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  • Casablanca
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  • Radioactive Dreams

    Radioactive Dreams

    One of Albert Pyun’s most original films, is sadly one of the hardest to find currently. A post-apoc hang-out *breathes* musical neo-noir comedy odyssey…with heart! Many of his movies were compromised in one way or another, but RADIOACTIVE DREAMS truly feels like all of Pyun’s interests realized. It’s his dream! RIP Albert.

    A couple latch-key kids are left by their dads, in a bunker full of crime pulps and other retro accoutrements when the A-bombs drop. Jumping to adulthood —…

  • Kiss Me Deadly

    Kiss Me Deadly

    In VERA CRUZ, Robert Aldrich blew up the Western with amoral cynicism. Just 5 months later, in KISS ME DEADLY he nuked the Noir  with paranoid nihilism. I wish he’d done a musical during this period: attacking the audience using nausea-inducing sound waves in place of songs, most likely! He’s a genre vandal.

    REPO MAN is one of my top 10 rewatchables. So yes, of course I love KISS ME DEADLY. The “great whatsit” influence on Alex Cox is what brought me…

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  • Casablanca

    Casablanca

    “You despise me, don’t you?”

    “If I gave you any thought, I probably would.”

    Just here for Peter Lorre. Nice to see that guy from THE RETURN OF DOCTOR X did ok for himself, too.

    All jokes aside, there’s not much one can say about CASABLANCA; arguably the greatest film ever. The Warner 4K came out just in time for Noirvember, and it looks amazing. 

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    Many years ago, I took a 2 day intensive seminar taught by famed screenplay…

  • Detour

    Detour

    “That’s life. Whichever way you turn, fate sticks out a foot to trip you.”

    Pianist, unreliable narrator and all-round sad-sack Al Roberts makes the mistake of having an idea (to follow his sweetheart West to California). As we all know, “getting an idea in a Noir, is the first step to utter ruin. He’s either an unlucky schmuck, an impulsively sloppy criminal, or both. Vera seems like the villain — according to his memory, anyway — but it seems like she’s…