Reviews from the "Dark Stories" Blog.
Operation Varsity Blues, (2021) True story of a classic con.
Good Girls (2019-2020) Three women break bad.
Promising Young Woman (2020) A thriller about seeking justice
The Social Dilemma (2020) Suspenseful documentary about social media.
Search Party (2020) Superb neo-noir, third season.
Dangerous Lies, 2020. Camila Mendes and Jessie T. Usher have chemistry!
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.
In the Dark (2019) A blind woman fights for justice.
Cold Pursuit (2019) An angry man with a snowplow. Liam Neeson.
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.
Searching (2018). Father (John Cho) searches for missing teenage daughter.
American Animals (2018) Unusually sophisticated docudrama about a heist.
Three Identical Strangers (2018) A documentary that feels like a thriller.
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. Brilliant acting.
Destroyer (2018) Nicole Kidman creates an anti-hero as grim as can be.
Ben is Back (2018). Suspense that recalls naturalistic novels. Julia Roberts, .
Three Peaks (2017) It takes a while to get there, but by the end brings the chills.
Search Party (2017) Darker, deadlier, still silly.
Search Party (2016) Silly people in Manhattan. Feels a bit like "Twin Peaks."
In a Valley of Violence (2016) Wild west noir. Ethan Hawke. John Travolta.
Hell or High Water (2016) Jeff Bridges. Chris Pine. Bank robbers and Texas Rangers.
Emelie (2015) Smart writing and acting in a bad-babysitter thriller.
Cold in July (2014) High testosterone revenge thriller. Michael C. Hall,
The Bling Ring (2013) Sofia Coppola's take on teenage fans gone wild.
Take Shelter (2011) Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain. Is he crazy or are they?
Thief (2006) Six episodes. Andre Braugher as a master thief. Muscle cars.
Red Eye (2005) Rachel MacAdams. Cillian Murphy. Crafty thriller by Wes Craven.
Collateral (2004) Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx. A hit man hires a cab driver.
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.
A Simple Plan (1998), Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda. Neo-Noir.
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.
Unforgiven (1992) A Western as complicated as real life.
Sneakers (1992) Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, Mary McDonnell, Dan Ackroyd . . .
Pacific Heights (1990) True-to-life, chess-game thriller. Melanie Griffiths, Michael Keaton.
Something Wild (1986) Melanie Griffith, Jeff Daniels, Ray Liotta. Funny, edgey, scary.
Blood Simple (1984) First film by Joel and Ethan Coen. It still looks good.
Still of the Night (1982) Meryl Streep, Roy Scheider, Hitchcockian touches.
Play Misty for Me (1971) Clint Eastwood directs and plays a DJ with an obsessive fan.
The Driver (1978) Vintage Bruce Dern as a corrupt cop. Ryan O'Neal surprises as a gangster.
The Monsters Are Due . . . The Twilight Zone. Rod Serling foresaw what's happening now.
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.
Sudden Fear (1952). Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame. Classic noir.
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) Stanwyck plays it to the hilt in a story from Cornell Woolrich.
Detour (1945) Low-budget, expressionistic classic. Post WWII fatalism.