Tag: Film Noir

Bad News Sells Best: America Through Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole

A few weeks ago, we posed a question to the Audiences Everywhere staff: What movie best represents your understanding of America and your experience as an American? The current moment is a complicated moment to live in America, and a bit of introspection and cultural self-evaluation seems in order for everyone. So, starting on July 4th and continuing through the entire month, we will be running essay responses to this inquiry in an attempt to understand who we are as a nation. If you’re interested in participating, send your essay or pitch to submissions@audienceseverywhere.net. We continue the series today...

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Weekly Clickables: Film Noir, Running on Screen & The Neon Demon

Happy Monday, folks. We found some great Weekly Clickables to share with you and take your mind off the massive headache of a spreadsheet you have to work on today (or whatever form the mundane takes for you). First, Mark Viera gives his opinion on the best in the film noir genre. Next is an interview with Alexi Pappas, a showrunner (among many other things) who created a series of short films about running. I watched and enjoyed A Young Doctor’s Notebook this weekend (a good fit for Daniel Radcliffe’s acting style), which led us to this look at Harry...

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The Many Inspirations of Quentin Tarantino

Imagine a boy, paunchy and wired with the infectious excitement of youth, poring over a newspaper. On the newspaper are times for the local cinema. Everything from Hollywood melodrama to foreign art films are plastered across the paper. The boy glares intently, squinting to seek out the best viewing option. This is not the last movie the boy will watch, nor is it the first. For he will grow up to be the world’s most famous movie geek, Quentin Tarantino. The films he seeks out now will have a profound impact on him as an adult moviemaker, seeping their...

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Chinatown

Overview: When private detective Jake Gittes is hired to investigate an adultery case, he discovers something much darker. Paramount Pictures. 1974. Rated R. 131 minutes. Everything Matters: The first time I saw Chinatown, I thought I had missed something. The film propelled me into action and treachery, dirty dealing and danger, so suddenly, that I felt certain that I had missed the first half of it. Alas, I hadn’t, and that’s just how Chinatown rolls. Chinatown is filled with murder, incest, lies and deceit as Detective Gittes uncovers a dark conspiracy that runs throughout the veins of a town....

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