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  • The Asphalt Jungle 1950

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 10 Nov, 2014

    In some ways, he's the most dangerous of them all. A hardened killer. A hooligan. A man without human feeling or human mercy.
    -Commissioner Hardy

    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.

    This has quickly gone past "great film" for me and right into one of my favorite John Huston films. My original review can be seen here.

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  • Dead Reckoning 1947

    ★★★ Watched 10 Nov, 2014

    I forgot to tell you, I don't trust anybody... especially women!
    -Rip Murdock

    Some of my favorite noir have convoluted but tightly wound plots. Dead Reckoning only manages the convoluted part, while the plot flops around in any direction it feels like at any given moment.

    The story is classic noir right down to it's Humphrey Bogart voice over and Lizabeth Scott's husky voice as Bogey tries to solve a murder while the body count keeps rising. It starts out…

  • Bob le flambeur 1956

    ★★★ Watched 09 Nov, 2014 3

    I was born with an ace in my palm.
    -Bob Montagné

    I wish I would have watched this before Le Cercle Rouge as it pretty much pales in comparison even though I should be taking into consideration the 14 years separating the two and the fact it's comparing one of Jean-Pierre Melville's first films to one of his last.

    The beginning of the film is a bit half hazard with the introduction of Anne, played by Isabelle Corey, being just…

  • The Big Heat 1953

    ★★★★½ Watched 09 Nov, 2014 2

    Hey, you know somethin'? You ought to be doin' radio commercials: How to talk a lot and say nothin'.
    -Dave Bannion

    November 9th, 2014 is the day that Glenn Ford convinced me that he is a dangerous badass. I've seen him play the "every man" plenty of times and sometimes a violent one at that maybe, but here I was convinced he WAS that guy.

    There's a scene where Det. Sgt. Dave Bannion (Ford) is threatening an unarmed woman, a…

  • Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 08 Nov, 2014 4

    T- D, S- Z- Th, B- T- V, H- T- D- K- G, S- Z- P- B, Ba-Ba- T- T, K- Kuh- Ch, Th- V- Th, Zzz- Sss- Bzz- Ch, B-B-Buh- V-V-Vuh, G-G-Guh D-D-Duh.
    -Female Voice

    Well then.

    (10 minutes go by before I typed anything else)

    Ok well I loved it, at least I can get that out of the way. It was the most unique sci-fi film I've seen in recent memory. Actually you can probably just drop…

  • Stray Dog 1949

    ★★★★ Rewatched 08 Nov, 2014

    A stray dog becomes a mad dog.
    -Det. Sato

    You have Toshirō Mifune and Takashi Shimura as homicide detectives in an Akira Kurosawa film... this thing couldn't go wrong if it tried. Click here for my original review and do yourself a favor and seek this one out if you haven't seen it yet... and even if you have it gets better with each viewing.

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  • Le Cercle Rouge 1970

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Nov, 2014 2

    All men are guilty. They're born innocent, but it doesn't last.
    -Le chef de la police

    I was expecting a brilliantly written and directed film going into Jean-Pierre Melville's Cercle Rouge, but expecting something to be good while not actually knowing any specifics doesn't exactly prepare you for anything. I knew their was a heist involving three men, I didn't know how much more there was to it.

    First what I liked most about the overall experience is that the…

  • Edge of Tomorrow 2014

    ★★★★ Rewatched 07 Nov, 2014 2

    What I am about to tell you sounds crazy.
    -Lt. Col. Bill Cage

    Fact based film reenacting future events in Scientology where Tom Cruise will continually die over and over again for our sins... because well, we've sinned a hell of a lot.

  • You Only Live Once 1937

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Nov, 2014

    You know as well as I do that Eddie Taylor's been pounding on the door of the execution chamber since he was born.
    -Bonnie Graham

    The amount of story packed into these 86 minutes is outstanding. In an age where The Hobbit has been stretched out to over 8 fucking hours, it's refreshing to watch a film by a master director that knows how to properly pace a story.

    Fritz Lang is the same man who gave us Dr. Mabuse:…

  • Strangers on a Train 1951

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 07 Nov, 2014

    But Guy... I like you.
    -Bruno Anthony

    Don't make the mistake thinking that Farley Granger is the star of this film, because it's actually Robert Walker as one of the most underrated film villains of all time Bruno Anthony. He doesn't just steal the show, he IS the show. Reviewed the film already over here.

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  • Criss Cross 1949

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Nov, 2014

    I should have been a better friend. I shoulda stopped you. I shoulda grabbed you by the neck, I shoulda kicked your teeth in.
    -Det. Lt. Pete Ramirez

    Typical noir has the femme fatale show up at the protagonist's door, sometimes an ex, with the excuse of lust behind the visit, but trouble is usually what's really on the menu. She is the catalyst of everything that is to come, from our hero's involvement to the "trouble" itself. Criss Cross

  • The Red House 1947

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Nov, 2014

    The truth shouldn't scare anybody, man or boy.
    -Pete Morgan

    If your adoptive parents are Edward G. Robinson and his sister, chances are something's up. The fact that he has a wooden leg and is constantly losing his shit every time someone mentions their going into the woods certainly doesn't quell suspicions either.

    The gist of the mystery will be obvious quick as the plot is missing that film-noir convolutedness that I'll admit I'm a sucker for, but the performances…