B Noir Detour


July 2015

Films for 8/2: #BNoirDetour and #HitchGoesHollywood

This Sunday is double live tweet night once again, featuring films for #BNoirDetour and #HitchGoesHollywood (with host @mikeshayne). SHACK OUT ON 101 (1955) Our first feature is the Cold War late-noir delight Shack Out on 101. Its lowbrow appeal is perhaps best... Continue Reading →

2nd Annual British Invaders Blogathon: It Always Rains on Sunday

I've recently begun to explore British noir films. In my limited experience to date and from reading scholarship, I'm finding them more sentimental at times and often focused on the unexceptional and lost individual or the hard-bitten struggling to succeed or survive... Continue Reading →

Movies That Haven’t Aged Well Blogathon: A Clockwork Orange [NSFW]

This NSFW post is written for the Movies That Haven't Aged Well Blogathon, hosted by MovieMovieBlogBlog. Here is where you can find the announcement and entries to date. With some trepidation, I've chosen to write about A Clockwork Orange. Because... Continue Reading →

7/26: TV Night 3: The Fugitive

Time for another night of noir TV. On Sunday 7/26 at 9p ET, BNoirDetour offers a live tweet of three episodes of The Fugitive. Starring David Janssen as Dr. Richard Kimble, The Fugitive tells the story of a man on the run after being... Continue Reading →


Ooh, a new and tempting Blogathon from moviemovieblogblog!


So you’re finished with another hot summer day. You’re cool and refreshed, you have your snacks at hand, and you’ve turned on Turner Classic Movies to watch that favorite film of yours that you haven’t had the chance to watch in decades. And then, as the minutes roll on…

Your nostalgia melts like a Sno-Cone in the summer sun, as the memories of that movie you treasured for decades suddenly devolve into, “What did I ever see in this thing?”

It’s happened to all of us. Some movies only get better with age, while others remain frozen in time, their once-vibrant charms faded like a reel of nitrate film left in an outhouse in the 1930’s.

Only by writing about this wrenching event can you regain power over your movie-watching experience. Hence…THE “MOVIES THAT HAVEN’T AGED WELL” BLOGATHON!!

We don’t want you to postpone this personal growth experience —…

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2015 Summer Classic Film Book Challenge Book 1: Driven to Darkness

I'm always up for a challenge, and Out of the Past is offering a good one. Though my schedule is getting busier, I'm nonetheless signing up for the 2015 Reading Classic Film Book Challenge. You can read all about it... Continue Reading →

Film for 7/19: Lured

Last month, #BNoirDetour offered a chance to see Lucille Ball in The Dark Corner. Unlike her zany comedienne persona, we saw a smart, sassy sidekick who could handle herself with a typewriter, a man, or murder with equal aplomb. This month,... Continue Reading →

The 1947 Blogathon: A Double Life

Welcome to my contribution to The 1947 Blogathon, hosted by Shadows & Satin and Speakeasy. As a Noir blog, 1947 is a fantastic year. Dark Passage, Kiss of Death, Lady in the Lake, Railroaded!, Crossfire, Born to Kill--and a dozen more noir... Continue Reading →

Film for 7/12: Siodmak’s The Killers

The Killers (1946) is an example of film noir that highlights many of the key features of the genre/style and its history. The film is based on a short story by Ernest Hemingway and directed by German emigre Robert Siodmak.... Continue Reading →

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