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Kiss Me Deadly
Blood red kisses! White hot thrills! Mickey Spillane's latest H-bomb...
One evening, Hammer gives a ride to Christina, an attractive hitchhiker on a lonely country road, who has escaped from the nearby lunatic asylum. Thugs waylay them and force his car to crash. When Hammer returns to semi-consciousness, he hears Christina being tortured until she dies. Hammer, both for vengeance and in hopes that "something big" is behind it all, decides to pursue the case.
This movie is so far above and beyond anything created by humans that it effectively qualifies as an alien transmission.
Fin de masculinity. Fin de femme fatale. Fin de violence e sexe. Fin de noir. Fin de cinema. Fin de le monde.
I did manage to finish it tonight without nodding off. No suspicions of being shot up with sodium pentothal this evening.
I've watched quite a few noirs in the last few months or so but I don't think I've watched any that are nearly as odd as Kiss Me Deadly. From what I've read about this film over the years, and it is a film that I've been meaning to watch for a very long time indeed, many of the references to its offbeat nature have been to the main plot itself - or at least how it ends up panning out in the last half an hour.
Actually, aside from the mysterious item that is much sought after, I…
The moment Mike Hammer realizes that he's made a huge mistake is when the movie reveals itself to be beamed in from a different planet, an ancient civilization's warning to humanity about the folly that led to their demise. We didn't listen.
"Women are worse than flies"
One of the final great noirs of the black and white era..The movie brims with lip smacking one liners teetering on irony and cynicism...Ralph Meeker is absolutely brilliant to watch;cold,calculative and sarcastic...the dames in this movie can teach a thing or two to today's actresses about how t be seductive without resorting to cheap vulgarity..plus one of the key scenes inspired Quentin Tarantino while filming Pulp Fiction...i could feel the pessimism in the air.
Film #2 of Noir-November!
"The liar's kiss that says 'I love you,' and means something else."
[insert joke about Gwyneth Paltrow's head here]
Alright. I'm really not sure what to make of this one.
A private investigator named Mike Hammer picks up a female hitchhiker, Christina Bailey, wearing only a trench coat. He later discovers that she has escaped from an asylum and is on the run from...something. After a moment of calm, the two are abducted and are meant to die in a staged car explosion. Mike, however, survives the crash, and is left with an urge to piece together the mysteries he encountered that night, his one and only clue being the posthumous plea from Christina's lips: "Remember…
TOP 3 NOIR ALL TIME
Ιδιωτικός ντετέκτιβ παίρνει στο αμάξι του αλλόφρων γυναίκα σε ερημικό δρόμο στη μέση του πουθενά,αλλά όταν λίγο μετά γίνεται απόπειρα δολοφονίας εναντίον τους καταλαβαίνει ότι αυτή είναι μέρος υπόθεσης που έχει ζουμί και αποφασίζει να την ψάξει. Αυτό όμως που θα ανακαλύψει δεν το φαντάζεται με τίποτα,ούτε αυτός αλλά ούτε κι εμείς.Απίθανο νουάρ με ήρωα το ντετέκτιβ Μάικ Χάμερ, που φτάνει το είδος σε όρια που δεν δοκίμασε ποτέ κανείς. Η σκηνή που ανοίγει για πρώτη φορά το κουτί, μου θύμισε την αντίστοιχη στο Seven.Οι τίτλοι αρχής πέφτουν με έναν τρόπο, τουλάχιστον πρωτοποριακό.Δεν λέω τίποτα άλλο παρά μόνο τούτο: δείτε όλοι αυτή την ταινία.
Lt. Murphy: "If you know anything, you better tell me, Mike."
Mike Hammer: "If I knew anything, I would."
Lt. Murphy: "Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure you would."
This may be the oddest noir I've ever seen; damn entertaining, but if it weren't grounded by the hard-boiled protagonist and the dark, serious lighting, it'd veer straight into parody - all credit to director Robert Aldrich and screenwriter A.I. Bezzerides for managing to find an effective tone for the pulpy, high-concept scenario, which somehow prefigures both the more apocalyptic James Bond films and also the run of excellent paranoid thrillers America had in the 1970s (those shots of the villains' legs walking to and from somewhere, doing nefarious deeds while their faces remain concealed, pleasantly brought to mind the likes of The Parallax View and Three Days of the Condor, among others). The plot is completely unbelievable, but the film's too enjoyable to care about such trifling things.
The ending of this film shows a willingness to take the subject matter to the extreme - brilliant!
Weird nuclear-era noir that's a touchstone for everything from Indiana Jones to Pulp Fiction to Repo Man; falls victim to many noir shortcomings, but holy crap will you learn your lesson about opening the mysterious briefcase...
Rewatched last night, and had to bump it up one final notch. I adore this film. Every scene features great dialogue and direction, and Hammer is a true bastard, pimping out his secretary in between punching people in the face. The Criterion disc looks great as well.
L.A. “bedroom dick” Mike Hammer picks up a damsel in distress on the highway, and is drawn into a cockeyed conspiracy involving a deadly glowing box. Aldrich’s celebrated detective actioner is one of the oddest films ever made—a whacked-out pastiche of traditional private-eye noir, sci-fi, 1950s Cold War paranoia, stag-party S & M flicks, and shadowy German impressionism. I find it to be tawdry and tense in equal doses, and perhaps not as consistently compelling as its reputation would suggest; still this is a twisted, tough-as-nails picture, quite unlike anything the genre’s ever offered up, and it certainly deserves its loyal cult following.
Perhaps I was just too tired, but while I loved the first half, my interest in the seemingly interminable left turns caused me to lose interest.
wow, that was amazing. there's something about the ugly sets and the ugly men that gives you an extra sinister feeling. the polo shirt buttoned all the way up gives you a sense of dread. even the clunky acting gives this movie more of a dreamlike quality. the sound design at the end was incredible. great, super-gritty detective movie where the flaws are made into advantages.
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 190/768 (25%)…