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Rogue 10: Ten Tales of Desperate Criminality

Thursday, 27 October 2011 14:19

In 2005, writer-director Géla Babluani's hardboiled bit of criminal suspense, 13 Tzameti, cleaned up at the Sundance and Venice film festivals, becoming a surprise international hit in the process.  For his follow-up, Babluani has created a full-color English-language remake of his black and white original, and he's carried over it's novel premise revolving around a spectacularly illegal Russian Roulette tournament in which contestants put their lives on the line while luckier men place bets on whose gray matter will decorate the walls.  In 13, a down-on-his-luck guy played by Sam Riley adopts a dead man's identity and enters the contest, where's immediately in over his endangered head in a suspenseful story populated by actors like Jason Statham, Michael Shannon, Mickey Rourke, Alexander Skarsgard, David Zayas, 50 Cent, and Ray Winstone.

It's the sort of movie in which almost every character is either a disreputable criminal or a cop on his tail, but it isn't one built upon mustache-twirling villainy.  Riley's character, Vince, enters the tournament out of desperation, and quickly finds his desperation growing exponentially.  While movies in general tend to include no shortage of nefarious criminals, it's the stories of individuals who become embroiled in dangerous situations because of understandably dire circumstances.  So, inspired by tomorrow's limited theatrical release of 13, our latest Rogue 10 catalogs, in no particular order, ten examples of excellent films in which criminal enterprises are defined by desperation.

Netflicked: Netflix Instant, September 6-13

Tuesday, 13 September 2011 08:54

Netflix's streaming Watch Instantly service is fast becoming America's favorite way to watch movies (instantly). The library of available titles is so vast and mutable that you, the avid instant watcher, could no doubt use a guide as you navigate the streaming frontier.

Luckily for you, we'll be here every Tuesday to update you on the latest titles available for instant-watching, as well as bringing attention some gems and even some enjoyable calamities out there in the instantly watchable wilds.

Netflix's streaming Watch Instantly service is fast becoming America's favorite way to watch movies (instantly). The library of available titles is so vast and mutable that you, the avid instant watcher, could no doubt use a guide as you navigate the streaming frontier.

Luckily for you, we'll be here every Tuesday to update you on the latest titles available for instant-watching, as well as bringing attention some gems and even some enjoyable calamities out there in the instantly watchable wilds.

In this often Puritanical culture of ours, jam packed as it is with hypocritical attitudes on sexuality, the whiff of pornography on any film can drive away audiences in droves, as people often assume that any adult-film connotations must mark the film itself as obscene trash.  This is odd, as we love movies about all manner of criminality, up to and including serial killing, yet we're able to make the distinction between the subject and the art, no matter how heinous the crimes involved.

In the new comedy Meet Monica Velour, now available on Blu-ray and DVD, Kim Catrall plays Linda Romanoli, a retired porn actress who had her heyday in the 1980's and is now a single mother working hard to make ends meet.  When she's tracked down by an awkward teenager, played by Dustin Ingram, who idolizes her based on her days as Monica Velour, the two form an unlikely connection that yields surprising results for both.  Inspired by Meet Monica Velour, our latest Rogue 10 list presents ten films that may involve the porn industry, but that are really about far more than that.

Netflicked: Netflix Instant, August 2-9

Tuesday, 09 August 2011 17:24

Netflix's streaming Watch Instantly service is fast becoming America's favorite way to watch movies (instantly). The library of available titles is so vast and mutable that you, the avid instant watcher, could no doubt use a guide as you navigate the streaming frontier.

Luckily for you, we'll be here every Tuesday to update you on the latest titles available for instant-watching, as well as bringing attention some gems and even some enjoyable calamities out there in the instantly watchable wilds.

Netflix's streaming Watch Instantly service is fast becoming America's favorite way to watch movies (instantly). The library of available titles is so vast and mutable that you, the avid instant watcher, could no doubt use a guide as you navigate the streaming frontier.

Luckily for you, we'll be here every Tuesday to update you on the latest titles available for instant-watching, as well as bringing attention some gems and even some enjoyable calamities out there in the instantly watchable wilds.

The rhythms of the buddy cop movie are so familiar that, even when not done spectacularly well, such a movie can function as comfort food, like a more male-oriented romantic comedy.  After all, aren't all stories of mismatched partners forced to work together and gain an abiding respect for one another love stories on one level? 

In John Michael McDonough's new film The Guard, Brendan Gleeson stars as small town Irish police sergeant Gerry Boyle, a profane, racist misanthrope whose love of prostitutes has left him with a serious itch in his crotch.  An international cocaine operation forces him into cooperation with Wendell Everett, a humorless straight-arrow FBI agent played by Don Cheadle.  To celebrate their unconventional but ultimately fruitful partnership, we're happy to present a list of ten buddy cop duos that hit every note just right.

Netflicked: Netflix Instant, July 19-26

Tuesday, 26 July 2011 13:08

Netflix's streaming Watch Instantly service is fast becoming America's favorite way to watch movies. The library of available titles is so vast and mutable that you, the avid instant watcher, could no doubt use a guide as you navigate the streaming frontier.

Luckily for you, we'll be here every Tuesday to update you on the latest titles available for instant-watching, as well as bringing attention some gems and even some enjoyable calamities out there in the instantly watchable wilds.

Comic-Con 2011: What to Watch For

Monday, 18 July 2011 11:22

This weekend marks the annual San Diego fest known as Comic-Con, or as nerds call it: “Christmas.” Each year, Comic-Con has grown in popularity, and has become a hub for all things not only comic book based, but Science Fiction, Fantasy, Action, and much more in the land of entertainment. If you’re going to fight the crowds in San Diego,you’re going to need at least a couple things: a dorky costume, and our list of what to watch for!

Netflix's streaming Watch Instantly service is fast becoming America's favorite way to watch movies. The library of available titles is so vast and mutable that you, the avid instant watcher, could no doubt use a guide as you navigate the streaming frontier.

Luckily for you, we'll be here every Tuesday to update you on the latest titles available for instant-watching, as well as bringing attention some gems and even some enjoyable calamities out there in the instantly watchable wilds.

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