The Killing (1956)
(approved) 85 mins

The heist movie has been a Hollywood staple since… well, ever. I can’t really put my finger on why the crime movie is so enthralling, but they do rank among the best films ever made…whether it’s just about one heist in particular or organized crime in general.

And to be perfectly honest, never has a heist movie been better done than in ‘The Killing.’ The score? The take from a once-in-a-year large draw to a horse race. The players? Several men, only a few of whom are in the know about what it is exactly they’re doing. The scheme? Well, I wouldn’t want to give that away. That’s part of the fun. But it is flawless.

So watching everything unfold and all the pieces come into play is truly a sight to behold. I’m on the edge of my seat the entire time. And then just towards the end, you start to wonder…where is the film going exactly? How is this going to end. And just like that, it ended, in one of the most memorable endings to a film I’ve ever seen. My jaw was literally stuck open for a good five minutes. Yes, I realize that ‘jaw-dropping’ is an overused phrase to describe a film, but it truly is. This is a film I will remember for quite some time. Oh, and did I mention that this was one of director Stanley Kubrick’s earliest films?