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Caught Up in Crime: A Trend in Modern Writer/Directors' Feature Debuts

by Peter W
Caught Up in Crime: A Trend in Modern Writer/Directors' Feature Debuts by Peter W

As I watch more and more writer/directors’ feature debuts, I’ve noticed a common theme in the plots of these films: they involve non-criminals or petty criminals wilfully becoming involved in more serious felonies, then realizing they’ve gotten in too deep. Despite a relatively common establishing premise, these films are wildly diverse, thematically and visually displaying their filmmaker’s specific style, which carries through their later work. This is simply a loose idea intended to provoke thought, not a hard and fast rule.