Category Archives: Film

Gumshoe Tuesday: Hart to Hart

A suave 1980’s take on Nick and Nora Charles, “Hart to Hart” was one of my favorite TV detective shows as a kid. They were rich, glamorous and clever, and they had the coolest butler ever. Not to mention all

Gumshoe Tuesday: Hart to Hart

A suave 1980’s take on Nick and Nora Charles, “Hart to Hart” was one of my favorite TV detective shows as a kid. They were rich, glamorous and clever, and they had the coolest butler ever. Not to mention all

Friday Noir: Cast a Dark Shadow

This 1955 British noir film features impeccable black and white photography. Truly a gem of the genre.

Friday Noir: Cast a Dark Shadow

This 1955 British noir film features impeccable black and white photography. Truly a gem of the genre.

Gumshoe Tuesday: Hercule Poirot

Hercule Poirot is fussy, impeccably dressed and he always waxes his moustache. A classic detective character from a brilliant writer, he had to grow on me but now I dig him. This long format British TV show takes on many

Gumshoe Tuesday: Hercule Poirot

Hercule Poirot is fussy, impeccably dressed and he always waxes his moustache. A classic detective character from a brilliant writer, he had to grow on me but now I dig him. This long format British TV show takes on many

Friday Noir: The Strange Woman

Edward G. Ulmer’s period noir drama The Strange Woman (1936) stars Heddy Lamar as a femme fatale who will do anything to control the men in her life. The film has old school pacing, but the character study is seriously compelling.

Friday Noir: The Strange Woman

Edward G. Ulmer’s period noir drama The Strange Woman (1936) stars Heddy Lamar as a femme fatale who will do anything to control the men in her life. The film has old school pacing, but the character study is seriously compelling.

prime suspect tv detective

Gumshoe Tuesday: Prime Suspect

Helen Mirren shines as a female detective in 1970s Great Britain. In addition to fighting to solve crimes, she also has to fight the sexist attitudes in the predominantly male and extremely conservative department structure.

prime suspect tv detective

Gumshoe Tuesday: Prime Suspect

Helen Mirren shines as a female detective in 1970s Great Britain. In addition to fighting to solve crimes, she also has to fight the sexist attitudes in the predominantly male and extremely conservative department structure.

Friday Noir: Scarface

Before Al Pacino starred in the famed remake of this 1932 noir classic, Howard Hawks’ gangster classic Scarface shocked audiences with its unprecedented violence. The screenplay was penned by Ben Hecht, a Chicago newspaperman, and apparently Capone’s thugs tried to

Friday Noir: Scarface

Before Al Pacino starred in the famed remake of this 1932 noir classic, Howard Hawks’ gangster classic Scarface shocked audiences with its unprecedented violence. The screenplay was penned by Ben Hecht, a Chicago newspaperman, and apparently Capone’s thugs tried to

Gumshoe Tuesday: Cracker

This guy is completely unhinged. A British cop show from the 1990s about a detective who hates himself and everyone else so much that he’s willing to do just about anything. It’s not often that TV cops scare me, but

Gumshoe Tuesday: Cracker

This guy is completely unhinged. A British cop show from the 1990s about a detective who hates himself and everyone else so much that he’s willing to do just about anything. It’s not often that TV cops scare me, but

Friday Noir: Body Heat

Back in the 1980s, when Hollywood still made movies for grown-ups, the noir thriller Body Heat was made. Think The Postman Always Rings Twice on Viagra. This film is steamy and dangerous dialed up to a pitch that you can’t

Friday Noir: Body Heat

Back in the 1980s, when Hollywood still made movies for grown-ups, the noir thriller Body Heat was made. Think The Postman Always Rings Twice on Viagra. This film is steamy and dangerous dialed up to a pitch that you can’t

Friday Noir: Kanal

An incredible piece of cinema. Nothing brings out the dark side of humanity like war, and this is one of the most hard-boiled war films that I’ve ever seen. Film nerds, take note: the opening shot is five minutes long,

Friday Noir: Kanal

An incredible piece of cinema. Nothing brings out the dark side of humanity like war, and this is one of the most hard-boiled war films that I’ve ever seen. Film nerds, take note: the opening shot is five minutes long,