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Series Review: Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer

Netflix’s new docuseries about the hunt for Richard Ramirez, known as the Night Stalker, comes to our computer screens at an interesting cultural moment, in which national and state responses

Book Review: Karen Morin, Carceral Spaces, Prisoners and Animals

My two biggest research interests–criminal justice and animal rights–come together in Karen Morin’s new book Carceral Spaces, Prisoners and Animals (New York: Routledge, 2018.) Morin, a geographer by discipline, applies

Noir City Online: A Woman’s Face (1938)

In an effort to set aside the horrors of the present, I am returning to the online Noir City International festival to enjoy this dark Swedish musing into criminality and

Noir City Online: Razzia sur la chnouf (France, 1955)

Another cinematic joy in this year’s online version of my favorite film festival: The amazing Jean Gabin stars in this French version of a Damon Runyon underworld yarn. For a

Noir City Online: Leave Her to Heaven (United States, 1945)

Over the years, I developed a pretty strong stomach for noir plots, and can usually watch them without blinking; since the birth of my son, though, pure, unmitigated evil, especially

Noir City Online: Rusty Knife (Japan, 1958)

Had lots of fun this evening at Noir City International watching the fantastic Yakuza film Rusty Knife. The plot is thrilling and engaging: Postwar city Udaka is run over with

Noir City Online: Any Number Can Win (France, 1963)

Here’s one more post reviewing the terrific flicks shown as part of the AFI and the Film Noir Foundation’s festival Noir City International, and this time it’s the French Any

Noir City Online: El Vampiro Negro (Argentina, 1953)

Long-time readers know that the highlight of my year is Noir City, the fantastic film festival at the Castro Theatre, created and sponsored by the Film Noir Foundation. As this

Stretching Compassion to Difficult People: Is Abolitionism Only for People “We” Like?

Fifteen years ago, the LGBTQ community in Israel was reeling from a vicious stabbing attack by Yishai Schlissel, an Ultraorthodox Jewish man, at the Gay Pride in Jerusalem, which claimed
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Film Review: Once Upon a Time in. . . Hollywood

I just came out of a screening of Quentin Tarantino’s new movie Once Upon a Time in. . . Hollywood, which I somewhat dreaded watching as an expert on the