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Hopperesque

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Lay Strong Claim


         I have long subscribed to the belief that the dead lay strong claim on the quick. That indeed their spirits wander and manifest themselves in the middle of our waking day and whisper to us when we least expect it.

James Lee Burke
The Tin Roof Blowdown
2004

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Andy Frazer

American Landscape



       ...... the vitality and exactness of Hall's encapsulation of an American landscape that could yield both prosperity and bottomless misery.

Chris Fujiwara
on  In Cold Blood
Criterion.com

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In Cold Blood
Richard Brooks
1967

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Threw it Away


      I felt like a lonely cat, an aging tom ridden by obscure rage, looking for torn-ear trouble. I clipped that pitch off short and threw it away. Night streets were my territory, and would be till i rolled in the last gutter.

Ross MacDonald
The Drowning Pool
1950

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unknown
Birdland, New York

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

You've Seen Him


                    You've seen him I know. He's the guy who stands there, or sits in a scene, and never says anything. If you need five tough guys to sit in a car waiting to blast somebody coming out of the building, he's one of the five guys in the car. If some criminals are waiting to be tried by a judge in a courtroom scene, he's waiting to be tried and he always looks guilty. He stands by elevators, he eats lunch in restaurants. In westerns he is the guy at the end of the bar drinking rye. Once in a while he carries the rope at a lynching.

Charles Willeford
The Woman Chaser
1960

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Darkness Take my Hand ................ 21

Le Doulos

Jackie Brown

The Killers

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

Strangers on a Train

The Insider

Crimson Kimono

Klute

Phantom Lady

Chinatown

Le Cercle Rouge

Blast of Silence

Friends of Eddie Coyle
some images reblogged
via Noirsville.com

Monday, 25 April 2016

The Smaller One


   When human's nerves detect big and small stimuli at the same time, they ignore the smaller one.

The Thief
Fuminori Nakamura
2012

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Louder than Words




Moments in conversation where a 'normal' person would express their feelings or be more extroverted are instead tension filled passages of silence that speak louder than words. With great use of subtlety the film does wonders in terms of depicting the main character's withdrawn mental state, but still visualising his thoughts and intentions without direct exposition.

Kgprophet
on Drive - 2011
IMDB
2011

Friday, 22 April 2016

I Didn't Know


I didn't know what time it was
Life was no prize, i wanted love and here it was
Shining out of your eyes, i'm wise
And i know what time it is now

I Didn't Know What Time it Was
(Rodgers/Hart)
Carmen MacRae

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Marcel Bovis

Contract with the Devil


     When people make a contract with the devil and give him an air-conditioned office to work in, he doesn't go back home easily.

James Lee Burke
In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead
1991

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Poised on the Brink


Poised on the brink of absurdity, or a kind of attitudinizing male arrogance.
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That which seemed fanciful has become an eternal and luminous lesson in how men behaved when they believed behaviour mattered.

from
Death in White Gloves (Le Samourai)
David Thomson
2005
Criterion.com

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Le Samourai 1971

Sabine Weiss #2