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Crime of Passion (1957) / Z-View

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Crime of Passion (1957)

Director: Gerd Oswald

Screenplay: Jo Eisinger (original story and screenplay)

Stars:  Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden, Raymond Burr and Faye Wray

The Pitch: “Let’s make a film about a couple where one’s ambitions and lack of morals destroy them, but we’ll flip it so the female lead is the bad ‘guy’!”

Tagline: The stripped-of-shame story of a cop’s wife who committed one sin too many!

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Kathy (Stanwyck) is an ambitious newspaper columnist who falls for LA detective, Bill Doyle (Hayden), in a whirlwind romance that leads to marriage.  Soon enough Kathy realizes her husband is content with his rank and has no desire to rise to the top.  Kathy becomes jealous and envious of others and begins to plot a way to change the status quo.  That it involves infidelity and murder matters little to her.


Cabin Fever (2002) / Z-View

Posted in Horror, Movies, and Z-View

Cabin Fever (2002)

Director: Eli Roth

Screenplay: Eli Roth & Randy Pearlstein from a story by Eli Roth

Stars:  Jordan Ladd, Rider Strong and James DeBello

The Pitch: “Let’s make a horror movie about college kids and a flesh-eating virus!”

Tagline: Terror… In the flesh.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Five college kids head to a remote cabin where they encounter a strange flesh-eating virus.


Frailty (2001) / Z-View

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Frailty (2001)

Director: Bill Paxton

Screenplay: Brent Hanley

Stars:  Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Powers Boothe

The Pitch: “Bill Paxton wants to direct ‘Frailty’ – let’s do it!”

Tagline: There are demons among us

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Adam and Fenton are young brothers, being raised by their single parent dad. Dad is a hard-working loving parent and all is well with the family… until one night when their father wakes them up to reveal that he had been visited by an Angel.  The Angel told dad that demons live among them and they have been chosen to slay them.

Fenton realizes his father had gone crazy, while Adam is convinced their dad was visited by an Angel.  Fenton hopes this will pass, but when dad brings home a normal looking man who dad claims to be a demon and kills him, Fenton knows this is just the start…

Frailty is a classic that gets better with repeated viewings.  Paxton’s acting and direction (the only film he directed!) is point on.  Powers Boothe is, as always, excellent.  This may be Matthew McConaughey’s best performance.  Love the twists and turns.


Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) / Z-View

Posted in History, Movies, and Z-View

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

Director: Frank Lloyd

Screenplay: Talbot Jennings & Jules Furthman and Carey Wilson based on the book by Charles Nordhoff        and James Norman Hall

Stars:  Charles Laughton, Clark Gable and Franchot Tone

The Pitch: “Let’s turn Robert C. O’Brien’s novel into a movie!”

Tagline: Clark Gable as the daring mutineer in the screen’s most exciting adventure story!

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

The classic tale of Fletcher Christian’s mutiny against the sadistic Captain Bligh!


Z for Zachariah (2015) / Z-View

Posted in Movies, and Z-View

Z for Zachariah (2015)

Director: Craig Zobel

Screenplay: Nissar Modi based on the novel by Robert C. O’Brien

Stars:  Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine and Margot Robbie

The Pitch: “Let’s turn Robert C. O’Brien’s novel into a movie!”

Tagline: After the end of the world she thought she was alone. She was wrong.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

After an apocalyptic event that has wiped out humans, a woman who thought herself alone, finds a dying man.  She nurses him back to health and they begin to make a life together on her family’s farmland.  All is well until a young, handsome man shows up looking for refuge.


Gargoyles (1972) / Z-View

Posted in Horror, Movies, TV, and Z-View

Gargoyles (1972)

Director: Bill Norton (as B.W.L. Norton)

Screenplay: Steven Karpf (as Stephen Karpf) and Elinor Karpf

Stars:  Cornel Wilde, Jennifer Salt, Grayson Hall, Bernie Casey and Scott Glenn.

The Pitch: “Let’s make a monster movie!”

