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« Reply #1125 on: May 31, 2013, 06:36:14 PM »

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« Reply #1126 on: June 01, 2013, 04:17:48 PM »

THE MASK OF DIMITRIOS (1944) is coming from Warner Archive on 5/7!!!
Man, what a disappointment. The one sequence showing how the spies manipulate a government functionary into doing their bidding is well done, but the rest of the film is worthless. 4/10.

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« Reply #1127 on: June 02, 2013, 03:39:19 AM »

Man, what a disappointment. The one sequence showing how the spies manipulate a government functionary into doing their bidding is well done, but the rest of the film is worthless. 4/10.

why were you so excited that the film was coming to dvd if you'd never seen it before?

you really have to get on TCM; they show lots of movies that haven't been released on dvd. I saw The Mask of Dimitrios a year ago (and liked it a lot http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=10975.msg156173#msg156173 )

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« Reply #1128 on: June 02, 2013, 02:30:15 PM »

Holy Jaw-drop, Batman, Warner Archive's got Loophole! http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s4181loop.html
This I liked better, maybe because it was based on a true story. Also it had Dorothy Malone, in her pre-dye-job phase. Whoever convinced her to become a Bottle Blonde should have had his ass kicked.

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« Reply #1129 on: June 02, 2013, 03:46:39 PM »

This I liked better, maybe because it was based on a true story. Also it had Dorothy Malone, in her pre-dye-job phase. Whoever convinced her to become a Bottle Blonde should have had his ass kicked.

First Rita Hayworth, then Dorothy Malone. What is it with you preferring redheads to blondes?

btw, on that note, I just happened to see parts of Blood and Sand today (the story didn't interest me much, but I made sure to watch the famous dance Hayworth has, first with Tyrone Power and then, with the stunning pink dress with Anthony Mann. It's the only movie I've seen Hayworth's red hair in color....  IMO her look as a blonde (in The Lady from Shanghai) is much hotter than her redhead: as a redhead, Hayworth is merely smoking hot; but as blonde, she's one of the very hottest girls ever in Hollywood. But she should never have cut the hair - Orson Welles should have been prosecuted for crimes against humanity for that.

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« Reply #1130 on: June 06, 2013, 01:01:07 PM »

Cohen announces: Jean-Pierre Melville's Two Men in Manhattan on DVD and blu-ray on September 17

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« Reply #1131 on: June 11, 2013, 09:41:59 PM »

just saw this crappy 1949 movie Homicide on TCM http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041482/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

It's a 1949 crime drama so I guess it would be called a noir, although it doesn't have any noir visuals.

I guess it would be called a cop noir or something like that; the crimes occur at the very beginning of the movie and the movie is about a maverick detective doggedly pursuing the case. It doesn't feature all the high-tech police stuff so I wouldn't call it a police procedural; just about one cop going out of town to solve a case.

Shitty little movie. Helen Westcott is cute as the love interest.

I'll give it a 6/10

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« Reply #1132 on: June 12, 2013, 05:42:50 AM »

just saw this crappy 1949 movie Homicide on TCM http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041482/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

It's a 1949 crime drama so I guess it would be called a noir, although it doesn't have any noir visuals.

I guess it would be called a cop noir or something like that; the crimes occur at the very beginning of the movie and the movie is about a maverick detective doggedly pursuing the case. It doesn't feature all the high-tech police stuff so I wouldn't call it a police procedural; just about one cop going out of town to solve a case.

Shitty little movie. Helen Westcott is cute as the love interest.

I'll give it a 6/10

Its not considered a Noir, this was something you were talking about awhile ago, you were on about how all 50's crime films were considered Noirs, and I think I replied that most of the good ones were Noir and are remembered, while a lot of the rest are mundane and mostly forgotten.

I also mentioned that Confidence Girl was a good non noir 50's crime film that was available for streaming on Netflix, check it out if it is still there.

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« Reply #1133 on: June 13, 2013, 01:18:32 AM »

Its not considered a Noir, this was something you were talking about awhile ago, you were on about how all 50's crime films were considered Noirs, and I think I replied that most of the good ones were Noir and are remembered, while a lot of the rest are mundane and mostly forgotten.

I also mentioned that Confidence Girl was a good non noir 50's crime film that was available for streaming on Netflix, check it out if it is still there.

well I'm glad to hear that there are some crime dramas of the "noir period" that aren't considered noir. But in that case, why do you still maintain that there are "sun-drenched noirs" or whatever? So many of those late '50's crime dramas, for example The Lineup with Eli Wallach, are just straightforward crime dramas. Even forgetting the noir visuals, there's nothing otherwise noir about it, for example no narrrow streets or alleys, no noir characters eg. a regular guy caught in a crazy situation beyond his control, or a regular guy who made one little mistake and is no in way over his head no femme fatale, no particularly shady or creepy dark characters - criminals, yeah, but noir criminals have something else that makes them a "noir" sort of criminal. The Lineup is just a crime drama about a gang of drug dealers, plain and simple. Ditto for many of the others late 50's "sun-drenched noirs." You can try to distinguish "red meat crime cycle" or "noir soleil" or whatever other terms you like to use, but IMO, once you acknowledge as with Homicide that you can have crime dramas of the 40's-50's that aren't noirs, then I don't see why you wouldn't put The Lineup (and many others like it) into that category.

