True Crime Blockbusters By Famous Directors

Wes Anderson’s The Strange World of Amanda Knox

No one knows if Amanda Knox murdered her roommate while studying abroad—but Anderson’s latest film shines a soft, filtered light on Knox’s time spent in an Italian jail. Viewers will enjoy many scenes where Knox (played by Saoirse Ronan) gazes off into the distance and/or sits in front of a wall with chipped, but aesthetically pleasing, pastel paint. She makes friends with an eclectic group of inmates who each have either a birthmark on their face, a bandaged limb, or a thin mustache they comb incessantly. Luke and Own Wilson have featured roles as Knox’s impassive Italian lawyers and Bill Murray makes a cameo as a peg-legged warden.

Justin Lin’s The Fast and the Horrifyingly Furious

OJ Simpson may have killed his wife and gotten away with it, but Justin Lin’s action-packed hit is all about the days before the trial. More specifically, the day of the white Bronco chase. Rev up your engines for a fast-paced film about a rookie cop (played by Vin Diesel), who’ll need to put the peddle to the medal in order to take down OJ in the most epic race of his life. This epic 90-minute film clocks a total of 50 minutes of drifting and 100 minutes of driver-to-driver stare-downs.

The Cohen Brothers’ Two Brothers Who Are Very Violent

The story of the Menendez brothers, two young men who decide to kill their parents in an outrageously bloody stabbing session. This film is so gory, you’ll worry about Mr. and Mrs. Cohen.

Baz Luhrmann’s JonBenet, the Musical

Inspired by the murder of a young pageant girl, Luhrmann’s musical romp follows the Ramsey family and the larger-than-life child pageant workers who should go to jail—if only for supporting such perturbing competitions. Don’t miss Luhrmann’s all-star Aussie cast, including Nicole Kidman as the mom, Chris Hemsworth as the dad, and Rebel Wilson as the cringy older brother. This flashy film is a wild ride that will keep you wondering how the parents did it until the very end! A favorite for best costumes at the Oscars.

John Lasseter’s Mom

The latest animated flick to come out of Disney/Pixar is “Mom,” the story of a young girl, Gypsy Rose Blanchard (voiced by Kristin Bell), who wants only to escape her mother’s clutches. The mother (Glenn Close), suffers from Munchhausen syndrome by proxy, a psychological disease which causes her to pretend her daughter is sick in order to get attention. This instant classic is filled with colorful music numbers about pills, prescriptions, and scamming Make-A-Wish. It ends the way most Disney movies start: with the mom dying.

Christopher Nolan’s Jodi

Nolan’s latest highly-conceptual film will have you questioning which way is up or down, right or wrong. Especially after Jodi Arias (played by a bespectacled Anne Hathaway) gives her ever-changing testimonies about how she definitely just FOUND her ex-boyfriend (Christian Bale) dead in the shower. This is a psychological thriller with lots of booming, theater-shaking noises, which is great, because it drowns out the sound of Jodi’s whiny liar voice.

Tim Burton’s Murderer Making

Instead of being a rosy-cheeked southerner, Steven Avery (Johnny Depp) is portrayed as a very pale, very thin, mild-mannered man who has greasy hair and scissors for hands. Everyone thinks he’s murdered a woman (portrayed in flash-backs by Helena Bonham Carter) but Depp’s character says he’s really just misunderstood. And also really moody. All in stop motion animation.

Terry Gilliam’s Monty Python and the Tiger King

A musical romp with wild characters such as the Tiger King, a flamboyant monarch (played by John Cleese) and Carol the Countess of Cats (also played by John Cleese). Memorable skits include “The Tiger That Took My Arm,” an instructional sketch on what not to do in front of a tiger cage. “Faulty Tigers,” a sketch about chasing bumbling baby tigers, and “Nice to Meat You Truck,” a sketch where Joe Exotic tries in vain to notify an employee of a meat truck delivery.

Roman Polanski’s Roman Polanski

Polanski’s autobiographical story.

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