Neo-Noir and Classic Noir Pairings

The guys over at Pure Cinema Podcast recently covered their top neo-noir movies, pairing them with classic film noir titles that share some type of connection whether it’s plot, theme, or some other common element. It’s a great show and I highly recommend listening to it. I enjoyed it so much that I was inspired to come up with my own list of neo-noir/classic noir pairings:

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The theater will be empty for awhile… Yes, the blog will be on hiatus for the next several days. During that time, I invite you to check out some other great movie blogs:

B Noir Detour


Now Voyaging

Mike’s Take on the Movies

Rupert Pupkin Speaks

Criterion Blues

Vic’s Movie Den

Silver Screenings

And these podcasts:

Attaboy Clarence

The Secret History of Hollywood

You Must Remember This


Much of my hiatus will have nothing to do with movies, unfortunately, but I do plan on visiting the town where John Ford grew up, so that’s something! See you later…


Podcasts, Librarians, and Reading Everything In Sight

Thankfully the month of September ran out last night and I can finish my “Graphic Novels Read in September” post (which should be up tomorrow). That will add 16 more books to the first part of September’s reads.


Most readers of this blog will know of my great love for newspaper strip comics and especially the great work being done by IDW’s Library of American Comics. You can hear an excellent interview with Library of American Comics founder Dean Mullaney over at The Comics Alternative. I simply cannot wait for their newest book, King of the Comics: 100 Years of King Features. If you love comics, you won’t want to miss it.


Speaking of The Comics Alternative, Derek, Andy K., Gene, Gwen and I had a great time participating in International Podcast Day. You can hear those shenanigans here.


Finally, I was honored to be interviewed last night by Josh Stone over at Librarians Assemble!, a really fun podcast focusing on librarians and comics. I’ll post when that interview goes up. Thanks again, Josh!

The 2 Guys Review New Comics from Ethan Young, Jeff Lemire and Michael DeForge


It’s rare that Derek and I talk on The Comics Alternative Podcast about comics we don’t like, but it may be rarer still for us to talk about three comics that we really, really liked. I can safely say that all three of the titles we discussed on the most recent episode of the podcast are all very good. I hope you’ll check out the show and the comics themselves.

Comics discussed:

Nanjing: The Burning City – Ethan Young (Dark Horse)

Plutona #1 – Jeff Lemire, Emi Lenox, Jordie Bellaire (Image)

Lose # 7 – Michael DeForge (Koyama)