Why I Love… #102: The Postman Always Rings Twice

Year: 1946Director: Tay GarnettStars: Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil KellawayWhen people are done naming historical figures, corporations or celebrities, the diner is one of the quintessential fixtures of American iconography. Broadly the diner connects to the vast country's optimism and self-perceived innocence.Particularly the imagery strikes a chord with the first half of the twentieth century, …

Why I Love… #44: Kiss Me Deadly

Year: 1955 Director: Robert Aldrich Stars: Ralph Meeker (Mike Hammer), Cloris Leachman (Christina Bailey), Maxine Cooper (Velda Wickman), Albert Dekker (Dr G. E. Soberin), Fortunio Bonanova (Carmen Trivago), Paul Stewart (Carl Evello), Marian Carr (Friday). Genre: Film Noir Well, what a nasty piece of work this is. Deliciously so. Based on Mickey Spillane's bestseller, Robert …

Why I Love… #19: The Man Who Wasn’t There

Year: 2001 Director: Joel Coen Stars: Billy Bob Thornton (Ed Crane), Frances McDormand (Doris Crane), James Gandolfini (Big Dave Brewster), Michael Badalucco (Frank), Scarlett Johansson (Birdy Abundas), Tony Shalhoub (Freddy Riedenschneider), Richard Jenkins (Walter Abundas), Jon Polito (Creighton Tolliver) Genre: Film Noir / Comedy Pick your favourite Coen Brothers movie. Go on, pick. Got one? …

Why I Love… #1: Mulholland Drive

Year: 2001 Director: David Lynch Stars: Naomi Watts (Betty/Diane), Laura Elena Harring (Rita/Camilla), Justin Theroux (Adam Kesher) Genre: Mystery / Film-Noir David Lynch’s cinema has always been pre-occupied with dreams. From Eraserhead’s monochrome nightmare to INLAND EMPIRE’s freefall spiral of images, the enigmatic director’s work has been driven by a fascination with the subconscious and …