Three movies titled Crime Wave enter, only one will leave (with that title) as Herman “OmegaPrime” Davis, Joseph “Joey” Patton, and Robert Rau watch a movie Sam Raimi disowned, a steamy noir flick from the ’50s, and one of Canada’s finest comedies to determine which should be called Crime Wave.
Sam Raimi and the Coen Brothers have given us plenty of great movies. Our first of three films is not one of them. This 1985 movie is filled with the intrigue of a true crime novel portrayed by Looney Toons characters. Fans of the creators will find something to enjoy, like a cameo from Bruce Campbell, but nothing to love. As for the title, the amount of killing over a short time fits with the title.
The second movie is from 1954, and with a running time of a mere 74 minutes, it cuts straight to the point. Crooks are roaming the town, and the only people that can help the cops are former crooks. One of these ex-crooks just wants to live an ordinary life, but they keep pulling him back in. Featuring an early performance from Charles Bronson, this movie is a solid entry in the noir franchise, but is robbery and one measly death enough to keep the title?
We decided to knock out a third movie available on Amazon Prime because Robert really wanted to watch it, and boy was it worth it. This Canadian movie features a kid narrator as she chronicles the goings-on of their tenant trying to write the perfect color crime script. The best parts are the re-enactments of these scripts, which only show the beginnings and ends because the author has problems with the middles. Even though the name of the movie is taken from her script’s title, will that be enough to sway our hosts?
This one won’t be a toughie, but are any of these movies good enough to call itself Crime Wave? Listen if you dare.
Do you have an idea or even want to join the “There Can Be Only One” gang at their next viewing party? Email Robert Rau with your movie suggestion, the days you’re free to watch, and how much beer you can bring.
- Director/Producer: Robert Rau
- Executive Producer: Jeremy White