“Trouble Is My Business has a strong noir look and structure that will appeal to veteran film noir fans while the action and comedic elements could win over less-seasoned audiences. Such a balancing act is hard to pull off, but Konkle and company have done a masterful job. Trouble Is My Business is a marvelous independent film that deserves a wide audience…” – The Dark Pages, Andy Wolverton
“Konkle is a particularly strong lead, containing all the wit, charm and ruggedness you could want for a private dick, and engaging in some fantastically theatrical banter with almost all of the characters. He gets ruffed up along the way by an absolutely sterling performance from Vernon Wells as Detective Tate, whose long arm of the law stretches far and wide. Along with Konkle in most scenes is the excellent Brittney Powell who commands so many of the frames she is in as Jennifer.” – Chris Olson, UK FILM REVIEW
“…using every movie-making trick imaginable, Trouble is to film noir what Once Upon a Time in the West was to the western: the final word. With classic elements, a fresh cast, and painstaking detail, Konkle has created a world both familiar and new. Twists, betrayal, and mystery are finely intertwined with the wit, violence, and eventuality of the genre.” Kevin Ranson, Rotten Tomatoes
“a stylish film noir set in a backdrop of 1940’s Los Angeles, with great dialogue performed by some very capable actors…” – Screen Critix
“Despite being shot on a low budget, it does a remarkable job at capturing a gritty noir atmosphere. It has all the ingredients necessary to make it work well, including femme fatales, dark characters, and disreputable policemen. Konkle appears to have done his homework in capturing the tone and look of a film noir, right down to the outfits that characters wear. The action, while minimal, is still compelling with great dialogue and excellent one-liners. an entertaining throwback. For those needing a getaway from movies that contain overwhelming special effects and explosions, Trouble is My Business is a perfect remedy… it’s still a pleasure to watch and a good remembrance of what films once were.” – David Steigman,The Digital Bits
This is pure homage to the stories of Raymond Chandler, Mickey Spillane, Dashiell Hammett, Cornell Woolrich, Ross MacDonald, and the films that showcased them. The shades of light and shadow onscreen are right on the money. Cinematography is beautiful…Brittney Powell nails her performance and the supporting cast are exactly right. Vernon Wells, best known for playing the mohawk sporting biker Wez in The Road Warrior, is 72 now and chews the scenery as a corrupt cop with a satisfying balance of craggy faced menace and evil glee…if you’ve got a rainy afternoon when you’re laying low, a good stiff belt of bathtub gin, and a love for those old crime dramas, this feature will please you immensely. Trouble is My Business, and business is pretty damn good.” – Film Threat
“Sayings like “being a flat tire” and dead-pan one liners, fill the sound space and brought a grin to my face. Generally speaking, Tom Konkle and Brittney Powell have penned an excellent script and Konkle himself, has done some excellent work directing it. It’s all here for lovers of this type of movie and more to the point, it’s all here even if you’re not a genre fan. Konkle and Powell’s title helps raise that bar a little higher, and reduce the stigma in the process. This was a film I am glad I got to see. If this write-up helps gets even one more set of eyes viewing, it was all worth it. Bottom line? This is a fun, visually interesting movie. Congrats to the cast and crew for a job well… well done.” – Indy Red
“Clearly this film is the entire package.” – Reel Romp
“Tom Konkle and Brittney Powell set out to tell us a good story. They’ve succeeded. They set out to bring a style only celebrated by the hard core, to the masses. Again, anyone who watches will probably agree… they’ve succeeded. “Trouble Is My Business” is a witty, predictable – in a good way – romp that celebrates all those serialized shows and movies your grandparents probably loved to watch. Brought forth in a way that can be appreciated by both newcomers to the genre, and old lovers alike. This is the style that gave us those awesome one line, dead pan remarks so many of us quote unknowingly. And this is a great film to remind – or introduce – the genre in general.” – Reel Romp
“The phrase “they don’t make them like this anymore” could not be more apt for Konkle’s film, co-written with Powell. It’s a genre movie that completely dedicates itself to the form and reaps the benefits for its boldness. Fans of the masters of cinema will be in their absolute element, ricocheting against the costumes, sets, characters and more as the story unwinds into a classic caper with all the trimmings” – Chris Olson, UK FILM REVIEW
“…strict, unflinching adherence to lovingly recreated classic cliché. The film embraces type and peeks in every noir nook and cranny in the book, ensuring that each pulpy visual and all aural components that have made the genre a favorite.” – Blu-ray.com
“Trouble Is My Business” is a showy, comic style detective story spanning the entire range of noir type films. From the crooked police force of the old days, to the straight up dead pan – and cliche – performances you would expect from this type of movie. I write this all in the best possible way because put quite simply, this was a fun title to watch. One of those unusual micro budget movies that is actually done well.” – Reel Romp
“Maybe it’s just “plain old” talent. Whatever the case, and I happen to think it’s a little of both, everyone compliments one and other scene after scene. This film plays itself the way it’s meant to play thanks to everyone in front of the camera, and by no means do the folks behind the camera slack in any way either. This is a polished film. No question. The set design? The props and near perfect underscore? All stellar – but the reality is that these things would mean nothing, if not for the talent in front of the camera.” – Reel Romp
“One of the nice things about Trouble Is My Business is that it makes no bones about exactly what it is. Clearly, the film is a love letter to the movies of yesteryear—specifically, those in the film noir style….
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Detective Roland Drake falls for two beautiful Montemar sisters. One woman is dead and the other wants to kill him.
“Trouble” is a new feature film that is a love letter to noir. Trouble Is My Business is a dark, doomed romance filled with mystery, murder and betrayal. Starring Brittney Powell and Vernon Wells. Written by Tom Konkle and Brittney Powell. Directed by Thomas Konkle. An indie film coming April 2018 from Random Media and The Orchard on a SPECIAL 2 DISC DVD in Color and B&W and on Digital Film Platforms Amazon Instant PrimeVideo, FandangoNow, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play Microsoft Store Xbox, PC, XboxOne, Cable, Mobile Device click on these links and there are many others places you can see the critically praised, award-winning film, Best Picture Valley Film Festival, LA Film Awards< Culver City Film Festival, NovaFest,
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Private eye Roland Drake cracks cases and romances femme fatales in 1940’s Los Angeles while corrupt cops rule the underworld of the city and moral lines are anything but black and white. A dark, hard-boiled tale of love and betrayal, told in the classic style of film noir. Drake has fallen on hard times in a harsh world. He has been evicted from his office and disgraced by a missing persons case. Ruined in the public eye and with the police. it seems like it’s all over for Roland Drake. Then, redemption walks in – with curves. The owner of those curves is a sexy, dark haired beauty named Katherine Montemar. She wants his help. The chemistry is immediate and her concern for the disappearance of her family members pulls him into her case – and into bed. He wakes up to her missing too, and a pool of blood where she used to be. After a nervous encounter, the equally skilled but unscrupulous Lew MacDonald, he is confronted by Katherine’s blonde sister, Jennifer. She’s a beautiful femme fatale who knows more than she should about everything and blackmails him into helping her. Their destiny becomes entwined in the dark descent that leads them on a hunt for a priceless gem and information peeled back to revel a twisted reality. Dogged by the corrupt police in the form of Detective Tate, Drake must navigate a sinister world of lies, betrayal, and murder with the menagerie of seedy characters. Drake might not be able to tell right from wrong anymore in a doomed love story, which could destroy him, Jennifer, and bury all the mysteries forever.
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