Films that take place in real time are unique experiments, but Robert Wise’s 1949 film The Set-Up is far more. It is an exploration into the depths of a man’s soul, what drives him to put his life in danger just to draw a few cheers from a crowd and go for that one last… Read More Noirvember: Robert Wise’s ‘The Set-Up’ – One Punch Away
Here’s a look at Criterion’s Blu-ray release of Mildred Pierce, starring Joan Crawford.… Read More Criterion Blu-Ray Review: Michael Curtiz’s ‘Mildred Pierce’
Releases of public domain films, even on Blu-ray, can be somewhat dangerous. But Kino treats these films as well as they deserve, and even better than their releases of MGM/UA movies. The Chase, a 1946 film noir, is their latest rescue and the disc is a beauty. It’s truly a must-have for noir fans. Based… Read More Kino Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Chase’ with Robert Cummings, Michele Morgan
One of the joys of this Summer of Darkness has been to learn that film noir comes in all shapes and sizes. Since there’s no definitive be-all-end-all definition for the term, what a film noir is to one person might be different to another. A Woman’s Secret, directed by Nicholas Ray and based on Vicki… Read More #NoirSummer: Nicholas Ray’s ‘A Woman’s Secret’
Woman on the Run, directed by Journey Into Fear‘s Norman Foster, had its TCM debut on the first night of “Summer of Darkness,” following Nora Prentiss. Both starred Ann Sheridan and was a wake up call for me – I need to see more Ann Sheridan. In his introduction, noir expert Eddie Muller said that… Read More #NoirSummer: ‘Woman on the Run’ with Ann Sheridan
As anyone who follows me on Twitter knows, I am participating in TCM and Ball State University’s #NoirSummer course. Of course, since I also have a job (which requires writing about movies anyway, but I digress…), I can’t actually sit and watch all 24 hours of films noir that are being shown every Friday on… Read More #NoirSummer: ‘Stranger on the Third Floor’
There’s nothing more joyous than discovering a new movie that you just love. On April 10, I finally watched George Marshall’s noir masterpiece The Blue Dahlia, which aired on TCM during its Oscar month. That’s because the film’s script, by Raymond Chandler, was nominated for an Oscar. I could not believe that I hadn’t seen… Read More ‘The Blue Dahlia’ starring Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake
Over at Buzzlegoose, I wrote a review on Kiss Me Deadly, the most recent Criterion release I picked up during the Barnes & Noble sale. Here’s the link: http://www.buzzlegoose.com/film/film-reviews/criterion-blu-ray-review-kiss-me-deadly-directed-by-robert-aldrich/.