Noirvember 2: How does a man decide in what order to abandon his life?
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I have a lot of fun each year participating in the Slashing Through Cinema geeklist. This list would not exist without that list.

This is Year 2 of an attempt to continue the fall film challenge fun here on BGG, moving from horror to film noir, a side-step from the monstrous to the darkness of the human heart. All illusions stripped from us, we learn that the monster is us.

If you'd like to join me, here's what you should do:

Step 1: Add a geeklist item to this list

(it can be any game, but something noir-ish works best)

Step 2: Introduce yourself

Who are you as a film viewer? What are your tastes? What is your history, if any, with film noir? Favorite noir?

Step 3: Copy/Paste this form into your geeklist

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Step 4: Watch as many noir films as you possibly can during the month.

Bonus Challenge: Read a book. Film noir is heavily reliant on literary inspiration. Many of the best noir films are adaptations of novels, some celebrated, some forgotten. I plan on reading Dorothy Hughes' In a Lonely Place this November. If you're so inclined, pick a book that has inspired a film noir that you love and read that book this November. I highly recommend Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, which provided the "tag line" title for this year's list.
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1. Board Game: Sufferin' Spirits [Average Rating:5.74 Unranked]
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Eddie Muller wrote:

"SUFFERING WITH STYLE"
That's the pithiest description I've come up with to explain film noir. The men and women of this sinister cinematic world are driven by greed, lust, jealousy, and revenge—which leads inexorably to existential torment, soul-crushing despair, and a few last gasping breaths in a rain-soaked gutter. But I'll be damned if these lost souls don't look sensational riding the Hades Express. If you're going straight to hell, you might as well travel with some style to burn.

Ever since the term "film noir" was first coined by French critics in the aftermath of World War II, there's been a debate about whether noir is defined by its content or its style. Is it a particular type of story, or is it the way the story is told, its look and feel, that makes a film "noir?" As a writer of crime fiction myself, I favor the former definition. To me, a truly noir tale is one in which the protagonist, acting out of desperate desire, does something he (or she) knows is wrong, but they do it anyway … and reap the dire consequences. The fatal mistake is typically criminal in nature—so it follows that most films noir fit snugly into the "crime" genre. The essence of great noir is that it makes you empathize, and often sympathize, with these doomed denizens.

When most people think of film noir, however, it's the inimitable style they are considering: the sensuous and secretive shadows, the gleam of street lights on a '48 Packard, the whispering rustle of Rita Hayworth's Jean Louis gowns. This iconography now flows in the cultural bloodstream, absorbed and endlessly imitated in movies, television, art, fashion, advertising …
Keep reading here: https://noiralley.tcm.com/noir-101
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2. Board Game: Shadow Hunters [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:969]
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I'll try to keep this entry updated with useful noir resources.
1,000 Noir Films: They Shoot Dark Pictures, Don't They?
Criterion Noir and Neo-noir
Criterion Channel Streaming Noir
BFI Infographic (via AV Club)
Eddie Muller's Top 25
The Nitrate Diva (Noirvember tweets)
Open Culture List of Free Online Noir
Paul Scrader's Notes on Film Noir
The Death of Film Noir
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3. Board Game: Lonely Heart [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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Who are you as a film viewer? What are your tastes? What is your history, if any, with film noir? Favorite noir?
I have been attracted to film noir for as long as I've been watching films. I love "artsy-fartsy" foreign films (Tarkovsky's Stalker, indeed his entire filmography, is a personal favorite), but if I had to choose a decade and a country, it would be American studio films of the 1950s that I love the most (related, here's one of my favorite pieces of film-related writing, an account of a "showdown" between Richard Widmark and Andrei Tarkovsky: https://www.rogerebert.com/scanners/the-telluride-legend-of-...). There is an honest soul-searching to these films that both reacted to the America of the time and has shaped the America that we have received. We should be suspicious of any unceasingly optimistic narrative from any side at any time. We should also be generous and charitable to all, acknowledging that we are all only one small misstep from our own tragic fall. I'm a huge Chesterton fan (huge describing my enthusiasm and my own girth) and love Chesterton's writings on fairy tales. I would insist that noir films are fairy tales of 20th century America.
This great idea, then, is the backbone of all folk-lore—the idea that all happiness hangs on one thin veto; all positive joy depends on one negative.
This year, it seems appropriate to single out Panic in the Streets as one of my favorite noir films of all time.

