Thursday, November 4, 2021

Noirvember Recs From Laird Barron

Memento: Contemporary classic film noir in the Hitchcock vein. Among the top five best endings, ever. My favorite Nolan.

The Eiger Sanction: Eastwood plays a curiously vulnerable and naturalistic assassin. Loved the gritty training sequences. I’m also a George Kennedy fan. One of the great character actors. 

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
: Warren Oates as a cutthroat? Kris Kristofferson in a bit part as a highwayman psychopath? Directed by Sam fucking Peckinpah? What more could you want?

Double Indemnity: Classic, steely film. Edward G. Robinson is an underrated badass of golden age Hollywood. Cain’s novel is darker and arguably better. Veers right off the edge into the macabre. 

Brand New Dark: Beau Johnson’s collection is a mosaic novel of gory vengeance. Relentless in its violent point of view, it hit me in regard to noir like Barker’s Books of Blood did for horror.

Laird Barron
is an expat Alaskan and the author of several books, including The Imago Sequence and Other Stories; Swift to Chase; and Blood Standard. Currently, Barron lives in the Rondout Valley of New York State and is at work on tales about the evil that men do.

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