June 15, 2008, 6:17 a.m. CST
by Lloyd Bonafide the Korean War Veteran
June 15, 2008, 8:38 a.m. CST
Good stuff. I'll stay tuned to get your take on it.
June 15, 2008, 8:59 a.m. CST
I agrees tho. Beats the hell out of ScriptGirl / Harry's DVD adverts / bad teen fiction. More Quint! Occasional Cumpston! Vern! This is what the kids want, and I, as a self-appointed arbiter of taste, have thus decreed up on the matter.
June 15, 2008, 9:49 a.m. CST
Yeah, I love the Berkeley I've seen and it's actually some of the greyest stuff on the list... in that I've seen a ton of his movies and I find it hard to keep straight in my mind, so it's quite possible I've seen some of the Berkeley stuff on the list. I know I've seen one of the Gold Diggers movies, but I don't remember if it was 1933 or 1935... Saw one of 'em at the Alamo. Footlight Parade is the only one in the Berkeley Box Set I'm sure I've seen...
June 15, 2008, 11:24 a.m. CST
by Raymond Shaw
I dunno about quantity but as far as quality is concerned RKO should be associated with film noir. "Out of the Past" (with R Mitchum), "On Dangerous Ground" (with R Ryan), "Crossfire" (with Mitchum and Ryan), "They Live by Night" , "Deadline at Dawn", "Murder, My Sweet" are all top notch noirs from RKO. They also put out a bunch of lesser but still good noirs like "The Set Up" (Ryan again), "Macao" (Mitchum again) "The Narrow Margin" Raymond Shaw
June 15, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST
Has anyone seen an obscure Max Ophuls (from when he was in America) noir called Caught? It has one of the classic Ryan performances as a Howard Hughes-esque psycho millionaire in love/hate with Barbara Bel Geddes. It is only available on a French Region 2 import. Has anyone heard anything about a release from Warners? If you see it on TCM's schedule, it's worth watching. Come for the noir, stay for the Ryan-tastic.
June 15, 2008, 12:18 p.m. CST
by lex romero
hopefully we have have the neverending "is it a noir or not" debate, heh. Edwawrd Robinson is fantastic though. Fantastic actor.
June 15, 2008, 1:03 p.m. CST
I just watched this movie last night! It's in my Noir set, though I hardly consider it such. Stanwick's awesome, as is Ryan!
June 15, 2008, 1:13 p.m. CST
... and also buy a mint copy of Action Comics #1.
June 15, 2008, 2:15 p.m. CST
I have the Noir box set and was originally disappointed when I watched this one. Not that this is a bad movie per-se, but it is not something I would really consider a noir, so did not satisfy the mood I was craving at the time. Need to pop it back in and give it a fair shake.<br><Br> And R. Shaw, that is indeed a fine list of movies from the RKO vaults. Underrated and forgotten gems.
June 15, 2008, 7:30 p.m. CST
Quint, here is my suggestion for you. Watch four or five movies a week, and pick the best or most controversial one and discuss that on Sunday. That way it will be more of an "event".
June 15, 2008, 7:33 p.m. CST
you really make AICN look bad when one of your reviews appears right above the previous day's review. it really shows how little AICN posts anymore.
June 15, 2008, 9:30 p.m. CST
I do see what you're saying... there will be a point, and we might have reached it, where people start dropping away now that the newness has worn off... But keeping this pace is a big part of the experiment. It's like a diet of film, a new daily routine. I don't expect everyone to keep up with it. That's my job, it doesn't have to be yours. If there's a quote that grabs you in the headline or a title you'd like to discuss, then anyone can jump in at any time.<BR><BR>As far as updates, the weekends are always slow. You'll probably end up seeing 3 AMADs above the fold since I'm posting today's tonight (and because I was late with yesterday's), but come tomorrow morning that won't be the case anymore, thanks to Merrick, Mori, Harry... and maybe me in the morning, scrounging up the leftovers.<BR><BR>Thanks to everyone keeping up so far. See you in the next one!
June 15, 2008, 10:44 p.m. CST
but Scarlet Street is a gazillion times better.
June 16, 2008, 12:23 a.m. CST
by Napoleon Park
I saw Barbara Stanwyck as the matriarch on "the Big Valley". It wasn't until years later after they first invented cable Tv and were filling the late night hours with great movies you never see anymore that I actually saw a Barbara Stanwyck movie and realizes how earth, sensual and sexy she was. It was a little disturbing, actually, like finding out your grandma used to be hot.
June 16, 2008, 2:54 a.m. CST
I was about to leave AICN. It is full of people who know nothing about movies and a lot about hate.
June 16, 2008, 7:24 a.m. CST
by Darth Fart
It makes you wonder how many talkbackers are actually "film fans?" If this was a Hulk thread, it'd be full of unarticulated crap.
June 16, 2008, 6:34 p.m. CST
RKO produced craploads of Noir and there are craploads of them without crime. It's the tone and characterizations, not the subject matter that counts.
June 17, 2008, 3:54 p.m. CST
I wish I could keep up with this. I just don't got the time, I love old films though but since my mind was injected with brandwashing since I was a wee kid old style movies just can't hold my ADD unless I sit down and plan like 2 days ahead to watch a B&W film. UNLESS ITS LANGS. Though I did a study of Langs work in college and its obvious his work droped off when he fled to America even though the H-Man was a big fan. He pretty much is the first in the line of directors to come to Hollywood and make nothing remotely close to what they were doing in their homeland. A lot of his Hollywood films are noir and not that much too them. Even his later works where he went back to Germany were not that good, but by then he had pretty much become blind and crazy. I wonder what would've happened had he stayed and took H-man's offer?
July 5, 2008, 10:59 p.m. CST