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Stream of the Week: HARD EIGHT – the indie neo-noir that launched careers

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread is topping a good many critics’ top ten lists. So it’s a good time to revisit Anderson’s first feature, Hard Eight, a neo-noir from 1996. In Hard Eight, the down-on-his-luck simpleton John (John C. Reilly) … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: The Heat

We’ve all seen cop buddy comedies before (Lethal Weapon, 48 Hours and scores of copycats). In the The Heat, the odd couple is Sandra Bullock (as the arrogant and fastidious FBI agent) and Melissa McCarthy (as the earthy and streetwise … Continue reading

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The Cheshire Murders: beyond the police procedural

The Cheshire Murders, another in HBO’s fine summer documentary series, takes us beyond the familiar police procedural.  This is not a whodunit – we immediately know what happened and who committed the crimes.  Three murders were committed in a home … Continue reading

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TCM’s June feast of noir

It’s more than a film fest, it’s a feast of film noir. This June, Turner Classic Movies’ Friday Night Spotlight will focus on Noir Writers.  The guest programmer and host will be San Francisco’s Eddie Muller, founder and president of … Continue reading

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Coming Up on TV: 3 noir classics

On May 7, Turner Classic Movies is broadcasting three classics of film noir. You really haven’t sampled film noir if you haven’t seen Out of the Past (1947).  Perhaps the model of a film noir hero, Robert Mitchum plays a … Continue reading

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Fuzz Track City: I’ll have another Monte Cristo, please

In the darkly comic Fuzz Track City, writer-director Steve Hicks riffs on the conventions of the detective genre to celebrate the most offbeat sides of LA.  Our hero could be a hard-boiled detective if he were more alert.  But Murphy … Continue reading

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DVD of the Week: The Paperboy

Set in 1969 Florida, The Paperboy is a coming of age film nestled within a deliciously pulpy crime drama.  The story is centered around an overlooked younger son (talented up-and-comer Zac Efron) who is thrilled when his older brother (Matthew … Continue reading

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The Paperboy: a trashy Nicole Kidman and a canny Macy Gray

Set in 1969 Florida, The Paperboy is a coming of age film nestled within a deliciously pulpy crime drama.  The story is centered around an overlooked younger son (talented up-and-comer Zac Efron) who is thrilled when his older brother (Matthew … Continue reading

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Killer Joe: OMG

Here’s a movie that will either thrill or disgust you. Either way, you sure ain’t gonna be bored. In Killer Joe, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon and Emile Hirsch play a white trash family with a get rich quick scheme.  … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: This Is Not a Robbery

After 87 years of abiding the law, J.L. “Red” Rountree robbed a bank in 1998.  In fact, he became a serial bank robber, robbing banks until his final incarceration at age 92.  The documentary This Is Not a Robbery explores … Continue reading

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