Category Archives: Neo Noir

Kinda Hot: the making of Peter Bogdanovich’s Saint Jack

Towards the end of Kinda Hot: The Making of Saint Jack in Singapore, Peter Bogdanovich tells the book’s author Ben Slater: “Some of the best things are things that just happen once and then don’t happen again. They just don’t. Now … Continue reading

Mud, madness and masculinity: William Friedkin’s Sorcerer

Perfect films usually only ever appear so in retrospect. A case in point is Sorcerer, William Friedkin’s 1977 reimagining of the Henri-Georges Clouzot 1953 classic, The Wages of Fear. The gloriously remastered print of Sorcerer, showing as part of the Melbourne International Film … Continue reading

Pulp Friday: Newton Thornburg’s heist novel, Knockover

“The scheme was so perfect, the take was so big, you couldn’t ask for anything more-but one of them did. I’ve got a little gem of a Pulp Friday today, the very rare Australian release of Newton Thornburg’s little known … Continue reading

MIFF progress report #3: A Touch of Sin and Call Girl

The third and final part of my report back from the 2013 Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) looks at the Chinese film A Touch of Sin and Call Girl, a Swedish neo noir set in the early seventies. First up, Call … Continue reading

MIFF 2013 progress report #1: Manila in the Claws of Light & Monsoon Shootout

A couple of weeks ago I posted on the films I was planning to check out as part of the Melbourne International Festival. Yesterday I ticked off my first two choices, the Indian noir Monsoon Shootout and Manila in the Claws … Continue reading