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Moody, Melancholic Detective Jazz

I don't know anything about jazz. But what I do know is that I love jazz that feels like it's straight out of a 1940s detective film. Melancholic, moody, slow. Mostly made up of saxophone, piano, and upright bass. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Sep 1, 2016 - 34 answers

Not-quite-Nordic not-necessarily-Noir?

The TV show Fargo is great. I really enjoy it. But aside from the great storytelling and filmmaking skill, I realized it ticks some boxes that I want more of: 1) crime 2) in flyover country 3) during the winter Can you suggest books, movies, or TV shows that meet these criteria?
posted by Monochrome on Aug 9, 2016 - 38 answers

What did Mickey Spillane mean by this word?

Okay, so I'm working on new subtitles for Robert Aldrich's noir classic "Kiss Me Deadly". Around 50 minutes in, Mike Hammer drops in on a character named Carl Evello, and encounters a sexy girl who introduces herself like this:
"I'm Friday. I'd have been named Tuesday if I'd been born on Tuesday. I'm Carl's sister. Half sister. Same mother, different father."
The thing is, while her voice said "father", her lips were obviously pronouncing a different word, that was later overdubbed as "father". [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim on Apr 23, 2016 - 5 answers

What was it like when everyone smoked?

I'm reading mid-century noir again, and keep coming up against the ubiquity of smoking. I realize I may be an outlier, but to me the smell of smoke is overwhelming and cuts so far into things like perfume, food smells, clean smells, that I have a hard time parsing the descriptions that don't acknowledge this. Is this just an issue of the fish in the water, or was there sort of an underlying understanding that everything smelled of stale smoke that was so understood that it's never mentioned?
posted by OmieWise on Apr 15, 2016 - 106 answers

what noir is this?

It's film about an unsuccessful artist who gives up his art in despair and leaves town. When he returns many years later he discovers he's presumed dead, very famous, and his agent and the girlfriend who betrayed him are making a packet out of his prestigious reputation and their memories of him. [more inside]
posted by glasseyes on Feb 15, 2016 - 3 answers

Inspired By Blade Runner

You love Blade Runner, I love Blade Runner - a little too much. I need more. What are the best pieces of future noir media with the same setting/atmosphere? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Dec 1, 2015 - 32 answers

Help me identify this movie.

Hazy memories of this DVD seen a few years ago. Neo-noir mystery with an indie feel. Dream-like with stylized, almost campy dialogue. Mostly black and white, heavy noir shadows, with occasional switch to color (red dress?). A classic blonde bombshell is caught up in a mystery she doesn't understudy. There is a second sultry blonde who seems to understand what's going on but offers only cryptic comments.
posted by Jackson on Apr 8, 2015 - 11 answers

True stories of legal noir

I'm looking for stories (books, nonfiction but maybe fiction) of what you could perhaps call legal noir. Stories that have some of the trappings of noir (private eyes, plainclothes cops, grifters and crime bosses, you know the deal) but are more in the vein of legal cases rather than bodies and gunshots. Conspiracies a plus. Think in tone perhaps the movie Chinatown or the Great American Streetcar scandal.
posted by lewedswiver on Nov 17, 2014 - 7 answers

Name that book: a detective novel in Los Angeles

Help me remember the title of this book? [more inside]
posted by Cwell on Mar 27, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me find this old poetic noir SF book

Years ago I read this old science fiction book that was written in a poetic noir style, and I remember bits of the plot, but not any names to google. Could you help me find it? [more inside]
posted by Canageek on Jan 10, 2014 - 4 answers

Do I really want to know what a man's "jolt" is?

What would it have meant in the mid-twentieth century to "shake another man's jolt"? [more inside]
posted by dinger on Apr 30, 2013 - 11 answers

Noir stuffs

What're the best examples of noir you've seen/read/played? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Apr 3, 2013 - 50 answers

Sci-Fi Noir?

I recently read Berlin Noir, The City and The City and Chasm City, and was looking for recommendations for sci-fi detective fiction, or detective fiction that reads like sci-fi. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Mar 18, 2013 - 37 answers

The Murder Weapon? Herring, Of Course.

Who are some other enjoyable Scandinavian noir authors? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt on Nov 23, 2012 - 14 answers

Spoiler, please.

How does the end of 'Get Carter' differ from the end of the novel, 'Jack's Return Home', it's based on? [more inside]
posted by BigSky on Sep 20, 2012 - 2 answers

Film noir-ish writing spots in Manhattan?

I'm looking for film noir-ish locations in Manhattan to sit down and write! [more inside]
posted by dr handsome on Aug 18, 2012 - 6 answers

SF&F tragedy, noir, and "defective detectives."

BookFilter: Noir and postmodern fiction in sci-fi clothing. Find me The Big Sleep of science fiction. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jul 8, 2012 - 39 answers

Akashic Books Noir Series. Which are your favorites?

Akashic Books Noir Series. Which are your favorites? Each book is an anthology of original short stories. It looks like they've published over fifty volumes. I find they differ greatly in style and overall quality of writing. It makes sense... each anthology has its own editor. I'd like to read the volumes that have the best quality writing, and are the most fun. Here's what I've read so far, in most favored order: [more inside]
posted by valannc on Apr 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Noir seventies stories?

looking for noirish novels/stories etc. that take place in the 70s - that might could involve a male protagonist dealing with a 'seedier' side of western living (motels/ dive bars etc.)
posted by mrmarley on Apr 3, 2012 - 14 answers

Bookfilter: Noir killer novel

BookFilter: I am hoping the hivemind can help me find a noirish thriller/detective-ish novel I read more than a decade ago about a socially awkward killer and his hot semi-girlfriend. [more inside]
posted by Forktine on Nov 29, 2011 - 5 answers

Geek Part III: The Homebrew

Help on building an investigation-based, long-form D&D Homebrew campaign. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Nov 8, 2011 - 24 answers

Body in a ice filled trunk of lobsters? Really? Am I remembering this right?

