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Bosch

Title: Bosch
Streaming: Amazon Prime
Cast: Titus Welliver, Lance Reddick, Amy Aquino, Jamie Hector, Madison Lintz, Gregory Scott Cummins, Troy Evans

Bosch is one of those rare series based of a book series that stays entirely faithful to the source material. I had loved every book in Michael Connelly’s long running crime series. Not just the Harry Bosch books but the Jack McEvoy, Terry McCaleb, Cassie Black, The Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller, and most recently Renee Ballard. Connelly built up a massive connected universe before Marvel made it a popular concept.

Onto the series, it’s a great mix of the crime and noir genres and throws in little doses of action too. Bosch was one of the first shows Prime Video ordered to series and for good reasons too. Titus Welliver embodies the character down to the smallest of details. Bosch is slightly younger than he is in the books given that the first Bosch book was published back in 1992, but apart from the age there is nothing that the series and Welliver gets wrong about the character. Same goes for the rest of the cast too. The series has probably the best casting of any show I’ve seen in a long while. The supporting characters of Lance Reddick, Amy Aquino, and Madison Lintz all bring their own strengths to the roles. Reddick’s Chief Irvin Irving, who was long a thorn in the side of Bosch in the books, still brings some of that into his character but also brings an air of likability. He knows Bosch is a hell of Detective and is willing to take the negatives his work brings because he know Bosch’s end results are worth the trouble.

One thing that is most impressive about the show is how they make Los Angeles feel like a central character in every shot of LA you see, whether it be at night, day, in the sun, or in the rain. It is superbly shot by a very talented crew. That’s one of the advantages to filming in the actual city that your show is based on. Something which other shows do not take advantage of enough.

All in all, I cannot recommend Bosch highly enough- I also encourage you to read the books. You can catch seasons 1 to 4 on Amazon Prime Video with Season 5 due next year. You can also check out my twitter account @Ukbosch

SHIFTED

It has been a while since we have spotlighted an indie film that you can watch online. Today we’re taking a look at an indie crime flick from Indie Rights Movies, SHIFTED. Directed by Michael Madison, the film stars Madison, Jill Wagner, Jeris Poindexter, Frankie Ray, and Vanessa Johansson.

Official Description: SHIFTED is a crime drama about a young man stranded in Los Angeles, who is forced to re-evaluate his life, while hunted by a corrupt, ex-employer.

Check out the crime film for free on YouTube, then come back and let us know what you think in the comments!

Independent films available to purchase online.


Suitable for Murder

We focus a lot on free horror movies (because good or bad, they are always fun), but today we thought it would be nice to throw in a crime thriller/indie noir into the mix. From Indie Rights Movies we have Suitable for Murder, from director Fred P. Watkins (Revenge Bites, Bikini Detectives) and starring Ali Faulkner, Jackson Bostwick, Morgana Shaw, and Nate Rubin.

Description (spoilers): Joe Mondragon, a veteran cop who gets things done, forms an unlikely partnership with Samantha Baines. She is attached to Police Intelligence Division and feels more comfortable handling a computer than a gun. Samantha’s computer skills are needed to help hack into and track two serial killers who get their victims from Internet Chat Rooms. The plan goes horribly wrong and in a fire fight between Samantha and Joe, and the two killers, Joe is killed when Samantha is unable to make herself fire her weapon at the two serial killers. Samantha feels guilty and responsible. With the help of her new friend Mimi, and the Head of Homicide, Samantha reinvents herself and avenges Joe after a relentless chase of the killers.

You can check out Suitable for Murder free on YouTube and Snag Films.



Jack Frost 2 PosterWe try to take a look at a lot of lesser known movies that are available online to watch for free (legally of course!).

Today I took a look at the 2013 political crime thriller Dark Power. The movie has a bunch of familiar faces and a description that yells out “noir”; from the crime-ridden city to political assassinations to mothers with secrets, it has all of the foundation to be a great crime movie.

Official Description: Murder is the price you pay for power. When the mayor of a crime-ridden city and his opponent are both assassinated while seeking election, FBI agents John Archer (Sean Patrick Flannery) and Mila Driver (Kristanna Loken) reluctantly join forces to investigate the double murder—only to discover that City Hall holds more secrets than the identity of the killer.

