Articles tagged loney, noir

Altman Turns to Crime in ‘The Long Goodbye’ and ‘Thieves Like Us’

These two crime pictures provide insight into the ways Robert Altman operated within and without Hollywood conventions.

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Yakuza Formula Plus Cool Style Equals ‘Massacre Gun’

The chipmunk-cheeked Joe Shishido leads up this 1967 "borderless action" film from Japan.

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Chuck Prophet - “Tell Me Anything (Turn to Gold)” (video) (Premiere)

In his latest music video, Chuck Prophet goes a little noir -- and gets a lot of ketchup on him.

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Kill My Coquette - “3rd & Bonnie Brae” (video) (Premiere)

The Los Angeles rock 'n' roll outfit Kill My Coquette brings Breaking Bad and Scarface actor Steven Bauer on for their latest music video, "3rd & Bonnie Brae", an examination of the seedy side of Los Angeles.

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You Can’t Know the Answer in ‘Enemy’

Director Denis Villeneuve's most successful film to date is a baffling mood piece, a puzzle designed with no solution.

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Moving Pixels Podcast: ‘Monaco’, Neon Noir Heists and the Pleasures of Making Mistakes

Get in. Get Out. Get paid. Monaco apes all the conventions of the heist film, but this time, it's you making all of the plans and making all of the mistakes.

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Batman and “Bitches”

In noir, men do bad things to women, women do bad things to men, people do bad things to each other. One of the central conceits of noir is very simple: people are creeps.

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‘Pale Flower’: Living for Death

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.

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Deadly Cocktail, Perfect Mix: Styles Clash in Blue Estate 3

Even in meeting the demands of the crime noir genre, and giving the story a cooling off period Viktor Kalvachev brings an intensity to Blue Estate.

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‘L.A. Noire’: The Fatalism of American Sticktoitiveness

You can get through the entire story by being the least competent detective in the world. The story will unfold, as it were, despite you.

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The Darkness of “Passion”: Visuals and Voiceovers, Sound and Shadow

In this essay, Rhonda V. Wilcox provides a penetrating commentary on one of the greatest Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes that Joss Whedon neither wrote nor directed.

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‘Winter’s Bone’: Where Crime and Loss are the Only Family

A tough 17-year-old dropout searches for her missing father in the poverty- and meth-scared hills of the Missouri Ozarks.

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7 Sep 2010 // 10:00 PM

‘The Wire’ As American Noir

The Wire’s intentional difficulty and rigor -- along with academia’s ongoing love affair with cultural studies -- might very well explain its emerging as a centerpiece in a growing number of courses at many colleges and universities in the United States.

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‘Elegy for April’: Benjamin Black’s New Dublin Noir

John Banville's alter ego resurrects Quirke in another 1950s Dublin noir adventure.

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The Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta by Paul Theroux

Writing a novel about writer’s block is a bit like cleaning a revolver when you’re not entirely incapable of suicide. Paul Theroux’s new book, a clumsy attempt at the mystery novel, goes off in his own hand.

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Chinatown (Centennial Collection)

Despite bringing film noir into the daylight and into color, this is among the darkest of Southern California tales.

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Boston Noir by Dennis Lehane, Ed.

This anthology is a lot like the city it aims to depict: occasionally impressive, at times insincere, and very proud of its quirks and foibles.

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19 Oct 2009 // 10:00 PM

Pete Kelly’s Blues

Jack Webb's glum radio series 'Pete Kelly's Blues' is a sigh of a tribute to the roaring '20s, a melancholic parade of blistering jazz and the pointlessness of its own nostalgia.

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24 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

A Nail Through the Heart by Timothy Hallinan

A Nail Through the Heart can be read as an anti-noir, eschewing the taciturn, solitary detective for a man whose only desire is to connect.

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Wall Street Noir by Peter Spiegelman [Editor]

For desperate acts, psychosexual kinks, and a pervasive sense of fatalism, there are better places to look than the office of a CFO.

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Con Brio: The Best New Live Band in America?

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"There’s a preciousness to McCarter and the rest of the mostly young band. You want to freeze the moment, to make sure they are taking it all in too. Because it’s going to change.

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