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Calendar, Night&Day Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

The engine of film noir isn’t lust or greed, as primal as those impulses are. It’s guilt. And not the weak-tea stuff they serve in Catholic school, but a soul-gnawing, whiskey-craving amalgam of remorse, regret, and retribution. Ask wronged man…
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Calendar, Night&Day Oh, Rickie, You're So Fine

Oh, Rickie, You're So Fine

Part of the genius of Rickie Lee Jones is erratic behavior. Not boring, drug-related, custody-battle erratic behavior, either. Instead, the singer and songwriter goes through bouts of experimental noise, quits recording when she doesn't feel inspired, and got famous in…
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Queer Theory

Dr. Jeff Webster is an arrogant, gay professor of "queer theory" at a prominent West Coast university who harbors a prejudice against transsexuals until a bizarre condition of the gonads turns him, abruptly, into a woman. He calls his biological…
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Second Time Around

The Big Sleep The enormous reputation of this convoluted thriller has everything to do with the charisma of stars Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall and, critically, the latter-day cachet of director Howard Hawks, considered the ultimate filmmaker by everyone from…
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Second Time Around

The Big Sleep (Pre-Release Version) This version of The Big Sleep is a rediscovery of a lost original that never played U.S. theaters. Warner Bros. held back the whodunit in 1945 in favor of time-sensitive movies with war-related themes. Meanwhile,…
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