Archive for the 'Noir/Neo-Noir/Crime' Category

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The gang is back together (briefly) to pay tribute to the late Bill Paxton, as Paul, Daniel and Lee relate their memories of his career on film. Before they bid Paul farwell, what they've watched as of late is also chatted about. Then Lee and Daniel get into the meat of the episode by talking about the thriller/neo-noir "A Simple Plan", from 1998, directed by Sam Rami of all people.

"A Simple Plan" IMDB

Featured Music: "Piña Coladaburg" by Coconut Pete & "Main Title" by Danny Elfman.

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Lee and Daniel are back to cover two crime movies featuring the vocal, acting, and visual talents of Ann-Margret: one unfairly-judged, in 1964's "Kitten With a Whip", and one almost totally lost to time in 1969's "Rebus". Also covered: what the hosts have watched as of late; listener comments; and they do get into a short rant about female models and sex workers, who were often used in many of the films of this era, dropped, and then forgotten about.

"Kitten With a Whip" IMDB

"Rebus" IMDB

Download "Kitten With a Whip" from Rarelust here

Download "Rebus" from Rarelust here

Featured Music: "Take a Chance" (first with Ann-Margaret vocals, and secondly without) by Luis Bacalov.

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Lee and Daniel are back to check out some British criminal scum and other assorted characters in Guy Ritchie's "Snatch" (2000). This episode quickly stops being a critical review and more of a fun conversation about all the things they love about this modern classic of the genre. Also covered: Lee's two guest appearances on other podcasts, what they've watched as of late, and listener comments. 

"Snatch" IMDB

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Featured Music: "Ghost Town" by The Specials; "Golden Brown" by The Stranglers; "Angel" by Massive Attack; and "Don't You Just Know It" by Huey Piano Smith and the Clowns.

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Lee and Daniel are back with two more poliziotteschi films, both directed by Sergio Sollima. First up is the Charles Bronson hit man film "Violent City" (1970) and then they talk about "Revolver" (1973), starring the interesting pairing of Oliver Reed and Fabio Testi. Along with some wild tangents and key music tracks from the Ennio Morricone scores for the films, they cover what they've watched as of late and some listener comments.

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"Revolver" IMDB 

The Wrong With Authority Podcast.

Featured Music: "Citta Violenta (#2)"; "Citta Violenta"; "In Un Altro Bar"; and "Un Amico" by Ennio Morricone.

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Lee and Daniel are back to kick-off an extended look at crime films. First off they check-out their first Poliziotteschi film, in Enzo G. Castellari's "Dirty Harry"/"Deathwish" mash-up "The Big Racket", from 1976, starring Fabio Testi. Also covered: listener comments; what they've watched as of late, and some brief thoughts on the deaths of Miguel Ferrer and John Hurt.

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Featured Music: Selections from the score by Guido De Angelis & Maurizio De Angelis.

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Lee and Daniel start off 2017 by looking at Curtis Hanson's epic 1950s crime picture "L.A. Confidential" (1997). A lot of time is spent talking about the characters, the way the action is shot, and if the film is a truly a noir or not. They also talk about the differences between the film and the James Ellroy novel of the same name, that it was adapted from. Also covered: what they've watched as of late (WARNING: there's some "Rogue One" spoilers) and a good deal of listener comments are read and responded to.

"L.A. Confidential" IMDB

Featured Music: "The Victor" by Jerry Goldsmith & "The Wheel Of Fortune" by Kay Starr.

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This week Lee and Daniel conclude the podcast's first serious look at noir, neo-noir, and crime films in general, with Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice", from 2014. Because Daniel is such a big fan of both director and author, the conversation gets in depth about PT Anderson and Thomas Pynchon. Lee and Daniel also converse about their different takes on the film and how it's held up for them with repeated viewings. Also discussed in some depth, in an effort to perv up the podcast's reputation a bit, the career of actress Michelle Sinclair, formerly known as the porn star Belladonna -- who had a minor role in the film -- is talked about. It's almost a mini bit of what the amazing Rialto Report does on a regular basis. Also covered: listener comments and what they've watched as of late.

"Inherent Vice":http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1791528/combined

The Rialto Report: http://www.therialtoreport.com/

Belladonna: http://www.enterbelladonna.com/

Featured Music: "Harvest" by Neil Young; "Never My Love" by The Association; and "Any Day Now" by Chuck Jackson.
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Lee and Daniel are back again for what became a loaded two hours plus episode. Keeping on with their look into film noir, neo-noir and crime films in general, they check out two closely-connected thrillers, "The Lodger" (1944) and "Hangover Square" (1945). The conversation bleeds out into discussions of the other versions of "The Lodger", Jack the Ripper in fiction, and how films in the film noir genre from different decades have influenced future productions both in and outside the genre. They also talk about the remarkable Laird Cregar and Linda Darnell, and the sad, tragic ends to their short careers. Also covered: listener comments, shout-outs from other podcasters and what they've watched as of late.

