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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."

post #152 of 172
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14. BLADE RUNNER (Theatrical) - Future Noir. Ford at his most Bogey. Voice over makes it.  Miller swears by his B & W version of FURY ROAD, I've always wondered how BLADE RUNNER would like that way.

 

Noir Dialogue To Savor:

 

"They don't advertise for killers in the newspaper. That was my profession. Ex-cop. Ex-blade runner. Ex-killer."

 

"Have you ever retired a human by mistake?"

 

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those ... moments will be lost in time, like tears...in rain. Time to die."

post #153 of 172
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No argument, hmmm?

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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."

I agree. Kiss Me Deadly is so, sooooo great. I think the movie's attitude is best summed up by that shot of Meeker smiling as he crushes the guy's fingers in the drawer.

 

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This month was worth it just to see this and Out of the Past for the first time.

post #157 of 172


Already hooked by this credit sequence in reverse.
post #158 of 172
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DVD Savant on BOOMERANG!

 

https://trailersfromhell.com/boomerang/#.WD1op-kzWM8

 

"Elia Kazan’s third picture is a hard-hitting noir, a true story that honors the efforts of a noble States’ Attorney when confronted with a murder case that was a little too open-and-shut. But a close read of the movie uncovers a miasma of social criticism, hiding behind the self-congratulating official narration. A great show."

post #159 of 172
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14./15. BLACK WIDOW (1954) + BLACK WIDOW (1987) -  loosely connected by thinnest thematic thread, original is cinemascope Noir heavy on melodrama. Pretty dry affair, though there is a bit of pushing of code boundaries. It screams for camp, but doesn't go far enough to be fun.  Remake is an underappreciated Neo classic (back to back with POSTMAN remake for Bob Rafelson). Dueling performances of Debra Winger and Theresa Russell both fascinating and complex enough to make for an exciting, slightly elevated B movie affair.  This one IS outlandish enough to be fun. Theresa Russell is truly an amazing femme fatale.

post #160 of 172
Any December viewing suggestions?

I will only be topping out at 15 or 16 for Noirvember.
post #161 of 172
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TCM has some good stuff early next month: THE PHANTOM LADY (Dec 3), LURED (Dec 3), POSSESSED (Dec 13), ACT OF VIOLENCE (Dec 13), THE PROWLER (Dec 13), TWO MRS. CARROLLS (Dec 14), ANGEL FACE (Dec 19), DARK PASSAGE Dec 19), OUT OF THE PAST (DEC 21), BORN TO KILL (Dec 21), POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (Dec 21), THE BIG SLEEP (Dec 21). Huge recommendation on those.

 

A few I haven't seen but that I believe are Noir: SUDDEN FEAR (Dec 14), THE STRANGER (Dec 14), THE WINDOW (Dec 22)

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14./15. BLACK WIDOW (1954) + BLACK WIDOW (1987) -  loosely connected by thinnest thematic thread, original is cinemascope Noir heavy on melodrama. Pretty dry affair, though there is a bit of pushing of code boundaries. It screams for camp, but doesn't go far enough to be fun.  Remake is an underappreciated Neo classic (back to back with POSTMAN remake for Bob Rafelson). Dueling performances of Debra Winger and Theresa Russell both fascinating and complex enough to make for an exciting, slightly elevated B movie affair.  This one IS outlandish enough to be fun. Theresa Russell is truly an amazing femme fatale.

 

Some great casting for Russell's men, too. Low-key Dennis Hopper is always a treat.

post #163 of 172
I tried to find the Stranger but none of the copies worked.

Also Kubricks The Killing. Every copy SAYS The Killing, then I start it and it is The Killing Joke.
post #164 of 172

Wish I'd taken some time to participate in all this. I did recently watch In a Lonely Place for the first time, and loved it. Bogart ends up being more frightening here than he ever was playing conventional heavies early in his career.

post #165 of 172
Does Lady In The Lake count? Because I watched Lady In The Lake last night.
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Does Lady In The Lake count? Because I watched Lady In The Lake last night.

I think so, isn't that the one that's all from one person's POV?

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I think so, isn't that the one that's all from one person's POV?

It sure is. For most of the film, aside from maybe 6 one-minute scenes worth of Marlowe talking direct to camera as storyteller, the camera is his POV.

The way it's executed, it comes across more as a novelty than an effective immersive technique, but it does have the particular upside of having the amazing eyes of Audrey Totter gaze directly into yours for a good portion of the run time.
post #168 of 172
We doing this again this year?
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I'd love to, although I fell by the wayside due to life stuff. However:

 

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Seriously, watch Elevator to the Gallows. I need to talk with someone about it.

I saw this a month or so ago and it's outstanding, one of the best debut films I've ever seen.

post #170 of 172
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In somewhat of a a Halloween hangover state, I've still been watching Horror, but i'm ready to shift gears.

 

Let's do this!

post #171 of 172
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TCM schedule: this month:

 

THE BIG SLEEP tonite!

 

The really dark SPLIT SECOND at 10 AM tomorrow. "Escaped convicts hold hostages in a ghost town that's the target of a nuclear bomb test." (directed by Dick Powell!)

 

Wednesday has Jimmy Stewart in Henry Hathaway's CALL NORTHSIDE 777

 

Friday has Kirk Douglas in the proto-FIRST BLOOD LONELY ARE THE BRAVE (does that one count? helluva gut punch ending)

 

John Garfield in FORCE OF EVIL on the 13th.

 

Later that nite THE NAKED CITY.

 

14th has CORNERED, BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, MURDER MY SWEET, and Garfield again in HE RAN ALL THE WAY.

 

 

That should give you some options getting started.

post #172 of 172
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"For your Noirvember reading"

 

Cat's In The Bag, The Bag's In The River: 60 Years Of Sweet Smell of Success

The film was released to audience indifference in 1957. Tony Curtis’ teenage fan base were likely to have been horrified at seeing their idol playing such a despicable personality.

 

https://www.thefourohfive.com/film/article/cat-s-in-the-bag-the-bag-s-in-the-river-60-years-of-sweet-smell-of-success-150

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