The Ninth Gate (1999) – Roman Polanski

Johnny Depp finds himself caught up in a literary supernatural film noir that serves as the next entry in the chapter of The Devil’s Work in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movie. Using the novel The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte as its basis the film follows a book detective, Corso (Depp) who is hired…

Pickup on South Street (1953) – Samuel Fuller

Jean Peters sizzles in this spy/crime film noir that is another film mentioned in Philip Kemp’s Movies book. It also falls into the category of how had I never heard of this film before? As it ticks a lot of my boxes, spies, film noir… it’s a corker! Candy (Peters) is on the subway, and…

L.A. Confidential (1997) – Curtis Hanson

Before we dive in to this one, I want to admit that yes, this one is sullied now because of Kevin Spacey, it doesn’t however change the fact that this is a fantastic film. Chinatown is the next big recommendation from DK Canada’s The Movie Book, but as I’ve covered it previously I jumped right…

Miami Vice (1986) – Definitely Miami, and Yankee Dollar

A fantastic episode is hindered by the presence of Ted Nugent (ugh), as I head back to Miami for more Vice.┬áDefinitely Miami aired 10 January, 1986 and was written by Micheal Ahnemann and Daniel Pyne is a Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) story that plays out brilliantly. Callie Bassett (Arielle Dombasle) and her husband Charlie (Nugent)…

Murder, My Sweet (1944) – Edward Dmytryk

Dick Powell doesn’t quite have the narration patter down of a hard-boiled private investigator, especially not for the one he’s playing, Philip Marlowe, still, this is a great little film-noir bringing another incarnation of Raymond Chandler’s iconic character to the silver screen. And he handles the actual dialogue with his co-stars well, it’s just the…

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones (1993/1995) – Masks of Evil

Indy’s (Sean Patrick Flanery) adventures continue this week, as his time with French Intelligence during the Great War continues, and brings him face to face with some real evil. The movie combines two episodes, and changes the canon order of when they originally happened to facilitate a comprehensive story. Istanbul, September 1918 Airing on 17…

Ossessione (1943) – Luchino Visconti

DK Canada’s The Movie Book brings me a tale of love and jealousy as I settled in to take in Visconti’s Ossessione. When a drifter named Gino (Massimo Girotti) arrives at a restaurant, he finds himself caught up in a romance with the repugnant owner, Giuseppe’s (Juan de Landa) wife, Giovanna (Clara Calamai). Both characters…

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) – Robert Zemeckis

Robert Zemeckis’ Oscar winning film noir, coached in cartoon terms, is the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Toy Story. Melding the live action and cartoon world, the film follows detective Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) as he takes a case he doesn’t even want to…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987/1988) – Haven, and The Big Goodbye

Captain’s log: stardate 41294.5 Haven, written by Tracy Torme and Lan O’Kun first aired on 20 November, 1987 This one is a bit of a mixed bag. Deanna Troi’s (Marina Sirtis) mother, Lwaxana (Majel Berrett) ┬ámakes her first appearance in the series, accompanied by her manservant, the silent and very entertaining, Mr. Homm (Carel Struycken)….

Double Indemnity (1944) – Billy Wilder

  Billy Wilder’s classic film noir starring Fred MacMurray Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson continues to captivate, and I was happy to revisit it as one of the recommendations following my screening of Greed for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. Wilder developed the script with Raymond Chandler and the result…