Tag: Neo Noir

2016, Movies

City of Tiny Lights (2016, Pete Travis)

City of Tiny Lights takes a really traditional noir story (some might say tired) and ingeniously transplants it to contemporary London, in particular a multi-ethnic, predominantly Muslim neighbourhood. All the classic noir tropes are here but in a completely new form. SPOILERS

2009, 2010, 2011, TV

Bored to Death (2009)

I can’t really tell you how much I love this show, a playful send up / take down of tired noir / hard boiled detective cliches mixed with a celebration / attack on the writer’s role in contemporary society, specifically, and the role of Brooklyn as cultural epicentre, more broadly. I get it that it’s …

1984, Movies

Against All Odds (1984, Taylor Hackford)

First off, I should say I didn’t realize this was a remake of Out of the Past, though I really feel like I should have figured it out after the plot really started resembling it. Anyway…Though I have no idea why Woods’ character recruits Bridges’ character, beyond that things get off to a good start: …

2009, TV

Bored to Death (2009)

This is an amusing-to-hilarious – depending on the episode – comedy that is perhaps a little too rooted in the Brooklyn of the early 21st century for its own good. The scenario is utterly implausible but it is absurd enough so that we stop caring about that and focus more on the sort of meta-hi-jinksĀ that …

1990, 1991, Movies, TV

Twin Peaks and After Dark, My Sweet (1990, James Foley)

In the CD player: I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One by Yo La Tengo After the solving of Laura Palmer’s murder about half way through the 2nd season, Twin Peaks became harder to like. Some episodes were pretty good but others (such as the first episode after said solved crime) were SUPER weak. …