Tag Archives: Film Noir


Movie Review: Mulholland Falls (1996)

mulholland-fallsby Brad Nelson   5/25/14
Sometimes it’s difficult figuring out why I have such great taste and the movie-going population, at large, does not. This movie is rated a meager 6.2 at IMDB.com. I guess you could say this is a grown-up film not made for text-messaging attention spans. More » • (1995 views)

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Movie Review: Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)

DirtyFacesThumbby Brad Nelson   1/4/14
I thought James Cagney’s best film up until now was White Heat. And it may still be. But his most iconic gangster performance is probably as the small-time hood in Angels with Dirty Faces. More » • (2225 views)

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The “G”-Men (1935)

GMenThumbby Brad Nelson   12/29/13
This time Jimmy Cagney is on the right side of the law in this film about the early days of the FBI. The days are indeed early; the “G”-men don’t even carry guns. They’re just getting organized in the fight against crime where crossing state lines has been the criminal’s best friend. More » • (2227 views)

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Movie Review: White Heat (1949)

WhiteHeatThumbby Brad Nelson   12/27/13
Gangster movies are an old Hollywood standby. And when turning back the clock to watch some of these old black-and-white wonders, it is often the case that nostalgia makes up for what is sometimes a lack of cinematic expertise and artistry. But that is not true of White Heat with James Cagney which sizzles. More » • (2378 views)

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Movie Review: Ace in the Hole

AceInTheHoleThumbby Brad Nelson
This movie is highly plot-driven, so I won’t say too much about it. It stars Kirk Douglas as a reporter who is covering the story of a man trapped deep inside a cave inside a mountain. This movie is a serious and wonderful critique of the profession of journalism. More » • (1189 views)

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Movie Review: Strangers on a Train (1951)

StrangersTrainThumbby Brad Nelson
Not one of Hitchcock’s best efforts but certainly very watchable. Strangers on a Train is about a young tennis star (played by Farley Granger) and a mentally corkscrewed momma’s boy (Robert Walker) meeting on a train and striking up an ill-fated conversation. More » • (2935 views)

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Movie Review: Somewhere in the Night

SomewhereInTheNightThumbby Brad Nelson
A terrific bit of film noir that, unfortunately, gets bogged down a bit by an overly complicated plot and an ending that doesn’t match the smartness of the rest of the film. That’s the bad news. More » • (943 views)

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Movie Review: Where the Sidewalk Ends

SidewalkEndsThumbby Brad Nelson
A truly classic bit of film noir, this one directed by the renowned Mr. Freeze, Otto Preminger. (Anatomy of a Murder and In Harm’s Way are among his great films. Laura and Angel Face are a couple I need to watch sometime.) More » • (871 views)

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Movie Review: Mildred Pierce (1945)

MildredThumbby Brad Nelson
First off, don’t let the title of this movie scare you off. I know how that can be. I still haven’t watched “The Bridges of Madison County” because that just screams “chick flick” to me. But, goodness gracious, “Mildred Pierce”? More » • (1125 views)

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Review: Double Indemnity (1944)

DoubleIndemnityThumbby Brad Nelson
I love old black-and-white movies, especially the genre of film noir. Many yutes dismiss out of hand any movie that is not in color, but I love the look and feel of them. They just don’t make them like this anymore. And “Double Indemnity” is one of the  greats of film noir. More » • (872 views)

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