All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
Hitman Jef Costello is a perfectionist who always carefully plans his murders and who never gets caught.
International superstar Alain Delon as Jef, an assassin whose world is turned upside down when a routine hit gets a tad bit tricky in this Jean-Pierre Melville crime drama. Chirping birds. The way Alain Delon looks wearing his raincoat and top hat. Barking doggie. Plate switcheroo. French hottie. Perfect alibi. High-stakes poker. Fuck the Surgeon General! Smoking is cool. Quick Draw Jef. Michael Jackson's white glove? Police harassment. Usual Suspects-esque moment. Hat game. Identity game. Alain's eyes. Sunny day rain. Subway escape. Stairway walk. Does Alain ever take his hands out of his pockets? Double-cross. Hat rack. Sexy piano playin' vixen. High-tech security system. A breaking and entering straight outta Le Cercle Rouge. Tricky coppers. Swivel chair. Shattered glass. The…
Noir-November Challenge! Movie #8
Jean-Pierre Melville's stylish french film noir exudes atmosphere and a whole lotta attitude!
Savoir faire hitman Jef Costello (Alain Delon) is the epitome of cool! His use of dialogue is sparse, his eyes and actions however speak volumes! His demeanor is cool, calm and collected! Ice water runs through his veins!
The impact of this highly influential masterpiece is still being felt today!
By choosing Alain Delon for the role of Jef Costello - the brooding, silent assassin who slinks through the murky shadows of the Parisian night - Jean-Pierre Melville highlights the importance of casting. Getting the right person onboard who can disappear into their character and embody their spirit. When a director can focus their lens onto a face that tells a story of its own, the hardest part of capturing the attention of the audience is done.
Very quickly after meeting the assassin, questions about Costello quickly rack up. Where has he come from to arrive at this point in his life as a consummate professional killer for hire? How long has he been living in solitude tending to his…
There is no solitude greater than that of the samurai unless it be that of a tiger in the jungle... perhaps...
There's a reason the word suave originates from the French language. This fantastic film noir, from its opening shot, swept me along accompanied by smooth jazzy music and told me the story of an incredibly intriguing protagonist.
Alain Delon is captivating. I watched him in a daze as he portrayed the steely eyed, methodical and outwardly emotionless killer. His look in this film has an iconic feel to it and, apart from being an important element in the first half of the film, really strengthens this film's fantastic style.
Melville is almost as methodical as his hero. He structures…
THE URBAN SAMURAI
Less you speak. More you say.
There is no greater solitude than that of the samurai unless it is that of the tiger in the jungle... Perhaps...
— Bushido (Book of the Samurai)
1) Tigre dans la jungle
Jeff Costello smokes his cigarette, and the title appears and one or two are said information on the screen, it's Saturday night and is. And that's enough for us. Le Samurai has a story and a simple and minimalist plot as everything else is. From the little dialogue that is spoken only 9 minutes and 58 seconds exactly and the first line is: Jef? - What is good to have a few dialogues can give a quick attention to…
At the time of this review, some pillock has changed the name of this film in the database to The Samurai, which no-one bloody calls it. If you are reading this and you made that change, YOU ARE A KNOB.
Now obviously this film has been ruined forever due to its association with the user picture of that Adam Cook, who is currently in hiding after his latest Mafia hit. But I was able to see past that, put aside all my prejudices against the lad, and still thoroughly enjoy my third slice of Jean-Pierre Melville crime stuff.
Fortunately for you I'm not going to do a proper review of it because I'm sicker…
Because sometimes it's useful to remember what a fucking great movie looks like.
Loved the film's cool tones, especially on this semi-rainy night. Jef Costello has just the right amount of vulnerability to be a believable character, but never fails to be like, really cool.
That apartment Jef has is one of film's great sets. I wish I had enjoyed this as much as I feel like it deserved, but I found it kind of cold and boring. It just couldn't hold my attention, even as I recognized that it wasn't the kind of film you could just have on and lose focus upon.
Surprisingly unimpressive and baffling... Film noir that dwells in sass & wit, all of which leaves the film hollow & fake.
Here is the perfect example of how in cinema words are a lot of the time not necessary. Image and sound.
The director is obviously in love with American film noir. The film is very elegantly made, but the script lacks some pungency.
The hitman movie that all later hitman movies have, in some way and with varying success, tried to be.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Having seen Refn's DRIVE (2011) prior to seeing this film, I'm starting to wonder if this is the initial influence [outside of Walter Hill's THE DRIVER (1978)] for Refn's most commercially successful film, which comes as no surprise.
As slick and cool in style and execution as is the main character, Jef Costello, this film presents us with a simple, yet elegant depiction of the modern day samurai. Spelled out is the hypocrisy of society, wherein the greed fueled ruthlessness of the bourgeoisie stands toe-to-toe with the equally ruthless police state, indifferent to everyone in between. That is, Costello is (if you failed to interpret the symbolism) a caged bird, the cage merely becoming smaller and smaller (contrary to the…
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…