Movies Watched in March 2015 Part II

I know a lot of people watch many more movies than I do, but in March, I averaged a movie a day every day, mainly due to being sick for a week and attending the Annapolis Film Festival (but not at the same time!). This post will not include any of the festival films, which I plan to review and post individually. “Movies Watched in March 2015 Part I” can be viewed here.

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99 River Street (1953) Phil Karlson


99 River Street (aka Crosstown) (1953) Phil Karlson
Edward Small Productions/United Artists
Amazon streaming

You could certainly be excused for watching the first 10 minutes of 99 River Street dismissing it as just another “coulda been a contender” flick about a down-and-out fighter trying to cope with life outside the ring, but if you stop there, you’ll miss one of the most neglected film noir firecrackers of all time.

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Locke (2013) Steven Knight


Locke (2013) Steven Knight
Amazon Instant Video

The cast of Locke includes 12 actors, but we only see one of them, Tom Hardy as the title character, Ivan Locke, making the film – for all practical purposes – a one-man show. I didn’t know this going in and from the many negative reviews on Amazon (356 one-star reviews as of this writing) , most other people probably didn’t either. The pity is that so many people apparently stopped watching after the first 15 minutes, missing an incredible performance by Hardy and a superb film.

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Movies Watched in February 2015 Part I

February was practically Film Noir Month here at Journeys in Darkness and Light, especially in Part I, as you’ll see. If you’re a film noir fan, you’ll find plenty of films to consider here. If you’re not, I hope you’ll want to check out at least one or two of these films after reading a bit about them.

For those new to the blog, the links will take you to fuller, previously posted reviews. Reviews printed on this page are mainly brief thoughts about movies I didn’t have time to explore as much as I would’ve liked. I hope to post Part II in the next few days. Comments welcome. Enjoy!

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