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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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CD: Film Noir’s Finest (2012)

CD: Film Noir’s Finest (2012)

February 15, 2013 | By

Return to: Home / Soundtrack  Reviews / F . Rating: Good Label: BSX Records / Released: January, 2013 Tracks & Album Length: 20 tracks / (70:34) . Special Notes: n/a. . Composer: various . . Review: BSX Record’s latest compilation album features an eclectic collection of main themes from mostly modernist noirs – clear-cut homages by directors either […]

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BR: Big Heat, The (1953)

BR: Big Heat, The (1953)

August 17, 2012 | By

  Film: Excellent BR Transfer: Excellent BR Extras: Excellent Label: Twilight Time Region: All Released: February 16, 2016 Genre: Film Noir / Crime Synopsis: The life of a decent, hard-working cop is turned upside-down when he discovers a link between a local mob boss and the local police force. Special Features: Audio commentary with producer Nick […]

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DVD: Affair in Trinidad (1952)

DVD: Affair in Trinidad (1952)

August 17, 2012 | By

Return to: Home / Blu-ray, DVD, Film Reviews / A . Film: Weak/ DVD Transfer: Very Good/ DVD Extras: Standard Label: Sony / Region: 1 (NTSC) / Released: September 23, 2008 Genre: Film Noir / Espionage Synopsis: The mysterious death of a dancer’s husband forces a widow and brother-in-mourning to solve the crime for lazy Trinidadian police. […]

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DVD: Gilda (1946)

DVD: Gilda (1946)

July 23, 2012 | By

Return to: Home / Blu-ray, DVD, Film Reviews / G . Film: Excellent/ DVD Transfer: Excellent/ DVD Extras: Standard Label: Sony/ Region: 1 (NTSC) / Released: November 7, 2000 Genre: Film Noir Synopsis: Johnny idyllic working relationship with casino boss Mundson is thrown upside-down when ex-flame Gilda marries his new boss. Special Features: Cast & Crew Bios […]

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Colour Noir

Colour Noir

June 13, 2011 | By

Review of Richard Fleischer’s superb ‘colour noir’ suspenser, Violent Saturday (Twilight Time)…

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BR: Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

BR: Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

March 15, 2011 | By

Return to: Home / Blu-ray, DVD, Film Reviews / J to L . Film: Excellent/ BR Transfer: Excellent/ BR Extras: Excellent Label: Twilight Time / Region: All / Released: May 14, 2013 Genre: Film Noir / Suspense Synopsis: A trusting man falls for an obsessive woman who refuses to let him go – even from the grave! Special […]

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