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I'm Elena Gonzalvo, a Catalonian freelance writer, and film critic. My favourite genre is Noir. My blogsite is

‘Mr. Robot': Natural Born Hacker


An uncertain cross between Edward Norton's The Narrator in 'Fight Club' and a more cynical Donnie Darko, Elliot seems desperately lost in his search for cracking the establishment's encrypted code. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton story’


O'Dowd maintains a passionate tone, almost febrile in some passages, throughout this extensive and methodical biography of an underrated performer whose career was truncated by her terrible death at only 39. Read More »

Chris Kyle and ‘American Sniper’ – The Book, the Movie, and the Philosophy of War


The impression Chris Kyle gives in his book, of being a gun-obsessed, resilient, judgmental war professional, is quite different from his filmic counterpart. Read More »

The 90th Anniversary of ‘The Great Gatsby’


"My characters are all Scott Fitzgerald. Even the feminine characters," the complex author reckoned. Read More »

F. Scott Fitzgerald ‘s Fiction and Self-Creation

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Ernest Hemingway referred to Fitzgerald as "the great tragedy of talent in our bloody generation." Read More »

The Book and the Film: The 70th Anniversary of Charles R. Jackson’s ‘The Lost Weekend’


The seminal addiction study in American literature and "the Uncle Tom’s Cabin of alcoholism" turns 70. Read More »

How Franchot Tone Directed – and Lived – Chekhov’s ‘Uncle Vanya’


Franchot Tone's long-lost 1957 film of Chekhov's great drama helps reveal deep parallels between the actor/director and the Russian playwright. Read More »

Franchot Tone: From Pre-Code Romance to Film Noir


Mysterious, suave and mentally keen, Franchot Tone managed to create conflicted heroes and charming villains empathizing with their inevitable flaws, unafraid of the benighted human condition. Read More »

‘Phantom Lady’s’ 70th Anniversary


Highly recommended, not only for the fans of the noir genre,but also for those admirers of German expressionism and inspired literary adaptations. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Friday Night Lights’ by H.G. Bissinger and ‘Dare Me’ by Megan Abbott


A look at two similarly themed sports novels set in the high school milieu. Read More »