Sunday, 3 January 2016

Introducing Crime Week

So last week I decided to run a theme, which ended up being war, as a way of starting to get back into my film-based writings. War Movie Week is officially done, but now it turns out I'll have more free time this week than I originally thought, so why not do another theme? Part of the rationale behind choosing war as last week's genre was that we were coming out of the Christmas period and I was subverting its traditional association with peace. To continue that theme, why don't we subvert a different value associated with Christmas: generosity.

To see the opposite of generosity, one needs look no further than the criminal underworld. So between Monday and Friday, I will be watching five different crime films. Similar to my previous week, I will be breaking up each day into a specific category based on a different type of crime, with a few possible candidates for each that will be selected on their respective days. This roster won't be as linear as last week's (where I was able to organize each day by time period), so I am instead sorting the crimes alphabetically. Here is the official schedule for the week:

Monday: Gangsters

Tuesday: Gambling

Wednsday: Heists

Thursday: Murder!

Friday: Prisonbreak!

As before, you can let me know what you think in the comments. Feel free to recommend crime films based on the above categories, though I can't make any promises that I will watch your recommendations for this event. 


  1. Loving these themed weeks. So many ways to go with the sub-genres you've chosen, too. Some suggestions other than the excellent work you have pictured:

    Gangster - Good Fellas, The Untouchables, The Public Enemy

    Gambling - The Hustler, The Sting, Rounders

    Heist - Heat, Ocean's Eleven, Set it Off

    Murder - Silence of the Lambs, Se7en, A Soldier's Story

    Prison Break - White Heat, The Great Escape, Life

    Can't wait to see what you come up with after the excellent work you turned in for War Week.

    1. Those do sound like good choices, out of which I've seen three. I don't have The Public Enemy unfortunately, but I did watch it in one of my classes. There probably would be some good material in a film like that, or other contemporary gangster films given they were part of what led to the enforcement of the production code. Perhaps at some point I should try and do a study of how the gangster film has evolved since then.