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I finally saw this. I loved it all the way up till the end.  Everything about this film was fantastic.  Ed Begley and Harry Belafonte were superb in this.  Robert Ryan was great also, but he was very slimy, lol.  He was worst in " Bad Day at Black Rock ", but he wasn't too far off here. I loved the cinematography, the music, the plot, the directing, everything was first rate.  This film should be better known. Thanx to Cigarjoe for posting this.  My only quibble, and its the SAME quibble with a lot of the noirs i have seen, is the ending.  I didn't care for the ending.  The ending WAS setting up to be great, but the director just threw it completely away.  Still, i give this a solid 8 out of 10.  This was a fantastic movie.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Detour (1945)
« on: May 02, 2018, 01:21:13 PM »
I think it was a "B" film always, they weren't interested in making it longer, it was just a little programmer for the bottom half of a bill.

Its  B plus film, lol.  Above B, put below A.   It had a lot going for it and a lot going against it.  It DID feel like a filler movie that if fleshed out, could've been a pretty good film.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Criss Cross (1949)
« on: May 02, 2018, 12:55:19 PM »
In film noir, the guy often gets in trouble BECAUSE of the girl. He feels the need to make a quick buck for the girl. It’s an essential part of the story. It’s not like some Westerns, which force a silly love story into the movie that the movie would have been much better without. In noir, without the girl breaking the guy’s balls, there’s no reason why the guy turns bad. In noir, the main character is generally not a bad guy - he is a decent guy who gets himself into a bad situation, often because of a deadly seductive female.

I have no problem with that.  The problem i had is the plot seemed to drag with them setting up the story between Al and Anna.  I read some reviews of the film that basically said the same thing.  I have to go back and watch it because i fell asleep watching it. I woke up just before the heist.  It was pretty good from there to the end. ill check it out again.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Criss Cross (1949)
« on: May 01, 2018, 06:16:53 PM »
First.  This is a beautifully filmed movie.  The cinematography is just fantastic.  The screenshots that Cigarjoe took speak for that.  As for the plot of the movie.  I'm gonna have to watch it again. The middle part of the movie put me to sleep.  The background story between Steve and Anna was waaaaaaaaaaay tooooo loooooong.  I woke back up when they jumped back into the story of going to rob the armored car.  That part on to the end of the movie was fantastic.  What happened before then, i gotta go back and see because like i said, the love story background dragged the film down.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Detour (1945)
« on: April 30, 2018, 05:24:51 PM »
I watched this after seeing it on Eddie Muller's top 25 list.  I didn't know what the movie was about so i didn't go into with any expectations.  Its not a bad movie.  I read the comments in this thread and I agree that you can either make excuses for it by psychoanalyzing it or just plain like it for what it is.  If you want to look at this movie as a straight up project without the psychoanalysis, it has a very implausible plot.  Running away from the first accident was a stretch to me.  THEN, the second accident.  How convenient.  To me a better film would've had Al and the girl pull off the impersonation, get the money,  then things come apart.  It would've added at least 30- 45 minutes more to the film also.  As is, i rank this about a 6.5 also out of 10.

By the way, i can't remember if i saw it referenced on this board or over at TCM, but Janus has a 4k restoration coming out:

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Pushover (1954)
« on: April 29, 2018, 06:51:33 PM »
I'm really trying to debate if i wanna check this out or not.  Kim Novak, MacMurray. Sound interesting.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Kiss of Death (1947)
« on: April 29, 2018, 06:47:22 PM »
This was a pretty good noir.  It was recommended to me by a member of the TCM forum because of my interest in Richard Widmark.  Widmark didn't let me down. He was pretty good in this one, albeit his first role.  The movie itself was pretty good.  I agree with everybody about the ending.  I half expected Mature's character to pull a steel plate out of his suit ala Eastwood in A Fist Full of Dollars, lol.  Very unbelievable ending.  Other than that, i rate this a pretty solid 7 out of 10. I saw a bad copy on Youtube.  It looks to be a pretty good film cinematography wise if i can find a better copy.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Suspect (1944)
« on: April 25, 2018, 07:31:38 PM »
A excellent film. Almost a masterpiece.  I just found another reason to love Charles Laughton after seeing this film.  This is another underrated Noir.  The acting and cinematography really shine here. I didn't like the ending but it didn't  detract from the film.  I rank this a solid 8 out of 10.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Suspect (1944)
« on: April 20, 2018, 05:09:32 PM »
This looks pretty good.  Gonna check it out...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Criss Cross (1949)
« on: April 19, 2018, 05:52:48 PM »
I might check this out also. Its another recommended movie by Eddie Muller...

I saw this on Eddie Mulllers top 25 film noir list.  I'm gonna try and screen this and see if it will become a part of my collection.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
« on: April 19, 2018, 05:08:34 PM »
The more i think about this film, the more i like it.  Its a great film.

Other Films / Re: The Big Country (1958)
« on: April 19, 2018, 04:15:01 PM »
This should be a excellent package.  A great film.  Kino does good work also.

Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968)
« on: April 19, 2018, 03:54:44 PM »
Italian and English audio options too. Gotta start saving my pennies - hopefully it will come down in price a little.

The fools - ah well. Wasn't your commentary in German though? Or were you planning to re-record it for them? I would have liked to see the scan of your 35mm print though.

I was greatly relieved when i saw that its gonna have English dubbing. 

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