Category Archives: Noir

Review: Raiders From Beneath the Sea (USA, 1964)

Name: Raiders From Beneath the Sea Release Date: 1964 Writers: Harry Spalding, F. Paul Hall (story) Director: Maury Dexter Cast: Ken Scott: Bill Harper Merry Anders: Dottie Harper Russ Bender: Tucker Booth Colman: Purdy Garth Benton: Clifford ‘Buddy’ Harper Bruce … Continue reading

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What “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Can Teach Hollywood About Remakes.

Writing in The Guardian this morning, film critic Phil Hoad says Hollywood should take note of the new David Fincher-directed remake of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” With the film industry set to finish the year about $1 billion … Continue reading

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Charles Napier, RIP

Charles Napier, a veteran tough guy actor who brought his swagger to such films as “Rambo: First Blood,” and such vintage TV series as “Star Trek,” and “Hogan’s Heroes,” has died. He was 75. “Wherever I go, people will look … Continue reading

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A Veronica Lake Moment.

It’s Saturday night. And on Saturday nights, here at Casa de Cineaste, Saturday nights are Film Noir nights. So what better way to get things going than with a quick look at one of the icons of the genre? According … Continue reading

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“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” — New Trailer.

The English-language filmed version of Stieg Larsson’s novel hits screens in December. It stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. Here’s the poster: And here’s the new trailer:

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The Bishop Murder Case (USA, 1930).

Name: The Bishop Murder Case Release Date: 1930 Writers: S.S. Van Dine (book); Lenore J. Coffee (screen adaptation) Directors: David Burton, Nick Grinde Cast: Basil Rathbone: Philo Vance Leila Hyams: Belle Dillard Roland Young: Sigurd ‘Erik’ Arnesson Alec B. Francis: … Continue reading

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Confidential Agent (1945, USA)

So here’s a movie that historical amnesiacs and social-realists can both adore.

Based on a Graham Greene novel of the same name (“The Confidential Agent” — why Warners chose to drop the definite article is something of a mystery) is an odd film that sits somewhere between romance, thriller and war movie. Continue reading

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