All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. 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.
Noir-November Challenge! Movie #7
A John Huston film disguised as a heist flick when its true strength is its character driven plot! Everything is seen from the point of view of the thugs or in this case hooligans!
You know it did its job well when I find myself openly rooting for the more sympathetic characters and shaking my clenched fist at the ones who truly had black hearts!
The ending was a real heartbreaker!
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 like how Marilyn Monroe has retroactively been billed as the star of the film despite having maybe two minutes of screen time.
In some ways, he's the most dangerous of them all. A hardened killer. A hooligan. A man without human feeling or human mercy.
The more I watch this, the more I realize how much of an underrated character Dix Handley is with a great performance by Sterling Hayden. Simple in nature, but he has some layers to him.
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…
A lovely heist film. Welcome to the jungle!
a real OG heist
the movie that inspired the masterful Rififi, and consequently many of Melville's films. surely Kubrick's first outing as well.
At long last, I finally made it back to a screening at the Louisville Palace after missing their last two Classic Movie Series in their entirety! This year's theme is Film Noir, a milieu I'm still just getting to know. I've always liked my perception of film noir, but only in the last few years actually begun to explore it.
This wasn't the movie in this year's lineup I had my heart set on seeing; that was The Third Man, which played last night. I was at my doctor's office receiving IV treatment for dehydration until 5:30-ish, though, and by the time I rendezvoused with my friends and we ate dinner, we were simply too late to get back to…
Sterling Hayden is just the earliest incarnation of Sam Worthington, right? This cast is pretty wooden all around actually, aside from Sam Jaffe and the female co-stars, no one here is all that engaging. Part of that might also be the sheer number of different characters we bounce back and forth between, many who play a pretty minor part in the film overall. At least Harold Rosson, a god among men, makes every frame look gorgeous.
Crime doesn't pay ;(
Perfect noir. Studio chief Louis B. Mayer said of this movie, "That Asphalt Pavement thing is full of nasty, ugly people doing nasty things. I wouldn't walk across the room to see a thing like that."
Exactly why it's great.
Some of my favorite TV series could be identified by some people as little more than just people in suits talking about business, primarily Mad Men and The Good Wife. I think that's a major disservice and way off personally... but that's how I'd describe this film. Despite being one of the most iconic crime films of all time, even being able to close off TCM's Summer of Darkness series, this is very flat. Even Huston's dialogue doesn't allow it to pop.
Cool character driven heist movie told from the perspectives of the criminals involved.
You've got to Viking God Sterling Hayden as the muscle (read: Hooligan) whose weakness is betting on horse racing. He just really wants to get back to Kentucky to wash all of the city dirt off of him. Sam Jaffe as the brains. His weakness is young vibrant girls. My favorite scene with him is when he thinks he's alone and started pervily flipping through a girly calender. Then you've got James Whitmore as the driver. I guess his weakness would be his physical deformity. Also, he loves cats. Lastly on the heist squad, you've got the box man Anthony Caruso. He's a humble family man with…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…