Category: Podcast

Episode 27: Pickup on South Street

Pickup on South StreetIn this week’s episode, we go through the pros and cons (heh) of Samuel Fuller’s Pickup on South Street!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because we go straight into spoiler territory. This film is sadly not available on any “official” streaming channels at this time, but Dailymotion usually has a copy floating around. If you would like to see a version that is less grey-market, the film is easily available on DVD.

Join us on July 7th for second Samuel Fuller film in a row: The Naked Kiss!

Pickup on South Street (1953)
Pickup on South Street poster Rating: 7.6/10 (14,713 votes)
Director: Samuel Fuller
Writer: Samuel Fuller, Dwight Taylor
Stars: Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter
Runtime: 80 min
Rated: Passed
Genre: Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
Released: 03 Jul 1953
Plot: A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring.

Episode 26: Rififi

RififiIn this week’s episode, we thoroughly enjoy Jules Dassin’s heist masterpiece, Rififi!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because spoilers abound! This film comes and goes on Hulu Plus, but it is part of the Criterion Collection, so it is easily available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Join us on June 21st for our episode about Samuel Fuller’s great little crime drama named Pickup on South Street!

Rififi (1955)
Rififi poster Rating: 8.1/10 (34,287 votes)
Director: Jules Dassin
Writer: Auguste Le Breton, Jules Dassin, René Wheeler
Stars: Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Robert Manuel
Runtime: 118 min
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Released: 05 Jun 1956
Plot: Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes...

Episode 25: Kiss Me Deadly

Kiss Me DeadlyOn this giddy episode, we visit Robert Aldrich’s groundbreaking Mickey Spillane adaptation, Kiss Me Deadly!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because we head straight for the spoiler room. This film is a little hard to find on the official streaming channels right now, but Criterion has it on a very nice DVD release, and there is usually an illicit copy available for free on YouTube.

During the episode, Melissa mentions that Xanadu Cinema Pleasure Dome recently did two whole episodes encompassing the entire filmography of Robert Aldrich. So, if you want to learn more about Aldrich, here’s Part 1 and Part 2.

Join us on June 7th for our episode on the tremendous French heist film, Rififi!

Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Kiss Me Deadly poster Rating: 7.5/10 (20,445 votes)
Director: Robert Aldrich
Writer: Mickey Spillane, A.I. Bezzerides
Stars: Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart
Runtime: 106 min
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
Released: 28 Apr 1955
Plot: A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit".

Episode 24: Red Rock West

Red Rock WestThis week, we head into Nicolas Cage territory with Red Rock West, a mid-1990s noir/western from the folks who later brought us Joy Ride.

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because we plunge quickly into the spoiler pool. This film is currently available for streaming rental on iTunes, Vudu, Amazon Prime, and Google Play.

Join us on May 21st for our episode on Robert Aldrich’s atomic-age noir, Kiss Me Deadly!

Red Rock West (1993)
Red Rock West poster Rating: 7.0/10 (22,583 votes)
Director: John Dahl
Writer: John Dahl, Rick Dahl
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle
Runtime: 98 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Released: 14 May 1993
Plot: Upon arriving to a small town, a drifter is mistaken for a hitman, but when the real hitman arrives, complications ensue.

Episode 23: Caged

CagedThis week, we watch the hard-hitting prototype for every women-in-prison film, Caged.

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because it’s a great film. This film is currently available for streaming rental on iTunes, Vudu, and Google Play.

Join us on May 7th for our episode on Red Rock West!

Caged (1950)
Caged poster Rating: 7.6/10 (3,946 votes)
Director: John Cromwell
Writer: Virginia Kellogg, Bernard C. Schoenfeld
Stars: Eleanor Parker, Agnes Moorehead, Ellen Corby
Runtime: 96 min
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 10 Jun 1950
Plot: A gentle, naive, pregnant 19-year-old widow is slowly, inexorably ground down by the hardened criminals, sadistic guards, and matron at a woman's prison. Will she be the same person when her sentence is up?

