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2024-05-21 12:04
Once again, we will look at another adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” but set in Feudal Japan. “Throne of Blood,” a Japanes movie, directed… Read More
2024-05-20 12:03
Directed by Darren Aronofsky, based on a screeplay by Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin ‘Black Swan’ is a psychological thriller-drama from a story written by Heinz… Read More
Movies Based On Plays – II
2024-05-19 17:07
Here is the second installment of my series of articles on movies based on plays. I suggest that my readers read the first part of this series, where I cover the pros and cons of adapting a… Read More
2024-05-18 12:03
Ever since the dawn of history, there have been numerous historic and mythical tales of a small group of people holding fort against an overwhelming army. Such stories are ubiquitous all ove… Read More
Movie Review : Joji (2021)
2024-05-17 12:17
The Tragedy of Macbeth, one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, has been adapted in its original form several times now. There have also been other interesting adaptations where the p… Read More
Movie Review: Mr. Arkadin (1955)
2024-05-16 16:59
Orson Welles is among the most original and innovative moviemakers of his time, unafraid to explore new themes and take risks. In this post, we look at a one-of-a-kind movie, ‘Mr. Arka… Read More
2024-05-15 17:09
Mammootty reprises his role as the calm and collected Tamil Brahmin sleuth, Sethuraman Iyer. “Jagratha” is the second movie in the Malayalam CBI movie series and a sequel to &ldq&hell…Read More
Movie Review: Anjaam Pathiraa(2020)
2024-05-10 11:43
My quest to carefully unearth quality movies hit a roadblock when I watched the Malayalam crime investigation thriller, ‘Anjaam Pathiraa’, directed and written by Midhun Manuel T… Read More
2024-05-09 16:19
Marlène Jobert and Charles Bronson star in this French mystery thriller, directed by René Clément and written by Sébastien Japrisot. It is a decent thriller about… Read More
2024-05-08 11:56
Exceptionally well-written by Christopher McQuarrie and brilliantly directed by Bryan Singer, and featuring a tour de force cast, “The Usual Suspects” is one of the greatest neo… Read More
Movie Review: The Roaring Twenties (1929)
2024-05-06 12:46
‘The Roaring Twenties’ is a classic film-noir crime thriller starring Hollywood heavyweights James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart, set in, well, the twenties. Directed by Raoul Walsh… Read More
2024-05-04 17:48
Located in Downtown San Jose, Five Points is a trendy yet laid-back cocktail bar that is a great venue for a date night or even hanging out with buddies. There is ample comfortable seating a… Read More
Owning Mahowny (2003)
2024-05-03 12:54
In this post, we will look at a movie based on a real-life incident where Brian Molony, a clerk working at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, embezzled more than $10 million from the ba… Read More
2024-05-02 15:25
Sometimes a movie comes along with a refreshingly original plotline, spectacular visual effects that still look impressive today, a great cast, and even receives kudos from critics, but… Read More
Movies Based On Plays – I
2024-04-30 12:52
There are both advantages and disadvantages to adapting a play for the big screen (or TV). It can certainly save the filmmakers the cost and time of writing a screenplay for the movie, but i… Read More
Movie Review: Aschhe Abar Shabor (2018)
2024-04-29 13:40
This is my third recent review of a Bengali whodunit. I am hooked! In this post, we look at another action-packed investigative thriller featuring Shabor Dasgupta, created by author Shirshen… Read More
Movie Review: Yavanika (1982)
2024-04-28 14:24
As I have mentioned before, there are two movie industries in India that consistently deliver well-directed movies that appeal to the intellect with great plots, impressive screenplays, and… Read More
Movie Review: Byomkesh Pawrbo (2016)
2024-04-27 12:39
In this post, we will look at another Byomkesh Bakshi adventure directed by Arindam Sil. Abir Chatterjee, Ritwick Chakraborty, and Sohini Sarkar reprise their roles as Bakshi the sleuth, Aji… Read More
Movie Review: Har Har Byomkesh (2015)
2024-04-26 15:18
