Archive for the ‘noir’ Category

Teresa Wright (Charlie Newton), Joseph Cotten (Uncle Charlie). Screenplay by Thornton Wilder, Alma Reville and Sally Benson. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Rating: PG. Running time: 108 minutes. If I said Dial M was an exercise in suspense, us as viewers anxiously waiting for the film’s characters to discover what we already know, then it seems that […]


Burt Lancaster (Ole ‘Swede’ Andreson), Ava Gardner (Kitty Collins), Edmond O’Brien (Jim Reardon). Screenplay by Anthony Veiller. Directed by Robert Siodmak. Running time: 103 minutes. The Killers is textbook noir: murder, mystery and dark motives, all playing out around a glamorous temptress lurking in the background who goes by the name of Kitty Collins. She’s better […]


Naomi Watts (Betty), Laura Harring (Rita), Ann Miller (Coco), Justin Theroux (Adam Kesher). Screenplay by David Lynch. Directed by David Lynch. Rating: 15. Running time: 147 minutes. Nobody could ever accuse David Lynch of not being intriguing, but those accustomed with his work will know his adventurous filmmaking always suffered significant flaws up until Mulholland […]


Fred MacMurray (Walter Neff), Barbara Stanwyck (Phyllis Dietrichson), Edward G. Robinson (Barton Keyes). Screenplay by Billy Wilder. Directed by Billy Wilder. Rating: PG. Running time: 107 minutes. Double Indemnity is like The Maltese Falcon injected with a decent dose of substance. It’s got all the style and themes of the latter – dark visuals, suave […]


Humphrey Bogart (Sam Spade), Mary Astor (Bridget O’Shaughnessy), Peter Lorre (Joel Cairo), Sydney Greenstreet (Kasper Gutman). Screenplay by John Huston. Directed by John Huston. Rating: PG. Running time: 101 minutes. With hindsight, then, it is apparently here where it all most evidently began: noir and the femme fatale, mysterious MacGuffins, and even Bogart as the […]


When presidential candidate Senator Palantine steps into the yellow cab of Travis Bickle in New York, he asks him what the one issue is that he would want to be solved. Travis’ reply is that the streets of his city are like an open sewer; they have an awful stench to them, and someone should […]


It is easy to be fooled into thinking Shutter Island isn’t a big release. For some cynical financial reasons, Paramount thought it would be best to focus on promoting Where the Wild Things Are, and consequently to push this film’s release date, and thus, in turn, to push Martin Scorsese (what on earth were they […]