Tag: film noir

BR: Crimson Kimono, The (1959)

BR: Crimson Kimono, The (1959)

August 9, 2017 | By

During the 1950s Sam Fuller managed to put his stylistic and idiosyncratic imprimatur on pictures for the major studios, often in big gorgeous CinemaScope productions for Fox (Hell and High Water, the Japan-shot House of Bamboo), but the succession of almost yearly films became a trickle, ultimately forcing the writer-producer-director…

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Neo-Noir: Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) + Hickey & Boggs (1972)

Neo-Noir: Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) + Hickey & Boggs (1972)

July 13, 2016 | By

Reviews of two ground-breaking neo-noirs on Blu: Carl Franklin’s adaptation of Walter Moseley’s Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) from Twilight Time + Robert Culp’s Hickey & Boggs (1972) from KINO Lorber.

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BR: Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

BR: Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

July 13, 2016 | By

Riding on the success of the vicious crime thriller One False Move (1992), Carl Franklin’s follow-up film was the first of a proposed series of films based on Walter Moseley’s former machinist-turned detective Easy Rollins…

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BR: Hickey & Boggs (1972)

BR: Hickey & Boggs (1972)

July 13, 2016 | By

Hickey & Boggs could be described as a classic orphan film – a movie that vanished after its theatrical release and kind of rolled around TV stations in absolutely grubby full screen transfers that made it appear this effort to re-team I Spy’s Robert Culp and Bill Cosby…

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Film Noir Double-Header: Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) + The Big Heat (1953)

Film Noir Double-Header: Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) + The Big Heat (1953)

April 26, 2016 | By

Reviews of two potent film noir classics: Otto Preminger’s Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) + Fritz Lang’s The Big Heat (1953) from Twilight Time.

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BR: Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)

BR: Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)

April 26, 2016 | By

Film: Excellent Transfer: Excellent Extras: Excellent Label:  Twilight Time Region: All Released:  February 16, 2016 Genre:  Film Noir / Crime Synopsis: A drastic attempt to clean up an accidental death sends a hothead detective to his doom in this taut classic from Otto Preminger. Special Features: 2005 Audio Commentator with film noir historian Eddie Muller / Isolated Mono Music Track / Theatrical […]

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A Film Noir Trio: House of Bamboo (1955), Street with No Name (1948), and Cry Vengeance (1954)

A Film Noir Trio: House of Bamboo (1955), Street with No Name (1948), and Cry Vengeance (1954)

January 22, 2016 | By

Reviews of 3 unique film noirs: Sam Fuller’s House of Bamboo (Twilight Time), William Keighley’s The Street with No Name (Fox), and Mark Stevens’ Cry Vengeance (Olive Films).

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BR: Gunman, The (2015)

BR: Gunman, The (2015)

November 24, 2015 | By

One could present a fair argument that this film version of Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel The Prone Gunman is a film noir veiled in a series of extended action montages, mostly because its leading character, a sniper named Terrier is a ‘dogged’ figure whose past comes to bite him in the ass, and mandates fast action and revenge…

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BR: Tequila Sunrise (1988)

BR: Tequila Sunrise (1988)

November 4, 2015 | By

According to producer Thom Mount (who provided a commentary track for the film’s original 2010 DVD release), Tequila Sunrise came into being when Towne launched a lawsuit with Warner Bros. regarding his prior directing debut, Personal Best, and part of the settlement including the studio funding and releasing a film which the esteemed screenwriter would act as writer & director…

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BR: Man in the Dark (1953)

BR: Man in the Dark (1953)

April 2, 2014 | By

Known as the first studio-produced 3D production, Columbia’s Man in the Dark followed in the heels of Arch Oboler’s indie hit Bwana Devil (1952), which surprised the majors with its ability to make money with yet another new exhibition technology alongside widescreen processes Cinemrama and CinemaScope…

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