It’s February and everything sucks right now, so it’s time to unwind with February Fisticuffs – a punchy look at some of the best, worst and most average boxing, kung fu and martial arts movies. Isaac Florentine’s Undisputed III: Redemption continues the surprisingly effective series with more blistering, no-nonsense ass-kickery. The 2010 follow-up to Undisputed […]Read more "February Fisticuffs: Undisputed III: Redemption (2010)"
It’s February and everything sucks right now, so it’s time to unwind with February Fisticuffs – a punchy look at some of the best, worst and most average boxing, kung fu and martial arts movies. Isaac Florentine helms Undisputed II: Last Man Standing, a hard-hitting sequel to Walter Hill’s 2002 original. Like its predecessor, this […]Read more "February Fisticuffs: Undisputed II: Last Man Standing (2006)"
It’s February and everything sucks right now, so it’s time to unwind with February Fisticuffs – a punchy look at some of the best, worst and most average boxing, kung fu and martial arts movies. Walter Hill’s Undisputed is a meat and potatoes action movie and it is structurally straightforward, even if the flashy editing […]Read more "February Fisticuffs: Undisputed (2002)"
Robert Siodmak helms Phantom Lady, a dazzling film noir based on a screenplay by Bernard C. Schoenfeld. This 1944 picture is based on Cornell Woolrich’s 1942 novel of the same name and is the first movie produced by Hitchcock screenwriter Joan Harrison.Read more "Film Noir Friday: Phantom Lady (1944)"
Jacques Tourneur’s Experiment Perilous may have one of the most magnificent titles of all the films noir. The 1944 picture is based on the 1943 novel of the same name by Margaret Carpenter and features a screenplay by Warren Duff, with Tony Gaudio’s cinematography working its way through the Oscar-nominated interior design.Read more "Film Noir Friday: Experiment Perilous (1944)"
The upheaval of the 1970s is the backdrop for Sidney Lumet’s brilliant Dog Day Afternoon, a 1975 crime drama that is as much about the personal as it is about the political. The picture features a screenplay by Frank Pierson and is based on P.F. Kluge’s 1972 Life magazine article “The Boys in the Bank,” […]Read more "Dog Day Afternoon (1975)"
It’s tempting to consider The Mask of Dimitrios a relative of The Maltese Falcon. Both feature twisty plots full of deception. Both feature the cinematography of Arthur Edeson. And both feature Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet, two spectacular character actors who always pair well together.Read more "Film Noir Friday: The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)"
Robert Hamer’s Kind Hearts and Coronets is the sort of dry, dark comedy that isn’t made very much anymore. The 1949 picture stands starkly as a sort of exercise in pursed politeness, where lines are uttered with cold intellectualism and character operate in outlandish but utterly “civilized” ways.Read more "Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)"
A mean and brutal piece of work, Sin City introduces a hermetically sealed universe full of rain and blood. This 2005 film is directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller and is based on the graphic novel of the same name, specifically Miller’s The Hard Goodbye, The Big Fat Kill and That Yellow Bastard.Read more "Sin City (2005)"
André de Toth directs Dark Waters, a 1944 film noir that traffics in the marshes and endless murk of Louisiana. The picture is based on a Saturday Evening Post serial by Francis and Marian Cockrell and features a screenplay by Marian Cockrell, Joan Harrison and The Suspect scribe Arthur Horman.Read more "Film Noir Friday: Dark Waters (1944)"
Robert Siodmak helms The Suspect, a twisting 1944 film noir with a sincere dose of London fog. This picture features a screenplay by Bertram Millhauser and Arthur T. Horman and is based the novel This Way Out by James Ronald. The great Paul Ivano is the cinematographer.Read more "Film Noir Friday: The Suspect (1944)"
End of a Gun is at least the sixth Steven Seagal movie to see a 2016 release. Like Killing Salazar, it pairs the star with director Keoni Waxman. It also features a screenplay by Waxman and Chuck Hustmyre, with cinematography by Nathan Wilson. At first blush, it appears that all the elements are in place […]Read more "Seagalmania: End of a Gun (2016)"
Stuart Heisler helms 1942’s The Glass Key, which is based on the Dashiell Hammett novel of the same name and serves as the second film version of the book after a 1935 Frank Tuttle joint. Heisler’s picture features a screenplay by Jonathan Latimer and carves out a lot of the political subtext, but it still […]Read more "Film Noir Friday: The Glass Key (1942)"
Adam Alleca writes and directs the 2016 film Standoff, a sometimes chatty and sometimes gratifying thriller. There are those who will hold that the movie is smarter-than-thou, with its psychological wrangling. And there are those who will be engrossed by the manly head-to-head. And there are those who will find value in the both elements, […]Read more "Standoff (2016)"
Directed by George Cukor, A Woman’s Face is fundamentally a remake of the 1938 Swedish film of the same name. This 1941 picture features a screenplay by David Ogden Stewart and is based on the play Il Etait Une Fois by Francis de Croisset. It veers between controlled, emotional melodrama and flaring camp and the […]Read more "Film Noir Friday: A Woman’s Face (1941)"
Raoul Walsh directs High Sierra, a 1941 film noir with a screenplay by John Huston and W.R. Burnett. The picture is based on the novel of the same name by Burnett and is often considered as the bridge between Warner Bros. slate of gangster flicks and the escalating noir genre.Read more "Film Noir Friday: High Sierra (1941)"
Anatole Litvak directs Blues in the Night, an interesting if melodramatic film noir musical. The 1941 motion picture is based on Edwin Gilbert’s play Hot Nocturne, which was picked up by Elia Kazan and reworked. Kazan subsequently sold the material to Warner Brothers, where it was handed to Robert Rossen.Read more "Film Noir Friday: Blues in the Night (1941)"
Directed by Anatole Litvak with a screenplay by Robert Macaulay, Robert Rossen and Jerry Wald, Out of the Fog can be a little on the nose. It’s based on the Irwin Shaw play Gentle People and features the perceptive cinematography of James Wong Howe.Read more "Film Noir Friday: Out of the Fog (1941)"
Directed by Norifumi Suzuki, Sex and Fury is one of the most renowned of the pinku eiga films to be produced by the Toei Company. Featuring a screenplay by Suzuki, Tarō Bonten and Masahiro Kakefuda, this 1973 motion picture melds the sensibilities of Meiji period Japan with the splaying sex and violence of exploitation cinema.Read more "Sex and Fury (1973)"
A forbidding, charmingly ominous parlour noir, Ladies in Retirement is a fated document of dark doings. Directed by Charles Vidor from a screenplay by Garrett Ford and Reginald Denham, this 1941 movie is based on the 1940 Broadway play of the same name by Denham and Edward Percy. It is ensconced in a sullen, foggy […]Read more "Film Noir Friday: Ladies in Retirement (1941)"