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]
An employee of a corporation with a lucrative secret process is tempted to betray it, in this paranoid neo-noir written and directed by David Mamet. The film stars Campell Scott, Steve Martin, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ricky Jay and Ben Gazzara. [more inside]
Based on a Joe Lansdale book, Jim Mickle’s Cold in July is an odd, twisty Texan neo-noir that at first seems straightforward and scary but a mite predictable. Michael C. Hall is Richard Dane, a mousy picture-framer in a small Texas town who—in a superbly edited sequence—accidentally shoots a burglar in his house in the middle of the night. Almost immediately, he finds himself the focus of the dead man’s vengeful ex-con father. The film is set in the late 80's and has a score that's heavily influenced by John Carpenter. [more inside]
In 1970s Los Angeles, a private eye (Ryan Gosling) and muscle-for-hire (Russell Crowe) are pulled into the aftermath from a fading porn star's apparent suicide and uncover a conspiracy, in the neo-noir/action/buddy comedy from Shane Black (who previously wrote and directed Kiss Kiss Bang Bang).
The Film Noir Club is back with this gem from Sam Fuller: The Naked Kiss, streaming here on YouTube.