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BrianGreene
March 31 2015

The Obscure, Peculiar, and Clairvoyant Black Rainbow

I first watched the 1989 film Black Rainbow a few years ago, and I took an interest in the movie for three reasons: 1. It was directed by Mike Hodges. Hodges is the auteur behind what are, to me, two...
JakeHinkson
March 28 2015

Noir’s Goon Squad: Brad Dexter

Brad Dexter has evil eyes. There are a lot of guys who have that whole hollow-on-the-inside steely-eyed-gaze thing going on in classic noir, but no one does it better than Brad Dexter. To catch...
Crime HQ
March 23 2015

“Where is Hunt?”: Trailer for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Tom Cruise has long been a polarizing star possessing the unique ability to sustain a decades-long place in the spotlight, and his Mission: Impossible series is a testament to that. The most impressive...
AngieBarry
March 22 2015

Under the Radar: Movies You May Have Missed — Attack the Block

Why is it that aliens always invade New York? Or Los Angeles? How come it’s always the Americans taking on extraterrestrial threats, armed with big guns, ripped shirts, and catchy one-liners? Gotta...
AngieBarry
March 9 2015

Under the Radar: Movies You May Have Missed — The Gift

This installment of Under the Radar spotlights a film in one of my favorite subgenres: southern gothic. While there are many books out there to scratch the southern gothic itch—Flannery O’Connor...
JoeBrosnan
March 9 2015

Ian McKellen as The Unstung Mr. Holmes

From Magneto, to Gandalf, and now Sherlock Holmes, Sir Ian McKellen continues to tackle one great role after another. Mr. Holmes is adapted from Mitch Cullin's book A Slight Trick of the Mind...
BrianGreene
March 7 2015

Crimes Against Film: Super Bitch (1973)

I have watched this movie three times now, and twice while planning to write about it for this site. I didn’t get around to doing a piece on it after the second viewing, because I was left unsure...
AngieBarry
February 28 2015

Under the Radar: Genre Movies You May Have Missed — Bandits

As a reporter says in the opening prologue, Bandits (2001) is “part Bonnie and Clyde, part Barnum & Bailey.” It’s farcical comedy, crime melodrama, and a unique love story...
BrianGreene
February 20 2015

Two-Lane Blacktop: An Offbeat Cross-Country Race

I just watched Monte Hellman’s moody 1971 road movie Two-Lane Blacktop for maybe the fifth time. After being dazzled by the film once again, I asked myself, because there are numerous qualities...
Rick Campbell
February 19 2015

Diving into Submarine Movies: How Realistic are They?

A lot of people are fascinated with submarines, perhaps because of their stealthy missions, long periods underwater, or because few people have been aboard one. The public’s concept of submarine...
JoeBrosnan
February 17 2015

Carnage Count: Ranking 2015’s Best Picture Nominees

If there’s one thing we can probably agree on, it’s the more murder, mystery, and mayhem in a film, the more we’ll like it. This year, eight films were nominated for the Academy...
AngieBarry
February 17 2015

Under the Radar: Alien Trespass (2009)

When you’re an alien on a mission, you can’t go wrong with a plucky waitress at your side. Alien Trespass (2009), another genre movie you may have missed, fits the bill when you want something...
Crime HQ
February 9 2015

Spongebob Goes on an Adventure?

In a weekend that may be surprising to some, but maybe not to people with children, Jupiter Ascending tanked at the box office, while The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water soared, taking the...
Crime HQ
February 6 2015

Kids Reenacting 2015 Oscar Nominees

Have you seen the Oscar nominees for Best Picture? Maybe not like this. Kids play selected bits from each movie, and though it's only three minutes, there's so much excellence packed into that...
Crime HQ
February 3 2015

Jurassic World Trailer: What Could Go Wrong?

