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Double Indemnity / Blue Dahlia Fri & Sat @ New Bev

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, January 21, 2010 04:00pm | Post a Comment

The New Beverly couldn't have picked a better week to show these two Raymond Chandler greats. With post New Year's euphoria drying up (who hasn't already had at least one personal let down already?) and a week of L.A. rain, my head is in just the right space to receive Chandler's particular brand of darkness. Granted, he's not the actual writer of the original Double Indemnity story-- that would be the brilliant James M. Cain-- but Chandler and director Billy Wilder took the original novel and tightened it around the edges of the Hays code. D.I. is tight and tense with double entendres strewn throughout, ample location shots and intense performances from its co-stars-- Walter Neff is certainly Fred MacMurray's shining cinematic moment.

IMO the Blue Dahlia is one of Chandler's most underrated efforts; it's also my favorite Veronica Lake film. I'm sure that the fact that Raymond himself badmouthed it from the beginning helped set it on course for secondary status among his fans. I feel it's far superior to This Gun For Hire, which also featured Lake's co-star Alan Ladd. The Dahlia is heavy on atmosphere, quick dialogue, and features a deep supporting cast, including Hugh Beaumont, best known as Ward Cleaver, the father from Leave It To Beaver. Considering that most people only know MacMurray from My Three Sons and Beaumont from the Beav, this double feature goes a long way in showing what cool careers some of the 50's & 60's sitcom actors had before settling down into squaresville.

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Two Big Heists Hit L.A.

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, November 22, 2009 09:45pm | Post a Comment


Two noir masterpieces on the big screen in L.A!

Armored Car Robbery, despite its rather dull title, is a tight little caper masterfully led by William Talman, aka D.A. Hamilton Burger from Perry Mason. Filmed a few years before Perry started, Mr. Talman is at his finest as a cold blooded yet charming creep. His performance is my wife and I's favorite from any movie that we've seen this year, far superior to his better known role in Ida Lupino's classic Hitch-Hiker. Add in Charles McGraw, L.A. location shots, a great support cast, tight editing (67 minute running time) and you have essential B cinema!

The much more high profile Asphalt Jungle is THE heist film. I can't believe how many times it comes up in coversation with other noir fans. The archetypes created by the cast still color modern crime fiction and film. In my opinion, all of that is owed to the ensemble cast of character actors. Highlights include Jean Hagen, in a role second only to her masterful Hariette Sinton in Side Street, and the criminally underated Sam Jaffe at his most weasely. Most other top shelf caper films borrow from this John Huston masterpiece, so whether you're a fan of Resevoir Dogs or Rafifi, you need to see this film.

Monday and Tuesday (November 23rd & 24th)

Armored Car Robbery & the Asphalt Jungle

New Beverly Cinema
7165 W. Beverly Blvd.
L.A., CA 90036 
323-938-4038

Night Of The Hunter / Cape Fear Double @ The Egyptian

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, October 27, 2009 12:05am | Post a Comment

I, for one, am very excited about this particular double feature; both films feature roles that are amongst  Robert Mitchum's finest and most intense. Night Of The Hunter took me a while to warm up to, as it carries such a massive reputation that I was a bit let down upon first viewing. A couple years later I caught it on late night TV and wondered what kind of funk I must have been in the first time. The film is a true oddity and quite beautifully directed by Charles Laughton. The original version of Cape Fear is pretty gripping from the get go and I'm sure that the swamp scenes will look gorgeous on the Egyptian's huge screen. Gregory Peck gives a great performance as the tortured father and the adaptation of John D. MacDonald's novel The Executioners is none too shabby. I'd say that no one does justice to the inherent menace of the swamplands like MacDonald. Also, author Preston Neal Jones will be on hand signing his book Heaven and Hell to Play With: The Filming of Night of the Hunter.

Wednesday October 28th
Night Of The Hunter / Cape Fear
Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028-4605
(323) 461-2020


Cape Fear
trailer


Night Of The Hunter
boat scene

Joseph Zito Double Tonight (Tues) @ The Cinefamily

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, September 22, 2009 01:00am | Post a Comment
The Infamous director Joseph  Zito is hosting a double feature of two of his best films tonight! Many people know him from directing Chuck Norris in the legendary films Missing In Action & Invasion USA, but he also turned out some really tough grindhouse stuff. I put his Bloodrage up there with Forced Entry, but that's just the kind of guy I am. Sorry kiddies, I'm not showing clips from either of those classicks. However, The Prowler is up there on the greatest slasher films of all time list, and Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter is often cited as the best in that series, so fans of the genre need to make the effort to get down to the Silent Movie Theatre tonight! Having just watched Lawrence Tierney strut his stuff in Born To Kill (1947), I'm very curious to see The Prowler again, as I had no idea who he was back in the 90's when I saw it on bootleg VHS.


The Prowler
Trailer

 

Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter Trailer


Invasion USA Trailer


A menacing Lawrence Tierney in Born To Kill

Noir Nites At The New Bev

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, September 6, 2009 08:55pm | Post a Comment

This month the New Beverly has put together a couple of impeccable noir nights for September. First up is a Sam Fuller pairing, The Crimson Kimono & Underworld U.S.A. Kimono features great Little Tokyo location shots as well as the trailblazing James Shigeta. His Detective Kojaku character is a true rarity-- an Asian American hero / romantic lead character played by an Asian American!! The following week the New Bev is showing an atomic scare double, featuring the infamous KIss Me Deadly as well as the little known gem City of Fear. KIss Me Deadly is absolute must see; it stars the totally underrated Ralph Meeker in a Mike Hammer role that puts all other attempts to shame. Amazing bachelor pad gagetry & awesome location shots keep the bizarre plot moving at a great pace. City of Fear is yet another Vince Edwards masterpiece featuring more LA location shots, Cobalt, shoe stores and a whole lot of sweat...   



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