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The Crime Is Up Podcast
182 minutes | Dec 6, 2021
Ep 24 - Swimming Pt 01 & Fargo
A sultry Las Vegas pit boss spies an opportunity at her private game when a handsome high roller dominates the table. Can she tempt him into helping her pull off a lo-fi, high-stakes robbery of the casino? Take a listen to Part 01 of Will Benson’s original crime fiction story Swimming to find out. And after the story we’re talking about the Coen Brothers’ classic, Fargo. Oh yeah, you betcha! Will and Chris get to the bottom of this Minnesota fable featuring Frances McDormand’s Oscar winning turn as a police chief tracking the woefully incompetent crook William H. Macy. And there’s plenty to be said about the talkative Steve Buscemi, the taciturn Peter Stormare, and of course, the woodchipper.
124 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Ep 23 - Ace in the Hole
Tighten your belts and pull on your suspenders listeners, we're talking “Ace in the Hole”! Kirk Douglas dives face first into his wholly unsympathetic turn as an unscrupulous reporter in director Billy Wilder’s classic, sunbaked noir. An infamous flop in 1951, time has allowed audiences to realize the brilliance of this critique of American life and the media. Nary an asphalt jungle or shadow laden alleyway are to be found, but this one’s as mean and cynical as film noir movies get. So hop on the ferris wheel of this big carnival as we celebrate one of our favorites in the genre!
125 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Ep 22 - Cop Land
Rocky. Rambo. Sheriff Freddy Heflin. If you haven’t seen Sylvester Stallone’s turn as the sheriff of Garrison, NJ, then do yourself a favor and have a listen. Cop Land is the movie where Sly shows off his incredible and subdued acting chops, and it is a pleasure to talk about his character work opposite one of the greatest assembled casts of the 1990’s: Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Robert Patrick, Annabella Sciorra, Cathy Moriarty, Michael Rapaport, Janeane Garofalo, Peter Berg, Method Man, Frank Vincent, John Spencer, Eddie Falco, & oh my goodness we can go on! And we do! Because director James Mangold put together a cop drama with a dash of police corruption, a sprinkling of noir, and a tablespoon of Western. The concoction that results is the strongest movie in Stallone’s filmography since the original Rocky and First Blood. Take a listen, or else, as De Niro says, “You blew it!”
181 minutes | May 19, 2021
Ep 21 - Get Carter
This episode we want our podcast in a thin glass. That’s right, we’re talking about the classic British crime film ‘Get Carter’ starring Michael Caine. Plus, we dive deep into the fantastic book it was based on, the criminally underrated ‘Jack’s Return Home’ by Ted Lewis. And to keep things thorough (and fun!) we touch on the Sylvester Stallone remake from the year 2000 as well as the 70’s blaxploitation remake ‘Hit Man’ starring Bernie Casey and Pam Grier.
52 minutes | May 11, 2021
Bonus Episode - Slow Burn
A man awakens from an all-nighter to find himself held captive on a beach, imprisoned in a strange apparatus that spreads him out like da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man. Who trapped him there, and why? As he struggles to understand, he must fight to free himself before the elements take hold: the scorching sun, angry gulls, the rising tide, and his own ebbing sanity.
3 minutes | May 4, 2021
Our next episode is slightly delayed, but fear not, we will be back next week on May 11th with a bonus episode for you. Then in two weeks on May 18th we'll be releasing Episode 21 centered on Get Carter with Michael Caine. We’ll also be talking about the book it was based on by underrated author Ted Lewis as well as the two remakes of the movie, Get Carter with Sylvester Stallone and Hit Man with Bernie Casey and Pam Grier. So tune in next week May 11th for more of The Crime Is Up Podcast. Thanks!
126 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Ep 20 - Jackie Brown and Rum Punch
No one knows how it’s goin down, except for maybe Jackie Brown… and Crime Is Up Podcast! We’re talking about Quentin Tarantino’s 3rd film, which simultaneously gives Pam Grier & Robert Forster their due in one of the most honest love stories of the 90’s. That’s not to say there isn’t violence, there is. And there’s blood and swearing and criminals doing nefarious things. But at its heart, this is a romance.And it’s unique in Tarantino’s filmography because it’s his only adaptation. So we examine how and why Tarantino decided to follow up the mega hit of Pulp Fiction with this faithful adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel Rum Punch. We’ve got plenty to say about the book itself, as well as the incredibly stacked cast of the movie: Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Bridget Fonda, Chris Tucker & Michael Keaton!
