RE: RARA-AVIS: The Marlowe Paradigm

From: Robison Michael R CNIN (
Date: 04 Dec 2002

Thanks for the comments on Marlowe's impact on the hardboiled genre. I decided to bail out on Chandler during the Forties but to pick back up with THE LONG GOODBYE in the Fifties.

I got The Big Sleep with Bogart and Bacall from Net- flix and watched it til it froze up. I'm having a lot of problems with DVDs getting slow spots, with some of them flat-out refusing to go on. It didn't matter much on this one. I just couldn't jack up any enthusiasm over The Big Sleep. The most excited I got was the intro when they listed Faulkner and Brackett for the screenplay. I think maybe I'll check out the later version with Robert Mitchum.

Can I talk about Netflix here? I think so. A while back I complained about not being able to rent those old noirs at the video stores in town. I joined an online thing called Netflix. I heard they had 12,000 DVD titles, which included almost everything that's on DVD. Not so. I'm only finding about 30 or 40% of the ones I'd like to see.

Some of these movies aren't very good, either. I rented The Killer Inside Me and I was braced for some really horrible scenes. Then Lou punches Joyce once and she bounces off the furniture and is dead. I took it out of the player and started reading Willeford's WILD WIVES. I don't mind a movie varying from the book a little or a lot, but this movie wasn't doing a thing for me.


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