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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.
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…
A snappy and charming protagonist that all the women want to kiss for some reason and who should mind his own business really drives this film. That and the increasingly ambiguous and disturbing premise of the entire thing, that without, would make this film totally go over my head with its mediocrity. But it does manage to surpass mediocrity and become memorable. By the end, that is undeniable.
Wacky, weird noir with lots of twists and turns. Watch for a very young Cloris Leachman, too!
Hard-boiled detective story with a cynical private eye, a woman fleeing an asylum wearing only her coat, double crosses, danger and a glowing box. Fast-paced and gripping.
The ending to this film is so unexpected in scope, so magnificent in aim, that it can't help but lift the previous, mediocre 100 minutes clear into the stratosphere. Don't give up -- be patient!
A pretty standard noir full of snappy dialogue, location shooting, dames, and a ruthlessly likeable anti-hero at the core: it's got it all. It's not until the third act that things really put this movie on another tier. I wish I hadn't had the surprise ruined for me, it's still a fun watch if it is, but definitely a lot more tedious in the acts proceeding. That's the nature of noir, it's a consumable not meant to be replayed and fussed over. Not to deny the artistry of Aldrich, Bezzerides, or Laszlo but like their pulp origins, noirs were meant to grab viewers from the street into the cinema and out again -- there was no concept of rewatching.
This is a retelling of Pandora's Box set in L.A. in the fifties. The main character is charismatic and cool, but surprises you with outbursts of sadistic violence. This is film noir at it's best, but it also shifts into someting completely different. I love when movies do that ( re.: Cold In July).
This movie is badass.
Also, it's worth checking out the Alex Cox video tribute in the criterion edition, it's very entertaining.
I need a receptionist that I get to casually make out with while giving (literally) zero fucks.
"If we don't? Remember me."
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game
- Grand Illusion
- Seven Samurai
- The Lady Vanishes
- The 400 Blows
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 186/760 (24%)