170 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Ep 19 - The Town and Prince of Thieves
Whose car we gonna take? We’re hopping in with Director Ben Affleck who’s behind the wheel of the best bank robbery movie since Heat! Episode 19 brings us to The Town with its kinetic action and killer cast starring Rebecca Hall, Blake Lively, Jon Hamm, Chris Cooper, and Oscar-Nominated Jeremy Renner. Plus we'll be talking about the Chuck Hogan book that it’s based on, Prince of Thieves. Both works claim there are more bank robbers that hail from Charlestown, MA than anywhere else. How true is that today? Chris peppers in some perspective from his family that live in Charlestown to see. Take a listen to find out!
162 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
Ep 18 - Dark Passage and The Fugitive
This episode, we’re on the lam with Humphrey Bogart and Harrison Ford! We’ve got a deep dive into the Bogie led film noir “Dark Passage” and the 90’s classic “The Fugitive”. What made us want to pair these two movies together? Because it could be that they were both based on the same source material, the book by pulp writer extraordinaire David Goodis! Goodis famously sued the producers of The Fugitive TV show for copyright infringement. Did he have a case? Have a listen to find out! Court cases aside, “Dark Passage” is a fun movie to talk about, with its first person POV camera inviting you to make eye contact with the always elegant and captivating Lauren Bacall. Plus, we’ll detail the unrelenting chase through every henhouse, outhouse, and doghouse that Tommy Lee Jones undertakes as he pursues Harrison Ford and winds up finding an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
142 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
Ep 17 - Out of the Past
“Baby, I don’t care.” With that dialogue, Robert Mitchum makes the hard-boiled heart of this film noir classic beat like brass knuckles on a bass drum. This episode we take great pleasure in talking about Mitchum sporting that trenchcoat and fedora, smoking all the cigarettes in the shadows as he faces off against Kirk Douglas’s smiling menace and Jane Greer’s murky motivations in Jacques Tourneur’s outstanding ‘Out of the Past’.Plus, we’ve got a rundown on the book it was based upon, ‘Build My Gallows High’ by Daniel Mainwaring. And Will has a few (controversial) thoughts on the 80’s remake ‘Against All Odds’ starring Jeff Bridges, Rachel Ward, and James Woods. Could the remake somehow be better than the original? Take a listen to hear Will talk himself into a tight corner over that one.
131 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
Ep 16 - The Untouchables
What are we prepared to do? Give you a whole episode devoted to The Untouchables, that’s what! We’re doing things the Chicago way and talking all about Sean Connery in his Oscar winning turn as the honest cop helping Kevin Costner’s Eliot Ness tackle Robert De Niro’s Al Capone in Brian De Palma’s classic (and altogether historically inaccurate) gangster flick. If you want to find out just how inaccurate it is, then have a listen! We did a bunch of research, and were shocked to find out just how much of this movie is pure fiction. But boy, is it entertaining! So grab your mohaska and have a listen as we try to perfect our Connery impressions. Spoiler alert: we fail miserably.
123 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
Ep 15 - No Country for Old Men
Call it, friendo! This week, we’re unpacking the pure insanity that is Anton Chigurh. Javier Bardem won a well-deserved Oscar for sporting a page boy haircut and portraying a pure psychopath that haunts every frame of this incredible cinematic masterpiece from the Coen Brothers. We chart the similarities and differences between Cormac McCarthy’s book and the film, and try to understand the particular brand of crazy that Chigurh represents. He’s the most frightening villain to stalk the silver screen this century. A wraith. A serial killer who sees himself as an arm of fate, metering out justice at the flip of a coin and the hiss of a captive bolt gun. And as if that isn’t enough, he thinks that page boy haircut was a good idea!
160 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
Ep 14 - Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
It’s road trip time listeners! We’ve got a deep dive into the grittiest, strangest road trip movie of the 70’s. It’s part violent crime story, part love triangle, part buddy comedy and maybe even part Greek Myth. Featuring a legendary lead performance from the criminally underutilized Warren Oates, this is one of Sam Peckinpah’s most divisive (and best!) movies. And it’s the only one that features a decapitated head in a picnic basket.
70 minutes | Sep 21, 2020
Ep 13 - The Usual Suspects
Keyser Soze. We are accustomed to thinking of him as one of the greatest criminal masterminds in modern movie history. But did he really manage the greatest trick the devil ever pulled? Chris and Will have some compelling evidence that might make you think twice! So have a listen to our movie appreciation episode of The Usual Suspects!
