Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival 2017

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Founded in 2000 by the late mystery writer, Arthur Lyons, this unique film festival presents an eclectic program of landmark and obscure movies from the classic film noir era at the state of the art Camelot Theaters in Palm Springs, California.

Produced and hosted by Alan K. Rode, the festival is accentuated by post screening discussions with an array of guest stars, book signings and other special events.

All-Access passes and individual tickets will be available during the week of April 2nd at: http://arthurlyonsfilmnoir.ning.com

 

 

ONE WAY STREET

 

The Oscar Report

Now that I have staggered my way towards the end of an incredibly busy week, I can take a few deep breaths and briefly pontificate about the 2009 Academy Awards.

I thought Hugh Jackson did a superb job as the host; he was fetching, entertaining and charming.

The production numbers were well-staged and thoroughly enjoyable. Watching the boffo Beyonce-centric number (how long are her gorgeous gams, I wondered...) I thought a time warp took us back to THE HOLLYWOOD PALACE or the ED SULLIVAN SHOW.

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A Film Noir Valentine

Some idle thoughts on how some of the star-crossed couples of film noir would celebrate Valentine Day. You’ll have to fill in the blanks with the actors and the movies.

Walter and Phyllis might ignore the 45 mile an hour speed limit and decide to kick it down at the beach in Santa Monica.

Would Holiday Carleton be inspired to find a way to keep Ralph Cotter from the arms of heiress Margaret Dobson?

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Put your flag at half-mast for James Whitmore

James Whitmore died the other day and I selfishly thought, "There's goes another irreplaceable actor that I will never get to meet." The more I learned about Whitmore, the more it seems he might have been an irreplaceable human being.

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Whitmore first entered my consciousness in a Twilight Zone episode that I saw at my grandparents apartment when I was ten years old. He portrayed a well-intentioned, but authoritative leader of a group of people who have been stuck for decades on a barren planet. When the group is able to return to Earth, Whitmore's character mutates from putting the welfare of his people first to becoming frantic over what will become of him now that his mantle of leadership is removed. It was an amazing portrayal about the unintended outcome of power that left this kid absolutely stunned at the finale and thinking about it the next day... and beyond.

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