Tag Archives: Noir

Goldstone [2016]

This is a tidy little noir set in a gold-mining town in Queensland. It is quite conventional, in that it has most of the classic plot points and character archetypes. It is beautifully shot, well-acted, well-scripted, with an evocative score, … Continue reading

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The Veronica Mars Movie [2014]

The best detective fiction often has a pair of crimes in parallel – one in the present caused by one in the future. To solve the present, you must excavate the past. This can take a range of forms, so … Continue reading

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Inherent Vice [2014]

The screening I attended for this was sparsely populated. I think a lot of people have watched the excruciating trailer and been uninspired. I was uninspired myself, but a major release of a throw-back detective film was too close to … Continue reading

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B is for Burglar [1986]

One of the most common critiques of hard-boiled detective fiction is that it is highly masculine. The reasons for that are as complex and inexorable as the male domination of other genres, and exist on manifold layers. In the first … 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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Criminal and Detective?

The ambivalence inherent in Noir leads to darker and darker criminal visions. There is a grim nihilism at the heart of works like They Shoot Horses, Don’t They or The Postman Always Rings Twice, but in some ways the characters are … Continue reading

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Criminal or Detective?

One of the difficulties in defining Film Noir is that it includes stories from both the detective and the criminal genres. Any casual search for the term “Film Noir” will turn up lists that include The Maltese Falcon but also include Double … Continue reading

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