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Black Angel (Roy William Neill, 1946)

“Black Angel plumbs a world rife with deviousness, desperation, greed, and betrayal, and it gets a solid A/V transfer and set of extras from Arrow Films.” Read my entire review of this little-known noir title over at Slant Magazine.
Tags: Movies, Film, Movie Reviews, Film Noir, Peter Lorre, Black Angel, Dan Duryea, Roy William Neill, Black Angel Roy William Neill






Guillermo del Toro's Next Movie May Not Have a Creature in It, But It Might Have Leonardo DiCaprio

Guillermo del Toro has been very careful in selecting his follow-up to his Oscar-winning The Shape of Water, but that movie may now be solidified after landing one of the biggest stars in the world.Read more...
Tags: Science, Guillermo Del Toro, Leonardo Dicaprio, Film Noir, Nightmare Alley




Rot the eyes right out of your head with this collection of 60 free Film Noir classics

I've been hooked on hard-boiled crime novels and Film Noir since I picked up my first copy (there have been many) of Dashiel Hammett's Red Harvest back in the mid-1990s. It's bleak, entertaining stuff that I find to be a hell of a lot more honest in its portrayal of human desperation, motivation, rage and lust than most of the drivel that's spoon-fed to us in films, television and a whole lot of books these days. My personal tastes lean towards stories where the bad guy, or at least, a pretty ...
Tags: Post, Movies, News, Free Stuff, Classics, Raymond Chandler, Looper, Film Noir, Richard Stark, Lawrence Block, Dashiel Hammett, Donald E Westlake Parker


Jean-Pierre Melville’s 'Le Samouraï' Plays with the Perils of the Lone Detective

I recently spoke to a class full of students about Plato's "Allegory of the Cave". Actually, I mentioned Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" by prefacing that I understood the likelihood that no one had read it. Fortunately, two students had, which brought mild temporary relief. In an effort to close the gap of understanding (perhaps more a canyon or uncanny valley) I made the popular quick comparison between Plato's often cited work and the Wachowski siblings' cinema spectacl...
Tags: Music, Crime, Drama, Cinema, Paris, Mystery, Film History, Criterion Collection, Imdb, David Fincher, Film Review, Jules, Lawrence, Jeff, Plato, Melville


Jean-Pierre Melville’s 'Le Samouraï' Plays with the Perils of the Loner

I recently spoke to a class full of students about Plato's "Allegory of the Cave". Actually, I mentioned Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" by prefacing that I understood the likelihood that no one had read it. Fortunately, two students had, which brought mild temporary relief. In an effort to close the gap of understanding (perhaps more a canyon or uncanny valley) I made the popular quick comparison between Plato's often cited work and the Wachowski siblings' cinema spectacl...
Tags: Music, Crime, Drama, Cinema, Paris, Mystery, Film History, Criterion Collection, Imdb, David Fincher, Film Review, Jules, Lawrence, Jeff, Plato, Melville


Like the Original, Blade Runner 2049 Is Scifi Film Noir at Its Finest

It’s easy to look at Blade Runner 2049’s stunning use of shadow and light and declare it a part of the scifi noir genre. But it’s really the film’s narrative and thematic execution that grounds it in the longstanding noir storytelling tradition.Read more...
Tags: Science Fiction, Science, Blade Runner, Film Noir, Blade Runner 2049


How well do you know film noir?

In Hollywood Aesthetic: Pleasure in American Cinema, film studies professor Todd Berliner explains how Hollywood delivers aesthetic pleasure to mass audiences. The following quiz is based on information found in chapter 8, “Crime Films during the Period of the Production Code Administration.” The chapter shows how the ideological constraints of the Motion Picture Production Code shaped the aesthetic properties of an entire body of crime films of the studio-era in Hollywood, a set of films now co...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Featured, Wikimedia Commons, Bacall, Robert Mitchum, Arts & Humanities, Film Noir, Jane Greer, Wikimedia Commons Featured, TV & Film, French Film, Film Studies, Media Studies, Hollywood films, Cinema and Media Studies


