Articles tagged noir

‘Gotham: Season 2’ Is a Muddled, Middling, and Messy Fare

Gotham steeps itself in Batman lore without ever becoming too faithful, its piety only extending far enough to communicate its loose ties to the source material.

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‘99 River Street’ Feints and Punches

This noir throws several clever misdirections at the viewer.

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UCLA Film & Television Archive to the Rescue

The Chase, Too Late for Tears, Woman on the Run and The Southerner are all examples of postwar indie cinema that had fallen through the cracks -- until now.

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More Paluzzi Please: ‘A Black Veil for Lisa’ Fears Its Greatest Asset

How to veil a goddess and dampen the picture.

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Murder for Two: Oedipal Death-Cycles in ‘The Eye of the Beholder’

Behm turns the detective novel first on its head and then sideways before shot-putting it across a terrain of Żuławskian terror; its film adaptation is an equally nerve-wracking descent into oedipal destruction.

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‘Try and Get Me’ Goes Where Most Films Fear to Tread

This overlooked noir film takes a disturbing look at ordinary American life, circa 1950.

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‘Cry of the Hunted’ Is a Little Movie With a Lot Going On

Cry of the Hunted is an intriguing B film with homoerotic subtext galore.

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The Second Season of ‘True Detective’ Was a Victim of Unreasonable Expectations

Don't let the knee-jerk negative response to True Detective's second season fool you: the show got better when it moved west.

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‘Pitfall’ and ‘Flaxy Martin’ Have Diametrically Opposed Femmes Fatales

Pitfall presents a clammy credibility and a grasp of grown-up behavior; whereas Flaxy Martin is a plot full of unpleasant people in an unpleasant world of big-city corruption.

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Chuck Wendig’s ‘Zeroes’ Is a Paranoid Techno-thriller That’s Just Right for our Times

It's all too easy to see the ways that the Zeroes' security is constantly compromised, and realize that those are very natural extensions of the technology that surrounds us today.

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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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Unexpected Deaths and Hideous Trousers in 'Kamikaze 89'

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"Rainer Werner Fassbinder is the whole show.

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