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A Noir Version of 127 Hours

We here at Noir Con absolutely love everything that’s noir or that even remotely resembles noir. I like all the golden oldies from times long past, but I also loved Sin City, which was kinda noir in its own right. There are plenty of other films that I love too. Take for example the Blair Witch Project. I have a thing for all things indie, too. And Blair Witch was definitely indie! Another film that I have loved, was Paranormal Activity. I wouldn’t exactly call that noir, but it was defo indie! I also have a thing for movies that tell a real story, or at least a story that could’ve been real. Think of The Hurt Locker, American Sniper and… 127 Hours.

What not many people know is that I have another hobby next to film noir, and that is hiking. And since 127 Hours is a film that tells a real story about a real hike, in which an unfortunate hiker caller Aron Ralston had to cut off his own arm, I really loved that movie. When I’m watching any kind of movie, I’m always asking myself if it could somehow be turned into a noir version of itself. And I’m thinking that it could. In 127 Hours, we witness Aron trapped between a rock and a hard place. When push comes to shove, he takes the knife to himself and proceeds with a surgery no man would ever have to face. The loneliness and desperation must’ve been gruelling. It seems to me that this would’ve been the perfect film noir moment.

I have hiked on many occasions in my life. I started out hiking when I was in my teens and am still doing it frequently to this very day. I wish I could be a weekly hiker, but my time schedule does not permit me to be that. I hike on average 4-5 times a year. While I have never been in a pressing situation such as that of Aron Ralston, I have had my own little dangerous moment…

This one time, I wandered of the beaten bath and decided to go for a little slippery rock climb. The climb didn’t look so dangerous, so I thought… what the heck. Had I known what would happen shortly after, I never would’ve attempted it. I slipped and twisted my ankle. It hurt. The pain was so bad that I couldn’t walk. So I sat down and took my boot off. The ankle was all swollen. Seeing as how I was close to a cold spring, I put my foot in the water and let the cold temperature take care of the swelling. I must’ve sat there for an hour or so.

All that time, I was wondering if somebody would come to my rescue. But it was a lonely trail and nobody came by. There was no signal so I couldn’t call anybody. I was on my own. Thankfully, my decision to dip my ankle in the cold water had paid off. The swelling went down and so did the pain. I was also smart enough to bring another pair of shoes. My ankle wasn’t going to go back into my hiking boot again. I wouldn’t have been able to fit it in even if I had brought a hammer. I brought my favorite pair of gym shoes with me. Just like my hiking boots, my gym shoes are of high quality and give me great support. I got the ones from New Balance that are recommended on Brian Bradshaw’s Boot Bomb site. They have low ankles, so I was able to fit in. I finished the hike back home with my regular shoes and saved myself from having to sleep a night under the stars in doing so.

I sincerely doubt that anybody is ever going to make a film noir about me and my klutzy hiking experience. But in that very moment where I was waiting around, trying to come up with the best solution, the panic was real. I mean, my mind was racing. What if it was broken? I was imagining that I’d had to spend the night there and then, on the spot. And maybe, the next day nobody would find me still. I was starting to fear like I would just have to hang out there and just die from hunger. It was the biggest scare of my life. When I told my parents and friends about it, they were in shock as well. How could I have been so careless? Why didn’t I bring anybody with me? I was not to hike on my own anymore after this. What if I had died!

Thankfully it only a sprained ankle. It hurt for weeks after the incident. The panic I experienced in the first hour was much worse than the pain from the ankle sprain. It was a long time ago, when I was still young, stubborn and stupid. But at that point, I had to admit that my parents were right. Hiking on your own can be dangerous. This one time I was reading a story on Reddit about a hiker who had found another hiker with a broken ankle. He was in basically the same position as me, except worse (since it was broken). He couldn’t do anything anymore. He had to just sit there and wait for somebody to stop by. And thankfully somebody did. That somebody was the guy who posted the story on Reddit. The poor guy. He was going for a relaxing hike, and he comes across a helpless fellow hiker with a broken ankle and he can’t leave him to his fate.

I’m glad I wasn’t in that situation, where another hiker has to sacrifice his afternoon to save my life. I got lucky when I merely sprained my ankle, instead of having broken it. I could’ve easily broken it. With the way my ankle twisted, I’m surprised that it didn’t! Must’ve been because I was still young then. But either way, it was a valuable lesson, this moment of lonely terror and panic. One that, to this very day, I intend to turn into a film noir short titled ‘1 Hour’.

