B Noir Detour

Casualty of Corruption: I Am A Fugitive from A Chain Gang (1932)

I like that 1932's I Am A Fugitive from a Chain Gang is identified by some as an example of film noir, primarily because it makes this review "on topic" for my blog. Sure, I see the bleak underside of the American Dream,... Continue Reading →



I tend to be a bit of an emotional sponge, so it takes planning and determination to put myself through some films, particularly intense realist dramas. I'm easier with books, as language provides an intellectual buffer. Films, on the other... Continue Reading →


For all the "Detourettes" (folks who watch movies with @BNoirDetour on Sundays at 9pm ET via the hashtag #BNoirDetour), I've finally gotten around to typing up a BNOIR BINGO card! Take it out when you livetweet with us, or anytime... Continue Reading →

Don’t Bother to Knock…or maybe do

Although it's not on my Cinema Shame 2018 list, Don't Bother to Knock (1952) should have been. Wild that it's taken me so long to see this film, one I've wanted to see for all of its main actors and a noteworthy dramatic... Continue Reading →

All the King’s Men (1949)

Along with my list of films to see in 2018 as part of the Cinema Shame challenge, I'm going to try to do some of their monthly prompts. For February, we are tasked with seeing and blogging about an Oscar winner... Continue Reading →

Tomorrow is Another Day: Time for a Face-off

This post is doing triple duty in multiple ways. It's a noir film review, a tick off my Cinema Shame 2018 list, and a comparative face-off -- of three films, no less! Cinema Shame: To be honest, I can't remember... Continue Reading →

Le jour se lève and Film Noir

Every time I see a film starring Jean Gabin, I'm amazed anew. I love his acting style, the roles he plays, the directors he works with, and the artistic style of his films. Before yesterday, I'd seen and loved: The... Continue Reading →

Cinema Shame: Ride the Pink Horse

Ride the Pink Horse (1947),* directed by and starring Robert Montgomery, has been on my to-see list for some time, primarily for the oddness of its title. A second reason was to see if I could truly enjoy Montgomery as... Continue Reading →

Cinema Shame 2018

The film blog Cinema Shame invites all film lovers to submit a 2018 "Shame Statement," a kind of New Year's resolution to watch some of the films we feel we should already have seen, but haven't. There are some basic,... Continue Reading →

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