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  1. cigarjoe

    2018 Elections

    It could be true, the rooooosshhhians are playing both ends against the middle 🙂
  2. cigarjoe

    2018 Elections

    And how about TCM message boards removing obvious online troll jakeholeman who can't possibly be reading all of the crap he posts ad nauseam must be one of dem roooshian bots, like darkblue doan believe any of der horse poop 😉
  3. cigarjoe

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Guess we need a backyard wall now too.
  4. cigarjoe

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Apparently 37 percent of Twump supporters need to be sent to insane asylums when this all over. lol
  5. cigarjoe

    Noir Alley

    Yes I'd go with the first two of those but adding House Of Bamboo, the rest Underworld USA, Naked Kiss and Shock Corridor all feel more like cheapo made for TV films all shot on back lot sets.
  6. cigarjoe

    Red Flags

    agree, fun film to watch.
  7. cigarjoe

    Recently watched Noir

    Wanda (1970) Woman's Noir, Road Noir Barbara Loden wrote, directed and starred, in Wanda. This is no fairy godmother story. Wanda is not pretty picture. She's a total mess. It's about a woman who has given up on everything, on her husband, her children, and life. She's an alcoholic. She's an alienated loser. She sleeps on the couch at her sisters house. Is she mildly ****? She bums money from her barely scratching by father who is reduced to picking through slag piles for chunks of coal that he can sell. She's late for her custody hearing at divorce court. She tells the judge she doesn't want her kids and that they'd be better off with her husband. A depressing tale set in the disintegrating communities in the coal mining country of Pennsylvania. The cinematography was by Nicholas T. Proferes. The rest of the cast consists of Michael Higgins (Terror In The City (1970), The Conversation (1974), Angel Heart (1987)) as Norman Dennis, Frank Jourdano as The soldier, Valerie Manches as The girl in the roadhouse, Dorothy Shupenes as Wanda's sister, Peter Shupenes as Wanda's brother-in-law, Jerome Thier as Wanda's husband, Marian Thier as Miss Godek, Anthony Rotell as Tony, and M. L. Kennedy as the Judge. Wanda (Loden) Wanda can't find work as a seamstress at the local clothing factory because she's too slow. She spends her time in the local dive bars sipping on beers. She gets picked up by a traveling salesman looking to get his noodle wet. He takes her to a motel. In the morning he silently tries to slip out on her. he bumps against a suitcase stand. Naked, Wanda wakes up, gets quickly dressed, and hops in his car. He whisks her out of Carbondale. At a soft ice cream stand the salesman speeds off ditching Wanda as soon as she gets out of the car. With barely any money Wanda buys a movie ticket and dozes off in the theater. She is awakened by the cleaning man at closing. She discovers that she was robbed of what little money she had in her sleep. Wandering around the streets she enters a bar at closing time, she has to use the john. There she meets Norman Dennis (Higgins) who she thinks is the bartender but is really a petty thief. Norman, just before Wanda walked in, conked the real bartender over the head. The barkeep is laying out of sight behind the bar. Norman is robbing the cash register. When Wanda comes out of the john she asks for a beer. Norman serves it to her. She fancies him. Another wrong direction. When done he takes her with him out of the bar and on the run. Dennis Norman (Higgins) Wanda is extremely pliant and Norman is creepily abusive. A good match for trouble. Wanda and Norman go on a low key spree, boosting items of clothing from unlocked vehicles. Hot wiring cars, etc., etc. Things go Noirsville when Norman decides to go big time with his "partner" and cooks up scheme to rob a bank using a fake bomb and the bank president's family as hostages. Noirsville The film is a nice snapshot of 1970 Carbondale and Scranton, Pennsylvania that is not ever going to appear on any tourist postcards. The movie was shot on 16mm stock, using a budget of about $100,000 with a crew of four: Loden, cinematographer and editor Nicholas Proferes, Lars Hedman for lighting and sound, and production assistant Christopher Cromin. Barbara Loden died young and who knows what else she would have accomplished. At the 31st Venice International Film Festival, Wanda won the International Critics' Prize for Best Film. Noir light 7/10. Full review with more screen caps here: Noirsville
  8. cigarjoe

    I Just Watched...

    In 1925 Hammett's novelette Corkscrew was published. It was reworked and published as Red Harvest and came out in 1929. It's pretty much the same "playing both ends against the middle" theme. Red Harvest took place in Personville nicknamed "Poisonville" in the novel these were actually based on Butte, Anaconda, and Walkerville in Montana, where Hammett worked for Pinkerton. Butte and Walkerville were the mining towns and nearby Anaconda was the smelter town. What I found interesting was that Corkscrew was way more descriptive in everything than Red Harvest which makes me wonder if a lot of description was edited out. I like descriptive passages and found Red Harvest pretty sparse.
  9. cigarjoe

    Changes Coming for the Academy Awards

    With 1.4 Billion Chinese, and 1.4 Billion Indians, you know if they started seriously making and counting their popular films there would be any US films in the Pop film Oscars category. lol
  10. cigarjoe

    I Just Watched...

    Last Man Standing (1996) with Bruce Willis and Bruce Dern is supposedly based on it.
  11. cigarjoe

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    That's because they don't have say the Heritage Foundation or whatever right wing-nut group buying a million copies (creating a false best seller) and then giving they away to promote the books.....
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    If They Had Lived...

    The following died just as their careers were seeming to taking off. John Hodiak suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 41, in 1955, He was in a few great Film Noir. Steve Cochran On June 15, 1965, at the age of 48, Cochran died on his yacht off the coast of Guatemala, reportedly due to an acute lung infection, again another Noir actor who died too early. Jeffrey Hunter also died early May 26, 1969 at age of 42. Jeff Chandler age 42 died on June 17, 1961. and of course John Garfield died at age 39 in 1952 It would have been interesting to see what they would have done, in the 60s and 70s.
  13. cigarjoe

    Noir Alley


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