 

Film Noir vs. Neo-Noir

A brief discussion of the Film Noir and Neo Noir genre written by: sourav sarkar More likely, a mood or tone, rather than a genre, ‘film noir’ usually refers to a period of filmmaking in France, right after World War II. First by French film critics around the 1940s. The literal translation means a ‘Black film’, seems fitting since many noticed the sense of darkness, downbeat, despair, insecurities of that time.

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Often, a story would revolve around a cynical, hard-headed, male character, disillusioned from society’s norms, who would meet a beautiful, amoral, seductive female. Betrayal, manipulation, murder, all were common themes of the film noir. The violent, misogynistic views of anti-heroes are used to show the symptoms of society’s evils, moral conflict, and experiences of injustice. Often dealing with the underworld gangsters and criminals. Don’t expect many happy endings. The visual shots were taken from unusual places and use shadow and low lighting.

American crime and detective films such as The Maltese Falcon (1941), Murder, The Woman in the Window (1944), and Laura (1944) were released in France after the war, they are some all-time classics of the genre.

The difference between Film Noir and Neo-Noir

Neo-noir can be a separate genre on its own. Neo-noir, broadly speaking, it uses the film-noir visual aesthetics and themes and applies them to movies from the 1970s or even later noir mode. In other words, neo-noir is the modern version of the film noir but staying true to its historical themes.

Neo-noir films developed as a consequence of changing certain social attitudes. We see once more the audience building a relationship with the anti-hero. Some of the issues in neo-noir films include identity, subjectivity, generation, social consequences, and memory troubles. There may be lots of nudity and displays of sexuality, excessive violence and previously taboo subjects inclusive of pedophilia. This displays a change in society’s tolerance for content, adjustments in gender dynamics, racial diversity and so forth.

Finding other Noir Fans for a Date Night…

Many people love Noir but it is a bit challenging to bring many noir fans together. This is especially if the meeting is meant to be a potential date night. This is mainly because most of the people who love Noir do not go saying publicly to everyone that they do love it. As a result, one might be having neighbors or friends who love it but they all do not know about each other. Regardless of all this, there are particular tips that one can apply to find other Noir fans especially for a potential date night. Here are some of the top helpful tips for finding other Noir fans for a potential date night.

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We can’t all be as happy as these two, or as black-and-white, but we can still find love…

One of the easiest and most convenient ways of finding other fans of Noir for a potential date night is using the internet. This is mainly because most of the people who love Noir have online presence. There are even online groups created by the fans so that they can be discussing various issues. From these groups one can readily bring up the idea of holding a date night. The idea can be introduced privately to a certain member or can be introduced to all the fans. After introducing this particular idea there is a high likely hood that most of the fans will be interested.

Another effective way of finding these fans for a potential dating night is joining some of the popular dating agencies’ websites. heck, if you are desperate why not just go with Psychic Love Finder and get a reading about your love future (http://psychiclovefinder.com), we are positive that will work.   While providing the details one should mention that he or she is a Noir fan, that’s the ticket.

Another effective way of finding other fans for a potential date night is bringing the subject of Noir while talking with friends. This is mainly because some of the Noir fans do not know each others. There is a high possibility of having Noir fans amongst friends who do not know that the other friends also love Noir. By bringing this topic up one is able to observe the reaction of the other people. This will mostly result to more conversation and a potential date night can be arranged from this.

Wearing something that shows one is a Noir Fan such as a t-shirt can also result to people arranging a potential date night. By wearing the t-shirt one is publicly announcing that he or she is a Noir fan. As a result, other Noir fans will approach him or her and this can result to formation of a group. This is a bold step and one needs not to be shy. One can also expect criticism from people who do not love Noir. After meeting with several Noir fans one can arrange how the meetings will be transformed to a potential date night. Therefore, by applying the outlined tips one can conveniently find other Noir fans for a potential date night.

Why Wicked the Musical is Totally Not Noir

This may seem like a stupid topic to cover, and it’s not exactly what it looks like, but for the most part I’ve tried to stay clever and witty when it comes to these silly blog posts, so I’m going to keep up that trend today.

Why talk about Wicked the Musical? Well, because I happen to be raising a 9 year old daughter and she is in one of her phases where she loves princesses and all that stuff.   It’s not quite the 13 year old phase, which everyone is telling me I should dread, so its still mild in comparison (I assume).  Nonetheless theres a bit of obsession going around, and one of those items she obsesses about is Wicked the Musical.

So of course I had to go accompany her to the broadway showing of wicked this past week, and while I’m not the biggest fan of broadway shows or musicals in general, I have to say I was impressed.  The story was a very interesting twist from the original Wizard of Oz storyline, the plot had enough variety to it to keep even the most pessimistic father interested through the 2.5 hour run time.  Most of all, however, I loved the fact that my daughter enjoyed it.

