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Movie: Take Aim at the Police Van

A prison truck is assaulted and the two convicts inside are murdered. The prison guard on duty gets suspended for negligence and takes it upon himself to track down the killers. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jun 5, 2024 - 2 comments

Movie: Night and the City

A small-time grifter and nightclub tout takes advantage of some fortuitous circumstances and tries to become a big-time player as a wrestling promoter. [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Apr 24, 2024 - 1 comment

Movie: Classe Tous Risques

A ruthless criminal (Lino Ventura) flees pursuit with his family in tow, resulting in more and more casualties. [more inside]
posted by praemunire on Mar 16, 2024 - 0 comments

Monsieur Spade: Monsieur Spade  Season 1, Ep 0

The famous detective Sam Spade is now 60 and living as an expat in the south of France in 1963. [more inside]
posted by drewbage1847 on Mar 7, 2024 - 7 comments

Movie: The Naked City

The Naked City portrays the police investigation that follows the murder of a young model. A veteran cop is placed in charge of the case and he sets about, with the help of other beat cops and detectives, finding the girl's killer. If you like a good murder show/podcast, this is the granddaddy of them all. [more inside]
posted by Stanczyk on Mar 3, 2024 - 3 comments

Movie: The Stranger

[TRAILER] Immediately following World War II, ex-Nazi Franz Kindler (Orson Welles) is living under a false identity as a teacher in a small Connecticut town, and has even married the headmaster's daughter (Loretta Young) as part of his cover. But when one of Kindler's old German associates (Konstantin Shayne) arrives unexpectedly in town, bringing in his wake a sly federal investigator (Edward G. Robinson), Kindler resorts to desperate measures to preserve his secret. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 9, 2024 - 3 comments

Movie: Repeat Performance

Broadway star, Sheila Page (Joan Leslie), shoots Barney (Louis Hayward), her murderous husband on New Year's Eve. She flees her apartment and goes to her producer, John Friday (Tom Conway). When she arrives, it is New Year's day, a year earlier. She has been given the chance to live life over and correct the errors of the past only to find that the end will be the same although the path will be different. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 4, 2023 - 5 comments

Florida Man: Welcome to Hell, Mike  Season 1, Ep 2

After a familiar face brings news of a treasure hidden in Florida, Mike changes course and a key connection steers him closer to what he believes is his. [more inside]
posted by chavenet on Jun 21, 2023 - 3 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: DEMON SQUAD  Rewatch   Season 13, Ep 6

Rewatch! Joel Robinson returns to the SOL to riff this movie about a private paranormal investigator who works the seedy demonic underworld of Mobile, Alabama. It's a bit like Constantine, and while it's very low budget it's a fun movie! Released in 2019, at the moment this is the most recent movie MST3K has done. Of particular note, a couple of months ago the makers held a Kickstarter to make a sequel and appealed to MSTies to help fund it, and they were successful! Previously.
posted by JHarris on Jun 15, 2023 - 0 comments

Perry Mason: Chapter Sixteen  Season 2, Ep 8

As the Gallardos prepare for the worst, Perry and his team work with an unlikely ally in their final push for justice.
posted by nathan_teske on Apr 26, 2023 - 5 comments

Movie: All Night Long

British director Basil Dearden followed his gay blackmail thriller Victim with 1962’s All Night Long, which re-imagines Shakespeare's Othello at a late night London jazz jam. Patrick McGoohan is drummer Johnny Cousins, the scheming, pot-smoking Iago who prowls the party stirring up jealousy and fear to tear the interracial couple of bandleader Aurelius Rex and his wife Delia apart so Delia will sing with Johnny when he leaves Othello's band. An excellent score helps drive the tightening downward spiral, with Charles Mingus and Dave Brubeck showing up as themselves throughout the party. [more inside]
posted by mediareport on Apr 25, 2023 - 4 comments

Perry Mason: Chapter Fifteen  Season 2, Ep 7

Faced with career-ending accusations and potential jail time, Perry must turn to Strickland to stay ahead of the prosecution; Della presses Hamilton for answers; Paul enlists Clara to infiltrate a wealthy white suburb.
posted by uncleozzy on Apr 21, 2023 - 4 comments

Perry Mason: Chapter 14  Season 2, Ep 6

Perry gets vital intel from Holcomb. Della grills Councilman Taylor. Armed with damning evidence, the prosecution aims to derail the case.
posted by nathan_teske on Apr 11, 2023 - 3 comments

Perry Mason: Chapter Thirteen  Season 2, Ep 5

Facing life in prison, Rafael recounts a deadly incident caused by the McCutcheons. Paul searches for a possible accomplice.
posted by nathan_teske on Apr 4, 2023 - 3 comments

Perry Mason: Chapter Twelve  Season 2, Ep 4

Paul’s shocking discovery brings the brothers’ testimony into question. Perry pursues a plea deal. Della continues her search for answers.
posted by nathan_teske on Mar 28, 2023 - 3 comments

Perry Mason: Chapter Eleven  Season 2, Ep 3

Given three weeks to work the case, Perry and Della try to build a defense for their clients, while Paul chases leads in the Hooverville.
posted by nathan_teske on Mar 21, 2023 - 3 comments

