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  • The Notorious Landlady

    The Notorious Landlady

    ★★

    This is a weird movie. It seemed like they had these three actors and just wanted to have fun in London, so why not make a movie?

    It can't decide if it's a romantic comedy, or thriller and then it turns into a real slapstick in the third act for no obvious reason.

    I never really believed in what I was watching. Jack Lemon is not the kind of leading man who can hold a movie against Kim Novak. I…

  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye

    "I even lost my cat."

    When it came out, critics were divided. Some rejected Gould as Marlowe. Really, they were rejecting the Marlowe that Leigh Brackett and Robert Altman put together.

    Brackett had written The Big Sleep, so she knew Chandler and Marlowe. And Altman knew 1970's L.A.. Together they created a version of the detective that just seems soaked in 1970s ambiguity. Marlowe was never a tough guy, but he was smart, he knew the business, knew his way…