Thursday Movie Picks: True Crime

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
This week I’ll talk about some famous Interview moments in films!

#1 From Hell

I’ve always been fascinated by Jack the Ripper and read several books on the topic. Since the killer had never found, large chunks of the film are of course fictional but it’s nevertheless an intriguing film.
It may not be Johnny Depp’s best movie, however, I loved the vibe it gave off.

#2 JFK

If there ever was a true crime film that sparked controversy, it’s Oliver Stone’s JFK. As I am currently writing my master thesis about John F. Kennedy in TV shows, I will certainly make a point to check out this film. It’s mentioned in just every book I picked up that deals with history in the movies.

#3 Zodiac

This film depicts the manhunt for the Zodiac killer who had been active during the 1960s and ’70s. To this date, it remains one of America most infamous unsolved crimes. Before shooting this film, director David Fincher and his team spent 18 months conducting their own investigation and research on the matter.

What’s your favorite true crime movie? Let me know in the comments!

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9 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: True Crime

  1. I really like From Hell even though so much is fiction but, I too, love reading up on Jack the Ripper. Zodiac is another great film, in my book and one that gives an interesting idea about the true killer. I still have not seen JFK but I believe there was a cover up.

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  2. Oh I love JFK! I’m variable on Oliver Stone films but this one turned out very well. The cast couldn’t be better, I particularly liked the pairing of Costner and Sissy Spacek-they seemed like a married couple as opposed to just two actors teamed for a project, some of the supposition is questionable but the film sure is engrossing.

    We match! Zodiac is popular this week. It’s too dark and its story too sad for me to say I enjoyed it but it certainly is an excellently produced film.

    I haven’t seen From Hell, I’ve never really had any desire too.

    Aside from our match I went with two films I’ve long admired.

    Anatomy of a Murder (1959)-Complex, provocative and at the time of its release scandalous story of on Army Lieutenant (Ben Gazzara) accused of the murder of a man he claims raped his loose moraled wife (Lee Remick). He’s defended by a laconic but wily lawyer (James Stewart) who goes up against an equally canny prosecutor (George C. Scott). Excellent Otto Preminger courtroom drama with a top flight cast that also includes Eve Arden and Arthur O’Connell is based on a novel whose source was an actual murder case.

    Heavenly Creatures (1994)-When wealthy teenager Juliet (Kate Winslet) transfers from England to Christchurch, New Zealand, with her family, she meets and quickly bonds with quiet, brooding Pauline (Melanie Lynskey) through their shared love of singing screen star Mario Lanza and games of make believe. At first all is well but when their parents begin to suspect that their increasingly intense friendship is becoming something more the girls decide to run away to America. As the girls fears focus on anyone who might tear them apart they take extreme measures to remove anything or anyone they see as obstacles. Based on a notorious New Zealand murder case this brilliantly acted and chilling drama was the first major critical success for director Peter Jackson.

    Zodiac (2007)-In the late 1960s and 1970s, San Francisco is gripped by fear as its residents are plagued by a serial killer who calls himself Zodiac. Investigators (Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards) and reporters (Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr.) become obsessed with learning the killer’s identity and bringing him to justice. Meanwhile, Zodiac claims victim after victim and taunts the authorities with cryptic messages, cyphers and menacing phone calls. Unsettling David Finchner film has its share of good points but deals with an ugly, ghoulish story.

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