Perry Mason: Chapter 10  Season 2, Ep 2

While the DA focuses on two brothers from Hooverville as their prime suspects, a discovery pushes Perry closer to the case.
posted by nathan_teske on Mar 13, 2023 - 6 comments

Perry Mason: Chapter 9  Season 2, Ep 1

As Perry grapples with a new career, Della keeps the firm afloat. Paul accepts a questionable job. Holcomb partners with a powerful ally.
posted by nathan_teske on Mar 8, 2023 - 6 comments

Movie: Bound (1996)

Corky, a tough female ex-convict working on an apartment renovation in a Chicago building, meets a couple living next door, Caesar, a paranoid mobster, and Violet, his seductive girlfriend, who is immediately attracted to her. [more inside]
posted by Marky on Jan 1, 2023 - 16 comments

Movie: Angel Heart

A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn. Trailer. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Dec 18, 2022 - 20 comments

Movie: Last Looks

Charlie Waldo is an ex-LAPD superstar who left the force and now lives a life of simplicity and solitude deep in the woods. Alistair Pinch is an eccentric actor who spends his days drunk on the set of his TV show. When Pinch's wife is found dead, he is the prime suspect and Waldo is convinced to come out of retirement to investigate what happened. The case finds Waldo contending with gangsters, Hollywood executives and pre-school teachers, all in pursuit of clearing Pinch's name... or confirming his guilt. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 17, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: The Minute You Wake Up Dead

A stockbroker in a small southern town who gets involved in an insurance scam with a next-door neighbor that leads to multiple murders. Recipient of a rare golden sombrero from Rotten Tomatoes with exactly zero positive reviews. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 12, 2022 - 7 comments

Movie: Outland

A federal marshal stationed at a mining colony on the Jupiter moon of Io uncovers a sinister conspiracy, and soon finds himself marked for murder.
posted by MetaFilter World Peace on Oct 23, 2022 - 18 comments

Movie: Red Rock West

Upon arriving to a small town, a drifter (Nicholas Cage) is mistaken for a hitman, but when the real hitman arrives, complications ensue. Red Rock West is a hidden neo-noir gem with some delightful cracks in its surface -- and an opportunity to see Cage, Lara Flynn Boyle, Dennis Hopper, and J.T. Walsh go toe-to-toe in all their early '90s glory. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 22, 2022 - 4 comments

Movie: Gilda

A gambler (Glenn Ford) discovers an old flame (Rita Hayworth) while in Argentina, but she's married to his new boss (George Macready). [more inside]
posted by praemunire on Jul 21, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: Pale Flower

A gangster, fresh out of prison for a killing, tries to resume his work for the gang, but is drawn into a nihilistic romance with a gambling addict in this Cold War Japanese noir directed by Masahiro Shinoda. [more inside]
posted by fleacircus on Nov 6, 2021 - 1 comment

Movie: Broadcast Signal Intrusion

In the late 90s, a video archivist unearths a series of sinister pirate broadcasts and becomes obsessed with uncovering the dark conspiracy behind them. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Mar 18, 2021 - 4 comments

Book: Fortune Favors the Dead

I really enjoyed this 40's hardboiled mystery. [more inside]
posted by DowBits on Mar 14, 2021 - 1 comment

Book: Blacktop Wasteland

I picked this up at the library on Friday and finished it on Sunday. That may tell you everything you need to know. [more inside]
posted by COD on Mar 3, 2021 - 1 comment

Movie: The Kid Detective

A once-celebrated kid detective, now 31, continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and bouts of self-pity. Until a naive client brings him his first 'adult' case... [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Oct 19, 2020 - 4 comments

Movie: The Wild Goose Lake

A gangster on the run sacrifices everything for his family and a woman he meets while on the lam. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Mar 22, 2020 - 1 comment

Briarpatch: First Time In Saint Disgrace  Season 1, Ep 1

Allegra Dill returns to Texas after her sister is murdered. (USA Network, broadcast premiere) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Feb 6, 2020 - 7 comments

Movie: The Happytime Murders

When the puppet cast of a '90s children's TV show begin to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Dec 26, 2019 - 2 comments

Movie: The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

A proud strip club owner is forced to come to terms with himself as a man, when his gambling addiction gets him in hot water with the mob, who offer him only one alternative. [more inside]
posted by chappell, ambrose on Dec 9, 2019 - 4 comments

Movie: Dragged Across Concrete

Once two overzealous cops get suspended from the force, they must delve into the criminal underworld to get their proper compensation.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Sep 2, 2019 - 5 comments

Perpetual Grace, LTD: A Sheriff in the Era of the Cartel  Season 1, Ep 10

Fun facts: there are specific physicalities of a liar, 11 indications, and any one of them is a strong tell that a person is not being honest. And In baseball, you don't have to pitch right away. You can take your time. You can take your time between pitches. In baseball. As much as you like. Sometimes it's tough to get into the rhythm of the world. And find a way to rhyme with it. Also, sometimes you just need a proper name to get back in the rhythm. And/or a noble goal. [Season finale]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 19, 2019 - 0 comments

