When Rockstar’s last period piece (Red Dead Redemption) released, I found myself starving for great Westerns. I dug through my personal collection, hit Netflix’s Instant Watch and scoured IMDB for the best flicks that I’d yet to catch. It was incredible. RDR set the mood for the genre and I was able to get all the Western I could handle.
Now that L.A. Noire’s finally released (make sure to read our review of L.A. Noire), I find myself digging through the Film-Noir section to find more of my favorites and some of the better titles that I’ve never seen. And, rather than keep that list to myself, I figured it was time I shared five of the flicks worth visiting.
Love the language, pacing and aesthetics of L.A. Noire? Here’s five films to pad the experience.
Touch of Evil – 1958
This crime thriller is remarkable, mostly, for the way it was filmed. Orson Welles directed the picture, so it’s no big surprise that one of this movie’s top billings comes from the technical side of the experience. Watch the flick because it’s a solid noir effort; but, watch the film because of the technical mastery Welles delivers. In fact, the entire opening scene is one well-shot long-take. That means there were no cuts.
The Maltese Falcon – 1941
What type of supposed film-noir fan would I be if I didn’t even mention Humphrey Bogart? Here it is, one of my favorite detective flicks of all time, The Maltese Falcon. He just wants the statue, man. Why is that so hard to understand!?!?
Double Indemnity – 1944
Here’s another quint-essential viewing experience from within the film-noir genre. Double Indemnity features the standard noir tropes that we’ve come to love and expect. It also features an insurance scam, something that becomes an integral part of the L.A. Noire story.
Strangers on a Train – 1951
One of Hitchcock’s best efforts, Strangers on a Train marks a significant time and design in film-noir history. It’s intense, it’s suspenseful and it’s actually quite good.
White Heat – 1949
James Cagney did well for himself in White Heat, one of the most often cited and praised flicks from the crime and film-noir genres. This gang violence flick has a twist of psychotic, mother-obsessed rage that makes it extra special.
So that’s it. Get out there and start watching some film-noir. Blame Rockstar and Team Bondi’s latest for your new favorite genre.