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Although this is called NOIR WEEK, it'll be over a week long. I am a big fan of film noir, and as a genre, it comprises a great deal of cinema, some of it considered the best ever made. What is noir? Loosely defined, it describes crime dramas, especially those with certain visual and stylistic similarites, dark tone, and ambiguous morality. NOIR WEEK, Part I (the implication being that noir films will be revisited at a later time :D) will include:
The Maltese Falcon (1931 and 1941 versions)
The Third Man
The Man who Wasn't There
These movies include classic archetypes of the genre as well as some post-classic films. By no means is this list comprehensive, or representative of the best of the genre. I hope, though, that there will be some interesting comparisons in this set of films (both versions of The Maltese Falcon[I], and a couple of movies from the 2000s compared to older films). Suggestions for Noir Week, Part II also welcome (though I'm not sure when it'll be!).[/I]
I am starting up a movie blog wherein I'd like to offer my insights on film and hopefully engage in meaningful discussions of movies with others who are lovers of cinema as an artform. If you don't think of movies as art, or if you have never experienced catharsis through film, if you believe that movies are only popcorn entertainment, then I'd advise you not bother reading. If, however, you are interested in exploring the depths of cinema and probing the merits and shortcomings of a given movie, an exchange of viewpoints, particularly from a contrarian viewpoint, I'd welcome that sort of discussion.
[FONT=Arial]Although objectivism cannot be obtained when discussing subjective impressions of a piece of art, I approach analysis of film by simple criteria: story, plotting, quality of writing, character development, dialog, technical detail (including shot selection, camera work, cinematography, costumes, set design, and visual effects), and the other components that, over the years, have been proven to separate what is colloquially considered a "good" film from a "bad" one. While we may not agree on how convincing or how poor a given portrayal is, I'd ask that discussion typically use these criteria for formation of judgments rather than poorly quantifiable statements like, "I enjoyed it so it is a good movie," from which little can be discerned and from which no positive qualities can be brought to the attention of someone who does not share the speaker's viewpoint.
The blog, and most of my ratings, will reflect movies that I have viewed recently. I am going to try and discuss movies based on a given theme. There will be a James Cameron week, a Quentin Tarantino week, and maybe something like a Vietnam War week where various portrayals of that conflict are discussed, for example. I'll try and update this as frequently as possible given my busy work schedule. Hopefully, it'll be a fun way to engage in serious film discussion with people that love to talk movies.