RARA-AVIS: Re: Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown...

From: Kevin Burton Smith ( kvnsmith@thrillingdetective.com)
Date: 20 Aug 2001

Brad asked:

>Yes, but how many of them (P.I. films in the last thirty years) are any good?

Actually, about as many as any genre. And some of them are very good, indeed.

They may not be MALTESE FALCON/CHINATOWN good, but several (some mentioned by Jim, some not), including TWILIGHT, NIGHT MOVES, THE CONVERSATION, THE DROWNING POOL, WHERE'S MARLOWE?, LOVE AT LARGE, MEMENTO and THE TWO JAKES have their defenders.

They're all honest and intelligent films, that can stand proudly beside most of the so-called classics of the past. Being filmed in the thirties, forties, or fifties is no guarantee a P.I. flick is worth watching. Sure, V.I. WARSHAWSKI, for example, pretty much sucked, but was it really any worse or more annoying than THE LADY IN THE LAKE?

(And, by coincidence, CHINATOWN was on the tube last night. And yes, it is THAT good.)


Kevin Burton Smith The Thrilling Detective Web Site http://www.thrillingdetective.com
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