Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Miscellaneous: Noir to Spare

Time for another post on the whole “wonder of me” thing. Bonus points to the first person to name the movie I just quoted from.

To begin, the latest and dare-I-say greatest issue of Noir City, the magazine of the Film Noir Foundation, is out today. Donate to the FNF and a copy will be winging its way to you. It’s gorgeously designed by Michael Kronenberg and brother, is it packed with goodies. Including:

- A lengthy tribute to the King of Noir, Robert Ryan

- Alan K. Rode on boxing noir

- Dan Akira Nishimura considering the dark side of Joan Bennett

- Jake Hinkson’s appraisal of Mickey Rooney’s noir career

- Eddie Muller interviewing Daniel Woodrell, of Winter’s Bone and presidential reading material fame

As for yours truly, I’m represented by not one, not two, but three pieces. For the Ryan salute I take a look at my favorite of his performances in Act of Violence. I review the video game L.A. Noire. And I interview the creative team responsible for the new stage adaptation of James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity premiering at ACT Seattle in October. If I do say myself I’m proud of the range of these articles, showing noir new and old taking root in different media.

Speaking of which, last week I posted the trailer for March 32nd, the video game on which I’m toiling as head writer. We spent the weekend promoting the game at PAX, complete with green screen studio. The Escapist was there, and their correspondent calls our supernatural noir detective game “one of the strangest, most intriguing titles I’ve seen in quite some time.” Go read the article and stay tuned for updates.