Social media influencer Madison is lonely and bored during a solo vacation in Thailand until she meets CW, who takes her under her wing and becomes her tour guide and friend. But then CW's plans for Madison take a darker turn. [more inside]
Broadway star, Sheila Page (Joan Leslie), shoots Barney (Louis Hayward), her murderous husband on New Year's Eve. She flees her apartment and goes to her producer, John Friday (Tom Conway). When she arrives, it is New Year's day, a year earlier. She has been given the chance to live life over and correct the errors of the past only to find that the end will be the same although the path will be different. [more inside]
British director Basil Dearden followed his gay blackmail thriller Victim with 1962’s All Night Long, which re-imagines Shakespeare's Othello at a late night London jazz jam. Patrick McGoohan is drummer Johnny Cousins, the scheming, pot-smoking Iago who prowls the party stirring up jealousy and fear to tear the interracial couple of bandleader Aurelius Rex and his wife Delia apart so Delia will sing with Johnny when he leaves Othello's band. An excellent score helps drive the tightening downward spiral, with Charles Mingus and Dave Brubeck showing up as themselves throughout the party. [more inside]
Look, you get to stare at Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner for almost two hours, what more do you need? But fine, fine: you get a boxing movie, a heist movie, star-crossed lovers, a noir detective movie, betrayal, and amazing costumes. [more inside]
Steve Martin and Carl Reiner's homage to, and parody of, film noir. Private eye Rigby Reardon investigates the mysterious death of a famous scientist and cheesemaker on the request of his gorgeous daughter (Rachel Ward), and finds himself deep in a conspiracy with the lowest of the low. Using clips from famous movies of the 1940s seamlessly blended with original black and white scenes, this rises above gimmicky to be an entertaining and unique film. Gowns by Edith Head.
A young actor's obsession with spying on a beautiful woman who lives nearby leads to a baffling series of events with drastic consequences. Directed by Brian DePalma and starring Craig Wasson and Melanie Griffith. Featuring in-movie music video for "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. [more inside]
In 1949 composer Roman Strauss is executed for viciously murdering his wife Margaret with a pair of scissors. In 1990s Los Angeles a mute and traumatized amnesiac woman shows up at an orphanage, and when private investigator Mike Church, who grew up at the orphanage, is called in help, both he and the woman discover that they have a strange connection to the Strausses. [more inside]
A proud strip club owner is forced to come to terms with himself as a man, when his gambling addiction gets him in hot water with the mob, who offer him only one alternative. [more inside]
iZombie: Night and the Zombie City Season 5, Ep 10
While investigating the murder of private eye Mick Chisel [All the synopses call him Mick, but he was called Frank on the show - ed], who was stabbed in the head with an ice pick, Liv consumes Chisel's brain in hopes of breaking down how this gruesome murder took place. Synopsis from IMDb. [more inside]
The Deep End is a 2001 drama film starring Tilda Swinton as Margaret Hall. Margaret disapproves of her teenage son Beau (Jonathan Tucker) sneaking off to meet his lover Darby Reese (Josh Lucas). When an argument between Beau and Darby ends in death, Margaret finds she's in over her head. [more inside]
Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery. [more inside]
A prostitute, sentenced to death for murder, pleads her innocence. [more inside]
In this film based on Agatha Christie's short story and play, Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power) is accused of murdering an elderly rich woman, and the only alibi to him depends on his wife.
A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit." [more inside]
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]
The Film Noir Club is back with this gem from Sam Fuller: The Naked Kiss, streaming here on YouTube.
Kelly, a prostitute, finds redemption in the town of Grantville, where she arrives working as a medium-time seller. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Anyone up for a Film Noir club? It could cover classic noir through neonoir. I'm thinking maybe start with a series of exclusively Los Angeles films, including some that have already been posted to FanFare (Chinatown, Inherent Vice, The Big Lebowski, The Long Goodbye, Strange Days, Double Indemnity) and then some that haven't (Kiss Me Deadly, D.O.A., Blade Runner, L.A. Confidential, Farewell My Lovely, Devil in a Blue Dress, the list goes on and on).
Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife. [more inside]
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy postwar Vienna only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of his old friend Harry Lime. [more inside]
This film-noir stars Fred MacMurray as an insurance salesman, Barbara Stanwyck as a housewife who wishes her husband were dead, and Edward G. Robinson as a claims adjuster whose job is to find phony claims. The term "double indemnity" refers to a clause in certain life insurance policies that doubles the payout in cases when death is caused while riding a railway or other public transport means. [more inside]
A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity. The screenwriter's ambivalence about their relationship and her unwillingness to let go leads to a situation of violence and madness. [more inside]
Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician. [more inside]
Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole is one of the most scathing indictments of American culture ever produced by a Hollywood filmmaker. Kirk Douglas gives the fiercest performance of his career as Chuck Tatum, an amoral newspaper reporter who washes up in dead-end Albuquerque, happens upon the scoop of a lifetime, and will do anything to keep getting the lurid headlines. Wilder’s follow-up to Sunset Boulevard is an even darker vision, a no-holds-barred exposé of the American media’s appetite for sensation that has gotten only more relevant with time. [more inside]
Local Private Investigator gets caught up in a water-rights fiasco. But that's just the beginning. Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir mystery film, directed by Roman Polanski from a screenplay by Robert Towne, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. (wiki) [more inside]
Podcast: NPR: Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast: Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Jane The Virgin' And Sexy Sex Thrillers
Both the sublime and the ridiculous get thorough airings this week as the team takes on the fine CW show Jane The Virgin and the bonkers sex thriller The Boy Next Door. [more inside]