Noirvember #watchlist

Started by Judas Black, Nov 1, 2015, in Entertainment Add to Reading List

  1. Judas Black
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    Judas Black The Dark Vegan

    Nov 1, 2015
    Anyone who knows me by now knows that I love Film-Noir; & Noir related things.. I'm posting a list of Noir films to watch this month since it's Noirvember. Here's some recommendations for films that I love; but there's so many.. a month isn't going to cover them all..lol but here it goes!

    Also, Post your favorite Noir films or Noir related films..such as Neo-Noir, aka modern day Noir..and let's discuss.


    The Mob
    The Blue Dahlia
    The Blue Lamp
    The Third Man
    He Walked The Night
    The Killers
    Dressed To k---
    Out Of The Past
    Clash By Night
    The Asphalt Jungle
    s---t To k---
    Sorry, Wrong Number
    The Postman Always Rings Twice
    Night & The City
    The Big Combo
    The Big Heat
    Brute Force
    Raw Deal
    The Chase
    The Lodger
    They Won't Believe Me
    Forgotten
    All About Eve
    Chinatown (Neo-Noir)
    Kiss Me Deadly
    The Killing
    LA Confidential (Neo-Noir)
    Devil In a Blue Dress (Neo-Noir)
    Sweet Smell of Success
    The Naked City
    The Set Up
    The Gangster
    Born To k---
    Key Largo
    Mildred Pierce
    The Lady Confesses
    This Gun For Hire
    In A Lonely Place
    Cry Danger
    DOA
    Kiss of Death
    Stranger On The Third Floor
    Scarlett Hour
    White Heat
    The Big Heat
    Detour
    Fallen Angel
    Nightmare Alley
    Don't Bother To Knock
    Red Light
    Impact
    Pickup On South Street
    Criss Cross
    Blonde Ice
    Inner Sanctum
    Jigsaw
    Laura
    The Maltese Falcon
    Film-Noir (2007 Animated Neo-Noir)
    Gun Crazy
    Elevator To The Gallows (French Noir)

    Start with this masterpiece if you want to begin a great experience with the genre

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    Enjoy, and if you want anymore recommendations just post in the thread!
     
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    Nov 1, 2015
    Good to see DOA on there. It's a personal favorite.
    I think Blade Runner (the Final Cut) is a great example of sci-fi noir.
     
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    Judas Black The Dark Vegan

    Nov 1, 2015
    I agree.. although I haven't seen Blade Runner in years, I need to re-watch it
     
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    Judas Black The Dark Vegan

    Nov 2, 2015
    Currently Playing LA Noire; and look at the cinema marquee.. it's a Noir, within a Noir! (looking for the Golden Film Reels atm)

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    Nov 2, 2015
    you use that filter?
     
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    Judas Black The Dark Vegan

    Nov 2, 2015
    Yep.. I prefer playing it in Black and White, rather than color
     
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    Charlie Work Level 5 Goblin

    Nov 2, 2015
    Cool idea. I'll try to watch 10 that I've never watched before.

    The Maltese Falcon (1941)
    The Big Sleep (1946)
    The Killers (1946)
    The Third Man (1949)
    The Big Heat (1953)
    Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
    Le Samourai (1967)
    Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
    Blade Runner (1982)
    L.A. Confidential (1997)
     
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    Nov 2, 2015
    have you seen Drive (2011) , @Bleed ? didn't see it on your list, probably my favorite neo-noir film.
     
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    Judas Black The Dark Vegan

    Nov 2, 2015
    great choices, but I must admit.. I've never seen 'Le Samourai' or 'Le Cercle Rouge'

    Yea!. I've seen it a couple of times.. you really think it fits as a Neo-Noir?.. I'm still kinda hit or miss on that
     
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    Le Samourai is a critical darling. Le Cercle Rouge is just a movie I've been meaning to watch for like 2 years lol.
     
