Category Archives: Film Noir

A discussion of the film noir genre

MADE IT, MA! TOP O’ THE WORLD!

“You know why they call him Big Ed? ‘Cause he’s got big ideas.” That was gang leader Cody Jarrett talking, but Big Ed and his ideas weren’t the only things he had to worry about. A double-crossing wife, T-Men hot on his trail, and blinding headaches were just a few of his other major problems. […]

FILM NOIR–MY TOP 10 (POST-1970)

Okay, film noir lovers. Thanks to a groundswell of demand from all of you out there, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite films noir since 1970. As I’m sure you all know, I’ve done a list of pre-1970 noirs which included such classics as Out Of The Past, Night And The City, and Raw […]

FILM NOIR–MY TOP 10 (PRE-1970)

Heath Lowrance drew up a list of his ten favorite films noir and put them up on his Psycho-Noir website. He had quite a few of the greats in there, and some of the more obscure ones, too. Anyway, I got the bright idea to put my own list up and see where it takes […]

PARDON ME WHILE I CLAW MY WAY TO THE TOP

For the first time in years, I watched The Damned Don’t Cry (1950), and I had forgotten how truly great a film it is. How can you not like something that carries a tag line like, “Ambition. Betrayal. Murder. Don’t let the little things stop you.” Joan Crawford stars as Ethel Whitehead / Lorna Hansen Forbes, […]

REVIEW: “THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE” / The DVD Package

THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE  / The DVD Package Review by Mike Dennis, 2010 If it had been anyone but Criterion putting out the DVD of The Friends Of Eddie Coyle, I might not have purchased it. But Criterion has so firmly established itself as the premium purveyor of quality movies onto quality DVDs, that […]

YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS…

Roy Bonario, the Bon himself, just sent me a link to some of the great film noir movie posters. You can check it out by clicking on the link below. They’ve got some great ones, including the posters for both Hollow Triumph and The Scar, which of course were the same great movie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IJdk9oYG8g&NR=1

YES HARRY, YOU’VE GOT IT ALL, BUT….

  Review by Mike Dennis From the moment you see Richard Widmark running through dark alleys in the opening scene of Jules Dassin’s 1950 classic, Night And The City, you know he’s totally screwed. If only he knew it. But such is the lot of film noir protagonists. Caught up in the backwash of their […]

HEY, MISTER. GIVE A GIRL A LIFT?

I hadn’t seen the movie Detour for quite some time, so I pulled it out the other night and gave it a look. And I’m glad I did. It’s even better than I remembered it. For those who are unfamiliar with this 1945 classic film noir (and I hope there aren’t too many), it’s all […]

FILM NOIR, ANYONE?

Some of my favorite movies are in the film noir genre.  What a surprise, right?  Thing is, I’ve always liked them, since before they were called film noir, or at least since before I was aware of that French phrase. Of course, it’s well-known that the filmmakers weren’t really aware that they were creating a […]