You Never Know When, Where, and How

In Sweet Smell of Success, many of the songs have an ironic under-layer; sometimes the singer is aware of the irony, others times they're not.All through the scene-song "I Could Get You in J.J.," we already know Sidney can't get either of them in J.J.'s column, that in fact Sidney is a two-bit con man. We also already know that Susan has had dinner with J.J., even as Sidney is promising to get her in J.J.'s column.Dallas' gorgeous ballad "I Cannot Hear the City," is straight-forward the first t...
Tags: New York, Musicals, Theatre, Park, Broadway, Jazz, Dallas, 1950s, Press, Susan, Don, Rita, J J, Adam, Scott Miller, Faust


Makin' Music to Make You Die

It's hard to write about music without the reader actually hearing it. But I've been doing my best in my books to write about really interesting scores as simply and accessibly as I can, and I'm gonna try to do the same with the sizzling jazz score for Sweet Smell of Success.One of the things that provides the show's considerable suspense and tension, and that gives it such a relentless pace, is Marvin Hamlisch's remarkable music. As strong as all his scores are, this was his masterpiece, endle...
Tags: New York, Musicals, Theatre, Broadway, Jazz, 1950s, Press, Don, Scott Miller, Faust, Sidney, Marvin Hamlisch, Musical Theatre, Film Noir, Hamlisch, David Zippel


Nothin's as Sweet as the Fall

You don't really notice it when you're watching the show or listening to the cast recording -- at least I didn't -- but bookwriter John Guare and lyricist Craig Carnelia have built an incredibly sophisticated, complex, subtle, artful piece of storytelling with Sweet Smell of Success.It succeeds in all three of the important categories: Poetry, Popcorn, and Politics; or in other words, artistry, pure entertainment, and substance. It seems a mystery and a shame that it didn't run longer on Broadw...
Tags: New York, Musicals, Theatre, Broadway, Jazz, Dallas, 1950s, Press, Billy, Breitbart, Susan, J J, Guare, Scott Miller, Faust, Walter Winchell


Something Dirty on the Whole Who's-Who

We've all fallen in love with Sweet Smell of Success as we've worked on it the last several weeks. It's such a privilege to work on material this strong.I notice that when we talk about it to other people, the first thing we talk about is the sizzling hot jazz music by the great Marvin Hamlisch, and we also talk about playwright John Guare's script, which our music director Jeffrey calls "the wittiest and wickedest" script he's ever worked on.After all, the source material, both the short story...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Musicals, Russia, Theatre, Broadway, Jazz, Dallas, 1950s, Press, Susan, Don, Sondheim, JEFFREY, Brecht, Scott Miller


On and On and On It Goes

I've been watching a lot of film noir lately, to get me in the right mindset for polishing Sweet Smell of Success. A few things I've noticed -- in almost all of them, there's a fundamentally corrupt, or at least unfair, world as a backdrop, almost everything happens at night, and there's usually a moment in which an otherwise innocent person makes the fateful decision to also lie, cheat, or otherwise manipulate.All those thing are present in Sweet Smell.And the cultural backdrop is almost as vi...
Tags: New York, Musicals, Washington, Theatre, Broadway, Jazz, 1950s, Press, Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis, Susan, Ava Gardner, Joey, Matt, Madge, J J


The 15 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Noir Films

Putting the tantalizing mixture of scifi and fantasy with stylish, gritty crime and intrigue on movie screens is nothing new. In fact, it’s been a tradition practically since film noir came into fashion, and the combination has resulted in some truly great films. Here are our favorites.Read more...
Tags: Science Fiction, Science, Television, Movies, Superlist, Fantasy, Film Noir


Jazz Noir

There are quite a few less conventional musicals that New Line has produced which serve as touchstones for me, shows that taught me important lessons, that expanded my vocabulary, that forced me into solving problems I thought were unsolvable.Among that group are Hair, Bat Boy, Urinetown, The Robber Bridegroom, March of the Falsettos, Floyd Collins, Songs for a New World, Jacques Brel...And maybe even more than the others, Andrew Lippa's brilliant Wild Party is one of those shows. What a challe...
Tags: New York, Musicals, Theatre, Broadway, Jazz, Dallas, 1950s, Press, Susan, Don, Sweeney, Sweeney Todd, Rita, Scott Miller, Faust, Michael Bennett


