Movie of the Week: ‘Croupier’

“Croupier” (1998) – Jack Manfred (Clive Owen) is a writer, a struggling one.  Yes, that’s the seemingly eternal and cliché story for writers, but there’s a long thread of truth and history with such claims.  While Jack grapples with putting pen to paper or typing on his antiquated (by 2022 standards) word processor, his dad finds him a lead for a job.   Jack interviews for a card dealer and roulette position, a croupier, at London’s Golden Lion Casino.  It’s a hot spot that looks fancy on the surface, but Jack’s…

31 Scary Movies that are 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon: ‘Sisters’

“Sisters” (1972) – Brian De Palma sometimes gleefully dives into Hitchcock territory (“Blow Out” (1981), “Body Double” (1984)) but with a bloodier, grittier edge. “Sisters” is a perfect example.  Phillip (Lisle Wilson) meets a young, attractive model, Danielle (Margot Kidder). After spending the night, he unceremoniously meets Danielle’s twin sister, Dominique (also played by Kidder).  Let’s just say that the latter sibling isn’t as congenial as the former.  A crime is committed.  An upstart reporter (Jennifer Salt) tries to solve the mystery, and the clues are in plain sight!  See…