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  1. Film noir festivals are one of the best things about American cinema. Wish I could've hit this up. I wasn't far away(in LA), but was crazy busy with my writing.
  2. They're (21) titles. I bought the final one I needed last night(Boomerang), but I don't believe they're planning on releasing too many more. Maybe (3) more titles, and that's all they have to release.
  3. A Bronx Tale is an outstanding gangster film from the 90's.
  4. I feel good about gangsters in films. I've got a fat collection of classic gangster DVDs from White Heat to Pretty Boy Floyd.
  5. Very excited about seeing it. This will be my first time viewing as a matter of fact.
  6. > I am new to the Boards, and this argument, but for > my money, noir is noir, and knows no time, place or > film stock! Why distinguish noir from neo-noir, and > how do we define these terms? 60's-80's is > considered "Neo-noir"? What about the 90's-2000's? > Anyway, if we're talking noir that happened to be > made in the 80's, don't forget the Don Johnson gem > "The Hot Spot"! In a manner of speaking you're right on the money. Film Noir in the classic sense(1940-1958)was the style and tone of the crime films being made during and after WW2. That changed drastically in the 1960's. The 60's was about colors and brighter lighting, and while they had detective movies during that era, it was more in the realm of exploitation and filmmaking independence, than it was in the film noir sense. We call it Neo-noir, but neo-noir is what I call anything that is noir that isn't in the 40's-50's movement. Different times mean different views, opinions, society, and expressionalism; which essentially makes the significant distinction between the primary noir classifications(film noir & neo-noir). I think another big factor is the original era of film noir were crime films set in and around societyat that actual time....neo-noir and the 60's & 70's were basically period crime pieces. Not all of them, but a lot were....
  7. Kiss Me Deadly may be my favorite counterculture noir picture. There's a quote from the film, it's classic(by Dr. Soberin): "Lie still. Why torment yourself? Who would you see? Someone you do not know, a stranger. What is it we are seeking? Diamonds, rubies, gold? Perhaps narcotics? How civilized this earth used to be. But as the world becomes more primitive, its treasures become more fabulous. Perhaps sentiment will succeed where greed failed. You will die, Mr. Hammer. But your friend, you can save her. Yes you can. The young lady you picked up on the highway. She wrote you a letter. In it were two words, "Remember Me." She asks you to remember. What is it you must remember?"
  8. Stanwyck was my favorite easily. Double Indemnity & The Strange Love of Martha Ivers being her best. I rate Ava up there with DeCarlo. Lizabeth Scott(Too Late For Tears & Dead Reckoning), Joan Crawford(Possessed & Mildred Pierce), Marie Windsor(Force of Evil, The Killing, & Double Deal), Claire Trevor(Murder, My Sweet, Born to Kill, & Raw Deal), and Rita Hayworth in Lady From Shanghai are all excellent too.
  9. Nah ken, I'm more a Independent Conservative, so I'm not very far right. I'm sort of part left and part right...somewhat of a loner in my political views.
  10. > Anyone else found this film a bit confusing? Apart > from that, I have to say it was enjoyable and John > Hodiak did a great job. Happens a lot with amnesia films. Hodiak was strong, but yeah the story lacks clear-cut direction in some parts. That's part of its appeal though I suppose.
  11. I've got so many movies I still haven't watched within the box sets I picked up recently. Forbidden Hollywood-Great set! Watched all three films last night, and enjoyed Babyface the most. I was blown away by how good that movie was. Superb set. Paul Newman Collection-I'm one film into the set, but have seen most of the films already, so it's no biggie. Tennessee Williams Collection-Haven't even busted the seal yet. I've seen all of those except for Night of the Iguana & Sweet Bird of Youth. Sam Peckinpah's West-Watched all four classic Westerns and now am suffering from gritty western syndrome...I've got the Western bug right now. Bogart Signature Collection Volume 2-Finally watched all of these save for the second and third disc of The Maltese Falcon(which I've seen nearly 80 times already). Awful lot of buying lately...time to stop buying for a second and catch up on my movie watching.
  12. One of the last true film noir pictures is perhaps the most sharply written screenplay out of all noir films. This has been a favorite of mine ever I saw it for the first time. It's so dynamic and tension-filled, that I'll venture to say that if you don't like this one: you're boring. Elmer Bernstein's score sets the tone perfectly in each scene, and Burt Lancaster's performance as J.J. Hunsecker is-in my eyes-his most menacing and powerful portrayal. Tony Curtis is excellent too as Sidney Falco. Seedy and corrupt are the characters and their environs; thus making for one hell of a cynical masterpiece. Based on Ernest Lehman's brilliant novel, and directed by Alexander Mackendrick, Sweet Smell of Success still remains timeless on nearly every level. The dialogue is some of the most poignant ever written. JJ HUNSECKER speaking of Sidney Falco(who is sitting right next to him when he says it) to Senator Walker, Linda Jones, and Manny Davis: Sidney: Not right this minute, J.J. "Mr. Falco, let it be said at once, is a man of forty faces, not one. None too pretty and all deceptive. You see that grin? That's the, uh, that's the charming street-urchin face. It's part of his helpless act. He throws himself upon your mercy. He's got a half-dozen faces for the ladies. But the one I like, the really cute one, is the quick, dependable chap - nothing he won't do for you in a pinch. So he says! Mr. Falco, whom I did not invite to sit at this table tonight, is a hungry press agent and fully up to all the tricks of his very slimy trade. (He turns with an unlit cigarette toward Sidney, gestures, and waits.) Match me, Sidney."
  13. A nice mention. That's actually an underrated Bogart gem that needs a DVD release.
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