Monthly Archives: November 2013

Noirvember Two-Step – Cage of Evil (1960) and Raw Deal (1948)

It’s looking as though most of my posts for the Noirvember Challenge will go up well after the end of the month, but I’m just about wrapped up with viewing for the month. Look for posts on The Long Goodbye (1973), They Made Me A Fugitive (1947), Call Northside 777 (1948), and 99 River Street (1953) over the next few days. For now, here are two reviews for Cage of Evil (1960) and Raw Deal (1948)… Continue reading Noirvember Two-Step – Cage of Evil (1960) and Raw Deal (1948)

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Noirvember Triple Shot – Love Triangles and Netflix’s Crime Against Genre Tags

It’s very late in the month for me to be finally cracking into that Noirvember Challenge I’d talked about previously, so today’s post will be delving into the first three films viewed for this mini-challenge: Double Indemnity (1944), Fashion Model (1945), and Crime Against Joe (1956). Note: I’m using Netflix streaming to watch these noir films, and thus using their genre tagging system for what qualifies as “film noir.” More on that in a bit… Continue reading Noirvember Triple Shot – Love Triangles and Netflix’s Crime Against Genre Tags

Noirvember and the upcoming holidays

2013 is almost over. Thank maude, because while this year had a bang-up beginning, it’s looking to end with a whimper. Onward and upward. November is when many folks in the United States celebrate Thanksgiving, on a late Thursday in the month, although Christmas hovers over everything from about 1 October through the actual holiday itself. So it goes. Continue reading Noirvember and the upcoming holidays

OHMC 2013 – Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

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This is it. The last update on Bemused and Nonplussed for the October Horror Movie Challenge this year. I still have a couple more entries over at Dreams In The Bitch House to complete, and then the theater goes dark for another year. Not to worry, there’ll still be regularly scheduled mayhem here, and perhaps a few posts over there, too, not to mention writing for Cult Reviews. As far as long-form write-ups go for the Challenge, the final entry goes to Disney’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, a perfectly autumnal film if there ever was one.
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OHMC 2013 – Day of the Dead (1985)

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It’s always bittersweet when the October Horror Movie Challenge is over. It marks the end of a horror fan’s greatest and best-loved month, but it also comes at great relief for some (including me). The minimum requirements for the Challenge are sometimes even too much for some genre fans (including me), who get burned out on watching all this terror. I recall one Challenge in particular that left me in a funk until December. I’m not saying this happens to everyone, and I’m not saying this as a deterrent to participating in or attempting the Challenge, I merely say this out of personal experience. At the same time, there’s a great and ever-growing community of participants with which to interact, discuss and debate horror films, which is a grand and wonderful thing to have. The best moments come from discovering new-to-you movies, and also when you rediscover an old favorite, particularly when you see it in a new light. This happened on a rewatch of George Romero’s third entry to the Dead series, Day of the Dead. Continue reading OHMC 2013 – Day of the Dead (1985)