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Re: Noir-vember Group Marathon 2011
« Reply #300 on: November 30, 2011, 10:40:05 PM »
Of course!
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Re: Noir-vember Group Marathon 2011
« Reply #301 on: November 30, 2011, 10:45:29 PM »
Welp, that wraps up another Noir-vember for me.  58 films watched.  It went better than I expected it to.  Although I saw a lot of middle-of-the-road stuff and a few duds, I've got 9 new entries for my top 100 noirs.  And those are...

Storm Fear


Quicksand


Cry Vengeance


The Gangster


Without Warning!


Sleep, My Love


Three Strangers


The 13th Letter


No Man of Her Own


Of course, since 100 is a fixed number, that means nine have to be dropped....

14 Hours
Champion
The Mob
Panic in the Streets
Rogue Cop
The Stranger
The Thief
Kiss of Death
The Woman in the Window


All very good films, I just like these new entries more (and 14 Hours is arguably not very noir anyway).
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Re: Noir-vember Group Marathon 2011
« Reply #302 on: November 30, 2011, 11:28:32 PM »
2012 will go down as the year I got drunk on Film Noir. Thanks for keeping the genre alive. Left up to me, I'd have these boards drown in a sea of Horror and Kung Fu.
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Re: Noir-vember Group Marathon 2011
« Reply #303 on: November 30, 2011, 11:37:55 PM »
2012 will go down as the year I got drunk on Film Noir.

Addictive, ain't it?  Last year I got a little burnt out towards the end of November, but this year I just had one Sunday where I took a break (and even then I did watch one) and then I was ready to jump right back into it.  I was just now looking over my IMDb Watchlist and excited to see so much noir I have left to explore.
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Re: Noir-vember Group Marathon 2011
« Reply #304 on: November 30, 2011, 11:49:00 PM »



Hollow Triumph (1948) 7/10 What a strange way to end a wonderful month. This is a perfect example of a film that has no sense of pacing, at all. It starts with the lead character getting released from jail and even having just finished the film I'm not exactly sure what happens in the first 15 minutes of the film. Something about him getting sucked into a life of crime and then escaping again. It might have worked better if we had any reason to care about the lead, but as is it's just a series of background events. Then we get a key scene that sets up the rest of the film and things get very interesting quickly. There was another dead spot sometime later, but otherwise it does its best to make up for the very lackluster start and I'd say it succeeds. There's very nice photography and the performances which I found bland in the first half grew on me as the film went on. It's one of those films where my impression after it's over is better than it was as I was watching and I'd like to give it another chance sometime to fully win me over.

It's been a really good month. Finally made a significant dent in the TSPDT noir list and watched a lot of great films with only one real dud.

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Re: Noir-vember Group Marathon 2011
« Reply #305 on: December 01, 2011, 10:59:19 AM »
Here is my updated top 100 noirs list -- now ranked!  (but don't take the rankings too seriously, they're all terrific)

1. Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944)


2. Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander Mackendrick, 1957)


3. Odds Against Tomorrow (Robert Wise, 1959)


4. Nightmare Alley (Edmund Goulding, 1947)


5. The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955)


6. The Lineup (Don Siegel, 1958)


7. When Strangers Marry (William Castle, 1944)


8. The Asphalt Jungle (John Huston, 1950)


9. Murder By Contract (Irving Lerner, 1958)


10. Beyond the Forest (King Vidor, 1949)


11. The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)


12. The Burglar (Paul Wendkos, 1957)


13. The Phenix City Story (Phil Karlson, 1955)


14. Sudden Fear (David Miller, 1952)


15. Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946)


16. Storm Fear (Cornel Wilde, 1952)


17. Raw Deal (Anthony Mann, 1948)


18. Force of Evil (Abraham Polonsky, 1948)


19. Night and the City (Jules Dassin, 1950)


20. The Set-Up (Robert Wise, 1949)


21. Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock, 1943)


22. Cry of the City (Robert Siodmak, 1948)


23. Blast of Silence (Allen Baron, 1961)


24. Human Desire (Fritz Lang, 1954)


25. Moonrise (Frank Borzage, 1948)


26. Ride the Pink Horse (Robert Montgomery, 1947)


27. Thieves' Highway (Jules Dassin, 1949)


28. Pickup on South Street (Sam Fuller, 1953)


29. Plunder Road (Hubert Cornfield, 1957)


30. They Made Me a Fugitive (Alberto Cavalcanti, 1947)


31. Cape Fear (J. Lee Thompson, 1961)


32. Secret Beyond the Door (Fritz Lang, 1948)


33. They Live By Night (Nicholas Ray, 1948)


34. One Way Street (Hugo Fregonese, 1950)


35. The Hitch-Hiker (Ida Lupino, 1953)


36. Criss Cross (Robert Siodmak, 1949)


37. Where the Sidewalk Ends (Otto Preminger, 1950)


38. Gaslight (George Cukor, 1944)


39. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (Lewis Milestone, 1946)


