RARA-AVIS: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

From: Jeff Vorzimmer ( jvorzimmer@austin.rr.com)
Date: 03 May 2008

Finally got around to seeing Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. An interesting homage to film noir, pulp fiction and 50s PBOs. Starting with the opening scene with Robert Downey Jr standing at the edge of a swimming pool in L.A. and narrates the opening of the film in a style that echoes Sunset Boulevard, there are allusions and references to pulp fiction and film noir through out. The story itself is based on the Brett Halliday book Bodies Are Where You Find Them. The movie itself is divided in chapters with names of Raymond Chandler books. The reference to a paperback series character called Johnny Gossamer is based on Mike Shayne and Shell Scott and, in fact, the paperbacks they show are redesigned Mike Shayne novels with the name Johnny Gossamer on them instead.

Very funny movie and well worth renting.


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