There’s a whole lot to love about film noir. The oh-so-quotable dialogue. The shadowy urban locales. The edge-of-your-seat plot twists.
But one of the best things about noir is the femmes fatales. 1,180 more words
Based in part on a short story by Ernest Hemingway, The Killers is about a former boxer known as “The Swede” (Burt Lancaster) who is murdered by two hitmen because, in his words, he “did something once.” The rest of the film shows the efforts of an insurance investigator to unearth the circumstances that led to the Swede’s death. 490 more words
Admittedly, I haven’t seen every movie Lawrence Tierney was in, but I can’t imagine that he ever played the romantic lead or the goofy but lovable sidekick. 650 more words
“I AM big. It’s the pictures that got small.”
Sunset Boulevard (1950), which focuses on aging silent film star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), is fairly jam-packed with fascinating couples. 1,157 more words
Webster defines a “villain” as a cruelly malicious person who is involved in, or devoted to, wickedness or crime.
Given that definition, what kind of person comes to mind? 2,001 more words
Every year, when the Academy Award nominations are announced, I excitedly print out the list of nominees and set about seeing as many films as I can before the night of the big event. 2,165 more words
Dark Passage (1947) isn’t one of my favorite noirs. Oh, it’s interesting enough, with half of the feature filmed from the point of view of the protagonist and, of course, any film with Bogie and Bacall is worth the price of admission. 501 more words