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Detour (1945)
3 years ago via Flixster

This is one of my favorite film noirs. A low-budget B movie with all the pulp, grit, and ugliness that embodied film noir. It was made on such a cheap budget, the car used in the movie is actually the director's car. It was the first B movie to make it on the Library of Congress Registry list, and it was also the first "noir" inducted.

The Asphalt Jungle
3 years ago via Flixster

This is a fantastic film noir full of shady characters, corrupt cops, and lawyers. Sam Jaffe plays Doc Reidenscheider, a smallish but shrewd looking crook just released after spending 7 years in prison. He meets with a bookie who arranges a meeting with a corrupt lawyer played by Louis Calhern to see if he will fence this well-planned score. Doc has a plan for a jewlery heist that involves a driver, a safecracker and a hooligan. After reaching an agrement with the lawyer, Emmerich, Doc uses his bookie to find the men for the job. Sterling Hayden plays Dix Handley who is hemorrhaging money from betting on horses that he gets from robbing banks. He has plans to return to Kentucky with his girl to rescue a horse farm that his father lost during the Depression. After all the members are recruited for the job, they are ready to go. The heist goes down and there is a great, seven minute part of the job in complete silence. Unfortunately, the safecracker's explosives on the safe sets off other alarms in banks in the area. This alerts the police, and when Dix punches a security cop, he drops the gun and shoots the safecracker in the gut as they are leaving. Now they police are after them, but things are still going okay. Emmerich the attorney has hired an private detective to collect on his debts because he too, like Dix, is flat broke. He has no way to fence the deal he promised to fence. Instead of fessing up, he plans a double cross with his private detective. The gang overpower the dick and he's killed in a short fight. At this point everyone has to split up. Doc starts to head north to Cleveland, the safecracker is dying from his wound and Dix is leaving for Kentucky with his girl, having been wounded by a gunshot wound. Doc takes a cab to get out of town, but on the way they stop at a restaurant. There he gets entranced by a young girl dancing to the jukebox. As he leers on, he continues to feed her money for the jukebox to keep dancing. During this time the police find him and arrest him outside. Dix and his girl make it to Kentucky. Dix stumbles out of his car into a horse pasture, only to collapse and die from his wounds.

Pacific Rim
Pacific Rim (2013)
3 years ago via Flixster

This was just a fun movie. It was like reliving those moments when I was a kid, playing in a pool or bathtub, with boats, action figures and other toys. Except now that kid is an adult director, Guillermo del Toro, who finally has the budget to make a monster movie he had probably been dreaming of since he first watched Harryhausen's work in the movies. Try not to think too much about this one, though, it's all about the monsters and robots clashing across the bathtub of the Pacific Ocean and the coastal cities. Try and see it in IMAX if you can.

Laura (1944)
3 years ago via Flixster

When you mix a standard murder mystery with the obsession of three men, you get a classic film noir like Laura. Dana Andrews plays Mark McPherson, a NY Police detective investigating the brutal murder of a beautiful and successful executive, Laura Hunt, played by Gene Tierney. As he investigates two other men in her life, her mentor and a newspaper columnist, Waldo Lydecker, played by Clifton Webb, and her socialite fiance, Shelby Carpenter, a very young Vincent Price, he finds himself drawn to this dead woman. As he investigates her apartment, he becomes intrigued with a large painting of Laura hanging in the center of the room. Through his investigation, interviews, and spending time in Laura's apartment, he gradually falls in love and becomes obsessed with finding who murdered her. And while it seems like this will play out a regular mystery, things take a left turn and things are not entirely what we think. Also of note is the beautiful score by Bernard Hermann, especially the Laura suite and theme.