40. Quicksand (Irving Pichel, 1950)


41. Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur, 1947)


42. Cry Vengeance (Mark Stevens, 1954)


43. Act of Violence (Fred Zinnemann, 1948)


44. Leave Her to Heaven (John M. Stahl, 1945)


45. The Gangster (Gordon Wiles, 1947)


46. The Crimson Kimono (Sam Fuller, 1959)


47. Journey Into Fear (Norman Foster, 1942)


48. Edge of Doom (Mark Robson, 1950)


49. No Way Out (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950)


50. Without Warning! (Arnold Laven, 1952)


51. T-Men (Anthony Mann, 1947)


52. The Killing (Stanley Kubrick, 1956)


53. The Scar/Hollow Triumph (Steve Sekely, 1948)


54. The Big Combo (Joseph H. Lewis, 1955)


55. The Wrong Man (Alfred Hitchcock, 1956)


56. Union Station (Rudolph Maté, 1950)


57. 99 River Street (Phil Karlson, 1953)


58. Gilda (Charles Vidor, 1946)


59. Fallen Angel (Otto Preminger, 1945)


60. The Breaking Point (Michael Curtiz, 1950)


61. Kansas City Confidential (Phil Karlson, 1952)


62. Sleep, My Love (Douglas Sirk, 1948)


63. Too Late for Tears (Byron Haskin, 1949)


64. Side Street (Anthony Mann, 1950)


65. Scandal Sheet (Phil Karlson, 1952)


66. Witness to Murder (Roy Rowland, 1954)


67. The Red House (Delmer Daves, 1947)


68. Border Incident (Anthony Mann, 1949)


69. Nocturne (Edwin L. Marin, 1946)


70. Mystery Street (John Sturges, 1950)


71. High Wall (Curtis Bernhardt, 1947)


72. Dark Waters (Andre De Toth, 1944)


73. The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941)


74. The Lady from Shanghai (Orson Welles, 1948)


75. Three Strangers (Jean Negulesco, 1946)


76. The Narrow Margin (Richard Fleischer, 1952)


77. Woman on the Run (Norman Foster, 1950)


78. Stranger on the Third Floor (Boris Ingster, 1940)


79. The Lodger (John Brahm, 1944)


80. Hangover Square (John Brahm, 1945)


81. Dead Reckoning (John Cromwell, 1947)


82. The Desperate Hours (William Wyler, 1955)


83. The 13th Letter (Otto Preminger, 1951)


84. Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958)


85. Phantom Lady (Robert Siodmak, 1944)


86. Detour (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1945)


87. Gun Crazy (Joseph H. Lewis, 1949)


88. The Chase (Arthur Ripley, 1946)


89. I Walk Alone (Byron Haskin, 1947)


90. The Sniper (Edward Dmytryk, 1952)


91. Sunset Blvd. (Billy Wilder, 1950)


92. Don't Bother to Knock (Roy Ward Baker, 1952)


93. My Name Is Julia Ross (Joseph H. Lewis, 1945)


94. The Locket (John Brahm, 1946)


95. They Won't Believe Me (Irving Pichel, 1947)


96. The Web (Michael Gordon, 1947)


97. Cornered (Edward Dmytryk, 1945)


98. No Man of Her Own (Mitchell Leisen, 1950)


99. Night Editor (Henry Levin, 1946)


100. Laura (Otto Preminger, 1944)
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Re: Noir-vember Group Marathon 2011
« Reply #306 on: December 01, 2011, 11:04:51 AM »
Double Indemnity? The Best noir? Cannot take seriously.


In all seriousness, I do like that you got around to ranking them as it might help me prioritize some noir films whenever I can't decide between a few.
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Re: Noir-vember Group Marathon 2011
« Reply #307 on: December 01, 2011, 11:53:31 AM »
Thanks for the ranks. Adding to Mr. and Mrs. Noir Marathon...


The Burglar (Paul Wendkos, 1957)
Plunder Road (Hubert Cornfield, 1957)
The Hitch-Hiker (Ida Lupino, 1953)
Cry Vengeance (Mark Stevens, 1954)
The Gangster (Gordon Wiles, 1947)
Without Warning! (Arnold Laven, 1952)
Nocturne (Edwin L. Marin, 1946)
Woman on the Run (Norman Foster, 1950)


(and don't forget to add Armored Car Robbery to your first post.)
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Re: Noir-vember Group Marathon 2011
« Reply #308 on: December 01, 2011, 12:41:37 PM »
After watching more of these noir, I can appreciate Martin's list even more.   I will be using the list to add to my queue.  And since so many noir are short, that makes them perfect for before-bed viewing!
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Re: Noir-vember Group Marathon 2011
« Reply #309 on: December 01, 2011, 03:55:07 PM »
This marathon turned out to be a disappoint for me, and I'm a little ashamed of myself. I started out gangbusters, but then all of a sudden, I lost interest in watching any films at all. I've never gone this long without watching something. I hope this is only temporary. I don't know what caused it either.
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