  Den of Thieves hits all the right notes and has a great twist ending that I won’t spoil.  I have a feeling that Den of Thieves will be one that I like even better on subsequent viewings.


Marv from Sin City by Eduardo Risso!

Posted in Art, Comics, and Crime

Yesterday we posted that Frank Miller’s 300 prequel premieres in April of this year.  While I’m excited about Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander, I’d really love to see Miller return with a new Sin City yarn.

Sure, Sin City is Miller’s baby.  He writes, pencils, inks and letters every page of every issue.  So a new Sin City tale is probably a long, long way off.  However, if Miller ever decides to let another artist in on the action, I’d vote for Eduardo Risso, the cat who did the Marv drawing above.

Cosa Nostra by Dirk Manning and Dan Dougherty

Posted in Comics, and Crime

“You’re going to help me find out who killed me whether you like it or not, brother o’ mine…”

Dirk Manning‘s latest newsletter featured 9 comic projects coming in 2018.  Manning writes in a lot of genres but this mash-up of crime with a supernatural twist appealed most to me.  Cosa Nostra written by Manning with art by Dan Dougherty is scheduled to debut at the end of May at Cherry Capital Comic Con.  This is one to watch for.

Preview of John Wick #1!

Posted in Art, Comics, Crime, and Movies

John Wick #1 from Dynamite Comics is available now…


When a young John Wick emerges from prison and embarks upon his first, epic vendetta, he comes up against a strange, powerful community of assassins and must learn how to master the Book of Rules that guides their lethal business. What are the Three Bills? Who is Calamity? And who was John Wick before he became the Baba Yaga? Here for the first time, read the thrilling origin story of John Wick, from “Planet Hulk” writer Greg Pak and “Dark Horse Presents” artist Giovanni Valletta.

If you’d like to see a 5 page preview plus all of the variant covers you can by clicking over to The

The Best Movies That Should Be Made Into TV Shows

Posted in Books, Comics, Crime, Movies, and TV

IndieWire recently asked critics to pick the Best Movies That Should Be Made Into TV Shows.  Of all the movies suggested, I liked the idea of Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins Devil in a Blue Dress being turned into a series.  If it did well then other Easy Rawlins’ yarns would be ripe for the picking.

If I was to suggested movies that would make great tv shows, I’d suggest these three for starters…

  • The Expendables (where team members were actually expendable)
  • Sin City (using Miller’s stories)
  • Night of the Living Dead (focus on different stories/casts each season from the first few nights of the zombie outbreak)

21 Things We Learned from “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” Commentary

Posted in Celebs, Crime, Movies, and Trivia

Rob Hunter and Film School Rejects present 21 Things We Learned from The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Commentary.  Here are three of my favorites…

7. The novel doesn’t spend much time at all with the transit cop character played here by Walter Matthau as Lt. Garber, and the book actually has a separate character named Garber as well. The actor loved the script, written by Peter Stone — who had written two previous films co-starring Matthau — and once he expressed interest they began beefing up the role.

19. Sargent recalled it being a “golden safety rule” during filming that no one get close to the electrified third rail despite the mostly confident belief that it was powered off by the transit authorities. There was apparently always a risk that someone might turn it back on again by accident or because they were unaware that it was off for a reason.

20. They rightly point out that today’s action films would rarely allow the villain to take his own life. “He would have to be shot eighteen times by Walter Matthau, and then fall and then a train would run him over, and that would propel him into the street where he’d get hit by a bus.”


Comic Legends: Was Punisher Initially Going to Die in His First Series?

Posted in Art, Comics, and Crime

My buddies, John Beatty and Mike Zeck are at the center of’s Comic Legends: Was Punisher Initially Going to Die in His First Series?

That was an exciting time for comics.  The Punisher, up to that point, had been a secondary, guest-starring character who had real potential.  Steven Grant had the right take on Frank Castle and of course, Mike Zeck and John Beatty were the team to bring the project to life.

Sadly, Grant, Zeck and Beatty didn’t get to complete the series. Although as the piece says, “John Beatty’s finishes made it all look as consistent as possible.”  Thankfully, Grant, Zeck and Beatty did re-team on the Punisher graphic novel Return to Big Nothing.