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Movie: The Spanish Prisoner

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]
posted by chappell, ambrose on May 7, 2018 - 8 comments

Movie: Cold in July

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]
posted by chappell, ambrose on May 3, 2018 - 0 comments

Hap and Leonard: Monsoon Mambo  Season 3, Ep 6

Hap and Leonard can't let go.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Apr 12, 2018 - 5 comments

Hap and Leonard: Mambo #5  Season 3, Ep 5

A brutal confrontation with the Klan ends in blood, but Hap still refuses to leave Grovetown until they've found Florida Grange.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Apr 6, 2018 - 0 comments

Hap and Leonard: Senorita Mambo  Season 3, Ep 4

On the run from the Klan, Hap and Leonard find evidence that points to a terrifying fate for Florida Grange.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Apr 1, 2018 - 1 comment

Hap and Leonard: T-Bone Mambo   Season 3, Ep 3

Haunted by visions of Florida Grange, Hap encounters an unusual young woman who may know the truth.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Mar 25, 2018 - 1 comment

Hap and Leonard: Ho-Ho Mambo  Season 3, Ep 2

After a rude welcome to Grovetown, Hap and Leonard meet the local authorities, including a lawman with balls the size of churchbells. Christmas Ants are on the march.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Mar 15, 2018 - 1 comment

Hap and Leonard: The Two-Bear Mambo  Season 3, Ep 1

When Leonard gets arrested for burning down the crackhouse next door (again), police detective Marvin Hanson makes a deal with Hap: he'll free Leonard, but only if our heroes take a trip to nearby Grovetown to find a missing person. Grovetown is a Klan stronghold where it's said a legendary bluesman once met the Devil on a dark night. Some say the Devil never left.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Mar 10, 2018 - 1 comment

Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo  Season 2, Ep 0

In the East Texas of the late 1980s, two rough and tumble ne'er-do-wells with hearts of gold try and fail to stay out of trouble. An action-comedy/mystery that's deeper than you expect and funny as hell. All episodes on Netflix. (So is Season 1, but you don't need to watch it to enjoy this.) [more inside]
posted by kittens for breakfast on Mar 10, 2018 - 0 comments

Riverdale: Chapter Twenty: Tales from the Darkside  Season 2, Ep 7

The Black Hood challenges the residents of Riverdale to remain sinless for 48 hours; Penny Peabody calls in a favor Jughead owes her, putting strain on his relationship with Archie; Betty and Veronica investigate a suspect. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 1, 2017 - 7 comments

Movie: Witness for the Prosecution

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.
posted by gemutlichkeit on Nov 19, 2017 - 7 comments

Book: The Peripheral

William Gibson's 2014 novel is a noirish scifi thriller that, as usual for Gibson, raises many more questions than it answers. Set in two different-but-related post-apocalyptic worlds, it's something of a return to his early work, but by no means a rehash. [more inside]
posted by ubiquity on Jan 16, 2017 - 7 comments

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 on Jun 9, 2016 - 2 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 on Jun 7, 2016 - 0 comments

Movie: The Nice Guys

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).
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish on May 23, 2016 - 10 comments

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 on May 13, 2016 - 1 comment

River: Episode 6  Season 1, Ep 6

Everything comes together in this final episode, where River and Ira continue to follow various threads that lead to (and through) Stevie.
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 3, 2016 - 6 comments

River: Episode 5  Season 1, Ep 5

River and Ira investigate a new murder related to Stevie's murder, which slowly shed more light on what she might have been investigating when she was killed.
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 3, 2016 - 1 comment

Movie: The Third Man

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]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Dec 29, 2015 - 29 comments

River: Episode 4  Season 1, Ep 4

River investigates Stevie's relationship with Haider, a worker at Cristal Kebab, and has concerns about his perception of her private life. He and Ira spend an evening working at DCI Read's home. River makes a surprising discovery about one of the people Stevie called from her secret mobile phone on the night of her death. River considers attending a group run by Rosa for people who hear voices.
posted by infinitewindow on Dec 17, 2015 - 5 comments

River: Episode 3  Season 1, Ep 3

River clashes with his new partner Ira, who wants to disclose the discovery of Stevie's second mobile phone to their superiors. Simultaneously, he and Ira investigate the serious injury of a construction site's foreman in a suspicious workplace accident. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Dec 3, 2015 - 1 comment

River: Episode 2  Season 1, Ep 2

At Stevie’s wake, River has to deal with her estranged brother Jimmy and other family members. River is assaulted by the pregnant girlfriend of the man he had chased to his death, whose guilt he has begun to doubt.
posted by infinitewindow on Nov 26, 2015 - 3 comments

River: Episode 1  Season 1, Ep 1

Detective Inspector John River is haunted by visions of his recently murdered colleague, Detective Sergeant Jackie "Stevie" Stevenson. Starring Stellan Skarsgård and Nicola Walker. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Nov 19, 2015 - 7 comments

Movie: Sunset Blvd.

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]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Aug 18, 2015 - 56 comments

True Detective: Omega Station  Season 2, Ep 8

Matters come to a head, confessions are heard and deals made in the finale to season 2.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Aug 10, 2015 - 272 comments

True Detective: Black Maps and Motel Rooms  Season 2, Ep 7

Ray, Ani and Paul take precautionary measures to elude detection and untangle a dark mystery; Frank deals with the fallout of his betrayal. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Aug 3, 2015 - 147 comments

Movie: Dark City

CRFC6: In a dreary city where the sun never seems to rise, a man named John Murdoch awakens in a seedy hotel room with no memories and a murder rap. As he seeks to uncover the truth, and clear his name, he uncovers a much vaster conspiracy than he could ever have imagined. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Dec 2, 2014 - 15 comments

Movie: I Walked With A Zombie

Young and lovely Canadian nurse Betsy takes a job tending to the wife of the owner of a sugar plantation on an unnamed Caribbean island. She soon finds that what is wrong with her charge is outside her medical expertise. Directed by Jacques Tourneur and produced by Val Lewton. [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Oct 31, 2014 - 4 comments

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