Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been rewatching a lot of TV shows and even reading stories featuring the criminal underworld in some way, shape or fashion. I’m almost done rewatching the first Underbelly series, while halfway through the second. Hell, there was a great story about Yakuza talking about what it was like to play Yakuza 3.
Question is: what are your favourite stories, books, films and shows about the criminal underworld?
I’ve been meaning to rewatch The Sopranos from start to finish, mostly because I never watched the series from the beginning the first time. I also have something shameful to admit: I’ve barely watched any of The Wire, something that I should probably rectify sooner rather than later.
Movie-wise, I always liked The Usual Suspects. I found it fairly digestable viewing, particularly in comparison to some of the older classics (Scarface, The Godfather series). Maybe I’m just of a generation that doesn’t have the requisite level of patience for films from that era, though.
What’s your favourite works about the criminal underworld? (Also, I know that’s a photo of the Grim Reaper. That’s what iStock brought up when I searched criminal underworld. I guess Death isn’t considered a law-abiding citizen of the netherrealm. Or something.)