Monday, June 3 2013
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.
Wednesday, November 9 2011
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.
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.
Tuesday, June 7 2011
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.
Wednesday, June 1 2011
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.
Thursday, March 10 2011
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.
Monday, November 15 2010
A tough 17-year-old dropout searches for her missing father in the poverty- and meth-scared hills of the Missouri Ozarks.
Tuesday, September 7 2010
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.
Friday, April 23 2010
John Banville's alter ego resurrects Quirke in another 1950s Dublin noir adventure.
Monday, March 29 2010
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.