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About trsquare

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  • Birthday November 3

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    Central California
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    Motorcycles, reading, video games. Ol' bat with three grown kids and one cantankerous husband.
  1. I'm so sad! This is the last Daily Dose! I came into this course knowing very little about film noir, except that I loved the clothing and that they weren't sappy movies. In this clip, it piques the interest because you see the two lovers in the parking lot, then find out that she's married to the jerk owner, and while you hope that something happens to him, you realize that something WILL, but that the lovers will end up with the same fate. Love, love, LOVED the head waiter and his snippy responses. Also, with watching "Face-Off" on SyFy, and now watching some of the movies from the film noir collection, I can see where the Westmore name got started in Hollywood.
  2. I have been having so much fun with this class. I took it on a lark because I've never finished college, but my oldest graduated from college a couple of years ago with his degree in computer science, and I have two others in college (one is a microbiology major and the other in psychology (aka she's still trying to figure out)), so I wanted to prove to myself that at my age, I could still learn. This was just so different from what I do in my working life, and instead of just dealing with numbers, I have to observe what people are doing in a movie.
  3. The film-makers probably wanted to draw the lines to show Germans as still being the enemy with using Wagner's compositions in this extremely violent scene. The subtlety of some of the films we saw earlier in the class are not present in this scene, however, I did feel the dread that was discussed in earlier lessons. I guess I'm just glad that Quentin Tarantino didn't do a remake because this could've really be a bloody scene. I would never have guessed that one of the sweet old men from "Cocoon" is the bad guy in this! Hume Cronyn was not a handsome man, but really did have an interesting face, much like Bogart.
  4. It wasn't one of the films we covered, but "Tension". There's also one I can't remember the title of, but it had been restored by UCLA and premiered during one of the first Friday nights of the class. It was also interesting to see where some of my favorite actors got their start.
  5. WOW! Just...WOW! The sorrow of the trumpet (played by the brilliant Miles Davis), the tears and looks of bleakness in the two people, almost a sense of futility in their words. What a beautiful note to end the class. I'm sorry it's almost over! I think I need to turn up the Miles Davis music, down a shot of bourbon, don my favorite fedora, close the blinds and shut off the lights.
  6. Thank you so much for doing all of this! This was a genre I didn't really even understand, and took the class to challenge myself. My husband is a HUGE 1950s science-fiction B-movie fanatic, but now I can't tease him because a lot of the elements that are in those SF B-movies are also found in film noir. Bless his heart, but he has sat through me through almost all of the Friday night movies, and we've been playing our own version of MST:3K -- The Film Noir Style.
  7. The perfect crime is one where emotions are not involved, and in a lot of the movies we've watched, they are quite emotional. It was rather interesting to see the man observing the movements of everyone on the street, what time the delivery was made to the florist, how long it took for the delivery, when the armored truck arrived and approximately how long it took for the armored truck to be at the bank. You have to wonder about the variables, and if there were any. The only one I could see off hand was that there was only one armed guard because the other was holding two bags. Couple of off-topic notes: * No ATMs!! People had to wait patiently for the bank to open!! Talk about bankers' hours! * In taking this class, I've noticed that elements of film noir are still being used because I got caught up on "Once Upon A Time", and when the storytellers were giving us the backstory of The Writer, there were so many things that reminded me of the movies from the 1940s-1950s.
  8. You have to enroll at canvas.net. I'm pretty sure everything is there once you locate the course.
  9. As I've been watching the Summer of Darkness, I can't help but make the comparisons between film noir and the terrible, horrible SF B-movies my husband adores. I'm not terribly surprised that Ed Wood would try film noir because he tried everything -- with such enthusiasm and lack of taste.
  10. Los Angeles City Hall, or what looks like it. A favorite for Dragnet and other detective movies/television shows. The man walks fairly slowly, but with a purpose, and we aren't privy to that knowledge until the end of the opening credits. Turns out, he's there to report a homicide, and it's HIS homicide. It happened in San Francisco (no big surprise there), but if he is from Banning and has a small business there, what would make him take a day's journey from the high desert to San Francisco, but report the crime in Los Angeles? We didn't have the 5 back then, so it would've taken him about 12 or more hours to get there. . I'm just surprised that we end the week with a man's life in peril, and not a female's, as has been for the first three Daily Dose. However, this movie opening has me intrigued to see why he's reporting his murder, and how it played out.
  11. Interesting way to begin. Claustrophic except for that brief shining daylight, constantly moving as if the driver is in a hurry. The women are dressed too nicely. If they were going from the jail to a prison, they'd be wearing prison uniforms. OR, was this from a raid, at which point, they would be going to jail to be booked. I was just waiting to see if this was Reform School Girl (which was a really bad movie, but hysterical). The young lady seems to be mystified that she's being locked up with everyone else (She was innocent! It was the lawyer's fault.), and I loved Agnes Morehead's character in which she's telling the kid to enjoy what freedom she has left because she'll never be innocent again. These last three films almost appear to be the end of film noir because the lighting is fantastic, but the writing leaves something to be desired. I loved the strong, intelligent females in the earlier films but I wonder if it's because of that time period, society wanted their women back in the kitchen and not be at the same intellectual level of men, so the movies were telling their audience that only strong women were locked up in looney bins or jails.
  12. I already had a couple of fedoras that I've worn with dresses, including a white one to my niece's wedding. I wear my black one with jeans and Hawaiian shirt. Definitely not noir, but fun.
  13. What I want to know is why did the first car stop for the male hitchhiker, but it took a few cars to stop for the female hitchhiker in "Kiss Me Deadly"? Is it because of a film like this where I grew up knowing that you don't pick up hitchhikers? The beginning of this film scared the boogers (for some reason, it gave me a version of white-out when I put s n o t) out of me because I was in fear for the lives of the driver and his passenger. Most of the movies in the film noir genre don't frighten me as the storylines aren't plausible, so it's fascinating to see to see a movie that starts out like a slasher film, and it has me intrigued as to whether or not the two guys are going to die. It's a scenario that happened in an episode of "Tales of the Texas Rangers" (which was recorded around the same time this was filmed), so this has my curiousity piqued.
  14. Ooooh, Cloris Leachman playing an unhinged female! Is that the sound of a horse in the background? I can understand being barefoot if she's just escaped from the looney-bin, but where did she swipe a trenchcoat? What does the driver (Mike Hammer) have to gain by not turning her over to the authorities? He's very annoyed at her almost making him crash (even though he was driving on the wrong side of the road), and especially after learning that she's an escapee? He's also driving too flashy of a car for a PI, so he must be fairly well-paid -- even if he's just doing routine work. Mike Hammer is almost too cartoonish, which is fitting since Mickey Spillane got his start drawing comic books. I can also see where Star Wars got the idea for the opening sequence -- almost expected to hear some lasers firing. This opening clip left me with some questions, but not enough that I would normally watch this movie. I'm missing the witty dialogue that was prevalent in many of the clips we've seen.
  15. Holy moly! I was thinking the bird or the book. At that price, you wouldn't be able to even touch it -- just keep the issues in protective plastic.
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