Category Archives: Film Noir

The Burglar and unbearable anxiety of late film noir

What I love about the canon of cinema known as film noir is just when you think you’ve seen the all important films, along comes something and blows you away. Thus was the case recently when I watched the 1957 … Continue reading

In a Lonely Place

One of my favourite classic film noirs, without doubt, is Nicholas Ray’s 1950 masterpiece In A Lonely Place. It’s a taunt, claustrophobic film that works on a very emotional level for me, much more so than most classic noirs I can … Continue reading

M Emmet Walsh and Blood Simple

“Well Ma’am if I see him, I’ll sure give him the message.”  The late Roger Ebert called it the “Stanton-Walsh Rule”. Any movie “featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M.Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can’t be altogether bad”. I’ve … Continue reading

Warren Oates, Gloria Grahame & other subjects for fiction anthologies

The recent release of Crime Factory’s LEE, an anthology of crime fiction inspired by the life of iconic actor Lee Marvin, has got me thinking about who else would be a good subject for similar treatment. There’s already been a … Continue reading

The heist always goes wrong, part 2: reader picks and other favourite heist movies

My recent post The heist always goes wrong – ten of the best heist movies ever made, generated some great reader feedback. The best thing about the response was that it pointed me in the direction of a number heist … Continue reading