Hot Genre, Crime Drama

Master director Martin Scorsese’s latest movie, The Irishman, was just invited to Premiere at the prestigious New York Film Festival next month, before it comes to Netflix later in the fall. Can’t wait for this one, where he brings the gang back together again, Dinero, Keitel, Pesci, and the added bonus of Pacino and DiCaprio. Talk about star power.

We thought it would be fun to count down Scorsese’s top 10, as hard as that will be! We’re kicking things off with Mean Streets, the 1973 film where he and his partner in crime, Robert Dinero, began working together. We’ll add a new movie to this countdown each week, leading up to the premiere.

Whether it’s the Mueller investigation, or the political debates, wrought with accusations, or the myriad of other conflicts facing the world today, it’s no wonder one of the hottest genres is Crime Drama, especially in TV.

This week, our iGEMSelections are all connected by crime, investigation and rule breakers. Seems timely.

Our Crime Drama Series collection includes 10 of the favorites in the category, across multiple platforms. Ozark continues to score well, as does True Detective and Bodyguard; but there’s also Happy Valley and Mind Hunter. The rage of Luther, and the charm of White Collar.

For lighter fare, Better Things is worth the watch, Sam Fox is a single, working actor with no filter trying to raise her three daughters — Max, Frankie and Duke — in Los Angeles. She is mom, dad, referee and the cops. The FX show is funny, with the clever writing and performances coming together to somehow make this Series feel real and organic. Season three may be their best.

In Knock Down the House, without political experience or corporate money, four women are attempting to do what many consider impossible, challenge incumbents in Congress. This Sundance Audience Award Winning doc demonstrates how underdogs can build a movement and cause a legendary upset.

And finally, in the Black Diamond pick this week, a teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend. Brick (2005)is a stylish Noir, with a healthy dose of black humor and catchy soundtrack, this is a worthy detective entry that won a prize at Sundance and put the director Rian Johnshon (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) on the map.

The first American narrative movie ever made was The Great Train Robbery (1903). Yes, we started with crime, and the genre is certain to carry on.

About the Author:
Jon Fitzgerald is the Founder of and Cause Cinema, guiding audiences to engaging movies and series. He is also the author of Filmmaking for Change.

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