Thursday, May 02, 2019
Thursday Movie Picks: True Crime
For the 18th week of 2019 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. We venture films about crime events that really did happen. Whether it’s a dramatization of real-life events or films about an actual crime told in a documentary fashion. Here are my three picks:
1. The Thin Blue Line
Errol Morris’ 1988 documentary film about the 1976 shooting of a Dallas police officer during a traffic stop. It’s a film that focuses on the crime itself and the man accused of the shooting which reveals a lot about a miscarriage of justice where Morris would recreate the events to find out what happened. The film would have a major impact as it would exonerate Randall Dale Adams who was accused of the shooting as well as find the true killer. It’s a true landmark film that shows what a documentary film could do and how it would piece everything to uncover the truth.
James Cox’s dramatic re-telling of the events in relation to the Wonderland killings in 1981 that supposedly involved porn star John Holmes and crime lord Eddie Nash. With Val Kilmer as John Holmes, it explores what happened when a group of people were killed because of Holmes’ information over some things he done with them and feeling cheated by them. Even as it involves Nash where there are a lot of complications that occur. It’s a flawed film that wants to be sensational and dramatic though it would also have some unfortunate distractions including an unnecessary cameo from… ugh… Paris Hilton.
David Fincher’s hypnotic suspense-thriller about the search for the Zodiac killer from the late 1960s into the early 1980s is probably one of the most overlooked films of the 21st Century so far. It is about these mysterious killers where a couple detectives, a journalist, and a cartoonist would be involved in the search to discover the identity of this mysterious killer. It is also a study of obsession and how some get lost in the obsession to find out who he is as the case still remains unsolved.
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