Tagline: Watch Out! The Gargoyles Are Here.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

When a best-selling anthropologist/paleontologist (Wilde) gets word of a mysterious skeleton found in the desert, he decides to drive out for a look.  He takes his photographer daughter with him even though he believes the skeleton will turn out to be a hoax.  Shortly after arriving he and the small town find themselves under attack by Gargoyles!

Scott Glenn and Bernie Casey in early roles plus a young Stan Winston provides the Gargoyles!


Small Crimes (2017) / Z-View

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Small Crimes (2017)

Director: Evan Katz

Screenplay: Macon Blair and Evan Katz based on a novel by David Zeltserman

Stars:  Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Robert Forster, Jacki Weaver and Gary Cole.

The Pitch: “Let’s turn David Zeltserman’s novel into a movie!”

Tagline: None.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

When ex-cop, ex-con, Joe Denton is released from prison he finds himself still entangled with the crooks and crooked cop who got him sent up.  Each step Joes makes takes him deeper into a life of crime where his chances of survival are knife-blade thin.


Tarzan and His Mate (1934) / Z-View

Posted in Movies, and Z-View

Tarzan and His Mate (1934)

Director: Cedric Gibbons and Jack Conway (uncredited) and James C. McKay (uncredited)

Screenplay: James Kevin McGuinness based on the character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Stars:  Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O’Sullivan and Neil Hamilton

The Pitch: “Let’s make a sequel to ‘Tarzan the Ape Man’!”

Tagline: Johnny Weismuller is back again!

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Hunters from England come to Africa in order to bring Jane back to civilization along with a fortune in elephant tusks.  This doesn’t sit well with Tarzan.


Shield for Murder (1954) / Z-View

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Shield for Murder (1954)

Director: Howard W. Koch and Edmond O’Brien

Screenplay: Richard Alan Simmons and John C. Higgins from a novel by William P. McGivern

Stars:  Edmond O’Brien, John Agar, Marla English, John Agar, Caroline Jones and Claude Akins.

The Pitch: “Let’s turn William McGivern’s best-seller into a movie!”

Tagline: The Story Of A Killer-Cop Who Used His “SHIELD FOR MURDER”

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

When tough cop Detective Nolan (O’Brien) kills a bookie for the 25 grand the bookie is carrying, he thinks there are no witness.  Nolan then learns a deaf/mute man saw the murder.  This leads Nolan down a path of no-return full of murder and mayhem.


Kill Me Again (1989) / Z-View

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Kill Me Again (1989)

Director: John Dahl

Screenplay: John Dahl and David W. Warfield

Stars:  Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Michael Madsen and Bibi Besch.

The Pitch: “Let’s throwback detective story about a pretty woman, stolen money, a psycho boyfriend and down-on-his-luck private eye.”

Tagline: Her last request was his first mistake.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

When an attractive woman (Whalley) offers Jack Andrews (Kilmer) enough money to get him out from under with his bookies, Andrews agrees to help her disappear.  What Andrews doesn’t know is that she’s on the run from her psycho boyfriend (Madsen) with the cash that they stole and killed to keep.


Kansas City Confidential (1952) / Z-View

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Kansas City Confidential (1952)

Director: Phil Karlson

Screenplay: George Bruce and Harry Essex from a story by Harold R. Greene and Rowland Brown

Stars: John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster, Neville Brand, Lee Van Cleef, Jack Elam and Donna Drake.

The Pitch: “Let’s make a crime movie with an ex-con trying to go straight framed for a heist by crooks and crooked cops!”

Tagline: Exploding! Like a gun in your face!

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Joe Rolfe (Payne) is an ex-con trying to go straight who finds himself set-up to take the fall of a million dollar heist.  When the cops can’t beat a confession out of Rolfe, they release him.  This allows Rolfe to begin a real investigation. The trail takes him to Mexico where he finds himself up against the crooks and a crooked cop.


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”.


Kill Me Three Times (2014)

Posted in Crime, Humor, Movies, and Z-View

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!


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.


Point Blank (1967)

Posted in Books, Crime, Movies, and Z-View

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.