Dangerous Lies, 2020
Dead to Me, Seasons 1&2, 2019, 2020. Very dark, very funny. 20 episodes.
Ozark, Season 3 (2020) Rural noir, Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Julia Garner.
Alibi (2020) 3 episodes. Superb acting and script. No one is as they seem.
Blow the Man Down (2020) Noir with a dash of the absurd in a fishing village.
Uncut Gems (2019) Adam Sandler in a noirish tale that doesn't clinch the ending.
Parasite (2019) Bong Joon-ho's masterpiece. Big Oscar winner.
Mickey and the Bear (2019) Debut film, small and simple, superb throughout.
Little Woods (2019) Debut thriller, with the feel of realism.
The Highwaymen (2019) A new and sobering look at Bonnie and Clyde.
Serenity (2019) Stock noir with a challenging twist.
Shoplifters (2019) Japanese noir, without the usual trappings.
A Simple Favor (2018) Anna Kendrick brings the light; Blake Lively brings the darkness.
Bad Times at the El Royale(2018) Noir on a grand scale. Layers upon layers revealed.
Destroyer (2018) Nicole Kidman creates an anti-hero as grim as can be.
Ben is Back (2018). Suspense that recalls naturalistic novels and tragedy.
Three Peaks (2017) It takes a while to get there, but by the end brings the chills.
Emelie (2015) Smart writing and acting in a bad-babysitter thriller.
Cold in July (2014) High testosterone revenge thriller. Book by Joe R. Lansdale.
Thief (2006) Six episodes. Andre Braugher as a master thief. Muscle cars.
Quicksand (2003) Michael Keaton against type. Michael Caine brilliant as usual.
Out of Time (2003) Steamy ticking-clock thriller with Denzel Washington and Eva Mendes.
To Die For (1995) Nicole Kidman goes the distance from cartoon to monster.
Guilty as Sin (1993). Rebecca DeMornay and Don Johnson in psych thriller.
Pacific Heights (1990) True-to-life, chess-game thriller. Melanie Griffiths and Michael Keaton.
Still of the Night (1982) Succeeds with style and Hitchcockian touches.
The Driver (1978) Vintage Bruce Dern as a corrupt cop. Ryan O'Neal surprises as a gangster.
Mississippi Mermaid (1969) Truffaut, Belmondo, Denueve . . . a story from Cornell Woolrich.
Bullitt (1968) at the Balboa The ultimate chase film . . . not just the car chase.
Underworld U. S. A. (1961) by Samuel Fuller A movie about realistic gangsters.
Pickup on South Street (1953) by Samuel Fuller. Streets of NYC, with a lift at the end.
Gun Crazy (1950) Naturalistic take on Bonnie and Clyde.
No Man of Her Own (1950) Barbara Stanwyck plays it to the hilt in a story from Cornell Woolrich.
Detour (1945) Low-budget, expressionistic classic. Post WWII fatalism.