Mob City: TV Review

There seems to be three kinds of film noir. The first, the kind that simply was, comprises the original old movies adapted from pulp novels or written from scratch but created without any self-awareness of a genre beyond that of "period piece" or "stylistic drama." That kind of noir, now celebrated, set out to tell a specific kind of story without looking in the mirror too much.

What followed were films devoted to the church of noir, kneeling at the altar of the visual styles and reveling in the dated, purposefully purple prose. You can't miss that version because it wants so desperately to be nostalgically reverential. When it's done right, like L.A. Confidential, you can get absorbed into the execution of the genre's best elements.  Read More...


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