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Noir City 19 is in the rearview mirror, and it’s been a hell of a ride. I really dug the format of matching better known A pictures with rare and under-appreciated Bs. This year’s finale was definitely one of my… Read More

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Were getting into the home stretch now, Noir Hounds. Last night started off with more crooked cop noir in The Man Who Cheated Himself. A cop falls for a married woman and helps her cover up her crime when she… Read More

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Another great night in Noir City. First up, Where the Sidewalk Ends. This is one I’ve seen before and if you haven’t, stop reading and go watch it now. I’ll wait… A noir classic that reunited the gang who made… Read More

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Last night was the show I was most looking forward to. I hadn’t seen either one of the pictures and I was not disappointed. First up, Chicago Deadline. One of my favorite subcategories of the genre, Newspaper Noir! Alan Ladd,… Read More

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First up on last night’s Noir City bill was The Accused. A prim professor, played by Loretta Young, is being stalked by a creepy student. When he tries to rape her on the edge of a Malibu cliff, she kills… Read More

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First up on last night’s double bill was Calcutta. Alan Ladd and William Bendix play womanizing pilots working the route from Chungking to Calcutta. When their buddy tells them he’s getting hitched, they are skeptical but still willing to meet… Read More

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After the previous night’s slight detour along the outskirts, I was thrilled to see The Dark Corner on the bill. This flick brings us right back into the heart of Noir City. A washed up private dick is trying to… Read More

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Deanna Durbin. Not a name that immediately springs to mind when you think of film noir.   But this promo photo from Lady on a Train sure caught my interest. Why Deanna, I never knew you had it in you!… Read More

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Our Nazi punching theme continues on night two of Noir City with a WWII double shot. First up, Ministry of Fear. Ray Milland (who will always be Satan to me) is released from an asylum, only to be plunged into… Read More

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It’s that time of year again, Faustketeers. Time for our yearly vacation to not-so-sunny Noir City. We kicked off the festival with a kinktastic double bill full of thigh-high boots, bondage and overt masochism. It’s like they programed this one… Read More

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Bouchercon 2016 is less than a month away! Here’s what I’ll be up to while I’m there. Other than hanging out in the bar, which is a given. WEDNESDAY, Sept 14th, I’ll be reading at N@TB’s Noir Bar After Dark… Read More

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably heard the big news about PEEPLAND, the gritty crime/noir comic series written by me and Gary Phillips, with art by Andrea Camerini and published in the brand new Hard Case Crime line from Titan…. Read More

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I’m going to France on a book tour to support the brand new French translation of MONEY SHOT. Lucky for me, I’ve done plenty of research so I know exactly what to expect. If you’re French, or just happen to… Read More

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Sorry for the delay getting post this up, but let’s get right to the movies. First of all, I missed the special screening of TOO LATE FOR TEARS, but that doesn’t mean you should skip it. It’s one of my… Read More

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First and fucking foremost, my deepest and most sincere apologies for being unable to provide write ups on the majority of the Noir City flicks this year. I like to think of myself as bulletproof and never go to the… Read More

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Anybody who follows me on social media knows that I’ve been fighting off the Whooping Death Flu for the past few weeks. I was hoping to get over it in time to provide you with my much anticipated (by me, anyway)… Read More

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So this is it. The end of the line. The last write up on the last two films from this year’s Film Noir Festival. Let’s dive right in, shall we. First (in this write up, third on the bill) HEAT… Read More

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The final night of this year’s LA Film Noir Festival was a marathon quadruple feature of “proto-noir,” so I’ve decided to break my write up into two parts to make it last a little longer. I always hate to see… Read More

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Last night was the big closing party for the 17th annual LA Film Noir Festival. As usual, it was a blast, with everybody dressed to kill and all sorts of noir-related activities including drinking, gambling and burlesque. The dapper Dean… Read More

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Last night was the night I’d been waiting for all month, featuring three rare, restored flicks from Argentina that I’d never even heard of. I know there are lots of people who come to a film noir festival to see… Read More

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