Tag Archives: Dashiell Hammett

The Simple Art of Melancholy

The question of just what “Film Noir” is has plagued discussions of the genre since its retrospective creation by French critics in the 1950s and 1960s. As the term pertains to “Hard Boiled” detectives, whose presence was a clear signifier … Continue reading

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Reviews and Criticism

One way or another I’ve found myself discussing the value of “Criticism” recently, the general argument being made to me that it has little to no value. In fact some version of “those who can, do, and those who can’t, … Continue reading

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Clandestine [1980]

James Ellroy’s novels defy easy classification. There are a few early novels that fit nicely in a pigeon hole – the Lloyd Hopkins novels are serial killer procedurals, Brown’s Requiem is essentially “just” a hard-boiled detective yarn. But it’s not … Continue reading

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Be a Hater

The other day I stumbled upon a biography of Mark Kermode in a 3rd party website that described him as one of those film critics that hates films. Unfortunately I didn’t instantly bookmark this link, and now searching for Kermode+Hate … Continue reading

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Characters

Back in Ye Aulde Dayes, I used to engage in a lot of interesting discussion across two main forums, RPG Central & LiveJournal. Both are dead and I’ve had to move the discussions into the real world. Occasionally though, something … Continue reading

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Hard-boiled Masculinities

A thesis is, to an extent, a filter that is applied to a work. We hold a word up in front of a work of art and see what patterns are formed and omitted. My thesis has ended up about … Continue reading

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Red Harvest’s Femme Fatale, Part 2

The problem with making that assessment is that Dinah Brand has moved in the rarefied circles of Poisonville’s criminal elite, all of whom are marked for death by the story’s protagonist. She provides the Op certain information that is useful to him, … Continue reading

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