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The Uninvited Ghost (2010)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 22, 2019

US, Canada / 18 minutes / color / Echo North Dir, Scr: Heather Schmidt, Birgit U.E. Doll Pr: Heather Schmidt Cine: Gabriele Kislat Cast: Bob Bancroft, Clare Salstrom, Emory Murchison. A completely charming short that almost certainly doesn’t belong here but that I liked so much I persuaded myself read more

The Book of Henry (2017)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 22, 2019

US / 105 minutes / color / Sidney Kimmel, Double Nickel, Focus Dir: Colin Trevorrow Pr: Sidney Kimmel, Carla Hacken, Jenette Kahn, Adam Richman Scr: Gregg Hurwitz Cine: John Schwartzman, Jack Donnelly Cast: Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay, Sarah Silverman, Lee Pace, Maddie Ziegler, Dea read more

book: Who Else but She? (1934; vt Black Widow) by S. Fowler Wright

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 20, 2019

Originally published in 1934 as Who Else but She?, this is I think the first S. Fowler Wright book that I’ve read, although a vague memory nags that I may have read one of his adventure novels forty or fifty years ago. I do remember that, when I was a callow youth (as I still am, although tim read more

Women from Headquarters (1950)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 19, 2019

US / 47/60 minutes / bw / Republic Dir: George Blair Assoc Pr: Stephen Auer Scr: Gene Lewis Cine: John MacBurnie Cast: Virginia Huston, Robert Rockwell, Barbra Fuller, Norman Budd, Frances Charles, K. Elmo Lowe, Otto Waldis, Grandon Rhodes, Jack Kruschen, Bert Conway, Marlo Dwyer, Sid Marion, John D read more

book: Behind Her Eyes (2017) by Sarah Pinborough

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 19, 2019

Sometimes it’s hard to understand the minds of fiction publishers. These past few years, every novel that could be deemed even vaguely thrillerish, from The Wind in the Willowsto The Kama Sutra, has seemed to bear the promise “The Next Gone Girl!!!” or “The Next Girl on the read more

book: Hope Never Dies (2018) by Andrew Shaffer

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 16, 2019

It’s a year or two since Barack Obama and Joe Biden left the White House, and Joe is pissed off that the man he thought was his BFF hasn’t so much as texted him, preferring instead to go gadding around the globe with celebrities. It takes a suspicious death to bring them back together a read more

book: Black Widow (1952; vt Fatal Woman) by Patrick Quentin

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 16, 2019

I first read many years ago, perhaps more than once, this classic novel of paranoia, gaslighting and what John Clute, when he and I were doing The Encyclopedia of Fantasytogether, christened godgaming — the process whereby a usually malicious person or group persuades another or others that a read more

Prisoners (2013)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 15, 2019

US / 153 minutes / color / Alcon, 8:38, Madhouse, Entertainment, Georgia Film Music & Digital Entertainment Office, Warner Bros. Dir: Denis Villeneuve Pr: Broderick Johnson, Kira Davis, Andrew A. Kosove, Adam Kolbrenner Scr: Aaron Guzikowski Cine: Roger A. Deakins Cast: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllen read more

book: Summer of the Big Bachi (2004) by Naomi Hirahara

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 13, 2019

A novel that I decided to read because I noticed that Hirahara was nominated for one of the major crime fiction awards (I now, natch, forget which) for her most recent episode in the series. I thought I’d give the first in the series a try. To look at Mas Arai you’d think he was just an read more

The Strange Case of Doctor Rx (1942)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 12, 2019

