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47 Ronin [2013]

[Alternate Title]: Why even though 47 Ronin is a horrendous film that (at the time of writing) rates second all time for most money lost at the box…

An open letter to MIFF audiences.

Dear MIFF audiences.   You all know to turn off your phones. You know about not chewing too loudly or messing about with noisy pre-packaged food packages. You…

The Best Jerry Springer Episode Titles

Late last night I went on a pretty serious Jerry Springer youtube bender and noticed, not for the first time, how good the episode titles are. In a…

TCreplacements

The list of actors who would have been more fittingly cast in every Tom Cruise film since Jerry Maguire.

Jerry Maguire [1996] I didn’t bother seeing it – but by all counts TC was good in this one as it was the inversion of his typical role…

What is Classic Film Noir?

Film Noir, literally translated as black film, was coined in 1946 by French critic Nino Frank. Classic film noir is generally thought of as beginning with The Maltese…

The Film Noir Hero

One of the most common recurring themes in classic film noir is the tough alienated hero. This hero is often wounded, if not physically, then at least emotionally….

Film Noir is a Style, not a Genre

A genre can be defined by recurring identifiable narratives, character types, themes, iconography, characteristic film techniques, etc. Whilst many Noir films fit into the detective/crime film genre, it…

Neo- Noir

Although Film Noir is relatively timeless, classic Film Noir is generally regarded as beginning with John Huston’s The Maltese Falcon in 1941 and ending in 1958 with Orson…

Cronenberg’s Reality

David Cronenberg—The Baron of Blood, Dave “Deprave” Cronenberg—has been questioning the nature of reality by making provocative and thoughtful cinema since his first short film, Transfer, in 1966….