Monday, September 18, 2006

Nominations for October Films!

Hello everyone! I'm excited that this group blog idea has gained so many members in just a day. I hope that everyone will have fun and enjoy the movies, conversations, and projects as we move forward. I do want to start discussion about nominations for October movies.

Before the blog had members, I thought that beginning with film noir would be a good idea. It goes well with October. There's a great article on film noir that you can find here. In essence film noir isn't a genre but more a film's mood and theme. The themes often included "melancholy, alienation, bleakness, disillusionment, disenchantment, pessimism, ambiguity, moral corruption, evil, guilt, desperation and paranoia"(Film Noir, Tim Durks). There are cinematic conventions that are often used in film noir such as the use of the femme fatale, the double cross, the cynical leading male being made a fall guy, etc. Classic film noir films were made in the 1940s through the early 1960s. There have been many more recent films that take a page from film noir, or could be considered to be modern representations of the type.

Some classic examples of film noir are:
The Maltese Falcon
Double Indemnity
Laura
Touch of Evil
The Naked City
Vertigo

Some newer films with film noir themes include:
Chinatown
Dirty Harry
Body Heat
Blade Runner
LA Confidential
Dark City
Blood Simple
Sin City
Memento
Minority Report

So what I thought is I'd open it up for nominations. Please leave a comment to this post with two films that you'd like to nominate. I'll leave the nominations open for a week, and then we'll vote in the last week of September.

17 comments:

crazycatladymel said...

I nominate:
Gaslight
Shadow of a Doubt

Gaslight because, well, I love it. I saw the play (Angel Street) with my mom in college, during one scene, the lady in front of me lost it and started calling out to the characters on the stage (don't want to give it away). I don't think people know what "gaslighting" someone means, so this is practically educational.

TeAntae said...

I'd like to nominate:
- "D.O.A." (original or the Dennis Quad remake).

- "Talented Mr. Ripley", or if that's not considered properly noir, I nominate "Sorry, Wrong Number" instead.

JessaLu said...

So hard to narrow it down to two...can I do four? If not, yell at me and I'll narrow it down to two:

Niagara
Charade
Key Largo

And, partly because it was made in Great Barrington, MA (near where I live): Pretty Poison.

Knittymama said...

I'd love to see one of the other ones. I've never seen The Maltese Falcon.

Gaslight also sounds interesting.

Brandy said...

Well I have never seen any of them. But Maltese Falcon sounds good. I have seen talented Mr. Ripley but it has been a while.

Katrina said...

Great suggestions, all! I think I will choose from some that have already been nominated:

-Gaslight and
-D.O.A.

This is going to be fun!

G said...

I nominate-
"The Third Man"- a great Orson Welles movie
"Sunset Boulevard"- I'm ready for my closeup Mr.DeMille....

I love this theme! Very topical, given that "The Black Dahlia" and "Hollywoodland" just came out. I'm excited about particpating in my first KAL!

Jennifer said...

I'm going to second Shadow of a Doubt, and nominate a newer film, Dark City.

thursday said...

I loved the Maltese Falcon (Humphrey Bogart - film noir perfection!), so I'll third that one...

The Third Man sounds interesting also (haven't seen it, but the reviews I read make it sound like a great film noir!)

Lolly said...

I am happy to see this taking off! I am excited to participate ;) and film noir is perfect for October. I have not seen many noir films, so I am really up for anything!

mc78 said...

I didn't know Sunset Boulevard was Film Noir, but we have got to watch that! I'm not knitting a turban, but someone should.

Celia said...

Brick, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lukas Haas. Teen noir and very good! As for the classics, I like Niagara, with Marilyn Monroe and Joseph Cotten.

Amy Boogie said...

My nominations:
Dead Reckoning
12 Angry Men

Although I think 12 Angry Men might not be considered film noir. In that case I add Blue Dahlia.

Purl Needlemeyer said...

I love the idea of choosing a classic, like Strangers on a Train, and combining it with a newer film. The Coen Brother's The Man Who Wasn't There is a great send-up of the whole genre with a great cast: Billy Bob Thorton, Frances McDorman, Scarlett Johanson, James Gandolfini.

Carrie K said...

The Third Man sounds good to me.

In a Lonely Place with Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame, just because I like the two of them.

Saun said...

I nominate:

Sunset Boulevard
Gaslight
D.O.A
Double Indemnity

I'm really looking forward to this.

Kirsty said...

I nominate Usual Suspects & Memento