Tagged: crime


Nightmare Alley: Sad but True, by David Bax

Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley is, to be clear, not a remake of Edmund Goulding’s 1947 film but rather another adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel. The hallmarks of noir fiction–a dissatisfied man cast his scruples aside and attempts...


West Side Story: Half Turn, by David Bax

It’s not that I was skeptical about the notion of Steven Spielberg directing a big budget, throwback musical; on the contrary, that sounds like a terrific idea on its own. But I was trepidatious about the fact that he was...


The Deceivers: Loose Cannon, by David Bax

1988’s The Deceivers, playing in theaters now in a new restoration, is produced by Ismail Merchant but it’s not quite what you imagine when you think of a Merchant/Ivory production. For one thing, it’s not directed by James Ivory. Instead,...