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166  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Palmetto (1998) Just Another Sucker Southern Noir on: April 22, 2017, 07:30:36 AM
Gershon, Shue and Sevigny... Harrelson's a lucky dog. Will check this out soon, it looks & sounds interesting! Thanks for the great review!
167  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Observations on film art: Film noir, a hundred years ago on: April 19, 2017, 01:18:09 PM
An interesting article on early examples of chiaroscuro lighting in movies from the 1910's and 1920's. Some very creative imagery and it's a shame that as the author notes, a lot of these lesser known silents exist today only in incomplete form and will likely never be shown outside of archives.

http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2017/04/18/film-noir-a-hundred-years-ago/
168  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Too Late (2015) A "Tarantinian" Neo Noir on: April 19, 2017, 05:20:42 AM
How did you see it XhcnoirX? Here it was on Netflix, not on disc yet last I checked.

(French) Netflix. Would love to own this on blu-ray with a commentary or something at some point Smiley
169  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: April 18, 2017, 03:54:51 PM
Nobels Testamente / Nobel's Last Will (2012): At the annual Nobel price gala the winner and the chairwoman of the committee are shot by an assassin. As the media focuses on the price winner, crime journalist & witness Annika Bengtzon (Malin Crépin) thinks the chairwoman was the real target. First of 6 Swedish movies starring Crépin as Annika Bengtzon (after 2 earlier attempts in 2003), this is not quite the Scandi noir I had hoped for. It's not bad, but also not good, it feels a bit sterile and soulless. Might give another movie in the series a try to see if things improve. 6/10
170  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Actor/Actress Appreciation Thread on: April 18, 2017, 07:23:42 AM
Mark Stevens: Despite studio efforts to launch him as a sort of second Alan Ladd (including the noir 'The Dark Corner' and the drama 'The Snake Pit' opposite Olivia de Havilland), he never really caught on with the public and soon had to resort to B-movies and TV series. Despite not being a stand-out actor in any shape or form, like Ladd he had a face and way of acting that was perfect for noir, making him a personal fave. Besides the excellent 'The Dark Corner', I can also recommend the noirs he directed and starred in, 'Time Table' and 'Cry Vengeance' as well as his turn as Martin Kane in the TV series 'Martin Kane, Private Eye' (Kane was played by a different actor in each season).
171  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Too Late (2015) A "Tarantinian" Neo Noir on: April 18, 2017, 06:46:14 AM
I watched this last night, and loved it, it's a neo-noir that is far more than the sum of its five parts.

One thing this movie is not is conventional. The gimmick of shooting each part as one long extended take is definitely divisive, and it is likely not helped by shuffling the order around (2, 4, 1, 5, 3) and adding some quite artificial/'clever' lines. But it worked for me, both on a visual level as well as on a story/character level. I was both admiring the complexity and beauty of the camera work/individual scenes, as well as the overall good performances. The sound design and songs that are played throughout the movie (often with lyrics that seemingly refer to the scene they're played over, which is joked about in one particular scene in segment #1, played third) is also quite interesting and well thought out.

The story itself is fairly basic (the non-linear narrative definitely helps), and I didn't particularly care for the 2 drug dealers that book-end the movie and their 'philosophical musings' about movies and plots, but otherwise it's quite the gem. Perhaps it is all a bit too well thought out and too mechanical/methodical by director & writer Dennis Hauck, as the movie IS really self-aware and the gimmick is pretty in-your-face, but I loved it. It is definitely a 'different' experience. 8+/10

And yes, as CJ pointed out, there are numerous references to other movies, including a drive-in cinema owned by Jilly Bean that plays some old B horror(?) movie (I kept trying to see what it could be hah), and the use of the tagline of 1947's 'They Won't Believe Me': 'When a man goes to the devil he usually takes a woman with him... this man took three!'...
172  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: April 17, 2017, 04:06:09 PM
Meridian (2016): Mid 40s. When a police detective goes to check out a strange sighting at an LA beach and doesn't call in, his captain drives out there, only to find an abandoned cop car... A short made for Netflix as a sort of open source testcase it's decently done, combining a supernatural mystery with a 40s police procedural setting. 6/10

See also http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/netflix-meridian-imf-tools-open-source-1201859416/
173  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Who Killed Teddy Bear (1965) Sleazy New York Noir Creepshow on: April 17, 2017, 10:39:10 AM
Not familiar with them (Network), I only deal with these R2 and other releases when I absolutely can't find the film anywhere else. I've since read that there is another version where the title sequence is not blurred, Network DVD was what I found on Amazon.

I guess Network must have gotten their hands on the UK version, someone in the comments of the youtube link posted by titoli also mentions a longer cut.
174  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Who Killed Teddy Bear (1965) Sleazy New York Noir Creepshow on: April 17, 2017, 09:55:42 AM
Thanks for the review, seems interesting enough... Might have to grab a copy during one of Network's next sales, it sounds like a really odd movie for them to release.
175  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Brit Noir: One Way Out (1955)-With link. on: April 17, 2017, 09:23:01 AM

Yes, I can recommend them, at a decent price. They contain some decent to good B Britnoirs and thrillers. They pretty much all have an American actor as the lead (I think it had to do with some financial deal, I forgot the details), like Dane Clark, Richard Conte, Dan Duryea, John Ireland and Cesar Romero as well as many familiar British character actors. I found only one movie on these 2 sets almost unwatchable (oddly enough starring one of my faves, Conte), the rest all have redeeming values. Decent-looking prints as well.

Also thanks to MDF for the links with the lists... Very useful and handy!  Afro
176  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: April 17, 2017, 09:01:53 AM
Not yet seen this movie, your synopsis and especially the 'But there is a catch' line reminds me a lot of a Twilight Zone episode, 'Button, Button'... Guess I'll have to download it now and and find out  Wink

Decided to just play ball after your review... Ordered the Eureka MoC blu-ray of Seconds over the weekend. It will hopefully arrive here soon.
177  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What whodunits did you see/hear/read? on: April 14, 2017, 03:31:42 AM
Later this week, I plan on watching the 1930s Torchy Blane films. Haven't seen those in a couple of years, at least.

Have you read any of the stories by Frederickk Nebel that the movies are based on? I've not yet seen the movies (I should!), but read some of the Nebel stories, and they're pretty entertaining, but quite racy & pulp-y. I'm wondering how they compare to the movies, also because the main character was changed from a man to a woman Cheesy
178  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: April 13, 2017, 02:12:53 PM
They charge $30,000 to give you a second life, they fake your death with an appropriate cadaver giving it your teeth, fingerprints, etc. You get a new face a new body, a new career, a new location, your family is provided for. But there is a catch. It a good film.

You can watch it here: https://archive.org/details/John.Frankenheimer..Seconds.1966angeeParaZoowoman.website

Not yet seen this movie, your synopsis and especially the 'But there is a catch' line reminds me a lot of a Twilight Zone episode, 'Button, Button'... Guess I'll have to download it now and and find out  Wink
179  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) on: April 07, 2017, 04:36:12 AM
As already mentioned by others, this movie is mostly interesting on a visual level, the cinematography is stunning at times (by the great Nicholas Musuraca). I also consider it a proto-noir. Well worth watching for the visuals alone.
180  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: April 07, 2017, 03:20:09 AM
Steckler's and his cinematographer Joseph V. Mascelli's camera operator for these early films was Vilmos Zsigmond (credited as William Zsigmond)
Nice! We all had to start somewhere Wink
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