All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. An easy way of seeing how…
The Asphalt Jungle
The City Under the City
Recently paroled from prison, legendary burglar "Doc" Riedenschneider, with funding from Alonzo Emmerich, a crooked lawyer, gathers a small group of veteran criminals together in the Midwest for a big jewel heist.
One way or another, we all work for our vice.
My second John Huston adaptation of a W.R. Burnett novel this week, the first one being High Sierra. Huston co-wrote this one with Ben Maddow, but also directed this time around. It is one of the most influential heist films ever made for the simple fact that Huston and Maddow realized, even at this early stage, that what would make the film great wasn't the heist itself, but the characters involved.
The film is filled with clearly defined characterization with, even more impressively, very specific dialogue styles written for everyone in the film. Combine that with great performances by the entire ensemble cast and you end up with…
I have to admit that I was a bit predisposed to like this movie, I might say even giddy. It stars Sterling Hayden, and he plays two of my favourite characters in two of my favourite films; The Killing, and Dr. Strangelove. While it could be argued, successfully, that he plays the same character every time, I don’t really care. I just love his no nonsense tough guy delivery. Probably even more than James Cagney or Humphrey Bogart.
The first thing that struck me was the absence of score. Beyond the opening, there is none. The second thing that struck me was the sumptuous cinematography. This is a master plying his trade. This is the best looking and photographed Noir…
I don't know why I expected Asphalt Jungle to be one of the best film noirs ever made. Perhaps it was because I was so familiar with the title that I made that assumption. There is little doubt that my very high expectations contributed to my disappointment.
The film isn't bad by any stretch; it just isn't the masterpiece I thought it would be.
It takes a while for the film to get going, and there is very little drama in the first few segments to be fully engrossing. The word "flat" describes it best but I'm not sure I could explain it if asked.
There is a very long introduction to all of the characters made interesting simply because…
There's part of me that, for the rest of my life, wants to watch nothing but movies about criminal masterminds pulling off elaborate capers. What it says about me as a person I cannot say, but the vicarious thrill I get from watching intelligent professionals pulling off "the crime of the century" is frankly unmatched by any other type of film. As such, I have a tremendous amount of admiration for John Huston's The Asphalt Jungle, as it is generally considered the genesis of the modern heist film. But here's the funny thing about this movie - it's probably the most unglamorous look at the inner-workings of a criminal conspiracy that you could possibly imagine. For all the stories of…
Solid heist noir by any standard, but didn't quite live up to its lofty reputation. For one, the heist was... kind of easy, wasn't it? The cast was almost uniformly terrific though, and even early on you do really want to see more of Marilyn. It's well shot and mostly well done, I'm not sure why I didn't love it but it's still very entertaining stuff.
"If I ever see you runnin' over a cat, I'll kick your teeth out."
Smashing slice of hard-bitten noir. The tight script is brought to life by a great cast and the real care given to make every single character feel real and rounded.
There is great instant camaraderie between Sam Jaffe's ideological German mastermind and Sterling Hayden's compulsive Kentucky roughneck in this decent and entertaining noir that set the standards that Jules Dassin's Rififi would totally shatter only five years later.
Moj prvi film od Johna Hustona reditelja od kojega sam planiro da pogledam par filmova. Odličan noir film, i nakon 64 godine film je everygreen, koliko klasičan toliko i moderan, vajda zbog samog mjesta radnje i priče. Relativno je spor film na momente, pa može zbog previše dialoga da bude dosadan, uglavnom film ima dvije strane: Prva, grupa lopova organiziraju pljačku života, smišljaju mastermind plan koji će imati kobne posledice. Druga ljubavna strana prče. Gluma je poprilično zadovojavaljuča, Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern i Marilyn Monroe.
A gorgeous noir, but an even better study of the weaknesses of the human soul.
Sterling Hayden's Hickorywood Farm monologue is one of the best close-ups in the history of cinema.
Very speedy script.
Everybody in the film plays it convincingly right down to the bit roles (Gus, Maria, Cobby, the Commissioner, Dietrich, Andrews, and of course Angela -- Marilyn Monroe).
Most of the characters in film noir are driven to desperation by a bad stroke of luck. What strikes me about The Asphalt Jungle is how everyone is so self-assured, so confident their own angle is going to work, most of them never stop long enough to become desperate. Doc (Sam Jaffe)'s got a foolproof robbery scheme, Emmerich (Louis Calhern) knows exactly how he's going to double-cross the robbers, and Dix (Sterling Hayden) is only concerned about getting back home to the farm where he remembers his life going awry. Too bad nobody can do anything about blind accidents.
A rock solid noir/heist movie with a great cast headed by Sterling Hayden. Loved Jean Hagen's performance here, and how silly is that poster featuring Marilyn Monroe who was neither starring nor a bombshell in this film.
Great noir film. A bunch of wiseguys and a young Marilyn Monroe.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- The Rules of the Game
- Tokyo Story
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
The following is a really extensive and great list of…