Noirvember Calendar
November 1st: Targets (d.Peter Bogdanovitch, 1968)
November 2nd: The Damned Don't Cry (d.Vincent Sherman, 1950)
November 3rd: Sunset Boulevard (d.Billy Wilder, 1950)
November 4th: D.O.A. (d.Rudolph Maté, 1949)
November 5th: The Simpsons "The Dad Who Knew Too Little" (d.Mark Kirkland, w.Matt Selman, 2003)
November 6th: The Dark Past (d.Rudolph Maté, 1948)
November 7th: He Walked By Night (d.Werker, Mann?, 1948)
November 8th: tried to start a couple of different things; nothing grabbed me. :-(
November 9th: The Queen's Gambit e1 (not noir)
November 10th: The Queen's Gambit e2 (not noir)
November 11th: The Queen's Gambit e3-5 (still not noir)
November 12th: The Queen's Gambit e6-7 (definitely not noir)
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November 15th: Ball of Fire (d.Howard Hawks, 1941; great, not noir)
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November 18th: Love Is Colder Than Death (d.Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1969; kinda noir)
November 19th: The Big Sleep (d.Howard Hawks, 1946)
November 20th: Cowboy Bebop eps1-2 (kinda noir/western/sf/jazz fusion)
November 21st: Cowboy Bebop eps3-4
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November 25th: Point Blank
November 26th: Odds Against Tomorrow
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Bonus Challenge: In a Lonely Place
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4. Board Game: Sweet Success [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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I am a horrible film viewer. My husband always wants to watch movies (with the except of Noir, ha) and I always want to avoid sitting down for two hours straight. I have a hard time with it. However, this year I saw Sweet Smell of Success (and tried to listen to the score of the musical with the same title...), Chinatown and The Maltese Falcon all of which I liked. Jeff did not like the two out of the three he watched with me. I'm more ... existential than him, I guess, and that's the kind of stuff I go for in film.

I just wrapped up a 2nd job so will have more time to dedicate to other worldly and cultural pursuits so this seems like a fine one. I might start by re-watching the ones I've already mentioned just to ramp up (I'm the kind of bootleby that likes the familiarity of the known [cf. The Babylonia Century Geeklist]) and will be happy with any book recommendations. Especially if I can get a free ebook of it from the library.

Noirvember Calendar
November 1st: Stranger By the Lake (2013), The Stranger (1946)
November 2nd: Jackie Brown (1997)
November 3rd: The Parallax View (1974)
November 4th: The Big Heat (1953)
November 5th: The Golden Girls S7E2 "The Case of the Libertine Belle" (1991) and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008)
November 6th: Laura (1944)
November 7th:
November 8th: Witness (1985)
November 9th: Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
November 10th: The Third Man (1950)
November 11th: Rum Punch, Chapters 1 - 4
November 12th: Rum Punch, Chapters 5 & 6
November 13th: Rum Punch, Chapter 7, Ragtime (1981) (not noir [I mean, maybe if we stretch] but it is a movie I watched)
November 14th: American Beauty (1999) [Yeah, I realize I'm stretching it]
November 15th: The first hour of Watchmen (2009)
November 16th: --
November 17th: --
November 18th: Searching (2018)
November 19th: The Big Combo (1955)
November 20th: The Big Sleep (1946)
November 21st: Double Indemnity (1944)
November 22nd: White Oleander (2002)
November 23rd: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

oops we kinda went Not Noir

November 24th: --
November 25th: --
November 26th: The Birdcage
November 27th: Bullets Over Broadway
November 28th: Goodfellas
November 29th: --
November 30th:

Bonus: Requested Rum Punch from library
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5. Board Game: Insider [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:1035] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
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What Type of movie viewer am I?
I can be a rabid consumer of film, given either the right motive or the right timeframe. Unfortunately I work closing shifts, so getting to see movies was hard enough before the theaters all closed... I'm also incredibly critical of films and get great enjoyment in reviewing films.

