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  1. Well, Tom we can certainly agree about the look of the 1946 The Killers. It is beautiful. Dark, moody, and yes, quintessentially noir. (I like that first still very much, for instance.) After all, this is a Robert Siodmak film. Speaking of whom, and also speaking of Burt Lancaster noirs, I'll take Criss Cross over The Killers; it too, has got those great noir visuals, it too has the wonderful Burt Lancaster (again, betrayed by love), and it's also got a female lead character who to me is far more interesting than Kitty Collins. You went to some length to say why you did not prefer the 1
  2. Ok. I wasn't going to do this, but after such a strong case for Robert Siodmak's The Killers, I'm jumping in. I'm not going to compare it to the 1964 version, because I'm not interested right now in doing that. I'm just going to be perverse, since I know I'm probably a minority of one here, and state unequivocally that I don't like 1946's The Killers, I never have, and I just don't get why so many people think this is such a great noir. First, totally agree with Tom that the opening 10 minutes are indeed fantastic. The two scary strangers who walk into that diner and more or less te
  3. Sorry, Andy, I could be mistaken, but I'm fairly sure "The Killer that Stalked New York" is a Noir Alley repeat. I think Eddie aired it a couple of years or so ago.
  4. I'd seen this version of The Killers once before. It was many years ago, and all I could remember about it was I didn't much like it. What a difference a decade or two can make. This time around, I liked it a lot. I was totally engaged with it from beginning to end. In fact - sacrilege ! - I liked it better than the 1946 version. For some reason, I always fall asleep watching the earlier version. I always like Burt Lancaster, and for that matter, Edmund O'Brien. But beyond that, the classic The Killers has always struck me as kind of "meh". Sorry, everyone. I think my main prob
  5. Bogie, it seems like MovieMadness has a thing against Canada. I don't really know why, but I've noticed he always seizes any excuse to bash us (Canadians, that is.) You'd think he'd be able to find a more threatening adversary than his neighbour country to the north.
  6. Ok, I thought of starting a new thread about this, but then I realized since my topic is specifically about something to do with Noir Alley, I might as well stick with this thread, since only the people who follow this thread would have anything to say about it. Now, I mentioned this particular thing before, but nobody seemed to care, and I got crickets. Maybe this time will be different. What the frig am I talking about? THIS: HOW COME NOIR ALLEY HAS STARTED DOING SO MANY REPEATS ?? This Sunday will be the third Noir Alley repeat in as many months: Born to Kill. Eddie's
  7. I think there is too much "black and white". "it's either this or that" discussion around fossil fuels. There seems to be no middle ground. I am an environmentalist, I belong to an environmental organization in the city where I live. I want to make that clear. However, I believe there is too much of an "all or nothing, fossil fuels bad no matter what" kind of attitude these days, obviously because of a justifiable and very real concern around climate change. It seems to me that most of the big oil companies, for their own survival as much as anything else, are researching - with s
  8. This was my second viewing of Witness to Murder (saw it on TCM several years ago.) I enjoyed it just as much this time around. It's very engaging, never boring. Quibbles: Eddie was right when he mentioned in his intro that there were glaring plot flaws. One of them was this: When Richter, realizing the police are coming over to investigate his apartment, removes the body and hauls it into the corridor, he hides it in the empty apartment next door. (This apartment is up for lease.) The door is unlocked, he just opens it and drags the body in. Next day, Cheryl, suspicious that he
  9. Sorry, I always hate it when people take something I say ironically, or "tongue-in-cheek", or whatever you want to call it (in this case, maybe sardonic understatement) and go all poe-faced and reprimand me. Guess I haven't had enough coffee yet today. Also, full disclosure, and this is "just me"...I know The Bad Seed is a good film, and I've seen it a couple of times, but I just have a personal dislike of movies where innocent people get murdered by someone who's just having a hissy fit. Of course, Rhoda actually, eerily, is about a lot more than just throwing a hissy fit.
  10. ..."for being naughty" ? is that what deliberately killing people is called ? Ok, I'm guessing you were being tongue-in-cheek with that phrase, sorry if I'm being too literal. But honestly, this kid really was evil, hence the title of the film. "Naughty" is when a kid raids the cookie jar behind their mother's back. Slight difference.
  11. I don't think the songs on the album "Hard Day's Night" were written specifically for the film. I believe it was the other way around, that the songs for HDN already existed and had been recorded, and that they (whoever "they" were) just kind of made the various songs from the album fit in appropriate spots in the movie. "Hard Day's Night" isn't a musical in the typical sense, in that it's not like it has a story with songs that support what's going on in the plot. They're just those great Lennon-McCartney compositions, scattered throughout the movie at opportune moments.
  12. What? No comments on The Glass Key, a seminal noir? (according to Eddie.) Maybe everyone is still trying to figure it out...it's true, the plot was even more convoluted and difficult to follow than most noirs -- and most noirs have convoluted plots ! This was maybe my fourth viewing, and it was the first time I was able to understand it - sort of. Still, I enjoyed it; had fun watching all the actors, especially crazy William Bendix. I love that guy.
  13. Interesting. Kind of like Scarlet Street, in which the prime suspect, although innocent, is found guilty through circumstantial evidence and executed, and the real killer goes free, even after he tries to confess to the murder. He's not believed, and his punishment is he has to spend the rest of his life in misery and guilt.
  14. Well ! Hm, is The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry a noir or not? I would have to say "not", and I have a pretty broad definition of noir. It's more a family melodrama, it reminded of another family melodrama posing as a noir Eddie showed a while back, Sign of the Ram. Both are about manipulative, passive-aggressive women who are "invalids" (at least the one in Sign of the Ram is genuinely confined to a wheelchair, the horrible Geraldine Fitzgerald character is just faking her "heart trouble"), and who want to control the other members of their family, regardless of the consequences.
  15. Lorna, thanks for your post about The Dead. I love this movie; I think it's under-recognized as an outstanding film. I believe it's the last movie John Huston made, so it's worth watching just for that. But there's so much to it, there's so much going on underneath that seeming "nothing happens" scenario. In fact, there's a lot going on in this story. Of course you know it's based on the final work in James Joyce's book of short stories, "Dubliners". (more a novella than a short story, really.) I say "of course you know", because I know you're a reader. Even though James Joyce c
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