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I'm Elena Gonzalvo, a Catalonian freelance writer, and film critic. My favourite genre is Noir. My blogsite is http://jake-weird.blogspot.com

‘Mr. Robot': Natural Born Hacker

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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’

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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

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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’

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"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’

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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