Star Trek Into Darkness
James E. Laczkowski
| Original Score: 5/5
The genre trappings of this noir masterpiece -- which details the short-lived relationship between live-wire screenwriter Dixon Steele (Bogart) and his goldilocked muse Laurel Gray (Grahame) -- don't matter a whit.
The grayest, most morally ambiguous of film noirs -- and arguably the most self-reflexive.
It's a breathtaking work, and a key citation in the case for confession as suitable material for art.
Director Nicholas Ray maintains nice suspense. Bogart is excellent. Gloria Grahame, as his romance, also rates kudos.
Never were despair and solitude so romantically alluring.
A superior cut of melodrama.
| Original Score: 4/5