Help me identify this mid 2000's neo-noir movie [more inside]
posted by nonemoreblack on Sep 23, 2011 - 1 answer

Maybe We Can Eventually Make Language A Complete Impediment To Understanding.

I'm working on a comic that's a parody of detective noir comics. I want the most obscure, antiquated, and obfuscating slang from early 20th century America. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Aug 8, 2011 - 10 answers

Giving Milton's Lucifer a run for his money

What are some literary and critical sources-- traditional canon and alternative/media-- for anti-heroes in literature? Special emphasis on characters that seem relevant to the figures of Lucifer and Dionysus, as well as the opposites in philosophy of Heaven and Hell. Special love for the Romantics and the Byronic hero. [more inside]
posted by reenka on Jun 20, 2011 - 31 answers

He asked the question like he copied it off a bus station mens room wall...

I was just looking through the new issue of Harpers, and they have some excerpts from a notebook of Raymond Chandler's, where he is apparently riffing descriptions for future use. What are these devices called? [more inside]
posted by timsteil on Jan 19, 2011 - 11 answers

Books Like the Movie L.A. Confidential

What books (not by James Ellroy) are like the movie L.A. Confidential? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha on Dec 29, 2010 - 12 answers

Smokers, jokers and midnight tokers

I really enjoy Mad Men. Please recommend some great classic 1950s/60s* movies that have similar themes or aesthetic - from noir to the women's pictures. Contemporary films set in the period also welcome! [more inside]
posted by mippy on Oct 8, 2010 - 47 answers

Recommendations for hardboiled detective SF or fantasy?

Can you recommend fiction that is a crossover between noir/hardboiled detective stories and sci-fi/fantasy? [more inside]
posted by gritter on Sep 20, 2010 - 64 answers

Where can I find great new crime or mystery short fiction?

I want to read new crime fiction and/or mystery short stories. Where should I look? [more inside]
posted by dersins on Aug 18, 2010 - 6 answers

Help solve a Noir mystery!

Help solve Noir mystery! Looking for info on P J Wolfson author of the noir novel Bodies are Dust (1931). [more inside]
posted by Zipf on May 18, 2010 - 5 answers

Good, cheap and recent crime dramas?

What are some successful* low-budget** American crime dramas and-or action films from the last five/six years? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse on May 16, 2010 - 21 answers

Like The Wire, set on Cass

True crime in Detroit or Southeast Michigan? Or great crime fiction set there (preferably based on real events)? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Apr 6, 2010 - 14 answers

More Miles Noir

I'm looking for jazz albums similar in mood to Miles Davis' score for the French film Ascenseur pour l'├ęchafaud. [more inside]
posted by bode well carapace on Feb 11, 2010 - 9 answers

Hard boiled in spaaaaaaace.

Future noir. Please recommend detective fiction in a scifi setting. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Feb 8, 2010 - 67 answers

Identify a film

Can you identify this movie from the 40s or 50s? [more inside]
posted by dydecker on Jun 9, 2009 - 3 answers

uncomfortable film suggestions?

Moviesuggestion-filter: Looking for eerie moody films like Crash (96), The Game, Cat People (82), Possession, The Fury, After Dark My Sweet... [more inside]
posted by beerbajay on Apr 6, 2009 - 40 answers

In The Dark About Noir

After reading this article on Weegee, I started thinking about the concept of Noir and wondered about this question. "Does Noir exist as a current idiom or appear in a culture in America in 2008, and if so where might it be found?" [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Jun 20, 2008 - 11 answers

Film Noir Musicals

Recommend to me film noir musicals, either performed on stage or screen. Stuff that almost falls within the genre is good as well. Murder, gumshoes, gangsters, speakeasys, the 30s, 40s, or 50s...
posted by Unsomnambulist on May 25, 2008 - 21 answers

What else sounds like this cocktail lounge muzak?

What is some music that sounds similar to this? (see within) [more inside]
posted by davidriley on Feb 13, 2008 - 9 answers

Genre flick factory!

Has anyone ever attempted to estimate the total number of films made in Hollywood that we today consider film noir? What about other long-lived genres of the high era of the silver screen? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Jan 24, 2008 - 6 answers

What's the real mystery here?

For a maybe-film project that my friends and I are playing around with, what small-but-notable crime or deviance could occur at a crowded party, within an hour? [more inside]
posted by 235w103 on Dec 11, 2007 - 26 answers

What movie is this shot from?

What movie is depicted in this picture on IBM's home page? [more inside]
posted by dammitjim on Apr 13, 2007 - 15 answers

Looking for good mystery novels/films centered around missing persons.

I'm doing research (for a writing project) into Film Noirs and Mystery Pulps, and I'm looking for good selections of a certain plot type: the "missing person" scenario. [more inside]
posted by SmileyChewtrain on Mar 11, 2007 - 20 answers

slit your wrists muzak... not really.

Jazz Noir [more inside]
posted by Unregistered User on Jun 23, 2006 - 12 answers

Where to start for reading classic crime/noir fiction?

I'm a pretty dedicated reader, but one of the genres I haven't explored much is classic crime/noir fiction. (I do love James Ellroy, but that's about all I've read.) I know that the big guns are Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Jim Thompson. Any suggestions as to which titles to start with (The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, and The Grifters all come to mind first, of course, because of the films), as well as other authors to consider? I'd also be happy to entertain suggestions of really high quality true crime, though my hunch is that In Cold Blood is probably unbeatable.
posted by scody on Mar 30, 2005 - 42 answers

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