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Baby Driver (2017)

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Baby Driver (2017)

Director: Edgar Wright

Screenplay: Edgar Wright

Stars: Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Eiza González, Lily James, Kevin Spacey and CJ Jones.

The Pitch: “Hey, Edgar Wright has this cool idea for a crime love story wrapped around a killer soundtrack!”

Tagline: All you need is one killer track.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Baby is a young getaway driver working off a debt to a crime boss.  Baby has one more heist to drive and he’s out debt-free.  Then Baby meets the girl of his dreams and things get complicated, not because of her but because preparation for the job goes sideways.  People die and Baby finds himself on the run from his team and the cops.

Edgar Wright has created a cool, action-packed love story wrapped around bigger than life characters all moving through life to their own internal soundtrack.  The more I think about Baby Driver the more I like it.  Wright’s story is a fable or yarn that has all of the characters you’d want, played by people you’d cast.  Yeah, Baby Driver deserves an “A”.

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Kill Me Three Times (2014)

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Kill Me Three Times (2014)

Director: Kriv Stenders

Screenplay: James McFarland

Stars: Simon Pegg, Teresa Palmer, Alice Braga,  Luke Hemsworth and Bryan Brown

The Pitch: “Hey, let’s do a crime comedy!”

Tagline: Once is never enough

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

When hitman Charlie Wolf (Pegg) fails to kill his target, he finds himself drawn into three interwoven cases of infidelity, revenge, blackmail and murders!

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They Live by Night (1948)

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They Live by Night (1948)

Director: John Boorman

Screenplay: Charles Schnee and Nicholas Ray based on the novel by Edward Anderson

Stars: Cathy O’Donnell, Farley Granger and Howard Da Silva

The Pitch: “Hey, let’s do a crime love story about a young couple in a doomed relationship!”

Tagline: “We’re in a Jam!”

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

A young escaped convict who hopes to prove his innocence falls in love with a woman helping to hide and nurse him back to health.  Persuaded to assist in a couple of robberies by the cons who helped him escape only draws more heat to catch them.  When the young couple attempt to get away and start a new life, they find the cops closing in.

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Point Blank (1967)

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Point Blank (1967)

Director: John Boorman

Screenplay: Alexander Jacobs and David Newhouse & Rafe Newhouse based on the Donald E. Westlake novel written as Richard Stark

Stars: Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn, Carroll O’Connor, Lloyd Bochner, John and James B. Sikking

The Pitch: “Hey, let’s get Lee Marvin to star in a crime movie!”

Tagline: There are two kinds of people in his up-tight world: his victims and his women. And sometimes you can’t tell them apart.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Walker (Marvin) is double crossed and left for dead after helping his friend steal money to pay off his friend’s mob debt.  Walker recovers and vows to get revenge and his share of the money.

 

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Full Metal Jacket (1987)

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Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Screenplay: Stanley Kubrick & Michael Herr & Gustav Hasford from the novel by Gustav Hasford

Stars: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D’Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Dorian Harewood, Kevyn Major Howard,  Arliss Howard and Ed O’Ross.

The Pitch: “Hey, Kubrick wants to make a war movie!”

Tagline: One rifle, one gun. One for killing, one for fun.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Full Metal Jacket follows a bunch of young, raw recruits from boot camp to war in Viet Nam.  One of Kurbrick’s best movies with special props to R. Lee Emey and Vincent D’Onfrio.

 

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Cat People (1942)

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Cat People (1942)

Director: Jacques Tourneur

Screenplay: DeWitt Bodeen

Stars: Simone Simon, Tom Conway, Kent Smith

The Pitch: “Hey, let’s make a sensual monster movie!”

Tagline: A Kiss Could Change Her Into a Monstrous Fang-and-Claw Killer!

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Kent Smith meets, falls in love and quickly marries Irena Dubrovna only to discover that Irena believes she is cursed to turn into a panther when her passions rise.  I kid you not.

As with all reviews, your mileage may vary, but I think that most people will like Cat People better than me.  I found it to be slow and silly (but not funny).  Meow.

 

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Director: Don Siegel

Screenplay: Daniel Mainwaring based on a story by Jack Finney

Stars: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, Carolyn Jones, Sam Peckinpah, Whit Bissell and Richard Deacon

The Pitch: “Hey, let’s make a smart monster movie!”

Tagline: “Something is happening! Send your men of science quick!” The panic stricken cry went over the phone to Washington D. C. until the lines went dead!……

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

When a couple of Dr. Miles Bennell’s patients show up with the concern that their family members have been replaced by identical look-alikes, he becomes concerned.  He wants to find out what is causing the delusions, but discovers that they ARE being replaced by things from outer space.  Now Bennell is their next target!

 

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The Set-Up (1949)

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The Set-Up (1949)

Director: Robert Wise

Screenplay: Art Cohn based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March

Stars: Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter and George Tobias

The Pitch: “Hey, let’s make a boxing movie!”

