Wednesday, April 18, 2012
So Andrew Nette put together a list of some of his favorite criminal heroes over at Crime Fiction Lover and it's got a lot of overlap with my list from last week of stuffs Wallace Stroby's Crissa Stone books evoke for me. What do you know, but Ms. Stone makes Nettes' list and on the ol' FaceBook, Mr. Stroby officially concurs with my list of professional thievery fiction and film... and he's got another recommendation if you've seen all the flicks I mentioned - Le Cercle Rouge (or really, just about any Jean-Pierre Melville), Michael Mann's Thief & Heat, and Jules Dassin's Rififi - Claude Sautet's Classe Tous Risques which I immediately qued up and watched last night... again. Yeah, turns out I had seen this one before and somehow forgotten about it, but it all came rushing back as soon as Lino Ventura and his partner rob those guys on the street in the opening minutes of the film.
No question for Korean crime flicks today, though. Kang-ho Song, Yun-seok Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Byung-hun Lee, Min-sik Choi...
And like Na's previous ass-kicker The Chaser, They Yellow Sea features some of the most kinetic energy released in foot-chases since, I dunno, Marathon Man, (the French scored in this category recently too with Fred Cavaye's Point Blank.)
Taking a break from movies tonight to catch N@B alum Frank Bill and Duane Swierczynski hold the swears to a minimum at the library with Reed Farrel Coleman and Sara J. Henry. Really, if you're in or around St. Louis, and don't show up tonight... You're crazy. Or Fred Venturini. Or both.