I must say I'm quite excited. I used a gift certificate to Amazon.com to buy ANOTHER collection of 50 PD films. So that makes 100 (give or take) sitting on the sideline waiting to be viewed.
I'm also about to start Disc 10 in my current run so I'll be done with that collection soon and moving on to the next. (Each collection comes with 50 movies on 12 discs. Each disc holds 4 films and one disc holds 6 films.)
I'm tempted to go to Circuit City and buy the "War Collection" which has 100 films/documentaries on 16 discs and for only $29.95. How can you beat THAT for entertainment?
Oh, and don't fret, my friends - I've got a HUGE stockpile of probably ANOTHER 200 PD films that I haven't even looked at yet. So there.
Anyway, back to the title above. Most film noirs, as you've heard, usually revolve around some dumb cluck who stupidly falls in lust for some femme fatale willing to do anything the guy wants, as long as he's stupid enough to bump off her sig-other. He gets busted, thrown in jail, sig-other dies, leaves her a fortune and she runs off with the pool boy. Well, two of my latest 3 FN movies I've seen have turned that story on their ear.
Yes, one "Please Murder Me" had your typical Film Noir plot-line and was good (with a VERY hot Angela Landsbury all rich and horny over some artist while screwing over the rich attorney who got her off for murder). But two other films turned that typical FN plot on it's ear.
One film was called: "Woman on the Run" and it was an excellent film about a woman in a love-less marriage forced to look for her loser husband who accidently saw a murder happen. The cops want to find the guy, the mob boss wants to find the guy, the tabloid writer wants to find the guy, the wife could, really, care less. But....... In the process of teaming up with the writer, she realizes her husband still loves her and she falls back in love with him - unknowing that the tabloid writer who is working with her - is actually the murderer he saw. Damn good film and under 80 minutes.
The other film was stupidly titled "Cause for Alarm" about another woman in a marriage. This woman, little miss perfect home-maker, is feeling all guilty 'cause her husband suffers from some unknown ailment. One of the symptoms of this ailment is that he's paraniod. Paranoid about the world around him and is soundly convinced that she, and the doctor (a mutual friend) are trying to kill him. He writes up a letter to the District Attorney telling him everything and talks her into giving it to the mailman. After she gives it to the mailman, her husband confronts her, admits what he wrote in the letter, grabs a gun, points it at her and then dies of a heart attack.
As she tries to pry the gun from his hands, she ends up firing it, thus discharging the weapon and putting her fingerprints all over it.
Realizing that her only real saving grace is getting the letter back she does everything she can to get the letter back.
How does it end? Oh, it's a classic ending.
As a contrast a friend of mine told me to watch Mission Impossible: III and I watched the first 30 minutes but then had to send it back to Neflix because my daughter needs a Mel Gibson film to watch ("Hamlet"). I'll watch the other 96 minutes later.