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We Are Marshall

We Are Marshall

| December 27, 2006 | 0 Comments

If you are hoping to see a movie that will uplift you and reaffirm your faith in the human spirit this holiday season, you should probably roll the dice on Rocky Balboa or Pursuit of Happyness. While at times a very moving film, We Are Marshall, directed by McG (Charlie’s Angels), never quite reaches the […]

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China Moon

China Moon

| October 24, 2001 | 0 Comments

The term “noir” was first applied to the cinema when French critics wanted describe the “blackness” of the subject matter they saw in wartime American movies. Certainly, the classic noir period occurred circa the nineteen-forties, yet ever since Kathleen Turner drawled her predilection for feeble-witted men in 1981′s Body Heat, the “neo-noir” has proved itself […]

Born to Kill

Born to Kill

| October 2, 2001 | 0 Comments

“As you grow older, you’ll discover that life is very much like coffee–the aroma is always better than the actuality.” – Detective Arnett The working title for Born to Kill was Deadlier Than The Male (from the pulp novel by James Gunn). It’s a title that’s easily applied to most of the ‘black films’ of […]

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Berlin Express

Berlin Express

| September 1, 2001 | 0 Comments

France is still licking its wounds of war and occupation. At the base of the Eiffel Tower, a pigeon is mysteriously shot from the sky. A group of schoolboys take the dead bird to Sacre Coeur for a dignified burial; but one of the boys’ mothers decides it will make a better meal than funeral […]

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Niagara

Niagara

| August 24, 2001 | 0 Comments

Released in 1953, Niagara is one of a handful of noir movies that were exclusively intended as a star vehicle for a single personality–oddly enough in this case, Marilyn Monroe. The majority of A-list noirs of the classic period were packed with characters, especially in cases of urban detective stories. A jungle of characters and […]

Crack-Up

Crack-Up

| August 12, 2001 | 0 Comments

“Odd, isn’t it, that truth should be a byproduct of war? Only in the recent war did we perfect a direct method of communication with a man’s true self. It’s called ‘narcosynthesis’…One small injection of this and the brain is illuminated with accuracy…the subconscious mind takes over.” – Dr. Lowell Crack-Up was shot between December […]

This Gun for Hire

This Gun for Hire

| August 2, 2001 | 0 Comments

“I read somewhere about a kind of doctor, a psycho-something–you tell him your dream, and you don’t have to dream it anymore.” – Philip Raven There’s something satisfying in seeing the old-time Hollywood machine produce a film that transcends its gristmill origin. In the case of This Gun for Hire, the film was produced in […]

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Out of the Past

Out of the Past

| May 31, 2001 | 0 Comments

“Near the plaza was a café called La Mar Azul, next to a movie house. I sat there in the afternoons and drank beer. I used to sit there half asleep with the beer and the darkness, only that music from the movie next door kept jarring me awake. And then I saw her, coming […]

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Detour

Detour

| May 31, 2001 | 0 Comments

“I keep trying to forget what happened and wonder what my life might have been like if that car of Haskel’s hadn’t stopped. But one thing I don’t have to wonder about, I know. Someday a car will stop to pick me up that I never thumbed. Yes, Fate or some mysterious force can put […]

Kiss Me Deadly

Kiss Me Deadly

| May 4, 2001 | 0 Comments

In 1955, Robert Aldrich, a director whose career is filled with genre films, produced what is arguably the greatest example of American noir cinema. Film historian Steven Scheuer called Kiss Me Deadly “the apotheosis” of the classic film noir period. More than once, the film has been called the best film noir ever made. Certainly […]

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