Tagline: The Sensational Picture You’ve Been Hearing and Reading About!

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Bill “Stoker” Thompson (Ryan) is an over-the-hill fighter on the club circuit.  Although he still packs a punch, his best days are gone.  Stoker’s manager sets up a fixed fight with an up-and-coming prospect backed by the mob.  His manager is so sure that Stoker is going to lose, he doesn’t tell Stoker about the set-up.

 

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The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

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The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

Director: Terence Fisher

Screenplay: Anthony Hinds (as John Elder) based on the novel by Guy Endore

Stars: Clifford Evans, Oliver Reed and Yvonne Romain

The Pitch: “Hey, let’s make a werewolf movie!”

Tagline: Even the innocent girl who loved him was not safe… once the full moon rose!

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Leon (Reed), the son of a nobleman, is born with the curse of the werewolf.

 

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Too Late for Tears (1949)

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Too Late for Tears (1949)

Director: Byron Haskin

Screenplay: Roy Huggins

Stars: Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea

The Pitch: “Hey, let’s make movie about a woman corrupted by money!”

Tagline: That’s just to remind you… you’re in a tough racket now!

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

When Jane and Alan Palmer accidentally come into possession of a satchel full of money things quickly go south.  Although they know it’s mob money, they can’t agree what to do with it.  Jane wants to keep it.  Alan wants to turn it over to the police.

Soon enough a rough character shows up wanting the money.  Jane is willingly to do anything to keep at least part of the cash… even if it means murder.  And it does.

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Faster (2010)

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Faster (2010)

Director: George Tillman Jr.

Screenplay: Tony Gayton & Joe Gayton

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Maggie Grace, Tom Berenger, Carla Gugino and Mike Epps.

The Pitch: “Hey, let’s make a revenge flick with The Rock!”

Tagline: Justice is swift. Vengeance is faster.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Newly released, ex-con, Driver (Johnson) has one thing on his mind: to kill every one involved in the doublecross that left his brother murdered and him barely alive.  As the bodies pile up, a veteran cop and hired killer get closer and closer to finding Driver.  Will anyone get out of this alive?

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Scarlet Street (1945)

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Scarlet Street (1945)

Director: Fritz Lang

Screenplay: Dudley Nichols

Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea

The Pitch: “Hey, let’s make a really dark movie with Edward G. Robinson!”

Tagline: The things she does to men can end only one way – in murder!

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Chris Cross (Robinson) on the night of his retirement is feeling melancholy when he stops in a bar for a night cap.  Leaving his job of 25 years where he was surrounded by people who cared about him, Cross now faces a life with a mean wife who belittles him at every chance.  In the bar Cross meets and becomes enamored with Kitty March.

Cross makes her think he’s a wealthy artist.  She makes him think she’s a young girl in need of help (despite the fact that she’s a con woman being encouraged by her “boyfriend” to take him for everything she can).  Before it is over their lies will lead to murder — but whose?

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Harper (1966)

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Harper (1966)

Director: Jack Smight

Screenplay: William Goldman based on the novel by Ross MacDonald

Stars: Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Julie Harris, Arthur Hill, Janet Leigh, Robert Wagner, Robert Webber, Shirley Winters and Strother Martin.

The Pitch: “Hey, get Paul Newman to play Ross MacDonald’s PI Harper!”

Tagline: This is a different kind of cat named Harper… and excitement clings to him like a dame!

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Private Eye, Lew Harper (Newman) is hired by the very wealthy, Mrs. Sampson (Bacall) to find her missing husband who is probably shacked up with some broad.  Harper starts digging and things change from a missing persons investigation to a multiple murder case with Harper on the killer’s list.

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Murder, My Sweet (1944)

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Murder, My Sweet (1944)

Director: Edward Dmytryk

Screenplay: John Paxton based on the novel by Raymond Chandler

Stars: Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley, Otto Kruger and Mike Mazurki

The Pitch: “Hey, let’s turn Farewell, My Lovely into a movie!”

Tagline: An Original Philip Marlowe Mystery

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Private Eye, Phillip Marlowe (Powell) is convinced by Moose Malloy (Mazurki), a hulking, dense, ex-con to find his girl Velma.  Trouble is Velma hasn’t been seen for six years.  Marlowe’s digging puts him in the middle of bribery, theft and murder.

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Nosferatu (1922)

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Nosferatu (1922)

Director: F.W. Murnau

Screenplay: Henrik Galeen based on the novel by Bram Stoker

Stars: Max Schreck, Greta Schröder, Ruth Landshoff

The Pitch: “Hey, let’s turn Dracula into a movie!”

Tagline: A thrilling mystery masterpiece – a chilling psycho-drama of blood-lust.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Basically an unauthorized retelling of Dracula.  Considered a classic, your mileage may vary, as I find it to be good but not great.

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