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    Judas Black The Dark Vegan

    Nov 2, 2015
    d---.. I'm slipping I definitely need to check those out immediately.. thanks for mentioning them :emoji_thumbsup:
     
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    Nov 2, 2015
    Kiss Me Deadly :sweatt:
     
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    Judas Black The Dark Vegan

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    One of the best tbh
     
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    The Maltese Falcon (1941) ★★★★★
    (Dir. John Huston) (Wri. Dashiell Hammett)
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    Noirvember (1 of 10)

    I decided to kick off Noirvember chronologically and start with a Bogart picture. Firstly, why don't we get posters like these anymore? Not necessarily hand drawn, but in the more square format or fat rectangular? I suppose it made sense with VHS boxes being thin, bookish rectangles, but DVDs and Blu Rays lend themselves to a square package a la the CD. Blu Rays almost commit but end up looking like midget DVDs shelved awkwardly alongside them.

    Back on topic, I didn't have many expectations beyond knowing this is a classic staple of the genre. One expectation I did have was your typical, growling, iconic Bogart and well- he's kind of a mad man in this. Sam Spade is a grinning, griefless, violent, scheming, joking, bullying lunatic with a death wish. Most noirs leave me unconvinced romantically, but his fall for the compulsive liar Ruth (Mary Astor) makes perfect sense to me. Or maybe they're both pretending. Either way, they're on equal footing when it comes to sanity.

    Sam's secretary Effie (Lee Patrick) decays along the way, but early on she's kind of a sisterly, sidekick who might work alongside Spade in a more equivalent society. The scene where she reports on Archer's widow with a Sherlockesque breakdown is sharper than anything Spade does. She's rolling his cigarette for him in more ways than one. Unfortunately, this dimension of her character is abandoned shortly after.

    Speaking of decay, Peter Lorre's introduction is by far his character Joel Cairo's finest moment. Lorre was (type) casted perfectly as the strange, beady, accented little fellow. The bit with the gun almost feels like a comedy sketch and played straight works twice as effectively.

    The Maltese Falcon is a snappy picture, hooking you in from the jump with lots of fragmented details to piece together. There's a peculiar case from an untrustworthy client, a double murder, and an affair all to be reconciled in time. The audience is usually a step behind Spade, ignorant to the affair, ignorant to his intuition when being lied to, ignorant to how he's slipping his tail, etc. There are some major developments you can guess early on, but you don't lose any interest in watching it all unfold. A very tricky feat for a mystery.

    The only real gripes I had were the redundant text crawl and the couple long stretches of exposition that made it redundant in the first place. Contrary to most, I think exposition is fine if you can slip it into a conversation rather than a monologue. That way there's character interaction to go along with it which can also provide information rather than just a lecturing page and a half.

    I like that Huston's adaptation doesn't pack the dialogue so thick with quips that it sounds unnatural. Spade dishes it out the heaviest, but of course a psychopath will have his quirks. The movie closes with a memorable line, as all noir's should. The twist ending is also pretty brilliant but we have Hammett to thank there.

    Overall, this is my favorite Bogie performance yet. Probably my favorite classic detective noir as well.

    http://letterboxd.com/redwell/film/the-maltese-falcon-1941/
     
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    Judas Black The Dark Vegan

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    Amazing film and great review!

    there's nothing I wouldn't have said myself in this write up
     
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    Thanks for reading it. I usually write thinking nobody willl. How would you rank Bogie's work?
     
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    Judas Black The Dark Vegan

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    I'm a huge fan of Bogie.. ironically though my favorite film of his isn't a Noir, and it's Casablanca

    Amazing actor; I think his roles in films like Casablanca and Sahara defines Cinema; quintessential films to be watched at least once
     
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    Charlie Work Level 5 Goblin

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    I've only caught a portion of Casablanca on TCM before. Another classic on my list.

    I thought he delivered a charming performance in Sabrina. Lucky dude got to work with Katharine & Audrey Hepburn. Probably banged them both. :sweatt:
     
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    Judas Black The Dark Vegan

    Nov 3, 2015
    I totally forgot about Sabrina!.. unfortunately I've only seen bits and pieces of it though

    you're definitely right; dude is a legend in his field ..lol
     
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    Judas Black The Dark Vegan

    Nov 5, 2015
    Anyone watch anymore?..
     
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