Monday 29 February 2016

I Never Lose

                                                         I never lose. Never really.
(Jef Costello)
Le Samourai

Le Samourai

Sunday 28 February 2016

Them That's Got

Them that's got shall have
Them that's not shall lose
God Bless the Child
Billie Holiday

All we Need Do

           What strange phenomena we find in a great city, all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open. Life swarms with innocent monsters.

Charles Baudelaire

M O'Donell
Flatiron NYC

Saturday 27 February 2016

Must be a Song

                It must be a song, played with a curfew-cheating stealth and sung in those butt-strangled voices the old guys had. There shouldn't be any parts for fiddles or horns because the kind of music i mean doesn't live in halls or theaters. It's the personal music those old men talked more than crooned when they were entertaining themselves to fight the loneliness.

Jimmy Cannon
New York Post 1955

The Killers 1946

Meaning of the Blues ........... 10

Touch of Evil


Take Aim at the Police Van

The Burglar

Blast of Silence


The Killers (Tarkovsky)

Rear Window

Friday 26 February 2016

Michael Wriston

One Despairs

         His mouth open, he fell asleep, because a man always falls asleep in the end. One weeps, one shrieks, one rages, one despairs, and then one eats and sleeps as if nothing had happened.

Georges Simenon

Art Shay

Thursday 25 February 2016

Tis Autumn

Old father time checked, so there'd be no doubt
Called on the North wind to come on out
Then cupped his hands so proudly to shout
Tis Autumn
Carmen MacRae

Robert Maguire

Naked Kiss

Naked Kiss
Samuel Fuller

Monday 22 February 2016

At the Very Bottom

       Basically at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity ...............

Albert Camus

Double Indemnity

Baby Didn't Know It

  I kissed her. A long hard kiss. Because baby didn't know it, but baby was dead .........

Jim Thompson
Killer Inside Me

Sunday 21 February 2016

Don't Know Why

  I don't know why you are treating me like this. The only thing i have done is carry a pistol into a movie.

Lee Harvey Oswald

Nikkatsu Noir

Cruel Gun Story


Tokyo Drifter

Youth of the Beast

A Colt is my Passport

Saturday 20 February 2016

Soon be Over


       The night air had a thick softness and the smell of stale smoke from the factories that had been busy in the day, and the smell of cheap whiskey and dead cigarettes and Philadelphia springtime.
      As matters stood life offered very little aside from an occasional plunge into luxurious sensation which never lasted for long, and even while it happened it was accompanied by the dismal knowledge that it would soon be over.

David Goodis
The Burglar

More Vettriano

all paintings
Jack Vettriano

Friday 19 February 2016

Wind Cries Mary

After all the jacks are in their boxes
And the clowns have all gone to bed
You can hear happiness staggering on down the street
Footprints dressed in red

The Wind Cries Mary
Jimi Hendrix

Roger Schall
Rue St Julien
Paris 1935

You are Lost

                                   You are free and that is why you are lost.

Franz Kafka

Lisette Model
New York circa 1940

Thursday 18 February 2016

Meaning of the Blues .......... 9

Phantom Lady


Thieves Highway

Branded to Kill

The Onion Field

Touch of Evil


Man Who Wasn't There

Take Aim at the Police Van

Blast of Silence

Hickey and Boggs

Ministry of Fear