April 2nd, 2005

Josh Maggie hug by _jeudi

So you've just seen Sin City and you need more noir ... here's some recs

So you want to see a film noir as twisted and extreme as Sin City. Dude, there *isn't* one. And maybe that's a good thing.

But if you want something tamer, but still ultra noir, off the top of my head, here's my list of classics and neonoirs you should check out. And why. (You've all seen Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and L.A. Confidential, right?) Because before my ossession was Lost, it was (and still is) film noir. Here's the list, in no particular order. (Updated April 3.)

1. Romeo is Bleeding: Fans of Alias will probably already be familiar with this - it stars Lena Olin in her *first* role as a psychopathic Russian assassin. There's a scene where she has to cut off a body part - her own! Points for handcuffing Gary Oldman.Collapse )

1. Kiss Me Deadly In 1955, this was apocalyptic as noir got. Our "hero" is Mike Hammer, a sleazy detective who'd slug you as soon as look at you. When he picks up a dame wearing just a trench coat and she gets bumped off, he starts to think the elaborate cover-up means something big is going on. And it is. Bigger than he could ever imagine. Violent, strange, and the ending is so out there it's almost sci-fi. Collapse )
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