The duo of sleuth Byomkesh Bakshi and his sidekick, Ajit Bandopadhyay, created by Bengali author Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, were inspired by the eponymous Sherlock Holmes and his partner, Dr… Read More
2024-04-24 15:15
Even a casual perusal of my blog would reveal my passion for movies of numerous genres from all over the world. With no formal education in film or moviemaking, I see myself as a lifelong st… Read More
2024-04-22 17:49
Today, we will look at “Lady Vengeance,” a stylish neo-noir film from iconic director Park Chan-Wook, who also directed “The Handmaiden.” “Lady Vengeance”… Read More
Movie Review: The Last Seduction (1994)
2024-04-21 02:02
In this post, we look at a neo-noir with a female antagonist as its lead character. ‘The Last Seduction’ is a steamy neo-noir from the 90s starring Linda Fiorentino, Bill Pullman… Read More
Movie Review: Sleuth (1972)
2024-04-18 15:44
“Sleuth” is a 1972 crime thriller, also based on a play that has some similarities to Deathtrap, the movie I reviewed in my last post, though its lead character is driven by… Read More
Movie Review: Deathtrap (1982)
2024-04-17 15:33
“Deathtrap” is a 1982 movie based on a play written by Ira Levin, directed by Sidney Lumet, and includes a stellar cast that features Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, and Dyan C… Read More
Movie Review: The Killer (1989)
2024-04-16 17:19
In my last post, I reviewed the classic action movie Hard Boiled, which combined the talents of Director John Woo and star thespian Chow Yun Fat. The Killer is another Hong Kong action movie… Read More
Movie Review: Hard Boiled (1992)
2024-04-15 23:13
Who could have imagined, two decades ago, that a director and star from Hong Kong would be a worldwide inspiration for stylish gangster movies with gun fights? John Woo and Chow Yun Fat woul… Read More
Movie Review: Blow Out (1981)
2024-04-14 18:43
Directed by acclaimed director Brian De Palma and starring John Travolta, Blow Out is another neo-noir classic. Despite being hailed by critics upon its release, neither Travolta nor De Palm… Read More
Movie Review: Evil Under The Sun (1982)
2024-04-14 01:50
“Evil Under the Sun” is a classic Agatha Christie whodunit featuring the mustached sleuth, Hercule Poirot. Peter Ustinov plays the famous Poirot for the second time, following &l&hell…Read More
2024-04-13 02:04
“The Guilty” is a Danish crime thriller directed by Gustav Möller, with a screenplay Möller co-wrote with Emil Nygaard Albertsen. It is a testament to the fact that one… Read More
2024-04-11 21:12
As I’ve mentioned before, Denver, Colorado, holds a special place in my heart as it is the home of my second Alma Mater and my first Masters degree in the US. It was the 90s, and the M… Read More
Movie Review: Sleep Tight (2011)
2024-04-11 03:53
Sleep Tight, directed by Jaume Balagueró is but chilling psychological thriller about a twisted concierge of an apartment building in Barcelona. César (Luis Tosar) the care… Read More
2024-04-09 23:54
“Handmaiden,” the Korean classic thriller and period film directed, co-written, and co-produced by legendary director Park Chan-wook, is a masterpiece of a movie. It is a story o… Read More
Movie Review: Confession Of Murder (2012)
2024-04-09 03:13
‘Confessions of Murder’ is an absorbing Korean action thriller written and directed by Jung Byung-gil. The movie is set in the 1990s and features a unique and interesting plot, g… Read More
2024-04-08 02:01
“Purple Noon” is a classic thriller starring French superstar Alain Delon in his first major role. It is the earliest movie adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel, &ldquo&hell…Read More
Movie Review: Croupier (1998)
2024-04-03 04:01
In the bustling realm of British cinema, where tales of mystery and suspense often find their mark, “Croupier” emerges as a riveting masterpiece, painting the screen with shades… Read More
Movie Review: Memories Of Murders (2003)
2024-03-29 05:07
Seventeen years before directing the Oscar winner, Parasite, Director Bong Joon-ho made “Memories of Murder”, a riveting neo-noir crime thriller that won awards in Korea, Toronto… Read More
Movie Review: Parasite (2019)
2024-03-27 04:46
“′Classic′ – a book which people praise and don’t read.”― Mark Twain Mark Twain’s quote holds good for great movies too. Oftentimes, movieg… Read More
