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Day 25 of Noirvember: Femmes Fatales on Parade

Femme fatale:  an attractive and seductive woman, especially one who will ultimately bring disaster to a man who becomes involved with her.

For today’s Noirvember post, I’m offering a pictorial of my favorite femmes fatales. 167 more words


Day 14 of Noirvember: Femme Fatale Faves

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

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Day 11 of Noirvember: Top 5 Things I Love About The Killers (1946)

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

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The 1947 Blogathon: The Devil Thumbs a Ride (or, Why Picking Up Hitchhikers is a BAD Idea)

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

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The Billy Wilder Blogathon -- The Couples of Sunset Boulevard

“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

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The Great Villain Blogathon: The Life and Times of Veda Pierce

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

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The 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon: Top 10 Oscar-Less Noirs

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

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