B Noir Detour


September 2017

30-Day Movie Challenge, Day 26: A Movie that is a Guilty Pleasure

Day 26: A Movie that is a Guilty Pleasure With some notable exceptions, most of noir is a kind of guilty pleasure to me. Even the strength of the femme fatale hardly makes it feminist, it's full of gratuitous darkness... Continue Reading →


30-Day Movie Challenge, Day 25: A Movie No One Would Expect You To Love

Day 25: A Movie No One Would Expect You To Love For a prompt like this, I'm guessing no one would expect me to love something like The Gay Divorcee (1934) or Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016). But we're still talking noir... Continue Reading →

30-Day Movie Challenge, Day 24: Favorite Documentary

Day 24: Favorite Documentary I'm more a fan of reading about noir than watching documentaries, and more a fan of watching noir than reading about it. But one PBS special is definitely worth seeing. It features: a sincere attempt to... Continue Reading →

30-Day Challenge, Day 23: Your Favorite Character from Any Movie

Day 23: Your Favorite Character from Any [Noir] Movie Rita Hayworth's Gilda is in many ways my favorite, although she's also a character who causes me much pain in viewing. And I've talked about Gilda in this challenge already. Most characters... Continue Reading →

30-Day Challenge, Day 22: The Most Underrated Movie

Day 22: The Most Underrated [Noir] Movie This is getting tougher and tougher as I try not to reuse films. The Big Combo is definitely my first choice here. Many people don't even know it. So I'll pop for another rarely... Continue Reading →

30-Day Movie Challenge: Day 21 Most Overrated Movie

Day 21 Most Overrated [Noir] Movie Limiting myself to noir has made this 30-day challenge very challenging indeed! It would be reasonable for me to pick Double Indemnity. The film gets too much credit when it is more exemplification than exemplary. And... Continue Reading →

30-Day Movie Challenge: Day 20

Day 19: Your Favorite Actress GLORIA GRAHAME Favorites are always difficult for me. My opinion changes over time and as I watch and rewatch movies. Lately, that has included seeing more of Grahame's work, and right now, she's my favorite... Continue Reading →

30-Day Movie Challenge: Day 19

Day 19: Your Favorite Actor When it comes to noir, my favorite actors and actresses tend to be those who play villains, or at least ambiguous protagonists. I adore every turn Richard Widmark took in his early noir films, for... Continue Reading →

30-Day Challenge: Day 18

Day 18: A Movie that Disappointed You the Most I've hinted at this for a past prompt from this list, but I confess I was most disappointed with Robert Mitchum's 1970s Raymond Chandler films. I've already mentioned The Big Sleep (1978),... Continue Reading →

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