Tag Archives: film noir

The brusque and harebrained Illegal

Edward G. Robinson was one helluva a good actor. He even makes this exercise in the absurd and perfunctory a crime drama you can watch, even enjoy at moments. Often found in film noir collections, it isn’t noir. In a … Continue reading

Can a film noir be too perfectly noir?

I think I’m one of the few people who doesn’t care much for Out of the Past. It may be that for me the closer a movie gets to film noir, the less it appeals to me. I can’t argue … Continue reading

Out of the Past (1947)

Directed by Jacques Tourneur Often regarded as one of the quintessential film noirs, if not the film noir, Out of the Past is a movie I have a difficult time watching despite its bona fides. Perhaps it is because of … Continue reading

When style beats the pants off of story

Among the many fascinating and, in this case, amazing things about The Maltese Falcon is that it was the first film for Sydney Greenstreet who was 62 years old at the time. Can you imagine any actor today getting a … Continue reading

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Directed by John Huston Has any movie ever produced as many imitations, and such an array of imitations, as The Maltese Falcon? * The movie itself has been imitated both in live action and animation. The characters have been imitated … Continue reading

High Sierra (1941)

Directed by Raoul Walsh The movie High Sierra is notable and highly watchable for a number of things not the least of which is its status as Humphrey Bogart’s first starring role. It’s the one that placed him pretty firmly … Continue reading

High Sierra: When the bad guy is the good guy

I recently finished reading Stefan Kanfer’s Tough Without a Gun: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart. (The title is from something Raymond Chandler said of Bogart.) So of course, I’m back to watching Bogart movies, at least for … Continue reading