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Film Noir's Inner Character Part I

Paul Bishop | Posted 09.24.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

Film Noir, a particular genre of movie storytelling, wasn't given its label until the 1970s. Before then these types of films were merely referred to as melodramas.

Film Noir's Inner Character Part II

Paul Bishop | Posted 09.24.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

Returning from WWII to the conformity of the supposed American dream, letting go of a noir character's inner darkness couldn't have been easy.

New York Snapshot: "Harlem River Noir"

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 09.19.2015 | New York
Andrew J. Lederer

I was walking the other night along the edge of the Harlem River, at or near where they once chopped off a sizable piece of Manhattan and connected ...

"Selling Out": A Premiere and Interview with Duncan Sheik, Plus Introducing Darlingside, and Exclusives by Jaye Bartell and Hugh Cornwell

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.20.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Duncan, your new song "Selling Out" is a preview of your upcoming album, Legerdemain, with another track, "Half A Room" already having premiered. First off, what was the mission with Legerdemain?

Lana Del Rey, Queen of Los Angeles, Cuts Deep Into L.A. Noir

Gordy Grundy | Posted 07.20.2015 | Entertainment
Gordy Grundy

The chorus of violins weep and cry in the first stanza of Lana Del Rey's new single Honeymoon. Within seconds, I am reminded of Jerry Goldsmith's unforgettable score from Roman Polanski's Chinatown and I was overwhelmed by nostalgia.

Robert B. Parker's "Kickback": A Conversation With Ace Atkins

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Ace Atkins is well-known to thriller-lovers everywhere. He was a Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist, has written standalone novels, and is known for his Nick Travers and Quinn Colson series.

Maddie Crum

This New Book Puts A Fresh Spin On Dystopian Stories | Maddie Crum | Posted 02.19.2015 | Books

Find Me by Laura van den Berg Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26.00 Publishes Feb. 17, 2015 The Bottom Line is a weekly review combining plot descri...

Hollywood of Exiles and Émigrés

Edward Goldman | Posted 03.08.2015 | Arts
Edward Goldman

The Golden Globe Awards are only a few days away, and the Oscars are just around the corner as well. If you want to immerse yourself into the mystery, glamor, and history of Golden Age Hollywood between 1933 and 1950, here is a treat for you.

Dark Journeys: The Best of Noir Fiction

Dennis Miller | Posted 02.10.2015 | Books
Dennis Miller

Noir fiction is returning. The uniquely American art form reached its paranoid zenith in the 1940s and '50s, taking its bleak existentialist cue from such masters as Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, among others.

Francesca Lia Block's Noir Genius Shines Darkly in "Beyond the Pale Hotel"

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 01.24.2015 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

Sitting in the lovely patio eating a vegan falafel bowl with Block across from me wearing a black tank top, black skinny jeans, and shiny pink Nike high-tops, I couldn't help feeling like I'd fallen into a Block novel.

Old Cars Find New Life In The Photographs Of Patrick Joust

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 12.03.2014 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

All Images Copyright Patrick Joust My father liked any kind of car, it only had to be, well, old. He loved old cars. How I wish he was still with us...

Swiss in New York -- Yeah

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 07.20.2014 | Arts
Nancy Cohen-koan

Dieter Meier, known as the Godfather of techno pop along with collaborator Boris Blank, kept Le Poisson Rouge jumping Sunday night, though the uber polite Swiss obeyed the New York cabaret laws and didn't dance.

Jason Shawn Alexander: Paint It Out

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 05.28.2014 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

Across all surfaces but especially the flesh, Jason Shawn Alexander unleashes a veritable riot of pigment.

The Next Hit Show?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 05.05.2014 | Arts
C. M. Rubin

"This is a story about how love changes over time...The hope is that the emotion of that theme + a twisting thriller plot + great tunes = something u...

Silent City Tells All

Savas Abadsidis | Posted 05.05.2014 | Books
Savas Abadsidis

"I wasn't interested in writing about a fedora-wearing, whiskey-drinking, smooth operator who has to find a femme fatale's missing sister. I think that's been done to death and much better than I could ever do."

"No, She Is Not Normal. She Is Naughty."

Monte Schulz | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Monte Schulz

After decades of being fascinated by this story, I wanted to write about Iva and get to the heart of her story. Who was this woman to commit these murders and imagine she would get away with them? If she hadn't been caught, how many other people would she have killed?

Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe -- Meet Jake Lassiter

Paul Levine | Posted 11.30.2013 | Books
Paul Levine

Funny thing is, just as with Spenser and Travis McGee, Jake never seemed that hard-boiled to me. Oh, there's the occasional tough-guy line: "They don't call us sharks for our ability to swim."

'Super Mario Brothers' Like You've Never Seen It Before

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 06.27.2012 | Arts

Whoever said video games kill your imagination was so short sighted. Anthony Jones, an Irvine, Calif.-based video game concept artist behind the ar...

Amoralizing: The Amoralists' production of Derek Ahonen's The Bad and The Better

Bess Rowen | Posted 06.20.2012 | Home
Bess Rowen

The twist ending can sometimes be spotted within the first twenty minutes of the first act, which is why it is so rare to have such a fantastically different piece of theater to sink your teeth into.

'Kingston Noir': Where the Sun Doesn't Shine

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 07.30.2012 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Kingston Noir is the purest of noir, and the richest of depictions of Jamaica -- only not the Jamaica you are probably familiar with.

Book Review: The End of Everything by Megan Abbott

Carole Mallory | Posted 10.04.2011 | Books
Carole Mallory

Edgar Award-winning author Megan Abbott takes a scalpel to the origins of incest in her just released noir triumph, The End of Everything. ...

Mighty Movie Podcast: Monte Hellman on Road to Nowhere

Dan Persons | Posted 08.20.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

As politics too often demonstrates, the line between truth and fiction is a fragile one. In Road to Nowhere, a director (Tygh Runyan) casts an unknown...

Laurie Hassold: Interview With a Sculptural Vampire

Mat Gleason | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Mat Gleason

2010-12-07-skullpull.jpgLaurie Hassold is a sculptor who creates what appear to be dark, brooding forms, part ominous 3-D Joel-Peter Witkin totems and part early 1970s YES album covers.

Being Jonny Porkpie: Master of Pen, Performance, and Pasties

Jill Di Donato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jill Di Donato

When I met Jonny Porkpie, a.k.a. the Burlesque Mayor of NYC, for this interview, he was full of double entendres, rattling them off as smoothly as an ...

Noir Fiction Is About Losers, Not Private Eyes

Otto Penzler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Otto Penzler

I am constantly baffled by the fact that a huge number of readers of noir don't seem to know what noir fiction is.