July 5, 2008 |
There were slit throats aplenty, a dame pecking on a manual typewriter and a smoky voice-over featuring lines such as "You see how certainty dissolves into doubt." But "Body Heat" it ain't. Offering, instead, a cracked take on film noir and femmes fatales, choreographer-dancer Meg Wolfe -- sporting a curly wig, sleeveless top and culottes (the anti-femme?) -- premiered her latest work, "Eleven Missing Days," on Thursday at the Unknown Theater.
September 1, 1991 |
Imagine Raymond Chandler's private detective Philip Marlowe operating in a Los Angeles pulsating with supernatural powers. "Cast a Deadly Spell" is not quite "The Maltese Falcon Meets Ghostbusters," but HBO's first major special-effects movie mixes elements from both genres. Picture a 1948 Los Angeles where magic worked and everybody used it. Everybody, that is, except H. Phillip Lovecraft (Fred Ward). The real H.P. Lovecraft was an early 20th-Century horror-story writer.
June 15, 2002 |
Jane Russell talked about her famous cleavage, Rhonda Fleming cringed about her 1950s potboiler's being corny (it was) and pulp fiction legend Mickey Spillane held court (as usual). It was 110 degrees in the shade (literally) while screens were being scorched by scheming dames, hard-boiled cops and innocent dupes as the Palm Springs Film Noir Festival unfurled its second season last weekend.
November 1, 1997 |
Movie scholars say the last film noir was released in 1959, but a raft of contemporary directors probably begs to differ: "Red Rock West," "Reservoir Dogs," "The Last Seduction," "One False Move" and "Traveller" are but a few recent releases that rework the tenets of film noir, a style that shows no sign of disappearing. A quick perusal of "Crime Scenes: Movie Poster Art of the Film Noir" (Lawrence Bassoff Collection Inc.
August 1, 1993 |
They first appear as descending silhouettes, framed by the sunlight at the top of the stairs. She has seams on her stockings, a lit cigarette in her hand and lips painted fire-engine red. He has a shoulder holster under his jacket, dark bags under his eyes, the look of a man too guilty to sleep. They are cops, both of them, moving deeper into shadow with every downward step.
April 2, 2006 |
DURING World War II, American soldiers were putting their lives on the line fighting in Europe, Africa and the Pacific. And the women -- wives, mothers and girlfriends -- were freed from the shackles of domesticity and began working in defense plants building planes, tanks and other elements of the war machine. There was an unparalleled spirit of camaraderie and patriotism.
April 16, 1993 |
Despite an action thriller ad campaign, "Boiling Point" (citywide) is writer-director James B. Harris' superior contemporary film noir , originally called "Money Men," which is the title of the Gerald Petievich novel upon which it is based. The ads tell us that Wesley Snipes plays "a cop who's reached the boiling point," where in fact his Jimmy Mercer is a Treasury agent of formidable self-control in pursuit of the person or persons who have killed his partner.
October 17, 1993 |
Someone, somewhere, is alone in a dark office, barking out the I-did-it in a raspy, wounded alto, making that ultimate confession, the one that'll send him to The Big House, The Chair or Eternity. Or they're out hoofing it in the pitiless night, indirectly lit by the gritty scrim of ominous loneliness. The moon is unwitting witness to their emotional decay. Something is about to happen to a white male anyone.
November 19, 1998 |
If you haven't caught the recent theatrical re-release of Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil," restored and edited to reflect Welles' original vision, Chapman University is offering the next best thing: a chance to see the acclaimed noir thriller as it was released in theaters 40 years ago. Welles' artfully shot tale of murder and vengeance in a U.S.