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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.
I need a receptionist that I get to casually make out with while giving (literally) zero fucks.
"If we don't? Remember me."
Third time around for Kiss Me Deadly and I like it more every time. From my admittedly uneducated perspective on crime fiction, this plays out like a destruction of the myth of the detective. From the beginning, Mike Hammer is drawn explicitly as an opportunist. He’s a private eye in name only — his main racket is the shakedown business, preying on adulterous couples with his tag-team partner Velda. When he gets a line on the big score, he plays it the only other way he knows how: by punching his way to the finish line. His friends pay the price for his sins, of course, all leading up to the opening of Pandora’s box, an event that I think…
Excellent and interesting noir. Great dialogue and much darker than the average. Can't wait to re-watch.
"Do me a favor, will you? Keep away from the windows. Somebody might... blow you a kiss."
Love the opening. Love the closing. Love everything in-between. Also, I'm partial to anything that can keep me riveted from 3-5AM sans coffee. Now keep away from the windows.
Ten Films I've Been Meaning To See: #4
Holy cow. For a bit there this movie felt like another reason why I prefer neo-noir to classic noir (I still do). But by the end, it reached such an unexpected level of awesomeness that I realized I had jumped the gun a good bit. The weirdness of the characters, conspiracy angle, mistrust of authority and surprising levels of cold blooded violence actually make it seem like a prediction of neo noir. At least it paved the roads for neo noir to travel on.
That ending. Wow. Kiss me, Kiss me. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!
Canted angles & purple prose; Aldrich's film is hardboiled noir at its murky plotted finest. A savage beauty. #see
With a clever, impregnable plot and memorable dialogue Kiss Me Deadly's atomic briefcase appears to be its stool distinguishing it over other merely very good movies in film noir, but even before that big reveal the film proves itself to be a different animal. Though grit and grim is nothing new in the genre, this particular entry from Aldrich manages to be uniquely nihilistic. Within the opening minutes, we see the credits run backwards and a genuinely upsetting torture scene. Plenty of other gruesome acts of violence almost shocking to see in a film of this era follow. Aldrich skillfully visualizes the frenzied, disordered world shooting through odd angles and obstructed lenses and creating discordant transitions. The cast is generally…
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