The Sweet Smell of Success

I used to go to New York at least once a year to see shows. Recently, neither New Line nor I have been able to afford to send me, so I settle for bootleg videos (don't judge me!). But I have seen a lot of really wonderful shows in New York over the years, quite a few of which New Line has produced soon after. In fact, our company has been the first to produce several musicals after their Broadway or off Broadway runs, short runs in many cases, 'cause that's the kind of weirdo, tourist-unfriendl...
Tags: New York, Musicals, Theatre, America, Broadway, Jazz, Rob, Oklahoma, John Lithgow, 1950s, Press, Don, Sweeney, Scott Miller, Faust, Joseph Campbell


His shadow, her doubt: The feminine versus the queer in Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock’s films foreground a conflict that I call “the feminine versus the queer.” The heterosexual heroine, fighting for love and often for her own survival, finds a surprising rival in a queer character, who simultaneously understands and thwarts her. (see Figures 1 and 2) Figure 1. Bruno Anthony stalks the unsuspecting Miriam in Strangers on a Train. Figure 2: The heroine Eve Kendall cries out when she sees the villainous henchman Leonard in North by Northwest. Hitchcock’s Am...
Tags: Books, Featured, Movies, Media, Rebecca, Graham, Charles, Flickr, Alfred Hitchcock, Doubt, Northwest, Sparks, Marlene Dietrich, Santa Rosa California, Charlie, Leonard


The role of the death-mother in film

Hitchcock’s famous Psycho (1960) has an enduring legacy in the slasher-horror genre. Its impact on this genre is an enduring one, as suggested by the A&E series Bates Motel, culminating with Rihanna cast in Janet Leigh’s indelible role. Perhaps its most striking contribution, however, is its thematization of a figure I call the death-mother. This figure emerges from the diegetic world of the film, but exceeds it; she is born from abstraction, remoteness, distance. She emerges from the fusion of ...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Featured, Media, Rihanna, Rebecca, Glenn Close, Norman, Alfred Hitchcock, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Psycho, Joe, Janet Leigh, Wilder, Norma, Sunset Boulevard


Genesis Noir – Teaser

“Genesis Noir” takes place before, during and after the Big Bang as you race to stop the expansion of the universe and save your love. “A cosmic gunshot expands towards the heart of a god and the player must explore the universe, seeking clues on how creation might be undone.”  Inspired by the world of animation and motion design, “Genesis Noir blends visual storytelling and interaction into one seamless experience”. With its beautiful and unique style, cosmic premise, and generative gameplay, w...
Tags: Filmmaking, Storytelling, Indie, Game Design, Motion Graphics, 2D Animation, Film Noir


November 1, 2016: This Week on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD

Bad Moms, Nine Lives, Star Trek Beyond and lots more come home November 1 Welcome to ComingSoon.net’s look at all the top titles arriving this week on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. Check out the gallery viewer below for a look at the major new releases, catalogue films and television collections hitting shelves and/or VOD beginning Tuesday, November 1, 2016. A number of recent big screen releases lead the November 1 charge, including the hit R-rated comedy Bad Moms and the science fiction adve...
Tags: Amazon, Hbo, TV, Movies, Matthew Mcconaughey, Jamie Dornan, Amc, Dc Comics, Fbi, Russell Brand, Dubai, Broadway, Army, TV News, Starz, Idris Elba


52 Pick Up

This underseen Elmore Leonard-penned project about a prominent LA industrialist blackmailed for his infidelity cruises through the seedy LA crime underworld in the same way Chinatown and other LA-based noir films before it. But as a time capsule of the decade, for better or worse, it’s also burdened with the vulgarities of 1980’s cinema. 52 Pick Up (1986) dir. John FrankenheimerStarring: Roy Scheider, Ann-Margaret, John Glover, Vanity, Kelly Preston By Alan BacchusBy the 1980’s John Frank...
Tags: Crime, La, Los Angeles, Harry, Chinatown, Brian De Palma, Alcatraz, Leonard, John Frankenheimer, Elmore Leonard, Kelly Preston, John Glover, Ann Margaret, Alan Bacchus, 1980's, Film Noir