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The Forgotten: Paul Wendkos' "The Burglar" (1957)

8 November 2016 8:45 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

TV stalwart Paul Wendkos' biggest success in movies was as the director of the Gidget series. I'm Scottish so I don't know what that was. But it turns out he had a real gift for expressionistic noir, as demonstrated in his debut film The Burglar, which was scripted by pulp noir icon David Goodis, whose novels provided source material for Delmer Daves' Dark Passage, Jacques Tourneur's Nightfall, Truffaut's Shoot the Piano Player, René Clément's And Hope to Die, Beineix's Moon in the Gutter (the author was big in France) and Sam Fuller's Street of No Return.The movie, a low-budget affair, substitutes flair and vigor for production values, and stars lifelong noir patsy/creep Dan Duryea and up-and-coming sex bomb Jayne Mansfield, with the result that it always seems to be in the wrong aspect ratio. Duryea's cranium seems to have an extra story built »

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Curtis Hanson: A Craftsman Who, in Two Movies, Touched Greatness

21 September 2016 2:09 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Directing movies, Quentin Tarantino has said, “is a young man’s game. Directors don’t really get better as they get older…I’ve been studying all these directors’ careers, and boy, you tell me the one I haven’t thought of and I’ll bow my head.” Tarantino is right. For the most part, directors don’t get better as they get older. (The rare ones remain just as good.) There are exceptions to that rule, however, and none may be more dramatic, in its way, than the career of Curtis Hanson, who died Tuesday at 71.

For a long time, he worked under the radar. Then, in his forties, when he’d achieved a certain medium-grade commercial success, it was for making a handful of serviceable if not exactly indelible genre movies: the yuppie exploitation noir “Bad Influence” (1990), which played — with an entertaining hint of crassness — off the Rob Lowe sex-tape scandal. »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Daily | Jodorowsky, Cassavetes, Preminger

9 May 2016 8:16 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Featured in today's roundup are an interview with Alejandro Jodorowsky, whose Endless Poetry premieres in Cannes on Saturday, Jonathan Rosenbaum on John Cassavetes, new pieces in Bright Lights on Béla Tarr, Wim Wenders and Jim Jarmusch as well as on Alex Proyas’s I, Robot and Howard Hawks's The Big Sleep, an Otto Preminger series in New York, work by the late Antonia Bird in London, Joanna Hogg in Cambridge, a video essay on Jacques Rivette, an interview with Whit Stillman—and remembering Isao Tomita. » - David Hudson »

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One Thing I Love Today: Bogart shines on new Warner Archive Blu-ray double feature

7 March 2016 9:30 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One Thing I Love Today is a daily column dedicated to putting a spotlight on some pop culture item worth your attention. After all, there's enough snark out there. Why not start every day with one quick shotgun blast of positivity? Over the weekend, I've been floored up with a nasty stomach bug. There's nothing worse. I hate that feeling of being pinned to the couch and turned inside out, and in moments like that, I turn to comfort food of the cinematic variety, since I can't keep anything else down. Warner Archive, one of the companies still doing physical media in a smart and consumer-friendly way, just recently added two classic Humphrey Bogart titles to their library, and they were kind enough to send over both for review. I did a double feature of The Big Sleep and Key Largo while I was recovering this weekend, and in both cases, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Bad Boy

5 March 2016 9:58 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

This proto- juvenile delinquent epic launched celebrated WW2 warrior Audie Murphy on the road to Hollywood fame, fortune and more troubled times. Audie commits every crime short of shooting dogs and nuns, but those wacky liberal social workers still give him the benefit of the doubt. Director Kurt Neumann back our hero with expert acting support from Lloyd Nolan, Jane Wyatt and James GleasonBad Boy DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1949 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 86 min. / Street Date January 5, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Audie Murphy, Lloyd Nolan, Jane Wyatt, James Gleason, Stanley Clements, Martha Vickers, Rhys Williams, Selena Royle, Jimmy Lydon, Dickie Moore, Tommy Cook, William F. Leicester, Stephen Chase, Walter Sande, Ray Teal, Charles Trowbridge. Cinematography Karl Struss Art Direction Theobold Holsopple Production Design Gordon Wiles Film Editor William Austin Original Music Paul Sawtell Written by Robert Hardy Andrews, Karl Kamb, Paul Short Produced by Paul Short »

- Glenn Erickson

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The Big Lebowski: looking back at a Coen brothers classic

2 March 2016 4:19 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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As Hail, Caesar! arrives in UK cinemas, we take a look back at one of the Coens’ finest ever films - 1998 comedy, The Big Lebowski...

