Movies

Guest Review: Evil Under the Sun (1982)

By Philip Schweier  I’ve always been a mystery fan, ever since I watched Scooby-Doo in its original run. But many mysteries rely on some sort of gimmick, denying the audience (movie or book) the opportunity to solve the crime along with the detective. Perhaps the solution lies in a photograph the audience never gets to see. Or maybe there’s… Continue reading Guest Review: Evil Under the Sun (1982)

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Guest Review: The Woman in the Window (1944)

By Philip Schweier Some months back, I offered for your consideration a review of Fritz Lang’s Scarlet Street (1945), unaware that it had an unofficial prequel in the form of Fritz Lang’s The Woman in the Window (1944). The two films are less cousins and more like identical twins, in that the three major roles… Continue reading Guest Review: The Woman in the Window (1944)

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Guest Review: On Dangerous Ground (1952)

By Philip Schweier On Dangerous Ground (1952) is a rare case in which I can’t wait for a movie to end. It is part of a film noir collection I received for Christmas, but it represents the low end of the five films in the collection, in my opinion. Jim Wilson (Robert Ryan) is a reasonably… Continue reading Guest Review: On Dangerous Ground (1952)

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Guest Review: The Asphalt Jungle  (1950)

By Philip Schweier The Asphalt Jungle (1950) is the simple story of a crime, but because criminals are by nature untrustworthy, the crime begins to unravel virtually from the get-go. But this is also the story of motivation. Not greed, mind you, but what drives people to do certain things. According to Doc Erwin Riedenschneider, the… Continue reading Guest Review: The Asphalt Jungle  (1950)

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Guest Review: Lady in the Lake (1947)

By Philip Schweier Lady in the Lake (1947) is based on the Raymond Chandler story of the same name, which features his private eye, Philip Marlowe. Marlowe is one of those characters which has been featured in many movie adaptations but never played by the same actor twice, Robert Mitchum being the exception. As much as I… Continue reading Guest Review: Lady in the Lake (1947)

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Guest Review: Gun Crazy (1950; aka Deadly is the Female)

By Philip Schweier Before there was Bonnie and Clyde (1967) there was Gun Crazy (1950), the story of two young kids crazy in love. So in love they’d rather not work for a living, and so crazy they turn to crime. The story begins one rainy night as 14-year-old Bart Tare (Russ Tamblyn, before he moved to New York’s West Side… Continue reading Guest Review: Gun Crazy (1950; aka Deadly is the Female)