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Dec 24, 2020

For 2020, we're dreaming of a Noir Christmas! First up, a quick and dirty discussion of the 1988 remake of D.O.A., directed by Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel of Max Headroom fame and starring Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan. It's sort of like American Psycho with English professors. A comparison we didn't make in the episode, but wish we had. Next: the art noir no one talks about, Robert Montgomery's Lady in the Lake (1947), whose quirks and romantic sentiment have been overshadowed by its subjective camera experiment. This is the movie that made Dave a man... we mean cinephile. He wasn't a man yet, he was 11. Elise is reluctantly won over by one of these movies.

Feel like doing a bit of reading over the holidays? Elise guested on her friend Mark Simpson's blog to discuss 80s British punk-turned-pop star Adam Ant.

Here's Mark on Adam Ant's Pop Apotheosis:

And Elise on his spectacular self-objectification:

We hope you find a way to have a happy holiday this year!  

Time Codes:

0h 01m 00s:            D.O.A. (1988) [dirs.: Annabel Jenkel & Rocky Morton]

0h 24m 13s:            Lady in the Lake (1947) [dir: Robert Montgomery]


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