Running out of people they can trust-even Agent Archer’s own mother (Morgan Fairchild) is harboring secrets- the duo realizes they are now the targets of a powerful criminal conspiracy, fueled by a shadowy “secret society”. Only the truth will stop the bloody mayhem.

Joining Sean Patrick Flannery, Kristanna Loken and Morgan Fairchild in Dark Power is Chris Carmack, Kevin Dobson, Richard Gleason, and James C Burns, from a script by Miguel Pagan and direction from John Milton Branton. Click here to watch the movie for free!

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Joe Pesci

There have been plenty of movies that show different aspects of the world of casinos, but perhaps none so vividly as the movie Casino, released in 1995 and starring Robert de Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone. When you’ve watched this, you’ll probably be glad you can sit at home and play casino games rather than having to go to Vegas to do it!

Playing casino games online has become a daily occurrence for millions of people around the world – many of whom might never actually have gone to a land-based casino. It’s so easy to play online, you don’t need to get dressed up, you don’t need to leave the house and plan a journey. All you do is login to your favorite site and you can be playing almost instantly. You can play roulette online with 32Red here – all you need to do to get started is sign up and register a debit or credit card, and you’ll qualify for the no deposit bonus of $32 to play on any of the games on the site for a seven day period. It’s a great way to test out the site with real money games without any financial risk.

Casino is a movie that mixes the glamorous front of the casino lifestyle along with its very sleazy underside. Directed by Martin Scorsese, this epic runs for 178 minutes (many of them make you feel uncomfortable and like you’ll need a shower after you’ve watched this seedy tale). The story is based on the life story of Frank Rosenthal, who ran three casinos in Vegas for the Chicago Outfit through the 1970s and early 80s. Rosenthal’s character is Sam ‘Ace’ Rothstein in the film (played by de Niro) and the other main characters are Nicky Santoro (played by Joe Pesci) and Ace’s girlfriend Ginger (played by Sharon Stone). Nicky Santoro character is modelled on the real-life mob enforcer Anthony Spilotro.

Ace is running the fictional Tangiers casino on behalf of the Chicago mobsters, and Santoro is sent to make sure that all the casino profits go back to the mob without anything being skimmed off first. It’s also his job to keep the Vegas mobsters in their place. Ginger is a former prostitute and drug-addict who Ace falls for and eventually marries.

It’s a class act by all three actors and director Scorsese with a heady mix of gritty realism and glamor. The film is so long that you begin to feel you’re actually there with all the main characters trapped in the same existence as them, and it’s with a sense of relief that you greet the credits at the end of the movie! Although it’s a long watch, there are plenty of lighter moments in the film, so don’t be put off by the length of the movie. This was Scorsese and De Niro’s eighth collaboration and proved yet again what a successful movie making team they make.

Posted on September 23rd, 2013 by admin | Leave a Comment
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I grew up with Steven Seagal’s action movies and I even stayed with them as they got progressively worse, then moved into the hip hop/rapper community. I finally had to stop following the aging action star as he turned himself into a joke with his A&E reality series Steven Seagal: Lawman and of course his energy drink Lightning Bolt.  What had happened to the guy who kicked ass in Out for Justice, Above the Law, and Under Siege? It was great to see him return to being badass in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete, and now he might be heading in the right direction again. Lawman is thankfully over, and Seagal will be starring in a new TV series, True Justice, a crime drama.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that True Justice is going to be a good show or even watchable, but I think it is a step in the right direction for the former action box office draw. Let the man do what he does best, hunt down criminals and break their arms.  I hope that the series finds a network (hopefully on Cable) that allows it to be as brutal as Seagal’s earlier films Out for Justice and Above the Law. I want to hear the breaking of bones, see the blood flying and at least get one or two beheadings.

Now, what do we know about the show? True Justice will be a 13 episode series where Seagal portrays Elijah Kane, the leader of an undercover team of Seattle cops who target the worst criminals in the North West. The type of villains that normal cops can’t touch.  Kane has a mysterious past, but is a man of principle. His team unleases its own unique brand of brutal street justice.  The first pictures and a trailer True justice have been released over on Moviehole. Will you be following Seagal to television?

Posted on November 22nd, 2010 by ThePit | Comments Off on Steven Seagal Serves Some True Justice
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