Hounds

Hounds of Love (2017)

Hounds of Love first published by SciFiNow 1985 saw the release of Kate Bush’s album Hounds of Love, whose B-side comprised a conceptual song cycle (known collectively as The Ninth Wave) about the struggles of a woman fallen overboard. Though set two years later in a working-class suburb of Western Australia’s Perth, Ben Young’s homonymous feature…

Grapes

Sour Grapes (2016)

First published by RealCrime Magazine “Part of it is the detective story of tracking it all down,” says Bill Koch, in an attempt to describe his love of high-end collecting. Yet when about 400 bottles of rare wines in his collection – worth roughly $4 million – proved to be fake, the indignant multi-billionaire undertook…

Water

Hell Or High Water (2016)

Hell Or High Water first published by Real Crime Magazine “You act as though we’re going to get away with this,” says Toby (Chris Pine). “I’ve never met nobody got away with anything ever,” replies his older brother Tanner (Ben Foster). ‘This’ is a spate of bank robberies that they have been carrying out together across…

Suburra

Suburra (2015)

First published by Real Crime Magazine “3 November, 2011 – Seven Days to the Apocalypse”. So reads text near the beginning of Stefano Sollimo’s Suburra, initiating a countdown that will punctuate and propel the rest of the film’s intersecting narratives. A prologue in which the Pope whispers to an alarmed-looking priest has already hinted at…

Triple

Triple 9 (2016)

First published by Real Crime Magazine “I know you’re gonna laugh, but I want to make a difference.” So says Chris (Casey Affleck), a rookie out on his first day patrolling with his more experienced cop partner Marcus (Anthony Mackie) – and unaware that Marcus moonlights in a criminal crew currently being blackmailed into service…

Green

Green Room (2015)

First published by Real Crime Magazine Although his feature debut Murder Party (2007) built a cult following, writer/director Jeremy Saulnier only really attracted critical attention – and the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes – with his revenger Blue Ruin (2013). His third feature Green Room shares with Blue Ruin a colour-coded title, and the introduction of…

Partisan (2015)

First published by Real Crime Magazine Ariel Kleiman’s feature debut Partisan begins with a woman and child passing a man on the side of the road. The man is Gregori (Vincent Cassel), out scavenging for wood, and in the next scene shown using the gathered lumber to fashion a table. Shouldering heavy beams and engaging…

Revenant

The Revenant (2015)

The Revenant first published by Real Crime Magazine Some stories are so big and so compelling that they can survive any mutilation. Hugh Glass was a genuine fur trapper of the early nineteenth century, who really did, after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by the men assigned to give him due burial,…

Room

Room (2015)

Room first published by Real Crime Magazine The latest film from director Lenny Abrahamson (Frank, What Richard Did, Garage) is most easily defined by what it is not. Room evokes the recently unearthed cases of men (like Josef Fritzl or Ariel Castro) who, having kidnapped and falsely imprisoned young women, went on to father children by…

Sicario

Sicario (2015)

First published by Real Crime As text explains at the beginning of Denis Villeneuve’s latest film, the word ‘sicario’ is now used in Mexico to denote a ‘hitman’, but comes originally from the zealots of Jerusalem, murderously opposed to the “Romans who invaded their homeland.” Accordingly, Sicario opens with a different homeland under invasion, as…