1950s · 1952 · classic film · film noir · Uncategorized

2017 Blind Spots: Kansas City Confidential (1952)

On the surface, Phil Karlson’s Kansas City Confidential appears to be a standard noir. Three criminals are blackmailed into a heist job by a burly and considerably aged Preston Foster. They’re each instructed to wear masks during the robbery. Without knowing each other’s identities, the police won’t either. It truly is the perfect crime, executed…… Continue reading 2017 Blind Spots: Kansas City Confidential (1952)

1940s · 1946 · 1960s · 1964 · blogathon · film noir · Film Noir blogathon · Uncategorized

The Killers vs. The Killers

Ernest Hemingway’s short story “The Killers” was published in Scribner’s Magazine in 1927. It’s written in his typical style; simple, blunt, direct, free of glossy words and phrases. Hollywood released two film adaptations based on it. Both turn this bare bones story into a fully formed narrative with distinct characters. Two men walk into a…… Continue reading The Killers vs. The Killers

1940s · classic film · favorite actors · film noir · Star of the Month · TCM

A month with Robert Ryan

I didn’t love Robert Ryan immediately. The first couple of his films that I watched were for his costars. After seeing The Dirty Dozen (1967), anything with his name caught my full attention. In his own quiet way, he was starting to grow on me. Looks wise I didn’t think much of him, but now…… Continue reading A month with Robert Ryan