These iconic images are from Alfred Hitchcock’s gripping spy thriller North by Northwest. Ever the master, the director mixed action and suspense, sexual tension and comedy to make what is easily one of his best works in a long list of cinematic masterpieces. Cary Grant stars alongside Eva Marie Saint, James Mason and Martin Landau.… Continue reading North by Northwest is a Cinematic Masterpiece
Blue Dahlia was made in 1946 and starred two popular actors of the day, Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. William Bendix definitely stole the show in this one. Novelist Raymond Chandler wrote the screenplay and versatile director George Marshall directed. If you want to familiarize yourself with film noir, you won’t go wrong with this… Continue reading Sultry Lake, Amazing Ladd and Superb Work from William Bendix in The Blue Dahlia
Noir films are all the rage right now! If you love them like us and you haven’t seen 99 River Street or you just want to see it again, head on over to your local rental store or look for it online. John Payne stars as a washed-up boxer with a two-timing wife. When I… Continue reading 99 River Street is a Gem of a Thriller
The Clock is a quiet, tender, beautiful film set during wartime with genuine performances from the beautiful and talented Judy Garland and her equally talented leading man, Robert Walker. The supporting cast adds to this film’s appeal. I first watched it when I was little more than 10 years old on a Saturday morning rerun… Continue reading The Clock is a Wartime Love Story That Tugs at the Heartstrings
Jack Lemmon is one of my favourite actors. I find that I always discover something new in his performance whenever I watch him. He can very easily make us laugh one minute and cry the next. When I was younger I had always considered him a comedic actor. I hadn’t yet discovered these gems, that… Continue reading Jack Lemmon …. Oh, what he would do for womankind!
Director William Wyler’s The Desperate Hours was based on actual events. This was the only time Hollywood veteran leads Humphrey Bogart and Fredric March appeared together. After seeing this film, you’re going to wish these actors they did more! The frequent stand-offs between the two characters is guaranteed to keep you at the edge of… Continue reading The Desperate Hours – Tightly Wound Film Par Excellence
Double Indemnity is a much-admired gem that comes up a lot when listing top films in the noir genre. This one is a masterpiece and it is flawless, it has everything; adultery, corruption, murder. It uses familiar Los Angeles locales quite effectively. As femme fatales go, Barbara Stanwyck’s Phyllis Dietrichson is it. Fred MacMurray is… Continue reading Double Indemnity is Tops in Film Noir Genre
Set among the decaying ruins of Hollywood’s splendour days gone by, Sunset Boulevard film is a great place to start if you are new to the film-noir genre. It’s still quite a popular film, not surprisingly it has withstood the test of time. It’s a very dark film with just the right touch of black… Continue reading Sunset Boulevard. They just don’t make them like this anymore ….
This one is often named one of the greatest cult films of all time, it’s tops with us! Director Robert Aldrich’s Kiss Me Deadly is a film noir gem and it is about as noir as they get. If you like science-fiction, this is a must-see! One of my favourite lead actors, Ralph Meeker who… Continue reading Kiss Me Deadly is a Gem and an All-Time Favourite Among Film-Noirs