She asked me to comment on it on our way home.  So I had to explain that her papa’s forte was not in fact musicals, but mostly films from back in the 50s that were grainy and black and featured men in suits who smoked and shot people.  Needless to say she wasn’t very impressed but nonetheless I pressed on.

I told her that Wicked the musical was in fact not like film noir at all, but the artistic appreciation of both could be achieved rather easily.  While the simple, realist approach of gritty noir is counter to the fantastical, costume and decoration of the wicked witch of the west, it doesn’t make one thing bad and the other thing good, just different but equally artistically expressive.

I suppose she wasn’t buying my tight-rope walk of nuance as I progressed down the road of explanation, but maybe in a few years when shes gotten past the princess/musical/pretty costume phase.

Wait, that phase does end at some point, doesn’t it?

Who knows, maybe she’ll do a 180 and be headlining the next NoirCon, with a diatribe on the power of simplistic approaches to film making.

A father can hope…

Storm Damaged Trees and Tree Removal in the Northeast

There has been an increase instance where harsh weather is striking different parts of the world and storm is a common occurrence in many places that leads to huge amount of damage to the property as well as nature. Trees are also being damaged and hence you will need to know everything about Storm Damaged Trees and Tree Removal in the Northeast so that you can deal with the problem in an effective manner. If damaged trees have fallen in your property then it is your responsibility to call a tree removal company for removing the trees so that future injury or damage can be prevented.

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Storm damaged trees, such as those caused by Hurricane Matthew, need to be taken care of quickly and by professionals.

Trees are resilient and hence many trees can be recovered with proper care and time but there are some storm damaged trees that might pose risk for you and your property. Therefore it is very important to call a tree removal company for assessing the condition of the trees so that you can decide whether you can keep or discard the trees. Damaged trees tend to pose significant risk for your family members as well as your home and hence if you want to avoid any kind of dangers then you will need to hire professionals of a tree removal company for safely removing the damaged trees from your property. The professionals of the company will inspect the storm damaged trees for finding out any cracks on the trees and damage to the roots for determining whether the trees can be saved or not. The trees that shows substantial dead wood, rot, decay or hollow areas indicates that it will not survive for a long period of time and hence it should be removed immediately.

Tree Safety in the northeast is very important after major storm because even healthy trees tend to fall in harsh weather causing injury and additional property damage. Therefore it is very important to look for a reliable and reputable tree removal company (such as this one) for removing the trees with their latest tools and equipment. This is the best way of preventing any risk that you may face when a damaged trees injures you or any of your family members. But you will need to look for a qualified and certified tree Removal Company that will safely remove the downed or broken limbs and they will also help in saving and repairing trees effectively so that you can get the best quality service.

Goodis 98th Birthday Celebration in one weeks time! Will you be there?

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Eighth Annual
98th Birthday Celebration for
David Goodis
Carpool To Hell

March 7th, 2015

9:30 AM – Meet at in Port Richmond Books, 3037 Richmond Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134 – Street parking available. GPS coordinates (DMS):
39° 58′ 51.8376” N, 75° 6′ 15.9300” W

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There is no cost to be in the car pool to hell.
The tour leaves at 10:00 AM.

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Noir: The Power of Compliance and Stanley Milgram

Craig Zobel understands that his new film, “Compliance,” makes audiences uncomfortable to the point of creeping them out. That’s kind of the point, the filmmaker says.
“There is that line,” Zobel says. “Obviously, it’s not ideal if you make something that disturbs people so much that they walk out. But this film needed to be challenging. It’s an important story because of how dark it goes. What scares me is that whole idea of who we think we are and who we are when put in a situation like this.”
Based on actual cases, “Compliance” is a fiction film essentially shot on one small set: a mock-up of a fast-food restaurant. The film deals with the manager of a fast-food restaurant (and her employees) who are manipulated by a caller claiming to be a police officer – who tells them that a young female employee has been accused of stealing from a customer. More to the point, he wants the manager to hold her until he gets there and, in the meantime, conduct a thorough search of the young woman. A strip-search.
Aside from the actual incidents (of which there were dozens), Zobel also drew on the Stanford prison experiments (which cast students as guards or prisoners, then revealed just how far the guards would go in dehumanizing the prisoners) and the Stanley Milgram experiments (in which people were instructed to shock subjects who delivered wrong answers).