(Yeah yeah, I know the term "noir" is imprecise and its hard to fit movies into a style-category easily ex post facto. To me, it seems easiest to just use the term noir for the very obvious ones, and not start going down the very slippery slope of "sun drenched noirs" like The Lineup or Ace in the Hole).

p.s. Here is another crime drama I saw that is not a noir, though this is from the very end of the noir period: Inside the Mafia (1959)
IMDB:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052927/  
TCM: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/17175/Inside-the-Mafia/articles.html
It's a hilariously awful movie, loosely based on two true Mafia events: the Apalachin Meeting http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apalachin_Meeting and the assassination of Albert Anastasia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Anastasia#Assassination

I wrote about the movie briefly here http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=7645.msg156964#msg156964

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« Reply #1134 on: June 13, 2013, 03:29:00 AM »

well I'm glad to hear that there are some crime dramas of the "noir period" that aren't considered noir. But in that case, why do you still maintain that there are "sun-drenched noirs" or whatever? So many of those late '50's crime dramas, for example The Lineup with Eli Wallach, are just straightforward crime dramas. Even forgetting the noir visuals, there's nothing otherwise noir about it, for example no narrrow streets or alleys, no noir characters eg. a regular guy caught in a crazy situation beyond his control, or a regular guy who made one little mistake and is no in way over his head no femme fatale, no particularly shady or creepy dark characters - criminals, yeah, but noir criminals have something else that makes them a "noir" sort of criminal. The Lineup is just a crime drama about a gang of drug dealers, plain and simple. Ditto for many of the others late 50's "sun-drenched noirs." You can try to distinguish "red meat crime cycle" or "noir soleil" or whatever other terms you like to use, but IMO, once you acknowledge as with Homicide that you can have crime dramas of the 40's-50's that aren't noirs, then I don't see why you wouldn't put The Lineup (and many others like it) into that category.

(Yeah yeah, I know the term "noir" is imprecise and its hard to fit movies into a style-category easily ex post facto. To me, it seems easiest to just use the term noir for the very obvious ones, and not start going down the very slippery slope of "sun drenched noirs" like The Lineup or Ace in the Hole).

p.s. Here is another crime drama I saw that is not a noir, though this is from the very end of the noir period: Inside the Mafia (1959)
IMDB:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052927/  
TCM: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/17175/Inside-the-Mafia/articles.html
It's a hilariously awful movie, loosely based on two true Mafia events: the Apalachin Meeting http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apalachin_Meeting and the assassination of Albert Anastasia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Anastasia#Assassination

I wrote about the movie briefly here http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=7645.msg156964#msg156964







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« Reply #1135 on: June 13, 2013, 03:42:27 AM »

yes, I think "noir" can be a very useful classification of a certain style of crime drama, if the term is used only when referring to that specific style. Once it's expanded to mean everything, it means nothing.

Anyway, I am sure I asked you this before, but how do you define "red meat"?  Wink

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« Reply #1136 on: June 13, 2013, 06:19:45 AM »

I think, but I could be wrong, "red meat", may have meant, cheap "B" flicks for mass consumption, something the public can "chew on", as opposed to "A" prestige flicks.

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« Reply #1137 on: June 14, 2013, 12:46:56 AM »

just saw Danger Signal (1945), with Zachary Scott and Faye Emerson. It was a good movie until the end.

The always-good Scott plays a con artist/seducer who charms women, gets their money, and then does away with them. On the lam, Scott rents a room in the home of Emerson, and starts reeling her in to be his next victim, until he learns that her younger sister has some dough, and then decides to go for her instead.

The movie is good but the ending was done very poorly. Overall, I'd rate it a 7.5/10

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« Reply #1138 on: June 14, 2013, 04:29:06 AM »

just saw Danger Signal (1945), with Zachary Scott and Faye Emerson. It was a good movie until the end.

The always-good Scott plays a con artist/seducer who charms women, gets their money, and then does away with them. On the lam, Scott rents a room in the home of Emerson, and starts reeling her in to be his next victim, until he learns that her younger sister has some dough, and then decides to go for her instead.

The movie is good but the ending was done very poorly. Overall, I'd rate it a 7.5/10

I saw it also, Scott is his weasily self, agree 7-7.5/10.

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« Reply #1139 on: June 21, 2013, 02:14:28 AM »

Conflict (1945) Though the beginning is too talky and the end predictable, what's in between, based on rather worn tricks, keeps your attention mainly because Bogart is at his best ( I saw the movie dubbed: so I can't judge about Greenstreet's performance). Probably you wouldn't want to watch it again, but it's worth a look. 7\10

Just saw this movie on TCM.

I give it a 7.5/10  Afro

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