Like Spinal Tap or Withnail & I, The Big Lebowski is one of those films that is often quoted at length by its legion fans - sometimes after a few pints in a crowded pub. Yet the Coen brothers’ 1997 eccentric comedy is so much more than a grab-bag of catchy bits of dialogue - it’s arguably as genre-bending and smart as anything the pair have written before or since.

Key to The Big Lebowski’s brilliance is Jeff Bridges’ deceptively detailed performance as Jeff Lebowski - better known to his friends as The Dude - former roady for Metallica turned full-time layabout in 90s Los Angeles. Bridges slips into his character’s baggy, lazy skin so naturally that it’s easy to »

- ryanlambie

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Key Largo

27 February 2016 12:07 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Bogie and Bacall are back, but with Edward G. Robinson's oily gangster breathing down their necks -- "Nyah!" Excellent direction (John Huston) and great performances (Claire Trevor) have made this one an eternal classic. We want subtitles for whatever Eddie whispered in Betty's ear... A most-requested, or demanded, HD release from Warners. Key Largo Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1948 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 100 min. / Street Date February 23, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore, Claire Trevor, Thomas Gomez, Harry Lewis, John Rodney, Marc Lawrence, Dan Seymour, Monte Blue, William Haade, Jay Silverheels, Rodd Redwing. Cinematography Karl Freund Film Editor Rudi Fehr Original Music Max Steiner Written by Richard Brooks, John Huston from the play by Maxwell Anderson Produced by Jerry Wald Directed by John Huston

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I'd guess that Key Largo became a classic the moment it hit the screen, »

- Glenn Erickson

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The time machine by Jennie Kermode

25 February 2016 12:22 PM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Oh my god - it's full of stars! Photo: Jassy Earl

Day seven of the Glasgow Film Festival began with classic film noir The Big Sleep, starring Humphrey Bogart as detective Philip Marlowe pitched against Lauren Bacall’s sultry femme fatale. There was a chance to catch up with films that had proved a hit with audiences earlier in the festival, such as Demolition and The Pearl Button, before the evening introduced an older classic. Part of the festival’s retrospective look at the work of Jules Duvivier, Panique, which features a superb performance by Michel Simon as the misfit made a scapegoat after a murder is committed, and which would go on to inspire Patrice Leconte’s much admired Monsieur Hire, proved a hit with cineastes and the curious alike. The print isn’t in great condition these days but it’s still a stunning film and its final »

- Jennie Kermode

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Recommended Discs & Deals of the Week: ‘The Graduate,’ ‘Spotlight,’ ‘The Big Sleep,’ and More

23 February 2016 8:59 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks)

L.A. private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) takes on a blackmail case…and follows a trail peopled with murderers, pornographers, nightclub rogues, the spoiled rich and more. Raymond Chandler‘s legendary gumshoe solves it in hard-boiled style – and style is what The Big Sleep is all about. Director Howard Hawks serves up snappy character encounters (particularly those of Bogart and Lauren Bacall), brisk pace and atmosphere galore. This Blu-ray doubles your pleasure, »

- TFS Staff

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The 20 Best Detective Movies of All Time

16 February 2016 2:00 AM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

From a pop culture perspective, private detectives stand for all that’s memorable about film noir. The indifference, the wittiness, and the moral ambiguity that define each urban knight has since become the stuff of parodied legend. We’re talking about the mediators between the crooks and the cops, the embodiment of back alley grayness that’s so tough to pin down. P.I.’s could cooperate with the law if needed, but they could just as soon do business with the bad guys for the right price. To a certain extent, that is – shamus work has always attracted the ignored and the ethical. The Wild West has mythical men with no name, The Asphalt Jungle has names with investigating licenses attached to them. Instead of a poncho and a ten gallon hat, they’re provided a fedora and trench coat.

