“Sometimes You’ve Just Got to Assassinate a Horse…”

Plot out your nefarious deeds, because The Killing (1956) is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the movie title or the DVD cover above to download our review of the film, featuring M.O.M., the Mistress of Malapropisms.

Review in a Nutshell: A late period film noir crime caper directed by Stanley Kubrick before he went full art monster, The Killing (1956) is a stylish and suspenseful heist flick featuring a strong cast of character actors that is well worth a watch or two.

One Response

  1. I didn’t mind the voiceover at all. It fit the noir genre, and since it’s a rather large ensemble the third-person omniscient perspective works better than if it had just been Johnny.

    I don’t think the movie was making a point with having some of the crew be immigrants. That’s just to be expected in an urban crime drama, and even in WW2 movies from around that time there would usually be an assortment of ethnicities to help distinguish the members of a squad.

    The Deerhunter is one of the most overrated movies of the 20th century. Full Metal Jacket is a much better Vietnam movie. One vet in my family said it was the most accurate film about the war (due to observing some of “McNamara’s morons” who just shouldn’t have been let into the Army), and this isn’t too surprising since it was adapted from a book by an actual vet, whereas the Deer Hunter was a script about Russian roulette in Vegas that turned into a Vietnam movie by writers who didn’t know much about the war. Plus, De Niro’s character is way too idealized.

    Black & white is effective particularly for low budget indie movies, because it can help hide imperfections that would look unrealistic with high-def color film footage.

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