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  • Rififi 1955

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 19 Nov, 2014 2

    François Truffaut called it the best noir ever made, and I'm not going to argue with the godfather of the French nouvelle vague era, to do so would be blasphemous, also he's right, Jules Dassin's Rififi is mesmerising from beginning to end.

  • Edge of Tomorrow 2014

    ★★★★ Rewatched 17 Nov, 2014 1

    A solid and entertaining blockbuster in a summer chocked full of sequels, reboots, remakes, sequels and prequels. Edge of Tomorrow isn't just guns and explosions, it delivers an intelligent science fiction drama that has the sentiment of at first if you don't succeed, try, try again.

  • Kiss Me Deadly 1955

    ★★★★ Rewatched 14 Nov, 2014

    ***watched as part of the Noir-November film challenge***

    Another great and intriguing noir that's full of suspense and mystery. Ralph Meeker is one cool cat ducking and diving a myriad of bad guys, whilst he's trying to piece together the conundrum of who tried to kill him and why.

  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 2005

    ★★★★ Rewatched 12 Nov, 2014 1

    ***watched as part of the Noir-November film challenge***

    Harmony: Well, for starters, she's been fucked more times than she's had a hot meal.

    Harry: Yeah, I heard about that. It was neck-and-neck and then she skipped lunch.

    The best thing about what is already a damn good film, is Shane Black's charismatic script. Full of sass and witty one liners, it's hard to imagine anyone other than Downey Jr reciting these lines, the guy puts in an adept performance, coupled…

  • The Maltese Falcon 1941

    ★★★★ Rewatched 12 Nov, 2014

    Another superb film for the Noir-November film challenge. Bogey is sharp and witty in a script from director John Huston, who's other noir, The Asphalt Jungle, I also really enjoyed. A simply-shot film that spends much of it's time inside, yet we are still treated with those shadowy shots and sinister characters that make the film as memorable as it is. The Maltese Falcon is labelled as a classic for a reason; It's just that.

  • Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 11 Nov, 2014

    Somethings in life are too good not to be enjoyed regularly. With so much going on in our every day lives it's nice to stop for a moment, relax a little, and reward ourselves with a watch of Drive.

    I have an insatiable love for this film. Not just because of how cool it is or how little there is in the way of exposition - allowing you to piece things together yourself - but because it gives me something new to think about each and every time I watch it. But mainly because it's fucking cool.

  • Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 10 Nov, 2014 2

    The look of bewilderment on my girlfriends face only added to the enjoyment of watching this again.

    For the record, she loathed it!

  • Interstellar 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Nov, 2014 1

    Not quite the masterpiece it wants to be, yet Nolan must be commended for his ability to reach that little bit farther with his vision of continuing to create something more grandiose and intelligent with each film he puts out. Whilst I am still gathering my thoughts in there entirety, I can honestly say that the third act is the best experience I've had at the cinema this year, it's just a shame I can't shake the feeling that it was such a cumbersome journey to get there.

  • You Only Live Once 1937

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Nov, 2014

    ***Watched as part of the Noir-November film challenge***

    You Only Live Once is aesthetically a noir but is more of a melodrama, at least thematically. The story of a trouble convict trying to desperately to go straight, if only for the lady in his life. Fritz Lang weaves an intricate character study but doesn't quite manage to make the plot all that encompassing. Whilst it's not as good as Scarlet Street, Fonda does have presence that certainly makes the film a little more robust. Worth a look if you're a fan of Lang, or seeking new noir's/crime dramas to watch.

  • The Asphalt Jungle 1950

    ★★★★ Rewatched 06 Nov, 2014

    ***watched as part of Noir-November film challenge***

    John Huston's heist thriller is a perfect example of wonderfully developed characters that have made bad choices, leading them on a downwardly spiralling path. The Asphalt Jungle is built up of tension and fear that immerses the viewer in to a sinister underworld of crooks and dames, guns and lipstick. Laden with the usual shadowy scenarios and shady individuals that film noir is famous for.

    Another decent film noir that is a worthy entry to this months challenge.

  • Scarlet Street 1945

    ★★★★ Rewatched 06 Nov, 2014

    ***Watched as part of the Noir-November film challenge***

    Edward G Robinson plays Christopher Cross, a down on his luck, recently redundant bank cashier, who doesn't have much happiness in his life except for his paintings. His nagging, near abusive wife, doesn't exactly light the fire in his heart when he comes home, which only hammers home the character's problems and sets up what is to come. A chance rescue of damsel in distress, Katherine March, sees Chris begin a kinship…

  • The Killers 1964

    ★★★★ Rewatched 05 Nov, 2014

    ***Watched as part of Noir-November film challenge***

    Lee Marvin is the titular killer, a suave assassin, John Cassavetes is the adrenaline junkie race car driver, Angie Dickenson is the femme fatale, torn between her boy racer lover and her long term, well off partner, Ronald Regan in Don Seigel's The Killers.

    A film that doesn't take the usual tone for a film noir, full of mostly daytime shots, and more structured dialogue (as opposed to the zippy style we're used…