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Neo-Noir, Fridays in July


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On 8/14/2021 at 10:47 PM, Shank Asu said:

Watched The Pope of Greenwich Village last night and am wondering if this has been featured in the neo-noir lineup.  No a bad film.  Like Mickey Rourke.

When first released, The Pope of Greenwich Village was promoted as if it were a comedy. The title sounds like a comedy. I saw the movie after a disastrous day at work, thinking, "I need to see a funny film tonight." Was I ever surprised!

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On 7/13/2021 at 8:47 AM, cigarjoe said:

Friday the 16th's Neo Noir

The first up Pulp was a real snooze fest the only reason to watch for me was to see what a 50 year old Lizabeth Scott looked like 20 years after her last Noir.

PULP (1972): A pulp fiction novelist (Michael Caine) fights to survive an assignment to ghost write a controversial star's memoirs. Mickey Rooney plays Preston Gilbert, the gangster film actor with real life mob ties. Noir goddess Lizabeth Scott plays his flirtatious ex-wife. Dir. Mike Hodges If you really dug Get Carter you'll hate this

Some appropriate review Quotes from IMDb:

"An OK idea falls flat long before end"


"A neat idea that loses steam after a while...and then it just drags."

"Somewhat inept"

"Not bad but somewhat disappointing"

"Off-the-wall misfire"

"What went wrong?"

"Three-Quarters Baked"


Yeah, I caught PULP once a long time ago, solely because of Michael Caine, certainly not for Mickey Rooney, but yes it was a huge disappointment.  

I like to catch movies I had never seen before but this is one film that I wish I had remained ignorant of.

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If you are interested in neo-noir titles, the Criterion channel is currently streaming a collection of Neo-Noir films (some of these were included in TCM's July series):


On the Criterion site, the films are listed in order of release date:

pluto    Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)
pluto    Across 110th Street (1972)
            The Long Goodbye (1973)
            * Chinatown (1974)
            * Night Moves (1975)
pluto    (r) Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
hbom   The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
            The American Friend (1977)
tubi     The Big Sleep (1978)
            Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)
            The Onion Field (1979)
            * Body Heat (1981)
pluto   (r) Blow Out (1981)
             * Cutter’s Way (1981)
hbom   * Blood Simple (1984)
pluto    (r) Body Double (1984)
            The Hit (1984)
tubi     Trouble in Mind (1985)
            Manhunter (1986)
hbom   * Mona Lisa (1986)
            The Bedroom Window (1987)
tubi     Homicide (1991)
           Swoon (1992)
tubi     Suture (1993)
tubi     The Last Seduction (1994)
tubi     Brick (2005)

*        - shown as part of TCM's neo-noir series
(r)      - recently shown on TCM
pluto  - streaming for free on pluto tv
tubi    - streaming for free on tubi tv
hbom - streaming on hbomax


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I think Susan Miller and her horoscopes got more air time.   I'd love to see neo-noir Friday become a permanent thing, but I don't do FB or Twitter.   It's odd that they never suggest the TCM message board community for posting.

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