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 forgot to tell you, I don't trust anybody... especially women!
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.
I was born with an ace in my palm.
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…
Hey, you know somethin'? You ought to be doin' radio commercials: How to talk a lot and say nothin'.
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…
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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…
A stray dog becomes a mad dog.
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.
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…
You know as well as I do that Eddie Taylor's been pounding on the door of the execution chamber since he was born.
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.
But Guy... I like you.
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.
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 truth shouldn't scare anybody, man or boy.
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…