Lone Star(1996)
2024-03-19 04:11
Lone star, directed by John Sayles is a hidden gem, a powerful neo western, starring starring Chris Cooper, Matthew McConaughey, Joe Morton, Elizabeth Pena , Ron Canada and Kris Kristofferso… Read More
2024-03-09 03:54
In this post, we look at the neo noir classic that launched Richard Gere’s career, American Gigolo. Written and directed by Paul Schrader, the movie packs an offbeat plot and a stand o… Read More
Podcast Review: Deja News
2024-02-28 00:05
When it comes to researching and presenting a political topic, it is hard to imagine that anyone could surpass Rachel Maddow. Having reviewed and relished two of her podcasts, it was only a… Read More
2024-02-23 22:57
Sixth Street with its bars and live music, underlines Austin’s place as the live music capital of the world. It’s unique bars give it a one of a kind vibe. Having covered 6t… Read More
2024-02-23 22:36
Texas State Capitol Building The Capitol building, the seat of the Texas State government is a majestic building with a captivating architecture , situated in Downtown Austin. It houses t… Read More
2024-02-23 21:49
Austin Texas, as I have mentioned before, is one of my favorite cities to visit. This is my third visit here, but is particularly special, because this is the first time I visited the city f… Read More
Movie Review: Stormy Monday (1988)
2023-12-19 15:51
‘Stormy Monday’, directed by Mike Figgis and starring Sean Bean, Melanie Griffith, Tommy Lee Jones and Sting, set in Newcastle, England is a great little British Neo Noir movie… Read More
Movie Review: Harper (1966)
2023-12-19 06:33
Delightful is not a word typically associated with neo noir movies, but Harper, starring Paul Newman and directed by Jack Smight is a delightful, funny and intriguing watch. The movie is bas… Read More
Movie Review: Compliance (2012)
2023-12-17 19:52
Compliance, written, produced and directed by Craig Zobel, is an interesting, hard-hitting, disturbing, crime thriller. Its message serves as a warning about the impact of fearing autho… Read More
Movie Review: Memento (2000)
2023-12-15 03:55
Memento, is a neo-noir work of art from director Christopher Nolan. The plot of the movie is non-linear that moves across in two parallel lines. One line of the plot is in color where each p… Read More
Movie Review: Angel Heart (1987)
2023-12-13 17:32
Directed by Alan Parker and based on the book, Fallen Angel by William Hjortsberg is a psychological thriller neo noir, that packs horror and supernatural elements. the cast of the film i… Read More
Movie Review: Fargo (1996)
2023-12-12 12:10
Fargo is a superb neo-noir black comedy from Joel and Ethan Cohen that packs a riveting plot and a stellar ensemble cast. Set in Fargo, South Dakota in the late 80s, the movie claims to be b… Read More
2023-12-11 11:59
For lovers of tasty dishes in the Bay Area, a great place to try out is Water Tower, in Campbell CA. The restaurant offers a great choice of American, Mexican, Italian and even Hawaiian dish… Read More
Original Krunthai Restaurant, San Jose
2023-12-09 18:37
If you are in the bay area, and looking for good Thai (and some good Malay dishes ) food, you cannot go wrong with Oriental Krunthai. The place has descent decor, a sizeable dining area and… Read More
Movie Review: The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
2023-12-08 11:37
The Lincoln Lawyer is a great legal thriller directed by Brad Furman, based on the novel of the same name by Michael Connelley. With Matthew McConaughey in the lead, the cast of the movie al… Read More
Movie Review: Mullholand Drive (1996)
2023-12-07 08:15
‘Mullholand Drive’, written and directed by David Lynch, is one of the most fascinating movies I have experienced, It is the ultimate ‘deep thinker’s neo noir&rs&helli…Read More
Universal City Walk, Los Angeles, CA
2023-12-05 23:45
Visiting the Universal City Walk complex, is another great place to spent an evening, in the city of Angels. Within just three blocks, the area is studded with great eateries for dining, cl… Read More
Movie Review: Blood Simple (1984)
2023-12-01 12:13
Blood Simple, the first movie directed by the Cohen brothers, is a neo noir work of art. While it has many of the facets of a noir film such as an illicit affair, a vengeful spouse, a priva… Read More
