Re: RARA-AVIS: Re:Books to Films

From: William Ahearn (
Date: 02 Jul 2007

--- Patrick King <> wrote:

> FWIW, The Hot Spot was directed by Dennis Hopper, so
> it's Hopper or Truffaut, more specifically. It's
> certainly Johnson's best work and one of the few
> great
> modern noir films.
Johnson's best work? I can't even take that seriously. I'm not trying to be difficult or sound like some kind of a snob -- a snob I am not -- but please. As for The Hot Spot, it is much like the neo noir: Style over substance. The film struck me as all dressed up and nowhere to go. It seemed so self-conscious at times it was painful.


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