Zobel still isn’t sure whether anyone can guard against a situation like this one: “That scares me – and that makes it an interesting place to talk about in an artistic way.”

NoirCon 2012 – At-A-Glance

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The best way to tell you about the line up for NoirCon 2012, is to let the line up speak for itself. Here it is in a nutshell or as NoirCon 2012 At-A-Glance! Take a moment to visit the websites of these talented individuals and see the noir magic that will come to life at NoirCon 2012!
NoirCon At-A-Glance 2012 [§,*]

Masters of Ceremony: Charles Benoit and Edward G. Pettit

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Thursday, November 8th – Phila Mausoleum of Contemporary Art, 531 North 12th Street, 19123 www.philamoca.org, 267-
519-9651
Heide Hatry – The Art of Noir
Peter Rozovsky – Project Noir Songs
The Scovilles – The Live Music of Noir
Oren Shai – The Condemned

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Friday, November 9th – Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street, 19147,
www.societyhillplayhouse.org,
215-923-0210
The Art of Noir – Heide Hatry
Career in C Minor – Wesley Stace, Nathaniel Larson, Cullen Gallagher (moderator)
Good Country People (Southern Noir) – Peter Farris, Vicki Hendricks, Jake Hinkson, Joe Samuel Starnes (moderator), Jonathan Woods

L.A.Noire – Megan Abbot, Lawrence Block, Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Santlofer (moderator), Duane Swierczynski
Double Trouble: Taking Noir Personally: Polito and Schenkar – Robert Polito and Joan Schenkar
Jeremiah Healy Interviews Otto Penzler

NoirCon 2012 Award Dinner – Penns Landing Caterer, 1301 South Columbus Blvd, 19147, 215-336-7404,
3rd Goodis Award (Block/Boxer), 3rd Kogan Award (Penzler/Kogan), 1st NoirCon 2012 Poetry Award (Polito) Music: DJ Mobita Entertainment: Grover Silcox- Tell Tale Heart

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Saturday, November 10th – Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street, 19147
True Crime – Megan Abbot, Alison Gaylin, Wallace Stroby, Dennis Tafoya
NoirCon 2012 Keynote Speaker – Robert Olen Butler

Jewish Noir – Jay Gertzman, SJ Rozan, Michele Lang, Kenneth Wishnia
Burlesque Noir – Frank DeBlase, Lulu Lollipop, Susana Mayer, Timaree Schmit
Duane Swierczynski Interviews Lawrence Block
NOIR [cash] BAR Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 Arch Street, 19107 – 10th Floor Grill

Sunday, November 11th – Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street, 19147

Sex, Noir and Chandler – David Henry Sterry
Crime in Primetime: TV’s most innovative noir series – Jared Case (THE SHIELD), Rich Edwards (BREAKING BAD), Thomas Kaufman (HILL STREET BLUES)

[*] Times subject to change
[§] Panelists subject to change

Noir: Rumspringa gone horribly wrong!

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When Amish children turn 16, the rules change. They’re encouraged to experiment and explore. The idea is that teens will come back to the church after tasting the modern world. For most, this means a tentative foray — a trip to the local movie theater, or driving lessons. But for some, the experience, called rumspringa, is all about sex, parties and fast cars.  Here is a story of rumspringa gone awry!
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JUNE 21–An Amish man who sent hundreds of sexually charged text messages to a 12-year-old girl was arrested last week when he drove a horse and buggy to an Indiana restaurant where he had arranged a rendezvous with the child, according to police.
Nabbed in an undercover sting, Willard Yoder, 21, is facing four felony counts for allegedly soliciting sex from the minor. Yoder, pictured in the mug shot at right, is free on $20,000 bond.
In one text, Yoder told the girl that, “the proposed sex act would happen inside the buggy,” according to a Connersville Police Department report.
Yoder’s contact with the girl began with a random text sent to her phone. When the child’s parents learned of their daughter’s contact with Yoder, they took control of her phone and continued communicating with Yoder, who sent about 600 texts, as well as nude photos and explicit videos to the girl.
The parents then contacted the police, and officers took over the sting operation. After arranging the Wednesday night meeting, cops staking out the Takehome restaurant reported seeing “the outline of a carriage type buggy pulled by one horse and what appeared to be one occupant.”
Investigators noted that Yoder, who was busted outside the eatery, was cooperative and “walked his horse and buggy around the building and tied it to a post outside.” During questioning, cops reported, Yoder admitted contacting the girl’s cell phone “by chance” and “advised that he thought he was going to have sex with the girl,” whom he thought was 13.
Yoder also noted that he “realized that it was a bad decision and had never done anything like this before.” 
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