BLOG: Crime Sleeper Double Feature

Crime Sleeper Double Feature: Larceny, Lies and Lefse: Daniel Espinosa’s Easy Money (2010) and Morten Tyldum’s Headhunters (2011) Yes, this edition of the Crime Sleeper Double Feature showcases a couple of “readin’ movies,” but I have faith in you, dear reader, I think you’ll manage just fine regardless.  As I’ve said over and over again, [...]

BLOG: Punching In at the Watering Hole: Fat City and the Alcoholism Film

John Huston is no stranger to the crime film fan.  He directed The Maltese Falcon and The Asphalt Jungle, films that defined the private eye and heist films, whose influence is felt even today.  He played Noah Cross, the snarling creepy millionaire villain of Chinatown, which in the Nerd’s decidedly un-humble opinion is the best [...]

BLOG: The REAL Shit: Down to the Bone and the Drug Addiction Film

The REAL Shit: Down to the Bone and the Drug Addiction Film The depiction of drug addiction in film has lead to some truly harrowing scenes over the years.  Think of Trainspotting, where heroin junkie Rent dries out in his childhood bedroom with the door locked from the outside, his dope sickness coming on with [...]

BLOG: Ben Wheatley’s Kill List and My Unsettling Films List

Ben Wheatley’s Kill List and My Unsettling Films List Late last night I attended a packed screening of Kill List and to say that it fucked me up is to put it tres-fucking-mildly. Wheatley’s debut film Down Terrace is one of the true sleepers of the last decade, a crime film by turns loose and [...]

BLOG: Gary Phillips Interview

Down & Out Books has just dropped a new anthology of original stories about the bloodier side of Wall Street called Scoundrels: Tales of Greed, Murder and Financial Crimes. It’s edited by Gary Phillips (The Jook, Cowboys) and features stories from SJ Rozan, Reed Farrel Coleman, David Corbett, Kelli Stanley, Brendan DuBois, Tyler Dilts, Travis [...]

BLOG: Celebrating Misanthropy: Eastbound & Down and Observe and Report

Celebrating Misanthropy: Eastbound & Down and Observe and Report Eastbound & Down has just returned to HBO. Co-created by Danny McBride, Jody Hill and Ben Best, the show is easily one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen on television. If Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm is a “social assassin,” Kenny Powers (McBride), the [...]

BLOG: Why Crime?

What is my obsession with crime stories? Of all the adventures one could have in fiction, why stories about fucked up dudes doing fucked up shit? You have however many hours a week you can devote to reading books and watching TV and movies, why spend that time checking in with some disturbed asshole’s struggles [...]