Category Archives: Movie Reviews

My Review of ‘Thief’ (1981)

I happened across this film by accident one evening, and was instantly drawn in by the description. It’s one of those heist movies in which the protagonist is a professional criminal who wants to make one last big score before … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Unforgiven’ (1992)

There is much I could write about this film. It is a revisionist Western. As such, one of its major themes is the cost that violence and revenge take upon one’s soul. The story, in a nutshell, is about an … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘The Killing’ (1956)

This movie is notable in great part for its unusual narrative structure. Film noir icon Sterling Hayden plays ring leader Johnny Clay, who plans to pull that One Last Heist before going straight. Clay assembles a team of characters (of … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Woman on the Run’ (1950)

This is a most interesting entry into the film noir canon, particularly since the protagonist is female. And not a femme fatale. The woman in question is Eleanor Johnson (played with spirit by Ann Sheridan), and she’s on the run … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Shadow on the Wall’ (1950)

Okay, I should probably warn you that this review contains a bit of a retired lawyer’s/law librarian’s rant. But it’s for a noble purpose! 🙂 Anyhow, you’ve been warned. As psychological thrillers go, this one is as suspenseful as any. … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘The Steel Helmet’ (1951)

This movie has the distinction of being the first one about the Korean War. It was also a breakout film for director Samuel Fuller (who also produced and wrote the screenplay). The story opens with the sole surviving member of … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Nightmare Alley’ (1947)

WARNING: This review does contain SPOILERS! But they don’t ruin the movie experience, I don’t think. 🙂 This has to be one of the bleakest films noir I’ve ever seen. Based on a novel with the same name, the movie … Continue reading

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