June 24, 2008, 8:47 p.m. CST
Damn You MCMLXXVI
June 24, 2008, 10:03 p.m. CST
I would like to take a moment to apologize to you for yesterday. Yesterday I spoke with my emotions as someone who felt insulted by what I was seeing, instead of speaking with my mind. I didn't take the time to think about the true benefit of what you are doing. You are taking the time to expose yourself to the true gems of the cinema, and in doing so you are also letting others join in your discovery. You are setting an example, which I was slow to initially see but upon reflection, I can now appreciate. I took/takes courage to put yourself out there like that, and I realize now that instead of berating you, I should be encouraging you. Huzzah Quint Huzzah!
June 24, 2008, 11:14 p.m. CST
<br><br>ugh, good to see the usual talkback idiots finally discovered this section ;( <br><br> Born to Kill is one of those movies that the coincidences and lucky timings just felt too stretched to work. While the chance encounter or the "wrong place at the wrong time" is a staple of noir. this film over played its hand and was just a bit to forced imo.<br><br>The bumbling-naive act of the detective is an interesting twist for a noir, but I believe that arch-type is a standard for u.k. mysteries, no? Nonetheless it was an interesting role and made the movie fun, if not plausible.
June 25, 2008, 2:55 a.m. CST
by Det. John Kimble
June 25, 2008, 3:21 a.m. CST
Seriously dude: It's great that you are going through some of these movies...getting to know not only the classics, but the little known gems<p> You got me back to checking this site out once a day for your reviews. And now I may even join netflix to rent some of these movies. <p> Out of curiosity, what have you learned from these movies? For one, I began to notice how good some of the old time actors were. And how dark and deep some of these tales were<p> Are you going to throw in some foriegn films?
June 25, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST
The guy edited Citizen kane, for Pete's sake. A legend, really.<p> My favourite Wise film is probably Somebody Up There Likes Me. It combines three of my favourite things: Wise, Newman and boxing. Good times.
June 25, 2008, 8:25 a.m. CST
I, too, appreciate the reviews!
June 25, 2008, 10:47 a.m. CST
Something like 80% of all films made before 1950's are pretty much lost due to film deterioration. <p> This includes a few Alfred Hitchcock films. <p> So most of early cinima is gone forever...perhaps only seen once by a film fanatic in the early days.
June 25, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST
by Mavra Chang
TCM made a restored version out of photo stills with a new score, but seeing Lon Chaney as a vampire in the original Tod Browning film would have been spectacular.
June 25, 2008, 12:56 p.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
One of the most bizarre disasters of the 1980s. Fascinating in its senselessness.
June 25, 2008, 3:10 p.m. CST
in films and even writing, those noir films in those ways still superior using those nuances, this type of thing can never be topped with more explosions or gunfights etc. take texas chainsaw massacre original for example, it barely has any blood in that movie, it's mostly all implied and yet the use of atmosphere is relenting. another is writers, like lovecraft or mccarthy, their early works are really filled with description and wallowing in every detail and are wordy when their later works use brevity a lot, of course by then they developed an immense vocabulary to use just the right words, so they use less words and for the rest they use the help of the reader's own imagination, the most powerful thing ever. same thing for filmmakers who are skilled at doing this. mario bava for example almost always did his movie under budget, he didn't need anyything extra then what he set out to do, something which like george lucas totally botched in the prequels like filling the screen with so much overwhelming nonsense pretty much treating the viwer like an unimaginative imbecile.
June 25, 2008, 5:15 p.m. CST
No worries, man. It's a knee-jerk reaction whenever someone says they haven't seen something that you assume everybody has seen. I do it, too. "You' haven't seen WHAT?!?" But I'm glad you're seeing what I'm trying to do here.<BR><BR>Luke, what I'm gathering from watching these films... especially the 30s, 40s and 50s films is just how incredible the writing is. The delivery by great actors like Tierney, Dick Powell, Elisha Cook Jr., Clair Trevor, Monroe, etc. has a lot to do with it, but honestly, the writing is so damn sharp, defining the characters in a way that we just don't get these days. It can be argued that the way we do it now is more subtle and filmic (less stagey) but there is something to the art of noir and comedy writing from that era that is gone, maybe for good.<BR><BR>TomBodet, as for Claire Trevor I thought she was a little over the top in yesterday's Murder, My Sweet but she was spot on in this one. She brings an elegance and a coldness (at times) to her work, which is perfect for this film.
June 25, 2008, 8:50 p.m. CST
This is the best thing AICN has done in years. I hope this sets an example for Mori, Harry, and whoever else. We need more shit like this, and pronto.
July 5, 2008, 11:02 p.m. CST