Give Em Hell Malone
Frankie the Crooner: Suck my Sinatra.
It’s been a long time since I’ve cringed so consistently at a film. It’s like someone watched the Usual Suspects, read a bit about the noir genre, and then got a shitload of money from their uncle to finish their first draft script.
The Big Sleep (1946)
It’s impossible to not like Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade. A great example of a simple film style and technique that is completely sold by the acting and writing.
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
It wasn’t the acting or the camera work, but the main characters are just way too unlikeable. When you don’t care about the protagonists none of the twists matter.
The Maltese Falcon
With awesome leading men like Humphrey Bogart I don’t mind sitting through the dense exposition blocks of a film noir. Must be tough for those old PIs though, being so much smarter and more capable than every other human on the planet.