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  1. I wondered about that as well, cigarjoe. Here is how I rationalized it: we don't know how much time has elapsed. Maybe there should have been a montage his video skill are quite sophisticated by the time he gets the Dodge Challenger we know that Bloom has an obsessive personality once he sets his mind on a goal. I can see him watching movies with car chases then going out and practicing. I did wonder at the color. It seems like Bloom would have chosen something less conspicuous than red.
  2. I watched Nightcrawler on Netflix last night. It is a terrific piece of neo-noir staring Jake Gyllenhaal as a low life hustler who stumbles into the world of stringers who monitor police-band radio for horrific (fatal automobile accidents, shootings, etc) events and sell the video footage to tv studios. Gyllenhaal is wonderful as Lou Bloom, a guy who's approach to life comes from on-line courses he takes. Once he decides that this is what he is meant to do, we see him learn the trade, getting more and more sophisticated. I credit this course enabling letting me see this film with a more critical eye. I know I'm to see it several times.
  3. My local Movie Tavern showed Double Indemnity on the big screen today. It was the TCM presentation with an intro and outro. I'd only ever seen it on a TV or computer monitor or small screen in a classroom. It was great to see it this way. I was particularly taken with Edward G Robinson's supporting role. If it comes to a theatre near you, see it.
  4. If Film Noir began in 1941 with the Maltese Falcon and lasted until 1958, can we name the last of the classic noir films?
  5. Michael Caine's Get Carter is brilliant. If you are feeling particularly masochistic, watch the Sylvester Stallone remake. Beyond horrible.
  6. Pop. 1280 is my absolute favorite Jim Thompson novel. Coup de Torchon is an excellent adaptation though the ending is a bit surreal. Tavernier has an excellent discussion of noir as a extra on the DVD. I recommend both the book and the DVD.
  7. Wow, thanks for the link. I thought it would be easy to find since I work in a university library but I hadn't had any luck.
  8. I wish I could say that there is a film that got me hooked on film noir but I give credit to the Clute and Edwards podcast, Out of the Past. I had a passing familiarity with film noir but they really got me thinking about it and provided a list of films to start with.
  9. It is a terrific essay. I've added 5 films to watch because of it. I'm with PiercingMildred, it's something I'll read more than once.
  10. I just watched Raw Deal which was discussed in Eddie Muller's essay, "Low company, High Style". I think the theremin worked quite well as the principal instrumentation. I mostly thought of the theremin's use in science fiction but thanks to having read the essay first I was more alert to what the music contributed.

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