At the start of this month Turner Classic Movies begun their ‘Noirvember’ season and have been showing some true noir greats from the classic American Noir era, this has sent me scurrying back to my movie collection to dig out my favourite film noirs. Noir is such a hard genre if it is even a genre to define but for the purposes of this list I have stuck to movies in the classic noir period roughly early 1940’s to mid 1950’s. I’ll no doubt come back at a later date to include different eras, neo-noir and other related types but here are my five favourite classic noirs recommended to anyone new to the genre:
Double Indemnity – If you wanted to define noir in one movie or perhaps even in one monologue it would be Double Indemnity you’d choose.
“Yes, I killed him. I killed him for money – and a woman – and I didn’t get the money and I didn’t get the woman. Pretty, isn’t it? ”
It’s the story of insurance salesman Walter Neff who trying to sell an insurance policy meets the glamorous and devious Mrs Dietrichson. When the two get involved can they get away with murder and cashing in her husband’s insurance policy? The movie uses Neff’s confession to his friend and boss as a framing device to bookend the movie and its Neff who provides the voice over as we see his tale through to the bitter end. But just what drove Neff to do it?
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Ray’s movie blog has been quiet for a while, this has been for a number of reasons firstly this blog was really a test did I want to blog and why did I want to blog?
The answer to the first is yes I have found it a good way to get thoughts from my head onto if not paper then the digital storage that is wordpress, for the second I would like to improve my writing skills and like anything else improving is a matter of practice, practice, followed by some more practice. Looking back my posts have been of mixed quality but some are better than others, now reviewing them in hindsight I can see where they could be better and will be better in the future, so for now I shall continue to blog as Ray’s Movie Blog.
Ray’s movie blog has also relocated physical location to a cottage adjacent to a sheep field in a rural location and found itself with limited internet connectivity which has been the case since mid July and continued through October. But now with boxes unpacked, cat in situ and a laughably labelled high speed internet connection (upload 0.5mbps!) web connection the time to blog again is here.
Anyway from the news I hear out here in the sticks not much has happened in the UK or US since July anyway…………
Last year saw one of the 1980’s greatest movies Back to the Future celebrate a number of real and fictional 30 year anniversaries, indeed it was impossible to miss it on social media ‘the day Marty arrived in the future’.
Well on June 5th this year another 30th anniversary went largely unnoticed on social media, yesterday was the 30th anniversary of the day Ferris Bueller skipped school and took a day off. Putting aside how old that makes me feel, it also recalls how I longed to be Ferris Bueller but in reality knew I was more Cameron Frye, as most of us are. In our younger lives we have all known a ‘Ferris’ the guy who’s just to cool for school who everything just seems to work out for popular, funny and the pretiest girl in school is his girlfriend. That was the case with all John Hughes movies it didn’t matter where you were from you could identify with the characters the cool kid, the jock, the nerd or the princess.
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I know very little about baseball and what little I do know is because of the movies, with the exception of boxing has any sport been featured in so many great movies?
Compare that with the most universal of world sports football or soccer as the American’s call it, how many great soccer movies none spring to mind perhaps only Escape to Victory rates a mention.
Baseball however ranges from the misfits make good of Major League and a League of their Own to the Arthurian allegory of the Natural via the true stories of Moneyball and Eight Men Out to the small town hero of Bull Durham and the fantastical Field of Dreams.
So what is it that makes baseball work so well for the movies?
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I will start by saying I love film, the movies, the flicks or whatever you want to call it.
There’s a magic there an escape into another world or a shock that will give you a new perspective and an influence that perhaps we don’t even realise be it the thrills and spills of Hitchcock, the crass 1980’s machismo of Arnie, the Parisian cool of Godard or the snappy wise ass dialogue of Tarantino.
But do you know what my favourite movie ever is?
For those who have never seen it Highlander is an action / fantasy film from 1986, the story revolves around a number of immortals who can only be killed if their head is cut from their body. Down the centuries they fight one another for ‘the prize’, Connor MacLeod is one such immortal born in Scotland in the 16th Century now living in modern day New York.
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