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  • Elevator to the Gallows

    Elevator to the Gallows

    ★★★★

    Noirvember 2018 #6

    I'm really struggling with the rating for this. I admired it rather than loved it. It's so consciously cool that I felt like I was being held at arm's length. Too cool for my peasant tastes probably...

  • The Hoodlum

    The Hoodlum

    ★★★★

    Noirvember 2018 #5

    This noir is very cheap and very nasty.

    And I thoroughly recommend it.

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  • In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place

    ★★★★★

    Still perfect, still gorgeous and devastating. Gloria Grahame is exquisite and Bogart is at the top of his game.

    I first saw it about a year ago; watching it the second time around I was able to really luxuriate in every moment. And I was lucky enough to catch it on the big screen: magic.

  • On Dangerous Ground

    On Dangerous Ground

    ★★★★½

    I knew I was going to love this right from the start. Sometimes I just get that feeling; everything seems right.
    This is a film of two parts, the first being an excellent study of the dark heart of the city. It's a beautiful start, like a textbook of noir, with some great dialogue too. It shows Robert Ryan's character struggling with loneliness, rage, and rank cynicism, drowning in the darker side of human nature that he comes into contact…