Monthly Archives: November 2020

Noir City International (Virtual) Film Festival: OSSESSIONE

Another outstanding film festival in the can, and this time it’s the end of a first. The first virtual visit to Noir City. Readers, I have FEELINGS. We’ve all been through (and are still going through) a lot since COVID… Read More

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Noir City International (Virtual) Film Festival: LE DOULOS, STORY OF A LOVE AFFAIR and DETOUR

To kick off last night’s triple feature, we started with a Jean-Pierre Melville flick I hadn’t seen yet, LE DOULOS. First, a note on the slang phrase “le doulos.” It literally means a stingy brim hat like the ones worn… Read More

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Noir City International (Virtual) Film Festival: FOUR WAYS OUT and THE FACTS OF MURDER

Gina Lollobridgida vs. Claudia Cardinale! Who will win? We do, dear readers. We win. First up in this Italian double feature FOUR WAYS OUT. A group of inexperienced thieves pull off a stadium heist during a soccer game and then… Read More

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Noir City International (Virtual) Film Festival: THE DEVIL STRIKES AT NIGHT

I was really thrilled to see this one in the line up, because I was unable to find a streaming version with subtitles back in March. Unlike the previous flick, you really can’t follow this film without understanding what people… Read More

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Noir City International (Virtual) Film Festival: THE FIFTH HORSEMAN IS FEAR

For this round we’re in Prague for THE FIFTH HORSEMAN IS FEAR. During WWII (sort of – more on that later) a Jewish doctor forbidden from practicing medicine has been relegated to a job cataloging confiscated property. When a wounded… Read More

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Noir City International (Virtual) Film Festival: BLACK GRAVEL

BLACK GRAVEL. … stares into the distance… So this one has a lot of baggage for me. First of all, it’s brutal, a pitch fucking black exploration of ugly human nature. It might be one of the darkest flicks I’ve… Read More

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Noir City International (Virtual) Film Festival: A WOMAN’S FACE

I’d seen the Hollywood version of last night’s feature, but not the Swedish original. So I was looking forward to this one; A WOMAN’S FACE, starring baby Ingrid Bergman. A bitter female crime boss with a scarred face is running… Read More

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Noir City International (Virtual) Film Festival: PALE FLOWER, RUSTY KNIFE and ASHES AND DIAMONDS

Our globetrotting Noir-stravaganza continues. First Japan, then Poland. First up PALE FLOWER. The damn pandemic (shakes fist at sky) stopped me from seeing this one in the theater back in March, which is a real tragedy because I would have… Read More

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Noir City International (Virtual) Film Festival: Saturday Marathon part two: LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN and THE HOUSEMAID

The second half of yesterday’s big marathon featured a “Bitches Be Crazy” double feature with a side order of feticide. Let’s start with LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN. I find it hard to believe that I haven’t written this one up… Read More

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Noir City International (Virtual) Film Festival: Saturday Marathon part one: RAZZIA and ANY NUMBER CAN WIN

Big day yesterday, with four flicks on the roster and no rest for the wicked. I’ve decided to spilt my write up into two separate posts to keep things relatively short and snappy. I wouldn’t want you to get bored… Read More

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