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December 2015

#BNoirDetour Films for 3 January 2016

To celebrate the transition into a new year, #BNoirDetour offers a "Best Of" double bill spanning the 10 central years of classic noir. We'll screen what many critics call the first B Noir film and the one they call the last. FEATURE 1: 9pm... Continue Reading →

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Liebster 2015

I'm happy to be nominated for a Liebster by The Wonderful World of Cinema and The Old Hollywood Garden. I enjoy being part of a circle of fabulous film blogs, and so below are my answers to the 11 questions I... Continue Reading →

#SatMat Twitter Live Movie Tweet for Sat., Jan. 2: DEAD MEN DON’T WEAR PLAID (1982)

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First off, let’s get one thing straight — it was my idea, not the dame’s, okay?

Salome at BNoirDetour is adamant about providing Live Tweet movies on Twitter.com at no charge to her audience. But how could I present a hilarious film noir parody on #SatMat — even if it’s a movie that can only be rented — without getting the BNoirDetour stamp of co-approval?

Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid stars Steve Martin (who co-wrote the movie with director Carl Reiner) as Rigby Reardon, a low-level private eye who might or might not be getting the wool pulled over his eyes by a fulsome femme fatale (the undeniably curvy Rachel Ward). Other than that, about the only thing you need to know about the movie is that, through the miracle of special effects, Martin nonchalantly acts alongside 1940’s versions of noir stars including Cary Grant, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, and…

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Guest-hosting the #BNoirDetour film for 12/27: KISS OF DEATH

@MovieMovieBlogBlog guest hosts #BNoirDetour on 12/27!

KissOfDeathSmallThis holiday season, Salome at BNoirDetour has bestowed upon me the gift of guest-hosting (for which many thanks, Salome)! The only proper response is to gift you with one of the classic films-noir, 1947’s Kiss of Death.

Victor Mature plays Nick Bianco, an imprisoned gang leader who starts spouting names to get out of prison when he finds out that his nuclear family in the “outside world” is falling apart. Unfortunately, one of the names provided by Nick is that of Tommy Udo (Richard Widmark in a hair-raising film debut). Udo does not take lightly to being double-crossed, as evidenced in a famous scene where he confronts a wheelchair-bound mother of a gang member. (No spoiler here — just hold onto something and watch.)

It’s an alternately touching and sizzling movie worthy of the BNoirDetour imprimatur, and it will be Live Tweeted at the usual time, Sunday…

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Weekly Screenings: 12/13-12/19

Spent some time with old films this week, from a pre-code Hollywood favorite to a few random British flicks. (All are available on YouTube.) The Crowded Day (aka Shop Spoiled) (1954): A day-in-the-life snapshot of working class employees at a department store.... Continue Reading →

A Movie Gift to You Blogathon: Bound for Barbara Stanwyck

It's time to share the gift of noir for MovieMovieBlogBlog's A Movie Gift to You Blogathon. Our challenge is to choose a film and a recipient and share the goodness. It took me some time to decide what movie and to whom I'd... Continue Reading →

#BNoirDetour Film for 12/20: Nightmare Alley

"He reached too high." Nightmare Alley follows the rise and fall of conman Stan Carlisle (Tyrone Power). Fascinated by carnival life, Stan works with the washed-up "Mademoiselle Zeena" (Joan Blondell) and her alcoholic husband Pete (Ian Keith). He learns that... Continue Reading →

Weekly Screening Round-up 12/6-12/12

This will be a short one because this was a busy, crazy week and I didn't watch much. But I did enjoy what I did watch. River (2015): I completed the six-part series and truly enjoyed it. But I also devoted... Continue Reading →

#BNoirDetour Films for 12/13: James Mason Double-Feature

EDITED: One evening, two films, and all the suave, moody acting you could ask for from James Mason in the late 40s. #BNoirDetour offers for your consideration a double-feature of The Upturned Glass and Caught. In both a late British and his first... Continue Reading →

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