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Raising Cain: The work of James M. Cain

18 September 2012 7:13 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hammett, Chandler, Cain: the modern mystery thriller starts with them. They are the godfathers of that sensibility that would come to be called noir which would, in time, overflow the printed page and onto the stage, the big screen, and eventually even to television. Identified primarily with mysteries, the concept of flawed human beings ethically tripping and stumbling in a moral No Man’s Land, equidistant between Right and Wrong, Good and Bad would bleed across genre lines. There would be noir Westerns (Blood on the Moon, 1948), noir war movies (Attack!, 1956), noir horror (The Body Snatcher, 1945), even noir melodramas like Cain’s own Mildred Pierce, adapted for the screen in 1945.

But they all started with what Hammett, Chandler, and Cain did on the page, and each provided an evolutionary step which took what had once been usually dismissed as a flyweight genre dedicated to colorful private investigators and clever puzzles, »

- Bill Mesce

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Phyllis Thaxter obituary

17 August 2012 4:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hollywood actor known for playing wholesome wives and Ma Kent in Superman

Although Phyllis Thaxter, who has died aged 92, had a successful career in films throughout the 1940s and 50s, many will remember her for her last movie role, in Superman (1978). It was the small but key part of Ma Kent, the childless farmer's wife who adopts a foundling baby and names him Clark. Together with her husband (Glenn Ford) – both made intentionally to resemble the couple in Grant Wood's American Gothic painting – they bring up the abnormally physically gifted boy until he's ready to fly off "to fight for truth, justice and the American way".

At one stage, she tells him: "We Kents don't like show-offs, ain't that so? A body's got to be humble even if he knows that he's better'n his neighbours." A fragile beauty, Thaxter was never a show-off, but made an impact in a gentle way, »

- Ronald Bergan

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Book Review: Seagalogy – The Ass-Kicking Films of Steven Seagal (Updated Ed.)

19 May 2012 1:16 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Seagalogy: The Ass-kicking Films Of Steven Seagal

Written by Vern | Published by Titan Books | Format: Paperback, 512pp

Ain’t It Cool News’ Vern is back once again with an updated version of his essential book Seagalogy, an in-depth study of the films of the world’s only aikido instructor turned actor, director, writer, blues guitarist and police man, the ass-kicking spiritualist Steven Seagal. Originally released in 2008, this new updated version includes 11 new chapters and tons of brand new material including Vern’s hilarious deconstruction of Seagal’s appearance in the Robert Rodriguez movie Machete, and coverage of Seagal’s own hit reality TV show, Lawman. In all the book contains 38 chapters, starting with 1988′s Above the Law (aka Nico) right up to the DVD release of the third volume of  his new TV series True Justice. In all that’s  massive 512 pages of pure Seagalism!

Some might say that a »

- Phil

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