Category: Crime

Alfredo Castro in Tony Manero

Tony Manero

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     16 October     Former Chilean president Pinochet arrested, 1998 On this day in 1998, Augusto Pinochet, the former president of Chile, was arrested in London, having been indicted by a Spanish judge of crimes against

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Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos in Monster


  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     9 October     Aileen Wuornos executed, 2002 On this day in 2002, the serial killer Aileen Wuornos was killed by lethal injection in Florida. She had been found guilty on six counts of first

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The cast of Romanzo Criminale looking cool

Romanzo Criminale

    Translated as “Crime Novel”, this Italian drama follows three childhood friends, Il Freddo (Kim Rossi Stuart), Libano (a brilliantly psychotic Pierfrancesco Favino) and Il Dandi (Claudio Santamaria) as they make their way from smalltime thuggery to bigtime gangsterism. Finally, a film about gangsters made by real Italians, I

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Benoît Poelvoorde in Man Bites Dog

Man Bites Dog

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     4 October     Belgium is created, 1830 On this day in 1830, the state and kingdom of Belgium was created, after a revolution against the rule of King William I which saw the southern,

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Ivor Novello in The Lodger

The Lodger

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     30 September     Jack the Ripper Kills Twice, 1888 On this day in 1888, the London serial killer known as Jack the Ripper killed two women, Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes. Stride had had

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Ewan McGregor in The Worst Toilet in Scotland


  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     27 September     Irvine Welsh born, 1958 On this day in 1958, in Leith, Edinburgh, Irvine Welsh was born. Or was he? After a police arrest in 1996, just after fame had hit him

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Zahary Baharov and Tanya Ilieva in Zift


  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     22 September     The Bulgarian Declaration of Independence, 1908 On this day in 1908, Prince Ferdinand of Bulgaria declared his country to be independent of the Ottoman empire and a full country in its

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James McAvoy as the deranged cop Bruce Robertson in Filth


      The last film I saw that had any Irvine Welsh involvement was The Magnificent 11, a comedy so peculiarly inept that I started to think it was deliberate, a tax write-off perhaps, or a spoof of depressing British comedies of the early 1970s, in which girls with

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Margaret Rutherford in riding gear in Murder at the Gallop

Murder at the Gallop

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     15 September     Birth of Agatha Christie, 1890   On this day in 1890, one of the greatest writers of detective fiction was born. Agatha Christie’s two most famous creations are fastidious Belgian detective

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"Say hello to my little friend": Al Pacino in Scarface


  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     11 September     Brian De Palma born, 1940   On this day in 1940, Brian De Palma was born. De Palma is one of the key figures in the New Hollywood group that stormed

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