While we couldn't be more excited for the upcoming Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt, we do feel like it's time to have a serious talk to anyone who thinks a theme park filled with real...
JakeHinkson
February 2 2015

Noir’s Goon Squad: Barton MacLane

In the classic era, Warner Brothers was the most hardboiled of the major studios. It was the home of the gangster flick and the detective movie. In short, it was the kind of place that gave steady work...
Crime HQ
January 27 2015

William Gillette: The Actor Who Saved Sherlock Holmes

Before Benedict and Basil, there was William Gillette, a US-born actor who suited up on stage as Sherlock Holmes over 1,000 times, including once in a silent film. But until very recently, the...
AngieBarry
January 23 2015

Under the Radar: Genre Movies You May Have Missed — The Frighteners

I love the mainstream, popular, and critically acclaimed films as much as the next person. The last thing I’d consider myself is a cinematic snob. But there are times when a truly amazing...
EdwardAGrainger
January 16 2015

Errol Flynn: The Swashbuckler Way Out West

Errol Flynn (1909-1959), a larger than life movie star whose legendary off-screen antics (the My Wicked, Wicked Ways autobiography is an eye-popping corker) rivaled any images stamped on celluloid,...
JoeBrosnan
January 16 2015

2015 Oscar Nominations: Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel Lead the Way

The 2015 Academy Award nominees have been announced, and in a two-way tie for the lead with nine nominations are Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and The Grand Budapest Hotel. It's...
Crime HQ
January 14 2015

“Everyone Creates the Thing They Dread”: New Trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron

Marvel has released a new trailer for this summer's inevitable blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it seems as if this movie will have a much darker tone than the last Avengers. After...
BrianGreene
January 12 2015

Run Down to the Ground: Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

One of the few bits of learning I retained from my years as a sleepwalking college student, was a lesson a film class instructor gave us as a lead-in to a section on film noir. He said that one common...
Crime HQ
January 5 2015

Shorter Everly: Salma Hayek’s Shooting Yakuza

Salma Hayek's character's trapped in her apartment, heavily-armed, and facing waves of Yakuza attacks. What more needs to be said? You already know if Everly's your cup of sake from that...
AngieBarry
January 3 2015

Under the Radar: Genre Movies You May Have Missed — The Cell

I love the mainstream, popular, and critically acclaimed films as much as the next person. The last thing I’d consider myself is a cinematic snob. But there are times when a truly amazing movie...
BrianGreene
January 2 2015

The Wicked World of Abandonment: Born Innocent (1974)

In my Criminal Element appreciation of Orrie Hitt’s 1960 noir novel Wayward Girl, I compared the book to the 1974 made-for-TV movie Born Innocent. As I pointed out there, the two stories have...
BrianGreene
December 27 2014

Another Kind of Thrilla in Manila: Wonder Women (1973)

This post can be seen as the third in a trilogy of appreciations I’ve written of B-movies that involve packs of women employing bizarre, world-beating (they hope) masterplans. First there was...
Crime HQ
December 25 2014

Joy Through the Underworld and Peace on Earth!

Don't get homicidal for the holidays, at least not without us and 7 Noir Holiday Films Encypted Messages from the North Pole? Christmas Movies with Explosions Warped,...
JakeHinkson
December 24 2014

Noir’s Goon Squad: Jeff Donnell (This Goon’s a Gal)

Jeff Donnell just seemed nice. Maybe that’s why she was the resident Nice Girl of film noir. She was always cast as the chipper best friend, or the perky wife, or the goofy roommate. No matter...
Crime HQ
December 24 2014

Matthew McConaughey: Called to The Stand

The McConaughnaissance continues! Between Dalls Buyers Club, True Detective, Interstellar, and some Lincoln commercials, 2014 proved to be the year of Matthew McConaughey, and it looks like we...
EdwardAGrainger
December 23 2014

Let’s Not Forget Film Noir’s John Dall

John Dall (1918-1971) starred in top Hollywood productions Spartacus, Rope, and The Corn is Green, as well as the cult classic Gun Crazy. All in all, he made eight films, though unfortunately,...