74 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
Ep 12 - Laughter’s The Best Medicine Pt 03 & Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Rufus may have gotten Alice’s three hundred grand from the P.O. Box, but now he’s got a henchman holding him at gunpoint. Can our hapless hero make it out of this captive situation and get back to his new love without taking any more lead in his belly? Find out in the exciting conclusion of “Laughter’s the Best Medicine”! And this week we’re talkin toons! “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” seamlessly blends the conventions of a noir story with the antics and humor of classic Warner Brothers and Disney cartoons. You’ve got Bob Hoskins as the hard drinking gumshoe Eddie Valiant going up against a band of gangster weasels and a certain buxom redheaded femme fatale named Jessica Rabbit who’s about as far from a Disney Princess as you can get without falling off a cliff in a puff a smoke Wile E. Coyote style. So join us as we talk about this smart mix of film noir and cartoon chaos.
106 minutes | Sep 7, 2020
Ep 11 - Laughter’s The Best Medicine Pt 02 & The Big Lebowski
After being shot, standup comedian Rufus wakes up to discover that he’s been under the care of the very woman who shot him. But who is this mysterious redheaded siren? Why did she shoot him? And can Rufus trust a single word that comes out of her mouth? Take a listen to find out!And mix yourself a White Russian because Chris and Will are talking about The Big Lebowski! The Coen Brothers fashioned The Dude as a sort of stoner private detective based in part upon Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe. So we’re going to take a look at how El Duderino stacks up as a brother shamus in this story of mistaken identity, kidnapping, and bowling.
74 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
Ep 10 - Laughter’s The Best Medicine Pt 01 & Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Rufus is a standup comedian who, sadly, isn’t very funny. But every week he’s up on stage cracking jokes for an indifferent audience and hecklers. Then she walks in. A woman so beautiful she stops him cold, mid-act. And the trouble she brings into the comedy club with her entangles Rufus in a sinister criminal enterprise that isn’t any laughing matter.And for their film talk, Chris and Will discuss the merits of the comedy-noir Kiss Kiss Bang Bang starring Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, and Michelle Monaghan. Director Shane Black’s loving comedic sendup of the private detective genre is a fun examination of hard-boiled conventions.
93 minutes | Aug 24, 2020
Ep 09 - When You Got A Good Friend & A Simple Plan
A group of carpenters uncover something spectacular in the walls of the house they’re renovating: a rare comic book worth millions! Should be an easy three way split between them. But their friendship is tested when a workplace “accident” starts to look more like a workplace murder. Is one of them trying for a bigger piece of the score? Or have paranoia and greed begun poisoning their friendship? Have a listen to find out!And after the story, Chris and Will are talking about a neo-noir film featuring another found fortune: A Simple Plan. Sam Raimi directed this movie about how a blessing can sometimes turn into a curse. The acting is top notch with Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, and Bridget Fonda all turning in solid work (with Billy Bob gaining a much deserved Oscar nomination for his sympathetic turn as Jacob).
135 minutes | Aug 17, 2020
Ep 08 - Cut You Down Pt 04 & Cape Fear and The Executioners
Malcolm and Dwight’s respective paths of revenge are about to intersect in the exciting, bloody conclusion of Cut You Down. Who will be left standing? And can the fledgling family bonds Malcolm has formed with Michael and Mary survive this fight? Take a listen to Episode 08 of The Crime Is Up Podcast to find out!And for their movie talk, Chris and Will are wrangling their thoughts for a super-sized comparison episode on Cape Fear. There’s the original with eternal good-guy Gregory Peck fighting off a monstrous Robert Mitchum. Plus we have the remake from Martin Scorsese starring Oscar Nominated Robert DeNiro and Nick Nolte! And they’ll also take the opportunity to discuss John D. MacDonald’s excellent novel The Executioners, upon which both movies are based. They even squeeze in a little talk about The Simpsons spoof episode Cape Feare.
99 minutes | Aug 10, 2020
Ep 07 - Cut You Down Pt 03 & Blue Ruin
Malcolm puts his new bow and arrows to good use. First on a hunting trip with his son, Michael, and then while tracking a more sinister, deadly prey. One that can shoot back.A frustrated Dwight raises the price on Malcolm’s head as he tries to run his protection business from a distance. And Mary and Malcolm struggle to navigate their new family dynamic with the specter of Malcolm’s impending revenge hanging over them. For their movie talk, Chris and Will discuss a soon-to-be-classic: Blue Ruin! Jeremy Saulnier’s neo-noir film starring Macon Blair deconstructs the revenge genre and produces an engaging, entertaining drama in the process. Haven’t seen it? Then you should! Seen it already? Well, have a listen cause we have plenty to say about it: what do Rambo III and Home Alone III have in common with Blue Ruin? Take a listen to find out!
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