Movie Review: A Bay Of Blood (1971)
2023-11-30 12:16
‘A Bay of Blood’ is a Giallo thriller, from Mario Brava, the ‘Master of Macabre. Upon release, the movie was heavily criticized for it’s extreme gore and violence, b… Read More
2023-11-29 11:56
‘Blue Velvet’, from iconic director, David Lynch is another movie that makes the list of greatest noir movies of all time. Packing a talented cast, the movie can be considered a… Read More
Movie Review: Phenomena (1985)
2023-11-27 11:55
‘Phenomena’ is another good Giallo movie from Dario Argento, that has a very interesting plot, with some supernatural elements thrown in. Jennifer Connelly plays Jennifer Corvi… Read More
Movie Review: Macbeth (1971)
2023-11-26 12:00
Today, we will look at director Roman Polanski’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth to the big screen. This overlooked gem, is his first movie after the gruesome murder of his… Read More
Movie Review: The Untouchables (1987)
2023-11-24 11:44
From director Brian De Palma, comes The Untouchables, a classic mob movie, with a stellar cast that includes Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Andy Garcia and Robert De Nero. It is loosely based… Read More
Movie Review: 2 Days In The Valley (1996)
2023-11-21 11:56
2 days in the Valley, is another underrated neo noir from the late 90s. With screenplay and direction by John Herzfeld, the movie packs a face-paced rivetting plot, numerous twists and an ou… Read More
Movie Review: Cold In July (2014)
2023-11-20 11:59
Today, we will look at ‘ Cold in July’ a modest neo noir independent movie, directed by Jim Mickle, based on a book by the same name, authored by Joe R. Lansdale . I Michael C… Read More
Movie Review: The Two Jakes (1990)
2023-11-16 12:18
Sixteen years after the neo noir classic, Chinatown came this sequel, with Jack Nicholson reprising his role, as the gritty sleuth, Jake Gillis. This project delayed in production for yea… Read More
Movie Review: The Invisible Guest (2016)
2023-11-15 17:37
From Spanish director, Oriol Paulo, who gave us El Cuerpo in 2012, comes another intense thriller, ‘The Invisible Guest’, a tale of betrayal, adultery, murder and coverups. A wit… Read More
2023-11-14 12:05
Nightcrawler is a stand-out neo noir movie, from Dan Gilroy who also wrote its screenplay. It is a cynical look at our insatiable need for sensational news, to temporarily distract ourselv… Read More
Movie Review: Drive (2011)
2023-11-13 12:06
‘Drive’ directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and based on a book of the same name by James Sallis is another movie that makes the list of best Neo Noir movies of all time. With Ryan… Read More
Movie Review: The Grifters (1990)
2023-11-11 22:07
Produced by Martin Scorsese, and directed by Stephen Frears, ‘The Grifters’ is a neo noir gem, a wisted tale about three twisted criminals. It is based on Jim Thomson’… Read More
Movie Review: Chinatown (1974)
2023-11-10 21:08
Chinatown, directed by Roman Polanski and based on a screenplay from Robert Towne is one of the defining Neo-noir movies of all time. Set in the Los Angeles of 1937, the movie features Jack… Read More
Movie Review: Deep Red
2023-11-09 12:30
‘Deep Red’ is a Giallo classic, directed by the ‘master of horror’, Dario Argento, two years prior to Suspira, his horror masterpiece. Deep Red, released at the peak… Read More
Movie Review: A Haunting In Venice(2023)
2023-11-08 12:58
Kenneth Branagh reprized his role as the iconic Hercule Poirot in ‘A Haunting in Venice’, a loose adaptation of Agatha Christie’s book, Halloween Party. Branagh, who is a… Read More
Movie Review: Baby Face (1933)
2023-11-07 12:35
Deemed notorious and unsavory when released, ‘Baby Face’ is a landmark movie to come out of the Pre-Code Era. The Pre-code era lasted 1927 through 1934, sandwiched between the… Read More
2023-11-06 12:35
‘Suspira’ , directed by the legendary Giallo Dario Argento , is based on ‘Suspiria de Profundis’, an essay by Thomas De Quincey, and is considered a defining movie as… Read More
Movie Review: Tenebrae (1982)
2023-11-05 13:19
Tenebrae (“Darkness”, also called Tenebre) is another gory Giallo whodunit from acclaimed director, Dario Argento. Considered to be one of his best, this Giallo has along all t… Read More

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