Film Noir

We watch and comment on film noir. Any noir is fine--from the golden noir age of the 40s and early 50s, through neo noir, and even future noir, it's all good.

Posts for this club should be tagged: filmnoir_club.

March 22

Movie: The Maltese Falcon

San Francisco private detective Sam Spade takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette, with the stakes rising after his partner is murdered. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 11:22 AM - 11 comments

July 8

Movie: The Killing

Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 11:01 AM - 3 comments

July 2

Movie: I Want to Live!

A prostitute, sentenced to death for murder, pleads her innocence. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 6:06 PM - 1 comment

June 10

Film Noir Club: Touch of Evil

Next up, on Monday, June 13, is Orson Welles's Touch of Evil, widely considered to mark the end of the classic film noir era:
Welles' Mexican border-town B-movie classic Touch of Evil (1958) is generally considered the last film in the classic cycle of film noirs. It starred Charlton Heston as Vargas - a naive Mexican-American narcotics cop, Janet Leigh as his imperiled, honeymooning wife Susan, and Welles' own corrupt and corpulent local cop Hank Quinlan. The film also featured a comeback appearance by cigar-smoking bordello madam Marlene Dietrich, and a breathtaking opening credits sequence filmed in a single-take. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 6:53 AM - 2 comments

June 9

Movie: Kiss Me Deadly

A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit." [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 7:33 PM - 3 comments

June 7

Film Noir Club: Kiss Me Deadly

Next Film Noir Club Selection is Robert Aldrich's 1955 masterpiece Kiss Me Deadly, found streaming here in HD on YouTube. This selection will be posted Thursday, June 9.
posted by MoonOrb at 6:38 PM - 0 comments

Movie: Pushover

A larcenous undercover cop falls for the beautiful moll of a bank robber on the run and together they double-cross the hood and the cops. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 6:30 PM - 0 comments

June 6

Film Noir Club: Pushover

Next feature in the Film Noir club is 1954's Pushover starring Fred MacMurray, E.G. Marshall, and introducing Kim Novak. Streaming here on YouTube, going to post this on Tuesday, June 7. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 7:30 PM - 0 comments

May 13

Film Noir Club: The Naked Kiss

The Film Noir Club is back with this gem from Sam Fuller: The Naked Kiss, streaming here on YouTube.
posted by MoonOrb at 5:36 PM - 1 comment

Movie: The Naked Kiss

Kelly, a prostitute, finds redemption in the town of Grantville, where she arrives working as a medium-time seller. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 5:32 PM - 1 comment

March 11

Movie: Where the Sidewalk Ends

Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon wants to be something his old man wasn't: a guy on the right side of the law. But Dixon's vicious nature will get the better of him. Movie found here on YouTube. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 1:16 AM - 0 comments

March 3

Movie: The Big Combo

A police lieutenant is ordered to stop investigating deadly crime boss Mr. Brown, because he hasn't been able to get any hard evidence against him. He then goes after Brown's girlfriend, who despises him, for information instead. Full movie here on YouTube. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 10:26 PM - 1 comment

February 26

Movie: D.O.A.

Frank Bigelow, told he's been poisoned and has only a few days to live, tries to find out who killed him and why. Full movie on YouTube found here. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 12:13 PM - 2 comments

February 19

Next up?

Next installment will be D.O.A., the Edmond O'Brien classic from 1950. Anyone have a hankering for something else? Different viewing schedule? I was just gonna post one per week and try to stick to what's streaming for free on YouTube for the time being. Thoughts?
posted by MoonOrb at 10:19 PM - 4 comments

February 18

Movie: Detour

Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble--"Fate, or some mysterious force, can put the finger on you or me for no good reason at all." [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 11:53 PM - 3 comments