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High & Low (Brow) – Film Noir

Posted on Jun 29, 2017 by | 0 comments

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And we’re back!

After a bit of a fitful start, it is the return of your favorite unlistenable podcast, High and Low (Brow). James and I actually recorded this episode over a week ago. During post-production we discovered that the recording was corrupted. Thus, we decided that we needed to back and make another attempt. For our fans. All three, to possibly five, of you. It’s a shame as that lost episode was probably the greatest thing ever recorded.

Now each of our episodes is dedicated to reviewing two films that fall under the same theme. This episode, our theme was Film Noir. While both of us are fans of the genre, High and Low (Brow) simply hasn’t called for us to watch much film noir. This episode is our half-hearted attempt at reconciling that horrible mistake. Also, I just really wanted to watch my new copy of The Hitch-Hiker.

First up is the 1949 film The Reckless Moment, starring James Mason and Joan Bennett. It is directed by Max Ophüls ,perhaps best known  for being a primary influence on director Paul Thomas Anderson. Following that we visit the 1953 film, The Hitch-Hiker, starring Edmond O’Brien, Frank Lovejoy and William Talman. The film is also known for being the first film noir to be directed by a woman, the great Ida Lupino. Besides both of these films being film noir, they also have a few other similar themes throughout that made them an excellent double feature for us to watch. For those of you who make it through the entire episode we have an added bonus for you. Quite simply, it’s one of James’ best stories he’s ever told on the show. To forewarn you, it’s lengthy, graphic, and full of wit.

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If you have any recommendations for films we could watch for High and Low (Brow), want to suggest a potential theme for us to use, or simply want to tell James how awesome he is, feel free to email us. If you enjoy the show please subscribe so you will never miss an episode. Oh yeah, maybe while you’re surfing be sure to join our Facebook group devoted to Where the Long Tail Ends or follow me on Twitter.

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Opening Music – Loaded by Primal Scream
Closing Music – Luv to Fuck (Explicit) by R.A. The Rugged Man

High and Low (Brow) - Film Noir
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Matt Gamble
I review movies. I run a movie theatre. I annoy people. I let my dogs lick my face whenever they want. Sometimes I'm even a halfway decent human.
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