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Le Doulos (1962)
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
French director Melville did for gangsters exactly what the Italian Sergio Leone did for cowboys, creating a distinctively European take on a predominantly American form by focusing on details of props and costume in hyper-realist manner, spinning familiar B-plotlines into fable-like miniature epics of betrayal and revenge, and stressing brutally professional violence to an almost existential degree (albeit with a distancing Gallic shrug rather than Italianate close-up leering). In Le Doulos - slang for accuser, as in police informant, but also vengeance-seeker - Jean-Paul Belmondo is the underworld icon in fedora and collar-upturned trenchcoat, donning white editor's gloves whenever he shoots anyone and, in an astonishing sequence, tying a woman to a radiator to batter information out of her. His middleman, Silien, is presented as the rat who squealed on jewel thief Maurice (Serge Reggiani), but, of course, things are far from being that simple. Read Review

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
The point at which the books started to take a darker turn - the arrival of the soul-sucking Dementors, a troubled werewolf, death sentences for hippogriffs. Cuarón's tenure as Hogwarts caretaker has yet to be outdone. Read Review

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
Director: Terry Gilliam
Johnny Depp channels Hunter S. Thompson and consumes inhuman amounts of drugs, while Gilliam shows that the straight, Nixon-voting world outside Thompson's head - represented by Vegas at its most hideous - is scarcely less insane. Read Review

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Director: James Foley
David Mamet's pungent chronicle of real-estate hustling is a modern Death Of A Salesman and makes one of the great ensemble films. Pacino, Lemmon, Spacey, Baldwin, Harris, Arkin - 'nuff said. Read Review

The Crow (1994)
Director: Alex Proyas
Dripping with stormcloud-moody teen-Goth cool, Proyas' Hollywood debut brought glumster J. O'Barr's culty comic book to action-packed life. Infamous, of course, for the tragic death of star Brandon Lee. Read Review

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