Film Noir

The Big Caper

The Big Caper

| February 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

Robert Stevens’ The Big Caper is an excellent heist film and an fantastic addition to MGM’s Limited Edition Collection. The film follows Frank Harper (Rory Calhoun), a con man that keeps losing all of his money on gambling. With his losing streak at an all time high, Frank decides to come up with a big […]

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Incident in an Alley

Incident in an Alley

| December 8, 2011

Incident in an Alley is a really good low budget affair and is a fine example of many forgotten genres of American cinema. Based off of a short story by the great Rod Serling (The Twilight Zone), we follow Bill Joddy (Chris Warfield), a beat cop that accidentally shoots a young boy in an alley […]

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Hickey & Boggs

Hickey & Boggs

| September 13, 2011

Hickey & Boggs is a film noir about two private investigators (I Spy’s Bill Cosby and Robert Culp) hired to find a missing woman, Mary Jane (Carmen). The more they investigate Mary Jane, though, the more danger they find themselves in. With trained assassins constantly on their tale, the police constantly getting in the way, […]

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Humphrey Bogart: The Essential Collection

Humphrey Bogart: The Essential Collection

| October 20, 2010

I am very happy to report that Humphrey Bogart: The Essential Collection is one of the best DVD boxed sets ever released. The first thing you will notice about the collection is that it lives up to its name. The set includes 24 films from the period in which Bogart went from being a stage […]

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The Perfect Sleep Review

The Perfect Sleep Review

| March 19, 2009

“The Perfect Sleep” is the latest release from Unified Pictures and this is absolutely not your average independent film. “The Perfect Sleep” is a bizarre mixture of film noir and martial arts featuring a nearly indestructible character known only as The Narrator. The Narrator brings us along on his spiritual journey as he is faced […]

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The Lodger / Hangover Square

The Lodger / Hangover Square

| June 1, 2005 | 0 Comments

The American Cinemathéque screened two seldom-seen 20th Century Fox melodramas Friday night at the Egyptian Theatre. Taken together or separately, these films constituted a rare and eminently worthwhile double feature. The Lodger (1944) is a by-the-numbers send-up on Jack the Ripper, circa 1888. The mountainous Laird Cregar plays the psychotic serial killer with creepy elan […]

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The Box

The Box

| August 23, 2004 | 0 Comments

Frank Miles (James Russo–Donnie Brasco, Extremities), a professional thief, has just been released from a 3-year stretch in prison. Determined never to return, he follows the parole guidelines, checks into his fleabag hotel in downtown L.A. and settles into the drudge job as mechanic at a local wrecking yard. He meets Dora (Theresa Russell–Bad Timing, […]

Strange Illusion

Strange Illusion

| July 12, 2004 | 0 Comments

Paul Cartwright (Jimmy Lydon), a sensitive young man still shaken by his father’s death a couple years previous, has a dream in which he witnesses the violent car crash that took his father’s life, not as an accident, but as a murder. In the dream he also sees his mother (Sally Eilers) and sister Dorothy […]

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Ace in the Hole

Ace in the Hole

| March 26, 2004 | 0 Comments

Down on his-luck NYC reporter (Douglas) takes a job with a small-town paper that provides him with no challenges until he exploits the story of a man trapped in a mine. When I walked into the Egyptian Theatre tonight to watch Ace in the Hole (1951) as part of the Cinematheque’s weekend series of “Movies […]

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Le Cercle Rouge

Le Cercle Rouge

| August 16, 2003 | 0 Comments

This determinedly non-flashy noir has influenced all over the place–Miller’s Crossing, Quentin Tarantino and John Woo owe much to Melville’s ‘perfect heist movie.’ The master of the monosyllabic crime film presents a complex and layered account of a jewel robbery. The film is consciously leaden, shot in real time for the most part. Melville’s central […]

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