Category Archives: Neo-Noir

My Review of ‘The Lookout’ (2007)

This film marked the directorial debut of screenwriter Scott Frank, who also wrote the screenplay. Described in Wikipedia simply as a “crime film”, it also falls into the category of neo-noir. High school hockey star Chris Pratt (played to perfection … Continue reading

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My Book Review of ‘The Philosophy of Neo-Noir’ (2007)

This week’s review is of a book called The Philosophy of Neo-Noir, a collection of essays by scholarly authors with credentials in a wide array of studies, from philosophy to artistry to women’s studies and more. For a true cinephile, … Continue reading

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My Review of ’12 Monkeys’ (1995)

This film is another great blend of neo-noir and science fiction. It also bears the slightly madcap earmarks of a Terry Gilliam-directed movie. Other examples would include Brazil and Time Bandits. The story is about a prisoner named Cole (played … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Klute’ (1971)

  This is one of those movies that hammer home points about modern living with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer, yet somehow are hard not to love. The film is a crime thriller, in which a high-placed corporate executive, … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘The Getaway’ (1972)

This movie was based on the eponymous novel by Jim Thompson, directed by Sam Peckinpah, and co-stars Steve McQueen. I guess it’s fair to say it’s a crime action movie with neo-noir tendencies, not to mention a healthy amount of … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Brick’ (2005)

Brick is an interesting example of a unique twist on the neo-noir genre. Imagine, if you will, a movie in which The Maltese Falcon takes place in a high school. A Southern California high school, where kids seem to roam … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Red Rock West’ (1993)

This neo-noir film features the requisite down-and-out drifter (played by Nicholas Cage). His name is Michael Williams (talk about an everyman’s name!), an ex-Marine living in his car. He’s unable to land a job as an oil worker, because he’s … Continue reading

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