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  • High Tide

    High Tide

    ★★★

    Normally if I were writing a review of a noir, especially a lesser-known one, I’d start off with a plot capsule. But I don’t think it’s worth it in this case. The story is pretty convoluted and wouldn’t entice anyone to see it anyway. Basically, it’s a rather nondescript tale of a reporter turned private investigator who gets hired by his former editor to protect him. Likewise, the stars — Lee Tracy and Don Castle — aren’t much of a…

  • Little Man, What Now?

    Little Man, What Now?

    ★★★★

    Hans Pinneberg (Douglass Montgomery) learns that his girlfriend Emma (Margaret Sullavan), a.k.a. Lammchen, is expecting a baby. The two quickly get married, but this poses an unusual problem for Hans. You see, he works as a clerk for Mr. Kleinholz (DeWitt Jennings) who wanted only eligible bachelors on his staff, to give his daughter Marie (Muriel Kirkland) plenty of options for a potential husband… and Marie has her sights set on Hans. Despite his efforts to keep his marriage a…

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  • Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure

    Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure

    ★★½

    In the mid 1990′s, as a young man with my share of ironic sensibilities, I owned the “Shut Up Little Man!” CD. It was a series of recordings made by “Eddie Lee Sausage” and “Mitchell D” in their apartment from 1987 to 1989. They had been taping the two middle-aged men next door, Raymond and Peter (and occasionally their friend Tony), who would constantly get into screaming, drunken and sometimes violent arguments. There was an amusing schadenfreude to it, especially…

  • Of Time and the City

    Of Time and the City

    ★★½

    You could call this Terence Davies’s love letter to Liverpool. That is, you could, if there was any love in it. Davies comes off like a pompous, cranky curmudgeon in his narration. In stark contrast to the bittersweet nostalgia of Distant Voices, Still Lives and The Long Day Closes, in this film he takes out all the sweet and leaves only bitter, waxing acidic over archival footage of the city of his youth. At times it’s almost comical as he…