Friday 31 January 2020

In Cold Blood

        Brooks' great achievement in the film is to portray Smith and Hickock as the unexceptional, dim-witted, morally adrift losers they were. There is an outlaw tradition in Hollywood that tends to glamorize killers, but there is nothing attractive about Perry Smith, chewing aspirin by the handful because of the pain of legs torn apart in a motorcycle accident, or Dick Hickock fixated on "leaving no witnesses".

Rogert Ebert

The Set Up

Filthy sawdust
Greasy brass
Finger smears on every glass
Dusty tumblers standing stacked
Before a mirror badly cracked
Thin tin
Colored signs
Advertising beer and wines
Hung dirt crusted ;
Fly specked ;
excerpt from
The Set Up
Joseph Moncure March


Big Lonely City #82

Alfred Statler

Rene Groebli

Louis Faurer

Elliot Erwitt

Yale Joel

 Harry Callahan

Ernst Haas

Yashuhiro Ishimoto

Alfred Eisenstadt

Steef Zoetmulder


 Harry Todd

 Fred Herzog

Gordon Parks

Earl Leaf

Thursday 30 January 2020

Jacques Becker

 Le Trou

Touchez Pas Au Grisbi

Casque D'Or

Groupi Mains Rouges

Like a Rabbit

                                         I loved her like a rabbit loves a rattlesnake.
Double Indemnity
James M. Cain


Mosaic Noir #114

Last Seduction

Woman on the Run

Reservoir Dogs

Night of the Hunter

 Killing of a Chinese Bookie

Thieves Highway

The Blue Knight

Quai Des Orfevres

Mean Streets

The Killers


Ashes and Diamonds

Kill Me Again

Death of a Cyclist


Second Track

Le Cercle Rouge

Wednesday 29 January 2020

Andre Hunt

Drinking Again

Drinking Again
Dinah Washington

Things That Don't Matter

         After all, no matter how long you live, there aren't too many delicious moments along the way, since most of life is spent eating and sleeping and waiting for something to happen that never does. You can figure it up for yourself using your own life as the scoreboard. Most of living is waiting to live. And you spend a great deal of time worrying about things that don't matter and about people that don't matter and all this is clear to you when you know the very day you're going to die.

Black Wings Has My Angel
Elliott Chaze
top image
Eduardo Salvatore