"The Lodger": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037024/combined

"Hangover Square": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037761/combined

She Blogged By Night on "The Lodger": http://shebloggedbynight.com/2012/to-hate-a-thing-and-love-it-too-the-lodger-1944/

The Nitrate Diva: https://twitter.com/NitrateDiva

Slaughter Film on "Dawn of the Dead" & "Day of the Dead": http://www.slaughterfilm.blogspot.ca/2016/04/200.html

Featured Music: "Concerto Macabre" by Bernard Herrmann.
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This week Lee and Daniel continue an extended look at the crime/film noir genres, reviewing two films: 1973's "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" & 1998's "Zero Effect". Lee had never watched "Zero Effect" before and Daniel had never watched "The Friends of Eddie Coyle". Listen in and see what they thought about each other's picks for this week. Also covered: their guest from the previous episode, Jack Graham, spiking the shows downloads; anal leakage; listener comments, and what they've watched in the last while.

"The Friends of Eddie Coyle": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070077/combined

"Zero Effect": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120906/combined

Featured Music: "Theme from The Friends of Eddie Coyle" by Dave Grusin.

More from Jack Graham on "Blue Velvet: http://www.eruditorumpress.com/blog/thursday-shaboganing/

Patton Oswalt/"The Day the Clown Cried": http://www.vulture.com/2014/12/patton-oswalt-the-day-the-clown-didnt-cry-jerry-lewis.html
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Lee and Daniel continue their look into crime and noir films, and are joined by a special guest this week: writer and fellow podcaster Jack Graham, who writes the blog Shabogan Graffiti, and hosts his podcast, Shabcast, from there as well. This week the panel takes a look at two 1980s neo-noir films. First up is the tightly-written classic debut film from the Coen brothers, "Blood Simple" from 1984. Then the panel takes a VERY in-depth look at the twisted mysteries of David Lynch's "Blue Velvet" from 1986, where much of the BDSM imagery and themes are discussed. It turned out to be a very enlightening conversation.






Featured Music: "Blood Simple" by Carter Burwell; "It's the Same Old Song" by The Four Tops; and "In Dreams" by Roy Orbison.
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Lee and Daniel continue their look at noir/neo-noir and crime films. This week it's the Bogart & Bacall powerhouse "The Big Sleep" from 1946, directed by Howard Hawks. They also spend some time covering the 1978 remake from Michael Winner, starring Robert Mitchum. They contrast the original with that film as well as the Raymond Chandler source material, and mention the original version from 1945, that was not released to the general public until it was gutted and re-shot into the 1946 version everyone knows today. Also covered: what they've watched as of late.


Featured music: "And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine" by Stan Kenton (Anita O'Day, vocals).
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Lee, Daniel and Paul are back to look at more noir and crime films. This week they take a look at 1947's "Kiss of Death", directed by Henry Hathaway and featuring a star-making performance by Richard Widmark. Lee shouts out another movie podcast he likes, "The Hail Ming Power Hour", and Paul sneaks in a quick bit of the Movie God game for Lee and Daniel to ponder. Also covered: what they've watched as of late.


Featured Music: "Street Scene" by Alfred Newman.
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This week Daniel and Lee are back to cover two more films in their look at noir, neo-noir, and some other crime films in general. They dig deep this week while discussing two interesting films starring Gene Hackman: 1974's The Conversation, directed by Francis Ford Coppola & 1975's Night Moves, directed by Arthur Penn. Also covered: a small aside about Netflix and how it's changed in the last five years; a listener comment; what we've been watching as of late; and letting the listeners know about our new Facebook group they can join.


Featured Music: The theme from "The Conversation" by David Shire & the theme from "Night Moves" by Michael Small.
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Lee and Daniel return to continue their look into noir/neo-noir, and other crime films of interest to them. This week they take a look at a bit of an unknown indie noir from director, writer, and actor, Allen Baron, called "Blast of Silence", from 1960. Is this an over-looked classic? Is it a true transition between the classic noir and the new neo-noir films? Or is it a film with big ambitions that ultimately falls short? Tune in to find out what the guys think. Also covered: what they've been watching and listener comments.


Featured music: "Juggernaut" by David Lindup.
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This week Lee and Daniel begin an extended look at Noir and Neo-Noir films (and maybe a few standard crime films in-between) with the Robert Altman directed and Leigh Brackett-witten adaptation of Raymond Chandler's "The Long Goodbye" (1973). Also covered, a listener comment and what they've watched as of late. 

Featured Music: "The Long Goodbye" by John Williams and Johnny Mercer, performed by Jack Sheldon.
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Lee, Daniel and Paul are back this week to take a look at one of the least-disputed classics from the start of the talkies: Fritz Lang's "M" from 1931. A film with decades of scholarship and critical analysis behind it is a daunting task, but a fairly in-depth discussion is drawn from it, as well as the little-known 1951 American remake. They also discuss what they've watched, which spirals off into a few tangents, as usual.


Featured Music: "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Edvard Grieg.
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This time out Lee and Daniel are back, reviewing two more recent crime dramas in Jeremy Saulnier's "Blue Ruin" (2013) and Dan Gilroy's smash debut "Nightcrawler" (2014). Also covered: what we've been watching and a round of Movie God.


Featured Music: "Baby Blue" by Badfinger.
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Lee Russell and Daniel Harper review Alex Proyas' "Dark City". 

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