13. KISS ME DEADLY - growing up Robert Aldrich's films were all over TV. He was inescapable. I was always impressed that his work include hyper-masculine stuff like THE DIRTY DOZEN as well as something like WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?. Most of his work has less of a pop culture presence today, but KISS ME DEADLY has perhaps seen its reputation grow in last 20 years or so. Now seen as a definitive Noir, and maybe THE hard-boiled detective tale. Ralph Meeker is amazing as Hammer. A self-absorbed jerk haunted by a doomed girl with the desperately simple plea of 'Remember Me'. For this case he might actually climb out of the gutter.
As great as OUT OF THE PAST is, this may be my favorite.
Noir Dialogue To Savor: "Do me a favor, will you? Keep away from the windows. Somebody might... blow you a kiss."