Thursday, May 2, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #251: True Crime

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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is True Crime


I do not watch a lot of true crime so my options were limited.

Heavenly Creatures (1994)
 Two teen girls form an intense obsessive friendship and when one of their parents tries to separate them, they seek revenge. I don't remember much of the movie anymore, just that both leads, Winslet and Lynskey, were very good in it.
The Highwaymen (2019)
A pair of ex-Texas Rangers come out of retirement to catch Bonnie and Clyde. This was a very recent watch. It was an ok movie, not very memorable but it does have an interesting take of the Bonnie Clyde story choosing instead to tell the story from the perspective of the guys who are trying to catch them. The audience actually hardly get to see Bonnie and Clyde at all on screen.

Kidnapping Freddy Heineken (2015)
The movie follows the planning, execution and aftermath of the kidnapping of the Heineken beer tycoon. Once again, this is a sort of average unmemorable heist film. Still this was interesting in that I had not heard about the case before.


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  1. Kidnapping Mr Heineken was on my list for so long because of Hopkins but I eventually removed it because of the bad reviews.

  2. I really liked Heavenly Creatures and it was quite. Unique true crime case. I wanted to see the 2nd film with Costner because, for once, it’s about the lawmen instead of Bonnie & Clyde who, let’s face it we’re brutal criminals although pumping them full of holes was a bit much. I don’t know that last film at all but it’s on my list especially since it’s my hubby’s favourite beer.

    1. The Bonnie and Clyde thing, yeah it was excessive. I suppose it was a bit of a revenge on the lawmen side, I think the pair killed a few officers right?

  3. The only one of your picks I've seen is Heavenly Creatures which was so, so good.

  4. We match on Heavenly Creatures, a disturbing but compelling film. I haven't seen the others but both sound interesting.

    All three of mine deal with the circumstances surrounding a murder, either the commission or aftermath.

    Anatomy of a Murder (1959)-Complex, provocative and at the time of its release scandalous story of on Army Lieutenant (Ben Gazzara) accused of the murder of a man he claims raped his loose moraled wife (Lee Remick). He’s defended by a laconic but wily lawyer (James Stewart) who goes up against an equally canny prosecutor (George C. Scott). Excellent Otto Preminger courtroom drama with a top flight cast that also includes Eve Arden and Arthur O’Connell is based on a novel whose source was an actual murder case.

    Heavenly Creatures (1994)-When wealthy teenager Juliet (Kate Winslet) transfers from England to Christchurch, New Zealand, with her family, she meets and quickly bonds with quiet, brooding Pauline (Melanie Lynskey) through their shared love of singing screen star Mario Lanza and games of make believe. At first all is well but when their parents begin to suspect that their increasingly intense friendship is becoming something more the girls decide to run away to America. As the girls fears focus on anyone who might tear them apart they take extreme measures to remove anything or anyone they see as obstacles. Based on a notorious New Zealand murder case this brilliantly acted and chilling drama was the first major critical success for director Peter Jackson.

    Zodiac (2007)-In the late 1960s and 1970s, San Francisco is gripped by fear as its residents are plagued by a serial killer who calls himself Zodiac. Investigators (Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards) and reporters (Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr.) become obsessed with learning the killer's identity and bringing him to justice. Meanwhile, Zodiac claims victim after victim and taunts the authorities with cryptic messages, cyphers and menacing phone calls. Unsettling David Finchner film has its share of good points but deals with an ugly, ghoulish story.

  5. Haven't seen your first and last, though Zodiac was on my to watch list I've forgotten about it over the years.


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