Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Like a Tide

The past
was filling the room
like a tide
of whispers.
Ross MacDonald
Instant Enemy

reblogged from Noirboiled Notes

Derek Colligan

He Just Learned

Don't cry, he just learned some women have guts.


Monday, 20 March 2017

To Go Wrong

To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Ed van der Elsken
San Francisco 1960

Steve Buscemi

Reservoir Dogs

Boardwalk Empire


Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead

Thursday, 16 March 2017

I Am Convinced

I am convinced that happiness has nothing to do with money.

Takeshi Kitano

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

As Phones Do ................

     The phone rang. Softly, in actuality, yet it seemed loud and ominous, as phones do at night in dark hotel rooms.

Jim Thompson
The Nothing Man

The Kill Off -1989

Monday, 13 March 2017

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Unfinished Business

                A bundle of unfinished business lingered from the Depression - nagging questions about ingrained venality, mean human nature and the way unchecked urban growth threw society dangerously out of whack. Writers and directors responded by delivering gritty, bitter dramas that slapped our romantic illusions in the face and put the boot to the throat of the smug bourgeoisie.

Dark City
Eddie Muller

Saturday, 11 March 2017

To Be Defeated

The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.

Rainer Maria Rilke


Friday, 10 March 2017

Red Rock West

Red Rock West
John Dahl

Played Out by the Band

Played out by the band
Love is a losing hand
More than I could stand
Love is a losing hand

Self-professed profound
Till the chips were down
Know you're a gambling man
Love is a losing hand

Love is a Losing Hand
Amy Winehouse

Bill Brandt
 Soho 1942

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Staying Up Much Too Late

       Success and failure are their own sufficient proofs of grace or lack thereof, and we may start to suspect we are on the wrong side of the line that we won't keep up with the bills, get the job we wanted, find true love, catch the dream.

Gordon Thiesen
Nighthawks and the Dark Side of the American Psyche

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Lee J Cobb

On the Waterfront

Call Northside 777

The Garment Jungle

The Exorcist

Thieves Highway

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Some Men Get the World

Some men get the world, some men get ex-hookers and a trip to Arizona. You're in with the former, but my god, I don't envy the blood on your conscience.

James Ellroy
LA Confidential

Jacob Yeates

Glimpses of Hopper