Perpetual Grace, LTD: The Elements of an Epiphany  Season 1, Ep 9

This week, we hear more of the continued adventures of Luke Steel, who totally outsmarted the Crazy Fucking Old Guy. And got out of that crazy shit. Luke learned his lesson, assisted by the crazy old fuck with lessons of love. Lovely lessons of bird style love. And the fear left Luke Steel ripped and really jacked up physique. Also, there's a race against time and the Department of Health, a town covered in old news, and New Leaf chooses a new name.
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 19, 2019 - 0 comments

Perpetual Grace, LTD: Fiveever  Season 1, Ep 8

Pa and Ma face off new obstacles, as James faces his own set of hurdles in Half Acre, namely a ranger, an undertaker, and an orphaned son. Also, more on the magical art of Hunkering Down, and The Little Cabin That is Totally Not Scary But Rather is Oh So Filled with Fun and Safety And You Can Stay Here for Three Whole Days and be So Safe and Very Merry.
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 16, 2019 - 1 comment

Perpetual Grace, LTD: Bull Face  Season 1, Ep 7

New Leaf shares life lessons from time spent in the barrel. Scotty Sholes looks forward to new-found freedom. There are long hugs, serious discussions, and a peculiar concentration of activity involving, somehow, Mexico.
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 15, 2019 - 2 comments

Perpetual Grace, LTD: When Doves Cry  Season 1, Ep 6

The episode where Ben Kingsley sings "When Doves Cry," and Ma (Jacki Weaver) tells Scotty Sholes (Hana Mae Lee) some (mis)information about mourning doves. Also, there's a switch-back Mexico double-cross, but it's not time for the yogurt phase yet.
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 10, 2019 - 0 comments

Perpetual Grace, LTD: Wandering Left  Season 1, Ep 5

On Father's Day in Mexico, Pa has a classroom monologue ("A little bit about me, personally I own a helicopter, and, yeah, I'm a black belt in karate with red stripes for some secret shit I know"), and James guides Glenn out of the desert ("Left isn't west. Sometimes it is, I mean, but sometimes it isn't. Life taught me that.") We get some backstory from Sheriff Hector Contreras ("I'm gonna call you 'Speedy,' not for Speedy Gonzales 'cause that's not cool").
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 10, 2019 - 0 comments

Jett: Daisy  Season 1, Ep 1

World-class thief Daisy "Jett" Kowalski is just out of prison and already being forced back into what got her there, by a group of eccentric and dangerous criminals. (Cinemax, US broadcast premiere) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Jun 14, 2019 - 5 comments

Movie: Cast a Deadly Spell

This stylish noir set in a world where everyone uses magic, Detective Lovecraft searches for the Necronomicon. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Feb 18, 2019 - 5 comments

1983: Season 1  Season 1, Ep 0

A dark Polish thriller that imagines an alternative history where a terrorist bombing in 1983 dramatically altered the course of world events. Twenty years later, the USSR and Iron Curtain still exist, Al Gore is US president, and Poland is ruled by an authoritarian government. Naïve law student Kajetan and world-weary detective Anatol uncover a conspiracy that has been kept hidden for decades. [more inside]
posted by EndsOfInvention on Dec 11, 2018 - 5 comments

Movie: The Spanish Prisoner

An employee of a corporation with a lucrative secret process is tempted to betray it, in this paranoid neo-noir written and directed by David Mamet. The film stars Campell Scott, Steve Martin, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ricky Jay and Ben Gazzara. [more inside]
posted by chappell, ambrose on May 7, 2018 - 9 comments

Movie: Cold in July

Based on a Joe Lansdale book, Jim Mickle’s Cold in July is an odd, twisty Texan neo-noir that at first seems straightforward and scary but a mite predictable. Michael C. Hall is Richard Dane, a mousy picture-framer in a small Texas town who—in a superbly edited sequence—accidentally shoots a burglar in his house in the middle of the night. Almost immediately, he finds himself the focus of the dead man’s vengeful ex-con father. The film is set in the late 80's and has a score that's heavily influenced by John Carpenter. [more inside]
posted by chappell, ambrose on May 3, 2018 - 1 comment

Hap and Leonard: Monsoon Mambo  Season 3, Ep 6

Hap and Leonard can't let go.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Apr 12, 2018 - 5 comments

Hap and Leonard: Mambo #5  Season 3, Ep 5

A brutal confrontation with the Klan ends in blood, but Hap still refuses to leave Grovetown until they've found Florida Grange.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Apr 6, 2018 - 0 comments

Hap and Leonard: Senorita Mambo  Season 3, Ep 4

On the run from the Klan, Hap and Leonard find evidence that points to a terrifying fate for Florida Grange.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Apr 1, 2018 - 1 comment

Hap and Leonard: T-Bone Mambo   Season 3, Ep 3

Haunted by visions of Florida Grange, Hap encounters an unusual young woman who may know the truth.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Mar 25, 2018 - 2 comments

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