A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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.
Kiss Me Deadly screams onto screen with an opening scene that immediately alerts audiences to its explosive intentions. Out of the blackness of the theater we see a woman emerge wearing nothing but a trench coat, standing in traffic risking her life desperately trying to hitch a ride. Beginning films with a "cold open" wasn't unheard of in 1955, but it was incredibly rare before the 1960's when TV serials standardized it. This opening would have been startling not only because of its content, but because audiences would not have been expecting it. Finally someone picks her up, and she sobs quietly over the opening credits—which scroll backwards, top to bottom. This creates a fundamentally unsettling atmosphere which tells us…
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.
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…
Noir apocalypse and the neanderthal detective, "let him go to hell." A hundred bizarre, brilliant tremors in Aldrich's annihilating masterpiece, all building up to the revelation that the coveted, enchanted glow is really a mushroom cloud, pushing humanity back into the ocean.
2 Films 2 Kisses: Part 1
Decidedly Kiss Me Deadly is not as strange a film as it's hailed to be after all. Aside from the phenomenally bizarre ending, it's a pretty standard film noir tweaked with a little bit of mystique. This isn't necessarily a detriment to the film itself as it works pretty well regardless, but it certainly was a disappointment to find out that it wasn't all it was being advertised as. I perhaps might've enjoyed this more had I not gone into it with a preconceived notion of what it was going to be like. Sometimes the reputation preceding the product itself can be can be more harmful to an authentic viewing experience than anything else.
Aqui está um dos MacGuffins mais interessantes e mais subutilizados do noir. A estrutura do roteiro é, basicamente, uma emulação ruim de "A Beira do Abismo", onde o protagonista vai de um coadjuvante a outro em busca de informações e só consegue nomes. Os personagens são pavorosos e os atores idem, com sotaques, bordões e maneirismos que beiram ao ridículo. Mike, no entanto, consegue se posicionar bem como estrela de uma obra desse subgênero e o lance da caixa é positivamente assombroso.
Didn't live up to the hype for me. It was solid, but nothing that I ever thought rose above a generic noir with no characters to latch on to really. There were definitely some amusing moments throughout that helped and while the mystery never fully pulled me in, it was well enough done to keep me interested throughout. There are some memorable supporting performances but they don't get too much screen time to make that big of a difference.
One of those times when I watch the trailer, and am set in the direction of the film being one thing, only to discover that it's a wayyyy different thing. In this case, the old trailer led me to believe that this was a Lynchian nightmare-scape take on noir with a revolving door of femme fatales, only for me to discover that it's a deconstruction of the genre as a plotless hellscape punctuated by brutal moments of violence, sex, and sci-fi nihilism. The whiplash took around a half-hour for me to adjust, after the opening sequence and backwards title cards properly electrified me in the way I had expected. Once I had adjusted, however, there was still a…
A chaque fois que je commence a regarder ce film, je me demande pourquoi j'en garde un souvenir moyen... car le début de ce film est a ce point mémorable! C'est facilement un de mes préférés! Malheureusement, j'aime un peu moins le reste du film. Je ne sais pas si c'est en raison du nombre un peu élevés de personnages hors-champs mentionnés dans ce film a l'intrigue tout de même complexe, ce qui semble me faire perdre un peu d'intérêt puisqu'on a jamais vu de qui on parle.... L'indice Remember me! et son effet me semble également pas mal arrangé avec le gars des vues... Malgré tout, plusieurs bons moments, et il ne faut peut-être pas trop se fier a moi, je ne suis pas vraiment un fan de Aldrich on dirait!
"They? A wonderful word. And who are they? They're the nameless ones who kill people for the great whatsit. Does it exist? Who cares? Everyone everywhere is so involved in the fruitless search for what?"
Somehow simultaneously even more existential and substantial this time around. What an extraordinary film, in every sense of the word.
A wonderful mix of crime and science fiction
an incredibly well done noir that still feels fresh today,
I absolutely loved this movie
tried to watch this while riding in a car and got carsick so worst movie ever
...Anyways, I loved the cinematography and the existential edge but the labyrinthine plot really bogs it down for me- I think that in general, the trappings of film noir, be it aesthetic, tropes, or characters, don't excite me that much. This does, however, have one of the best endings in any movie I've ever seen (Raiders of the Lost Ark, anyone?).
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