Category Archives: Film Noir

Against Time *possible spoiler alert*

 “Are you familiar with the concept of lateral thinking? It consists of changing the perspective from which one analyzes events.”

“I don’t know what you expect me to see.”

“The details, Mr. Doria. Focus on the details. They’ve always been in front of our eyes. But you have to analyze them from a different perspective. What if the answer to the enigma was never inside the room, but outside?”

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Fiction Review: “Hard Candy,” directed by David Slade. 2005

Please note: This review contains SPOILERS about the plot of the movie.   (SPOILER) “Nothing’s yours when you invite a teenager into your home,” says Hayley just at the 30-minute mark of the movie Hard Candy. Hard Candy is an American indie psychological thriller. It is the brainchild of first time producer David W. Higgins, […]
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Making the Case for Hardboiled Sleuths in Video Games

Good morning scholars! This morning I came across a fantastic article in Paste Magazine addressing potential connections between the hardboiled detective genre and video games. Admittedly, I’m not much of a digital gamer (the last thing I tried being Atari in 1984…are they still around?) But from what I do know,  long-form narrative games and […]
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Fiction Review: “Memento,” directed by Christopher Nolan. 2001 (SPOILERS)

Note to reader: this review contains SPOILERS concerning the general plot and execution of the film, but not the actual ending. Readers beware! Christopher Nolan’s feature debut was originally the brainchild of his brother, Johnathan Nolan. This neo-noir classic is a film you’ll want to see more than once, with an impeccable attention to detail […]
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Upcoming Event: Noir Slam in DTLA September 2, 2015 (7PM)

Hello scholars! In the LA area? Why not check out the “Noir Slam” event hosted by the Last Book Store in Downtown Los Angeles this coming Wednesday September 2. Presented by the Southern California Mystery Writers of America, the event will feature Christa Faust, Brett Battles, Anonymous-9, Samuel Gailey, Craig Faustus Buck, Maxine Nunes, Stephen […]
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Exhibition: Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950 | Skirball Cultural Center

Link: Exhibition Detail: Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950 | Skirball Cultural Center. ABOUT THE EXHIBITION You love their movies. Now discover their stories. The exhibition Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950 explores how the experiences of German-speaking exiles and émigrés who fled Nazi Europe—many of them Jews—influenced the classic […]
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