Tuesday, September 23 2014
Noir, as a definitive term, is elusive and always out of reach, as are dreams. So what are we to do with Fear in the Night, a noir that traffics in dreams?
Thursday, September 18 2014
In Torneur's classic film, the femme fatale knows she's an object in a world of violent men she has no reason to respect.
Thursday, August 28 2014
Perhaps Fear in the Night will never look or sound better, always like a nagging, half-forgotten celluloid memory.
Friday, August 1 2014
Slander hasn't dated much at all; it still engages the viewer with something harsh and sordid under its veneer of '50s gentility.
Friday, June 20 2014
Olive Films' reissue of the 1951 Cry Danger is as no-frills as the old school film itself.
Thursday, August 4 2011
One of the all-time great film noirs, a must-see classic on its own, Kiss Me Deadly only gets better with a wonderful slew of extras.
Thursday, July 21 2011
Into this movie's milieu of prison terms, all-night gambling sessions and literal and figurative back-stabbings arrives a dewy young woman named Saeko (pronounced, more or less, 'psycho') who is very young and very tired of life.
Thursday, August 26 2010
In Human Desire, one of the five films included here, Broderick Crawford is one of those big lugs whose volume control dial has been permanently stuck somewhere between "bluster" and "bellow."
Wednesday, April 14 2010
This book is a compendium of noir clichés, each one twisted to Coover’s purpose, which is to repurpose noir into a metaphor for existence itself
Sunday, March 2 2008
Offering a scrupulous listing of the novels, plays, and other literary sources that inspired great noir productions of the 1940s, this is bibliophilia with heart and cinephilia with brains.