Episode 22: Sunset Boulevard

, with special guest:

Sunset BoulevardThis week, we finally watch one of the greatest films noir that ever noired: Sunset Boulevard.

(Yes, dear listeners, we also did a full episode on Sunset Boulevard over on the parent podcast Reel Education back in  2014. The two shows are different. The first one features Melissa’s full barrage of trivia; this one is more dedicated to our raw reactions after seeing the film in a packed theater.)

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because wow, it’s a great movie. This film is currently available pretty much everywhere: Netflix Streaming, Amazon Instant, Vudu, Google Play, and YouTube.

Join us on April 21st for our episode on Caged!

Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Sunset Blvd. poster Rating: 8.4/10 (219,455 votes)
Director: Billy Wilder
Writer: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D.M. Marshman Jr.
Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim
Runtime: 110 min
Rated: Passed
Genre: Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 04 Aug 1950
Plot: A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return.

Episode 21: Where the Sidewalk Ends

, with special guest:

Where the Sidewalk EndsThis week, we watch Where the Sidewalk Ends, Otto Preminger’s steely cop drama.

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because it’s a great film, and we spoil the ending. This film is currently available on DirecTV and on DVD. There are also stray free copies of the film on YouTube and on Archive.org, but we’re never sure how long those will hang around.

Join us on April 7th for our episode on Sunset Blvd!

Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
Where the Sidewalk Ends poster Rating: 7.6/10 (9,101 votes)
Director: Otto Preminger
Writer: Ben Hecht, Victor Trivas, Frank P. Rosenberg
Stars: Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill
Runtime: 95 min
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 01 Aug 1950
Plot: Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon wants to be something his old man wasn't: a guy on the right side of the law. Will Dixon's vicious nature get the better of him?

Episode 20: Gun Crazy

Gun CrazyThis week, we watch the 1950 bank-robbing love story, Gun Crazy, aka Deadly Is the Female!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because it’s great, and we discuss it at length. This film is currently available on iTunes and on DVD. (There are also a few stray copies streaming online dubbed into various languages, but you’re probably just better off paying three bucks to Apple.)

Join us on March 21st for our episode on Where the Sidewalk Ends!

Gun Crazy (1950)
Gun Crazy poster Rating: 7.6/10 (13,351 votes)
Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Writer: MacKinlay Kantor, Dalton Trumbo, Millard Kaufman
Stars: John Dall, Peggy Cummins, Berry Kroeger
Runtime: 87 min
Rated: Passed
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 20 Jan 1950
Plot: Two disturbed young people release their fascination with guns through a crime spree.

Episode 19: Night and the City

Night and the CityThis week, we watch Jules Dassin’s London-based masterpiece, Night and the City!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because it’s excellent, and we spoil the ending. This film is currently available on DVD, and there is also currently a copy on YouTube with Greek subtitles.

Join us on March 7th for our episode on Gun Crazy!

Night and the City (1950)
Night and the City poster Rating: 7.9/10 (13,888 votes)
Director: Jules Dassin
Writer: Jo Eisinger, Gerald Kersh, Austin Dempster
Stars: Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers
Runtime: 96 min
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
Released: 28 Jun 1950
Plot: A small-time grifter and nightclub tout takes advantage of some fortuitous circumstances and tries to become a big-time player as a wrestling promoter.

Episode 18: Elevator to the Gallows

Elevator to the GallowsThis week, we watch the amazing noir/French New Wave hybrid, Elevator to the Gallows!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because, seriously, it’s amazing. This film is currently available on Hulu Plus and on DVD.

Join us on February 21st for our episode on Night and the City!

Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
Elevator to the Gallows poster Rating: 7.9/10 (25,503 votes)
Director: Louis Malle
Writer: Roger Nimier, Louis Malle, Noël Calef
Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly
Runtime: 91 min
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Released: 29 Jan 1958
Plot: A self-assured businessman murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events.