Tag Archives: Film Noir

“DETOUR”, THE NOVEL

If you’re familiar with the 1945 film noir classic, DETOUR, check out the novel on which it was based. Written by Martin M Goldsmith in 1939, the novel is every bit as good as the film. There are several editions of this book on Amazon right now, but the others are poorly edited and formatted. […]

REVIEW: “KILLER JOE”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting for Matthew McConaughey to slip into the skin of a noir character. He’s done all these silly rom-coms and whatnot, but I always knew he would be a perfect fit for noir. He has an undeniable sense of danger bubbling under his hunky exterior, and it […]

FILM NOIR, MY TOP 11, PRE-1970 (2012 edition)

Back in 2011, I drew up a list of my favorite films noir from before 1970 and another list from 1970 to the present. At this time, I find it necessary to re-post the pre-1970 list, since I’ve made some changes, including expanding it to 11 films. In no particular order, the new list goes […]

REVIEW: “GUN CRAZY”

From the moment Peggy Cummins walks onscreen in Gun Crazy (1950), decked out in a cute cowgirl outfit and firing two pistols into the air, you know she’s going to control everything around her and make you forget everyone else in this movie. If only John Dall’s character knew that, he could’ve saved himself a […]

THE MEN OF FILM NOIR

Heath Lowrance, author of  the novel The Bastard Hand and a short story collection called Dig Ten Graves, as well as the individual short story, That Damned Coyote Hill, has asked yours truly to write a post for his blog. There were “No Rules”, no word count limit, no assigned topic, no nothing. Just whatever I […]

REVIEW: “DANGER SIGNAL”

It’s too bad Zachary Scott’s movie career didn’t last longer than it did. He was tailor-made for film noir. The deceptive cheshire smile, the just-right mustache, his oily presence, his ability to portray utterly amoral characters, he had it all. Whenever you saw his name on the poster, you knew someone was going to get […]

AND NOW FOR A LITTLE HERESY…

Okay, everyone get your tomatoes ready to throw at me. I’m a sitting duck for this one. I watched the 1967 film noir, Point Blank the other night. Believe it or not, I had never seen this film, although I’d always wanted to. It has rarely been on television and no one I know owns a copy […]

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 […]