The archetype has undergone many faces throughout Hollywood’s history, »

- Danilo Castro

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The Big Sleep

13 February 2016 7:51 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

We've waited long enough: Bogart's take on Raymond Chandler's tough guy Philip Marlowe is finally on Blu-ray, with Lauren Bacall hyped as his provocative leading lady. The fascinating 1945 pre-release version is also present, with an uncut copy of Bob Gitt's versions comparison docu. Somebody tell Elisha Cook Jr. not to drink that stuff. The Big Sleep Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1946 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 114 min. / Street Date February 23, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers, Dorothy Malone, Peggy Knudsen, Regis Toomey, Charles Waldron, Charles D. Brown, Bob Steele, Elisha Cook Jr., Louis Jean Heydt, Sonja Darrin, Tommy Rafferty, Theodore von Eltz. Cinematography Sidney Hickox Film Editor Christian Nyby Original Music Max Steiner Written by Leigh Brackett, Jules Furthman, William Faulkner from the novel by Raymond Chandler Directed by Howard Hawks

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Howard Hawks' The Big Sleep became »

- Glenn Erickson

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Flicker Alley Announces Two New Film Noir Releases Coming in April

21 January 2016 11:32 PM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

The fine folks at Flicker Alley have just announced two new Blu-rays coming in April 2016:

Flicker Alley, the Film Noir Foundation, and UCLA Film & Television Archive are proud to present two rediscovered gems of film noir, Too Late for Tears and Woman on the Run, both brilliantly restored in brand-new Blu-ray/DVD dual-format editions.

Here is a preview of Noir City, included in the supplements.

Here is the press release they’ve sent out:

Flicker Alley, the Film Noir Foundation, and UCLA Film & Television Archive are proud to present two rediscovered gems of film noir, Too Late for Tears and Woman on the Run, both brilliantly restored in brand-new Blu-ray/DVD dual-format editions.

Too Late For Tears

Finally! One of the great missing films of the classic noir era-resurrected! Rescued and preserved after a five-year crusade by the Film Noir Foundation, this 1949 classic is at long last available in a clean digital version, »

- Ryan Gallagher

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The Long Goodbye

7 January 2016 10:00 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Vilmos Zsigmond won the National Society of Film Critics' award for best cinematography on this, his third pairing with director Robert AltmanAltman and Leigh Brackett, cowriter of the screenplay for The Big Sleep, turn Raymond Chandler’s La gumshoe into a figure of ’70s angst in what many consider the director’s masterpiece and Elliott Gould’s finest hour. Bonanza star Dan Blocker was to have played Sterling Hayden’s role, but passed away before filming began. John Williams’ witty score is almost entirely variations on one theme.

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Bogie and Bacall – The Big Sleep Saturday Morning at The Hi-Pointe

7 January 2016 7:45 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“She tried to sit in my lap while I was standing up!”

The Big Sleep screens this Saturday morning, January 9th at The Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117) as part of their Classic Film Series.

Director Howard HawksThe Big Sleep (1946) is one of the best Humphrey Bogart movies, one with more twists and turns than a pretzel factory. As Philip Marlowe, Bogie gives one of his best performances as the honest Private Eye up against the corruption and deceit of the Sternwood family and their “acquaintances”. Lauren Bacall is charming and sexy as Vivian, Bogies main love interest. But whose side is she on? Martha Vickers effectively plays Bacall’s younger spoiled sister whom Marlowe frequently encounters in his quest for the truth.

John Ridgely appears as Eddie Mars the chief villain of the piece. Veterans Elisha Cook Jr. (Harry Jones), Regis Toomey (Bernie) and Louis Jean Heydt »

- Tom Stockman

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