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The Many (Contorted) Faces of Neo-Noir

By Joanna Robinson | Miscellaneous | February 17, 2011 | Comments ()

A noir has more capacity to break your heart than the most maudlin country song. Your gal done you wrong? You don't even know the half of it. It's the heart wrenching betrayal and double cross of the noir that keeps me coming back. While I will always love Chandler and Hammett, it's nice to see those themes translated into either a modern setting, or at least with a more modern sensibility. But, like I said, noir will rough you up but good. Here are some examples of the toll that can take on ya mug, ya poor saps.

L.A. Confidential-The Grim Determination of The Heavy


Spanish Prisoner-The Squinty-Eyed Befuddlement of the Sap


Dark City-The Sizzling Lust of the Femme


Kiss Kiss Bang Bang-The Cool Disbelief of the Skeptic


Brick-The Bruised, Battered and Bloodied Face of the Hero


Joanna Robinson does not regret that JGL is headlining two of our posts today. It's the man's 30th birthday! If you want to know her favorite noir film, it's Out of the Past. Trite but true.

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