6 items from 2010
The past several years have seen a resurgence in interest in the Film Noir genre, not just in recreations via a host of films, but in the classics that started it all. That interest has spawned a series of releases on DVD, and The Film Noir Classic Collection Vol. 5 is filled with treats.
You might expect that we would be reaching by the time we got to the fifth installment, a set with eight films, but in some sense the opposite may be true here.
While not the biggest names in the genre, the set gives us some true favorites, as well as some great actors.
From England to continental Europe to Buenos Aires, ex-rcaf pilot Dick Powell stalks the Nazi collaborator who murdered his bride. But one fact constantly surfaces during his quest: no one can describe the mysterious man. Joining Powell in the film shadows are »
- Marc Eastman
Film Noir Classic Collection: Vol. 5, has dusted off eight films of the celebrated genre and adapted them to DVD format. Collections like these, which bring older films to newer light, are godsends regardless (to a degree) of which films are selected, because as timeless as some of these stories and performances might be, the barrier of being stuck in an old format can bury them forever. And these stories deserve to be told. If you watch a few well made noir thrillers you will no doubt see the seeds that were planted in the heads of crime-thriller filmmakers the likes of Martin Scorsese or Michael Mann. Though there are better films in the noir genre that this collection could have culminated, there are also a lot worse. Any fan of noir films or old mysteries and thrillers will be pleased at what this box set has to offer.
- Ryan Katona
There seems to be no exhausting the raw eyeball pleasure to be had from old-fashioned handmade (or semi-handmade, or whatever) animation, and we may be well living through a pop renaissance of it.
The eruptions below the Pixar/Dreamworks budget tier have been spectacular and international, beginning perhaps with 2003's "The Triplets of Belleville," learning from Miyazaki, Oshii, Aardman and the Quays, moving on to Kim Moon-saeng's "Sky Blue," machinima, "The Corpse Bride," "A Scanner Darkly," "Persepolis," "Coraline," "Waltz with Bashir," "Fantastic Mr. Fox," "Mary & Max," "Sita Sings the Blues," "Fear(s) in the Dark," "The Secret of Kells," and now the Belgian nonpareil "A Town Called Panic."
The variety of toolboxes and styles at work seem limitless (the seductive but uniform look of pure 3D computer animation is getting tiresome just as other approaches proliferate), but it's the personal engagement that makes most of the films sing.
Many of »
- Michael Atkinson
Candice Falzon has started dating rugby league star Sam Burgess, according to reports. The Australian ironwoman, who caused controversy after being photographed in a hotel toilet with sportsman Sonny Bill Williams in 2008, apparently started seeing Burgess two months ago. A friend told The Daily Telegraph: "She's moved back to Sydney from Perth to be with him, so that shows you it's serious. (more) »
- By Rebecca Davies
Joss Whedon's scifi western just refuses to die.
The good folk at Titan Books have just published a new companion book to Whedon's Firefly titled - and I wish this was true - Firefly: Still Flying and they've offered up three copies to give away to you, the loyal Twitch reader. Why would you want this? Well, beyond the normal assortment of photos and things you find in these books there are also brand new Firefly short stories penned by the show's original writers!
And our winners are: Bill Williams, Velvet Van Bueren, and Eleanor Farrell. Congratulations!
Idw January Newsletter
Happy New Year and welcome to the Idw newsletter, offering your monthly dose of news and not-to-be-missed books!
Arriving at inboxes the beginning of each month, the Idw newsletter brings highlights of the coming month, including books to look for at your local store, plus top stories from “Ryall Time” and the Idw website. Enjoy!
Idw is ringing in the New Year with awesome new digital comics on more platforms! In addition to expanded offerings for the iPhone and iPod touch, you can now enjoy Idw comics on your PSP. Take a break from gaming to read Transformers or
Wormwood on your PSP. Plus, Wormwood is the very first digital comic to offer audio commentary, meaning you can enjoy both the art and insights (plus the cool Australian accent) of Ben Templesmith!
Click here to download comics to your PSP.
For your iPhone or iPod touch, »
6 items from 2010
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