Category Archives: Movie Reviews

My Review of ‘My Name is Julia Ross’ (1945)

This is a rather interesting little movie. It’s a gothic film noir. According to Wikipedia, “gothic fiction” is sometimes called “gothic horror” and “is a loose literary aesthetic of fear and haunting.” On that note, it’ll come as little or … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Hell Drivers’ (1957)

This movie is unique in a number of ways. For one thing, it’s a British film noir. According to Ben Mankiewicz on TCM, it marked the beginning of British New Wave cinema. The tone of the film is unquestionably gritty. … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Pitfall’ (1948)

Hi today, I’m doing a review of Pitfall from 1948. I don’t think I’ve reviewed this one before, but I’m gonna have to check. If I did, I’m doing an updated review then. This is a review offered straight from … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Johnny Angel’ (1945)

I found this movie to be weirdly appealing. There are all sorts of reasons why I shouldn’t like it. A merchant ship captain who bears the titular name (played with all the dramatic intensity of a plank of wood by … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Bob le flambeur’ (1956)

While this film could be considered a gangster movie or a heist film, it is also considered a film noir and a precursor to the French New Wave. The title translates to read “Bob the Gambler” or “Bob the High … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Beat the Devil’ (1953)

Hi! Today, I’m reviewing Beat the Devil from 1953, which is probably one of the most bizarre movies I’ve ever seen. Actually, I’ve actually seen more bizarre movies than this, but I won’t go into that. It is pretty bizarre … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday’ (1953)

How can I describe this movie? Well, it’s French. Very French. And it’s a comedy full of visual, audible, and physical humor. And I sense that the director Jacques Tati is a bit like Woody Allen—in a good way—because he … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Side Street’ (1950)

WARNING! THIS REVIEW DOES CONTAIN AT LEAST ONE SPOILER. I THINK. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK! 🙂 Genre: film noir/police proceduralRunning time: 83 minutesLogline: A young man steals money to support his family in hard times and inadvertently ends up … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Ghost World’ (2001)

I found this movie quite interesting. So interesting, in fact, that I decided to read the script. And reading the screenplay lent additional (and, IMHO, nearly essential) new levels of understanding to the whole business. This is the problem with … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘The Mob’ (1951)

This is a taut little crime thriller and film noir, described by Spencer Selby in Dark City: The Film Noir as “About as close as noir ever came to resurrecting the 1930s gangster film.” It’s also a film that gains … Continue reading

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