The Outsider (2018) or – Oops! I joined the Yakuza

The Outsider is exactly what even a perfunctory glance at the byline would predict: a white-savior film set in gangsterland, in this case post-WW II’s Japanese yakuza. The film is pretty though. I mean, I always complimenting what I can, no matter what else goes...
TV Time! “Tennison” (2017)

TV Time! “Tennison” (2017)

“Are you watching ‘Prime Suspect’?” my partner calls into the living room as he prepares dinner. “No.” I tell him. Then, “… but ‘Prime Suspect’ is the spiritual antecedent.” In this case, I was speaking...
Venom (1981)

Venom (1981)

A rather unpleasant thriller, Venom combines the bleakness of a kidnapping drama with a bit of eco-horror in this film, which at times reads like a made-for-television effort. Apparently besieged with creative and personnel difficulties – director Tobe Hooper...
Tormented (1960)

Tormented (1960)

A surprisingly effective supernatural drama by prolific B-movie director Burt I. Gordon, Tormented starts off with a bang and keeps a nice little pace for its 75-minute runtime. In the first moments of the film, jazz musician Tom Stewart (Richard Carlson) meets in an...