The Cohen Case Files: Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct: Ice (1996)

Teleplay by Larry Cohen There is something inherently comforting about the police procedural. Maybe it’s because most audiences feel secure when watching or reading a narrative that has a formula? Maybe it’s deeper than that? Maybe when we are constantly confronted with news stories of unsolved crimes, police incompetence or corruption, and (usually inflated) statistics […]

The Cohen Case Files: As Good as Dead (1995)

Written, Produced, and Directed by Larry Cohen Even if you went into As Good as Dead without the knowledge that it made its premiere as a made-for-USA-network film, even casual viewers unaware of Cohen’s career could quickly figure out that fact. From the generic thriller title to the mostly anemic casting (save a little edginess […]

The Cohen Case Files: Desperado: Avalanche at Devil’s Ridge (1988)

Written by Larry Cohen After watching Desperado: Avalanche at Devil’s Ridge, I had trouble deciding if I should bother writing a plot synopsis or if I would be better off just cataloging the dozen or so slow-motion sequences that make up much of the film’s running time. Since the story is actually a little better-than-average […]