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    Long Island, NY
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    One foot in the past, one on the future. Interesting include games (especially chess), writing, reading, political science (I hold two degrees), and bodybuilding. Oh, and of course film noir. :)
  1. I am somewhat intrigued by how the so-called "New Media" might influence noir. Like a lot of posters have pointed out, movies just don't dominate the entertainment landscape anymore. Perhaps noir might find a new home in the New Media? Netflix, Amazon and cable stations like AMC and SyFy seem interested in daring new content. No reason why they would be interested in daring old content, either. Would love to see a noir series, such as a revival of The Naked City, appear in one of those venues.
  2. That is an interesting observation. While a lot of film noir seems to deal with dark themes, I am often struck by how the shady protagonist ultimately does the right thing for the right reason, even knowing that this could/will cost him a great deal, such as his life. Johnny Eager and Nobody Lives Forever come to mind.
  3. I have to say that since getting hooked on noir, I am dressing better. Now it's always French Cuffs and a blazer for me.
  4. I've been putting off watching the movie The Big Sleep because I am 87% of the way into the novel (according to my Fire). Really looking forward to seeing the movie version. The book is my first hard-boiled detective novel. I think I am hooked.
  5. Yup! That's for sure! Another good bit of sci-fi noir is Dark City. Do you know the way to Shell Beach?
  6. I always thought Ridley Scott's Blader Runner really nailed the noir aesthetic. Frankly, without all the noir trappings, it would only have been a "B" sci-fi movie.
  7. Either a gin martini stirred not shaken, or rye. Been meaning to try a highball one day, too. Speaking of rye, since trying it I have moved on from bourbon. I really like the stuff. The Atlantic has an interesting article about the history of rye: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/09/how-rye-came-back/375061/
  8. I actually think it was The Twilight Zone and Blade Runner! Okay, those are not film noir as much as noir influenced entertainment, but those were two I always enjoyed for reasons I could never quite articulate. It wasn't until I took a film history course in college that I realized it was the noir influence and not so much the sci-fi that was making me a fan (not that the sci-fi content was't good, too!). My prof showed us Detour! and Scarlet Street as examples of film noir, and from that point I was hooked. But honestly, it is only this past year that the noir bug has really bitten deep.
  9. I couldn't have said it better. The graphic violence and sex and profanity in modern movies just rubs me the wrong way. Just for the sake of background, I am not a kid, nor am I a "those darn kids and their rock and roll" senior citizen. Rather, I am a forty-something guy who has grown up watching a gamut of films that spanned from "G" to "R". I guess what I am trying to say that I am not "a prude" when it comes to these things. Having said that, I just can't stand the filth of modern cinema. I don't find it "edgy" or "daring," rather I find it lazy at best, and downright disturbing at w
  10. I thought this was a fun article: http://www.bestmoviesbyfarr.com/articles/film-noir-quotes/2015/02?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Film+Noir One of my favorites is from I Walk Alone: [stuffy woman]: "My name is Mrs. Alix Richardson." [burt Lancaster]: "You say that like it was spelt in capital letters." Zing!
  11. First, sorry for the double post, everyone. I am still getting used to these forums. Should have used "Multiquote.' Thanks for the list, CitizenKing! Coincidentally, I had a friend recommend The Man Who Wasn't There and watched it last night. For me, this movie is an example of why I think the contemporary scene is just inferior to the authentic period of film noir. While the Cohen brothers nailed to look of authentic film noir, I think they missed the story mark by a wide margin. The old classics had a distinctive style, as Prof. Edwards reminds us, but the old directors never see
  12. Thanks for the comments! You certainly raise some interesting points. When I wrote this, I did consider the idea that nostalgia is what makes the old movies seem so good but I ultimately rejected that idea for one simple reason: I find that these old classics stick with me in a way 99% of modern movies don't. After they are long over, I find myself thinking about them, and the moral lessons they contained, much more so than I have with that vast majority of contemporary films. Granted, there is a important distinction to be made: the old classics are the movies that survived the crucible
  13. I just read an article that explained how the current box office scene is quite dismal for another year (you can read it here). Well, today I was listening to Prof. Edwards' video lecture where he stated that at one point you had 80-90 million people visiting the theaters weekly during the noir period! Incredible! As he pointed out, that was somewhat due to the fact that there was no television, and certainly no internet, but I found myself wondering that perhaps it was also because the movies were just better crafted then. I am somewhat surprised to find myself writing that as I never was
  14. Unfortunately, for me it is simply a case of catching what I can when I can. I don't own a DVR, so I can't record them for later viewing. However, I do subscribe to NetFlix and Amazon Prime, so I've been using those to fill in the gaps.
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