I really want to get into watching more, though, so I'll use this as a reason to. Noir films are, as a generalization, pretty good if you think at them. The best ones are those that lead the viewer down the same path as the one solving the mystery.

I have favorite movies in just about every genre. Horror, Comedy, and Thriller are the main 3 themes that I can think of, but I'm partial to certain Romance, Drama, Period Pieces, etc. Long, long list of what I've seen. Favorite Noir may or may not be strictly Noir, per se, but I'd have to give it to Searching. Excellent movie, would highly recommend, and will probably watch during this program.

Noirvember Calendar
November 1st: Beat The Devil (1953)
November 2nd: The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
November 3rd: Kavaludaari (2019) wow
November 4th: Mute (2018) zombie
November 5th: The Big Combo (1955) wheat
November 6th: Fear in the Night (1947)
November 7th: My Man Godf- I mean... Detour (1945) O
November 8th: The Fatal Hour (1940) tobacco
November 9th: The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) 1
November 10th: Ghost Eye (????)
November 11th: Stranger (2013) d10-7
November 12th: (none, had a dead brain day :c)
November 13th: DOUBLE FEATURE: Fuego Negro (2020) thumbsdown & The Cheap Detective (1978) thumbsup
November 14th: Dick Tracy: Detective (1945) meeple
November 15th: Five Minutes to Live (1961) whistle
November 16th: Searching (2018)
November 17th: Key Lime Pie (2007) limecamel
November 18th: a bunch of Noir shows Episode 1, 1, and 1 surprise
November 19th: The Fugitive Episode 2
November 20th: The Fugitive Episode 3 and 4
November 21st: The Fugitive Episode 5
November 22nd: The Fugitive Episode 6
November 23rd: Clue H
November 24th: Le Samourai blank
November 25th: The Postman Always Rings Twice 1vp
November 26th: busiest day of the year so...
November 27th: it's a holiday and lots going on so...
November 28th: Sweet Smell of SuccessEH & Who Framed Roger Rabbit YAS
November 29th: The Maltese Falcon5vp & Mementogoldencamel
November 30th: Murder By Death NNSSWEWEBA
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6. Board Game: Arkham Noir: Collector Case #1 – The Real Leeds [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:8608] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
Board Game: Arkham Noir: Collector Case #1 – The Real Leeds
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Hello! This is my first time participating in Noirvember but I have slashed my way through a couple of Halloween horror events. I'm not terribly versed in the genre but this is my time to dig deeper and grow my knowledge. Behold!


November 1st: The Bling Ring (2013)
November 2nd: Taxi Driver (1976)
November 3rd: Fortitude, season 1, episodes 1-4
November 4th: Fortitude, season 1, episodes 5-7
November 5th: Fortitude, season 1, episodes 8-10
November 6th: Fortitude, season 1, episodes 11 & 12
November 7th: Fargo (1996)
November 8th: Fortitude, season 2, episodes 1-3
November 9th: The Killing (Kubrick 1956)
November 10th: The Bigamist (1953)
November 11th: Eyes in the Night (1942)
November 12th: Fortitude, season 1, episodes 1-3
November 13th: Fortitude, season 1, episodes 4-7
November 14th: Fortitude, season 1, episodes 8-10
November 15th: LA Confidential (1997)
November 16th: Quicksand (1950)
November 17th: The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
November 18th: Shockproof (1949)
November 19th: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
November 20th: FAIL
November 21st: FAIL
November 22nd: FAIL
November 23rd: The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)
November 24th: The Chase (1946)
November 25th: Shock (1946)
November 26th: Jackie Brown (1997)
November 27th: Se7en (1995)
November 28th: Memento (2000)
November 29th: Mullholland Drive (2001)
November 30th: Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
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