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« Reply #360 on: October 16, 2009, 07:08:28 PM »

I didn't have any issues with the murder scene, or Mitchum's decision making after he decided to run, because he couldn't turn back at that point.
Of course he could.

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« Reply #361 on: October 17, 2009, 05:32:12 PM »

To me, skipping town is an admission of guilt and he was under the impression he accidentally killed her husband.

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« Reply #362 on: October 18, 2009, 03:07:17 PM »

Yeah, but at some point he has to figure out that he's being played by the girl. And it becomes pretty obvious she's a nut. He'd be better off turning her in and taking his chances with the law. This should occur to him, but he keeps doubling down on one bad choice after another. Why not go see a lawyer?

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« Reply #363 on: October 21, 2009, 10:31:38 AM »

Just got a shipping confirmation from DVDPacific: my copy of the Columbia Film Noir Collection (Vol 1) goes out sometime in the next 24 hours. Looking forward to finally having The Lineup and all the rest on nice newly pressed discs. Hoo-rahh!

UPDATE: It shipped! Maybe I'll have it by Friday . . .

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« Reply #364 on: October 21, 2009, 07:33:28 PM »

sounds great  Afro

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« Reply #365 on: October 22, 2009, 11:05:20 AM »

Here's a new online resource that may prove helpful: http://www.noirlists.com/

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« Reply #366 on: October 22, 2009, 02:04:15 PM »

Just got a shipping confirmation from DVDPacific: my copy of the Columbia Film Noir Collection (Vol 1) goes out sometime in the next 24 hours. Looking forward to finally having The Lineup and all the rest on nice newly pressed discs. Hoo-rahh!

UPDATE: It shipped! Maybe I'll have it by Friday . . .
It left Jersey City this morning. Next stop, the US Mail Distribution Center at White Plains!

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« Reply #367 on: October 22, 2009, 03:56:18 PM »

Here's a new online resource that may prove helpful: http://www.noirlists.com/

Thanks I'm going to be a building a noir collection eventually, I have a few but there are many.  Undecided

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« Reply #368 on: October 23, 2009, 11:26:47 AM »

Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics I is in the house! This is especially sweet as the official release isn't until Nov. 3.  I will be watching The Lineup tonite!

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« Reply #369 on: October 23, 2009, 04:40:52 PM »

Enjoy!

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« Reply #370 on: October 24, 2009, 10:43:12 AM »

The Bribe (1948) - 7/10. Set on the island of Backlot, Central America/Central Hollywood, Robert Taylor plays a government agent in town to get the goods on a ring illicitly moving surplus airplane engines (say What?). The gang sees him coming and sends Charles Laughton to offer him money to look the other way. When that doesn't work, they offer him another bribe:

How can he resist? Easy, he's Robert Taylor. He just continues to adopt his persona as a handsomely carved block of wood and goes on. The gang then decides to take the usual next step. There's a big game fishing sequence that turns deadly that is well done--in spite of stock footage, rear projection, and a studio tank, it's actually quite suspenseful. Then it's time for the gang to close ranks; which means, taking care of the weak links. The mastermind, Vincent Price, plays an uncharacteristically hands-on villain in this one.

"But you know, the pity is, when I'm paid, I always see the job through."


This takes us to the final set piece, which is climatically climactic.


Noir's vaunted chiaroscuro is much on display here.


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I saw this courtesy of the WB Archives. Unfortunately, the image froze about 30 seconds before the end, so I can't exactly recommend the DVD.

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« Reply #371 on: October 24, 2009, 04:01:42 PM »


L.A. Confidential (1997)

It's really good; complex story, interesting characters, the historical setting, good acting and solid directing, but once Kevin Spacey's character Jack Vincennes gets killed the movie so obviously loses steam I really don't care what's happening anymore. And this happens every single time I watch it (and I watch it at least once a year). It should be a school example of how one man carries the whole show on his shoulders, although all the other actors seems to get more screen time and plot importance. Once he's out, the story turns amateurish and cheap.

Luckily, it's near the end of the movie Wink


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« Reply #372 on: October 24, 2009, 04:05:27 PM »





I thought you didn't like Star Wars?

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« Reply #373 on: October 25, 2009, 07:58:34 AM »

Ya know, if they'd filmed SW in black and white, I'd probably be a big fan.

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« Reply #374 on: October 25, 2009, 12:51:47 PM »

DVDBeaver gives a rundown on the various releases for Scarlet Street. They reconfirm that the image on the R1 Kino is good--but demonstrate that the image on the more recent R2 Odeon is better: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/dvdcompare2/scralettstreet.htm

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