April 06, Film Movie Review. Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe. Bricka low-budget debut feature by writer-director Rian Johnson, won a special jury prize at last year's Sundance film festival for "originality of vision," though that may say less about his movie than about what passes for originality in the movie business these days.
Lion Forge has announced a new series by Adam SmithV. Arlo was the only real bond he had made in a stiff military upbringing. News of a trip back to their former home means that he will have to face Arlo at some point, so to ease his nerves, he gives her a quick phone call.
From toMickey Rooney played clean-cut, wide-eyed Midwestern teenager Andy Hardy 15 times in a series of films that proved instrumental along with his Judy Garland musicals in making him one of the most popular movie stars of his era. They also surely came to feel like a gilded prison around the actor. By the time the series ended, the Hardy character had been to WWII and back as had Rooneyyet still seemed incapable of getting past first base with a girl whereas Rooney was already on the second of his eight marriages.
This past week, my Youth Services class was looking at Intellectual Freedom and censorship, and my teacher asked us if we could think of any book we would personally hesitate to recommend to a teenager. While researching titles for this, I questioned whether or not to include the classic—and clearly adult—titles by authors such as Chandler, Hammett, Ross, and Elroy. These books are gritty and deal with sex, alcohol, language, and violence; they are also well written and hugely influential to many modern writers. As long as teens are alerted to the contents and context, I think they are well equipped to handle an edgy novel.
Image: Matthew Loffhagen. Few genres have such a distinctive look and feel as noir fiction. Today, noir stands as the slightly smug older brother of the crime genre.
You've never seen a movie quite like Jennifer Reeder's Knives and Skin. The story centers on the residents of a small Midwest town and how they cope when a local girl goes missing. But its broader themes touch on what it means to be a teen girl, from first loves and mean girls to slut-shaming and the secret language of female friendships.
The movie stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the jaded, reluctant hero, and Lukas Haas is the intimidating drug kingpin who operates out of his mommy's basement. On its face, it seems fully incongruous to set such a stylized, straight-faced homage to detective fiction and hardboiled conventions within the melodramatic world of a modern-day California high school. But it works, and the film's underground popularity makes it a prime candidate for the weekly shenanigans at Facets, where Saturdays at midnight are given over to cult favorites as part of the cinema's "Night School" discussion series.
Sign in. R min Action, Crime, Drama. A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend. R min Comedy, Drama, Romance.
After receiving a panicked phone call from an ex-girlfriend, a hardboiled high-schooler uncovers a local crime ring in this witty teen noir. An insurance salesman conspires with a housewife to kill her husband and split a lucrative life insurance claim. A private eye is hired by a wealthy heiress to spy on her adulterous husband, only to wind up involved in a conspiracy far more complex and twisted than he ever imagined.
The s and s are generally regarded as the "classic period" of American film noir. Film noir of this era is associated with a low-keyblack-and-white visual style that has roots in German Expressionist cinematography. Many of the prototypical stories and much of the attitude of classic noir derive from the hardboiled school of crime fiction that emerged in the United States during the Great Depression. The term film noirFrench for "black film" literal or "dark film" closer meaning was first applied to Hollywood films by French critic Nino Frank inbut was unrecognized by most American film industry professionals of that era.