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  • Quantum of Solace

    Quantum of Solace 2008

    Watched 22 Aug, 2015

    Finally knocked off the only Craig Bond I hadn't seen (now down to one Moore left to complete all of Bond - A View to a Kill). It's not as bad as everyone says it is. :) Really, I thought the plotting was quite good and interesting, especially how Bond keeps getting himself embroiled in situations where he has no idea what's going on, just because he's following a lead related to something else. Olga Kurylenko is always enjoyable to…

  • Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

    Beyond a Reasonable Doubt 1956

    Watched 18 Aug, 2015

    Description on DirecTV's guide: “A reporter lets his publisher frame him for murder to show the fallacy of circumstantial evidence.” Yeah, there's no way THAT can go wrong. Which is a pretty good description of most noirs, but you can usually expect a bit of a boost with Fritz Lang films, and this one doesn't disappoint. I expected a twist in the end, but the twist that actually came was not remotely what I expected, and it was delicious.

    How…

  • The Racket

    The Racket 1951

    Watched 15 Aug, 2015

    It was pretty great seeing Robert Ryan (wound so tight I thought he was going to pop open any second) square off against Robert Mitchum (cool as a cucumber, but just as ruthless in his own way). It's organized crime + corrupt judges vs the one honest cop in the city, with a fun twist - Ryan's character is a loose cannon that his crime syndicate bosses can't figure out how to deal with either. Makes for a really entertaining…

  • Her

    Her 2013

    Watched 08 Aug, 2015

    My favorite kind of sci-fi is the kind that's very near future (or parallel), where the world is basically ours but with slight differences. That's pretty much the case here, where voice control of electronics is the norm, earpieces are omnipresent and inconsequential, and VI is just giving way to AI. It's certainly not the first time a filmmaker has explored what happens when humans enter a relationship with AI (I mean, that's what A.I.: Artificial Intelligence is about), but…

  • The Informer

    The Informer 1935

    Watched 08 Aug, 2015

    This was SO EXPRESSIONIST. I totally didn't expect that. For some reason I don't associate Ford with that, but then The Grapes of Wrath has a lot of fabulous chiaroscuro as well. But this is like M transposed to Ireland, except with an informer instead of child murderer, which admittedly, not as horrible but still gets him in a heap of trouble with "the organization" (which I think is resistance of some sort, but comes off like an underworld mafia).…

  • Mad Love

    Mad Love 1935

    Watched 05 Aug, 2015

    I looked up Karl Freund mid-way through this and it looks like while he didn't direct anything after this film, he was a major cinematographer from UFA to Hollywood (he did Metropolis, The Last Laugh, Dracula, Murders in the Rue Morgue, etc.), and it shows. This is basically a German Expressionist exploitation film, and I had a great time watching Peter Lorre go batshit in it.

    How it entered my Flickchart:
    Mad Love > El Mariachi
    Mad Love < Dogma
    Mad Love…

  • Cause for Alarm

    Cause for Alarm 1951

    Watched 31 Jul, 2015

    I wasn't looking too forward to this one because I'm not a big Loretta Young fan, but it was the only one remaining on my DVR shorter than 75 minutes (which is all I can get through during naptime). And I was not wrong. This had a really interesting premise (a man with a heart condition thinks his wife and doctor are slowly murdering him so he writes a letter to the DA accusing them - when he dies, his…

  • The Threat

    The Threat 1949

    Watched 30 Jul, 2015

    Tight and simple little crime thriller, with a hard, almost cruel streak that worked for the film. Kidnapping, double-crossing, escaped bank robbers/killers, police in pursuit, girls with guns, and all in just over an hour.

    HOW IT ENTERED MY FLICKCHART

    The Threat > Hollywood Canteen
    The Threat < The Stranger
    The Threat < Gypsy
    The Threat < Look Both Ways
    The Threat > Un chien andalou
    The Threat > Indie Game: The Movie
    The Threat < Scrooged
    The Threat > Super
    The Threat > Stardust
    The Threat > Sweeney Todd
    The Threat < Where the Sidewalk Ends

    Final #1571 out of 3521

  • Where Danger Lives

    Where Danger Lives 1950

    Watched 27 Jul, 2015

    This was pretty awesome - double-crossing dames, red herrings, paranoia, murder, Mitchum - can't really ask for more.

    HOW IT ENTERED MY FLICKCHART

    Where Danger Lives > El Mariachi
    Where Danger Lives > The Stranger
    Where Danger Lives > La Jetee
    Where Danger Lives < Schindler’s List
    Where Danger Lives > Pinocchio
    Where Danger Lives < The Fifth Element
    Where Danger Lives < Before Sunset
    Where Danger Lives < Garden State
    Where Danger Lives < Black Dynamite
    Where Danger Lives < Jaws
    Where Danger Lives < Headhunters
    Where Danger Lives > Easter…

  • Captain Blood

    Captain Blood 1935

    Rewatched 26 Jul, 2015

    The beginning takes a bit longer than I'd remembered (it's probably halfway through before he becomes "captain" Blood), but the film still works like gangbusters, thanks to Flynn's charismatic performance (and bright support from de Havilland and a who's who of Warner stock character actors).

  • Side Street

    Side Street 1950

    Watched 25 Jul, 2015

    Anthony Mann is becoming one of those directors that I trust pretty implicitly. So far all his westerns AND noirs have been highly enjoyable, and this is no different. Granger and O'Donnell (fresh off of Nicholas Ray's young-lovers-on-the-run They Live By Night) are here again, and desperate again. Granger's attempts to fix that land him in hot water with both mobsters and police. Some pretty great scenes, including a highlight with Jean Hagen as a drunk showgirl.

  • The Mask of Dimitrios

    The Mask of Dimitrios 1944

    Watched 25 Jul, 2015

    "There's not enough kindness in the world."

    Greenstreet + Lorre is pretty awesome. Zachary Scott acquits himself well in his screen debut as the titular Dimitrios, a slippery smuggler, but the flashbacks dealing with his story pale in comparison to anytime Greenstreet and Lorre are sparring on screen.