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  • I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
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  • Night Has a Thousand Eyes

    ★★★½

  • 8-Bit Christmas

    ★★★½

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★½

  • Johnny O'Clock

    ★★★★

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  • Night Has a Thousand Eyes

    Night Has a Thousand Eyes

    ★★★½

    211th film of 2021: Night Has a Thousand Eyes (Farrow, 1948) a forgotten noir film released by Paramount in October. The film fits within a sub cycle of noir films that dealt with the occult, mesmerism, and clairvoyance like Nightmare Alley (Goulding, 1947). The film was based on a Cornell Woolrich novel but it makes many changes to the book with the largest being a shift in focus to the main story being about the clairvoyant/entertainer Triton (Edward G. Robinson)…

  • 8-Bit Christmas

    8-Bit Christmas

    ★★★½

    210th film of 2021: 8 Bit Christmas (Dowse, 2021) the new Christmas film from HBOMax has echoes of the classic A Christmas Story with its use of an adult voice-over narrating childhood memories of Christmas and a desire to receive the hottest toy of their time as kids— in this case the 8 bit Nintendo entertainment system. If you are a child of the 80s then this film should delight you and bring back fond memories of those times. Neil…

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  • Chicago Syndicate

    Chicago Syndicate

    ★★★½

    27th film of 2021: Chicago Syndicate (Sears, 1955) released by Columbia in July this noir about the dangers of organized crime comes late in the cycle and many of the story motifs such as an undercover operative working on behalf of the government and law enforcement to infiltrate a criminal organization were pretty stranded by this point. Director Fred Sears who made The Miami Story (1954) about the dangers of organized crime in Miami uses a similar formula this film.…

  • Johnny O'Clock

    Johnny O'Clock

    ★★★★

    208th film of 2021: Johnny O'Clock (Rossen, 1947) released by Columbia in February this is an outstanding example of noir style and themes. The debut feature of director Robert Rossen who the following year directs the Oscar winning All the King's Men, which like this film contains an air of pessimism, fatality, and darkness thanks to Rossen's direction and screenplay. This film is also notable for Dick Powell's performance as Johnny O' Clock a suave crook who works as the…