Total Film

TWIST AND CLOUT

Five alt-noirs that hit big…

-

BLADE RUNNER 1982

Rain, paranoia and a private dick (Harrison Ford) conducting an investigat­ion full of murk and mystery… but set in an eye-saucering neon-lit futurescap­e while examining the dangers of AI. Ridley Scott’s towering masterpiec­e just beats out James Cameron’s The Terminator as our favourite example of ‘tech noir’.

ANGEL HEART 1987

Hard-boiled ’tec Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) is hired by suave Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) to head to New Orleans in search of a missing singer. The twists and turns lead straight to hell in this striking blend of noir and horror. The same year, Kathryn Bigelow gave us another classic horror-noir, Near Dark.

BRICK 2005

Rian Johnson’s directoria­l debut is a neo-noir set in a California­n high school, as loner student Brendan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) gets gum on his shoe after his ex-girlfriend turns up dead in a tunnel. Johnson has a hoot riffing on noir tropes, and would go on to do a similar thing to Agatha Christie in Knives Out.

MINORITY REPORT 2002

Bogey’s film noirs were great and all that, but what they really needed was a jetpack… Set in 2054, Spielberg’s take on Philip K. Dick’s 1956 short story sees Tom Cruise arresting people for crimes they’ve not yet committed… until he is himself accused. Uber-critic Roger Ebert hailed it as the film of the year.

INHERENT VICE 2014

Paul Thomas Anderson delivers a great stoner-noir in the tradition of Altman’s The Long Goodbye and the Coens’ The Big Lebowski, with Joaquin Phoenix’s PI searching for his ex through a fug of confusion, neurosis and marijuana smoke. What he finds is that America is lost. Talk about harshing your mellow.

 ??  ??
 ??  ??
 ??  ??
 ??  ??
 ??  ??

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia