Review: Man from Reno

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Man from Reno is a hidden gem that has recently been released on DVD and is also available on Netflix. This film is directed by Dave Boyle, who also helped with the screenplay.

This film starts with a small town police sheriff, played by Pepe Serna, driving in the fog when he hits a man in the middle of the road. The man was severally beat up before he was hit and is not conscious when brought to the hospital. The Sheriff wants to question him about the incident when the stranger soon named The Running Man escapes the hospital.

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Meanwhile in San Francisco a Japanese detective story writer, played by Ayako Fujitani, is on an American book tour. She needs a break from the spotlight and disappears to a small hotel where she meets a handsome stranger, played by Kazuki Kitamura, at the hotel bar. When the stranger disappears the next morning, leaving his suitcase behind our mystery writer starts her own investigation into his unusual disappearance.

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So do our two cases intertwine? Will our well educated author from Japan be able to help our small town sheriff?

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This film has a great, complex story and one of the most original MacGuffins I have seen in recent years. The movie keeps you guessing right to the end.

Man from Reno is a small film that was actually funded by a Kickstarter campaign. It went on the film festival circuit and received great reviews and picked up a number of awards and nominations at the festivals. While Hollywood is saying they need more diversity, here is a great film where the two leads are Hispanic-American and Japanese that has got only strong, positive reviews in major publications like Entertainment Weekly and Variety, yet nobody has seen it.

This is a film that needs more people watching it! This is a great little film which any noir and neo noir fan will love. Stream it or rent it and tell your friends about it if you loved it. Well made small films like this need to be promoted by word of mouth and this is one that needs more people enjoying it.

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Article: WHAT MOVIES WERE YOU WATCHING 20 YEARS AGO?

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The Line-Up found this best and worst of 1995 crime films in The Armchair Detective in 1996 and was written by Ric Meyers.

It has many now classic neo noir films on both the best and worst lists. It is an interesting time capsule. What films are on the right lists and which ones are not? Personally I would have put the the film in the number 5 spot on the worst list as my favorite from 1995, how about you?

Here is the link to the full article and list

http://www.the-line-up.com/media/flashback-best-worst-movies-1995/

Anybody else find it interesting that Heat did not make this list?

Bad Turn Worse

Bad Turn Worse is a great modern Noir.  I really enjoyed this film and it looks like the few people that have watched it so far seem to agree.  Currently it has 82% Rotten Tomatoes rating but only a 5.9 on IMDb with less then 1000 ratings.  The biggest star in this small film is Jeremy Allen White, who is known for playing Lip on Shameless.  This takes place in Texas and revolves around 3 young friends that get caught up in a bad idea that turns worse, ah now I understand that title.  I loved seeing William Devane in this, this guy just knows how to play the rich evil, doesn’t he? This is the first movie written by Dutch Southern(Great name!) and look forward to seeing what else he contributes to.  Easter Egg of Noir note:  Jim Thompson’s book South of Heaven (haven’t read this one yet, but it’s on my to read list now).

If this trailer doesn’t get you excited I don’t know what will!

Review of Black Widow

Black Widow is the first classic film-noir that I have seen that is in color.  Usually film-noir from this era is in black and white and lends to the over all atmosphere of the movie.  Color worked for me in this movie, the New York skyline looked amazing and felt like one of the characters.  Ginger Rodgers plays a successful actress and shows why she really was a great actress in this part.  Really liked Van Heflin as our main man and George Raft is always cool with his amazing voice and dialog.  This currently only has a 6.8 rating on IMDb, but has only a little over 1000 ratings.  I think if your a fan of the genre you will really enjoy it.  If you’ve seen it comment below with what you thought of this film.

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