US / 66 minutes / bw / Universal Dir: William Nigh Assoc Pr: Jack Bernhard Scr: Clarence Upson Young Story: Alex Gottlieb Cine: Woody Bredell Cast: Patric Knowles, Lionel Atwill, Anne Gwynne, Samuel S. Hinds, Mona Barrie, Shemp Howard, Paul Cavanagh, Edmund MacDonald, Mantan Moreland, John Gallaudet read more

book: Silk (1996; trans 1997 Guido Waldman) by Alessandro Baricco

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 10, 2019

I picked up Silk for the least literary of reasons: the 1997 Harvill Press edition is just a beautiful little book, an object I greedily wanted to own. And, when I pulled it off the shelf to read a couple of days ago, I did so with little expectation beyond that it’d be a pleasant enough way read more

book: Looker (2019) by Laura Sims

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 10, 2019

The blurb to this book describes it as a “propulsive Hitchcockian thriller,” a comment that’s both grossly misleading and in some ways justified. To take the latter first, I can see the connection with classic tales of obsession like Boileau-Narcejac’s Vertigo, which Hitchco read more

book: The Discovery of Heaven (1992; trans 1996 Paul Vincent) by Harry Mulisch

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 9, 2019

This is an inordinately long book (the print is very small, so the count of 730 pages is a bit misleading), and it took me an inordinately long time to read it. I’m in two minds about whether the effort was worth it. In a frame story that takes the form of a conversation between two angels (w read more

Zinzana (2015)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 8, 2019

vt Rattle the Cage UAE / 92 minutes / color / Image Nation Abu Dhabi, IM Global Dir: Majid Al Ansari Pr: Rami Yasin Scr: Ruckus Skye, Lane Skye Cine: Colin Leveque Cast: Ali Suliman, Saleh Bakri, Yasa, Abdalla Rashid Al Shehhi, Ali Al Jabri, Mansoor Alfeeli, Ahd Kamel, Omar Abdulhamid, Iyad Hoorani. read more

A Woman of Mystery (1958)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 5, 2019

UK / 70 minutes / bw / Danziger, UA Dir: Ernest Morris Pr: Edward J. Danziger, Harry Lee Danziger Scr: Brian Clemens, Eldon Howard Cine: Jimmy Wilson Cast: Dermot Walsh, Hazel Court, Jennifer Jayne, Ferdy Mayne, Ernest Clark, Martin Benson, Diana Chesney, David Lander, Gordon Tanner, Paul Dickson. read more

reblog: “Hello Out There” (1949): Allan Fish Online Film Festival Day #7

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 4, 2019

***My contribution to this year’s Allan Fish Online Film Festival has just appeared at Wonders in the Dark. Hello Out There is a fascinating little movie: I hope I’ve done it at least a modicum of justice. Wonders in the Dark by John Grant US / 31 minutes / bw / Huntington Hartford Dir: read more

ot: Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 2 ToC announced

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 2, 2019

I was proud to have a story in The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors, a bumper anthology that was extremely well received. You can find more about the book, including some of its early review quotes, here.   Well, the fine folks at Alchemy Press have just announced the table of contents for its fo read more

Paradise Express (1937)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 1, 2019

US / 53 minutes / bw / Republic Dir: Joseph Kane Pr: Nat Levine Scr: Jack Natteford, Betty Burbridge Story: Allan Vaughan Elston, Paul Perez Cine: Jack Marta Cast: Grant Withers, Dorothy Appleby, Arthur Hoyt, Maude Eburne, Harry Davenport, Donald Kirke, Arthur Loft, Lew Kelly, Anthony Pawley, Fern E read more

Hokori Takaki Chosen (1962)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on May 29, 2019

vt The Proud Challenge Japan / 89 minutes / bw / Toei Dir: Kinji Fukasaku Scr: Susumu Saji Cine: Ichirô Hoshijima Cast: Kôji Tsuruta, Tatsuo Umemiya, Mayumi Ozora, Hitomi Nakahara, Yuko Kuzunoki, Eitarô Ozawa, Tetsurô Tanba. A first-rate piece of Japanese film noir that’s become unaccountably read more

reblog: Allan Fish Online Film Festival, 2019

Noirish Posted by John Grant on May 28, 2019

***Each year since the death of its co-founder, Allan Fish, the movies-and-more website Wonders in the Dark mounts a short “online film festival”: in daily posts, different writers each talk about a movie that can be accessed for free online. Wonders in the Dark Welcome to this, the th read more