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

Robert Taylor: The Man with the Perfect Charm


For some of us who were fortunate enough to have been a part of the Golden Age, however, the memory lingers on. Read More »

‘Johnny Eager': Robert Taylor’s Filmic Redemption


Robert Taylor proves in Johnny Eager he could play perfectly an obscure racketeer, an outlaw who continues to pull off tricks even against his own integrity. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Elysium': Rebooting Paradise’s System


Despite of the superficial obviousness of the script in places, we cannot disregard the multiple meanings that lie on the film's hidden symbolism. Read More »

The Book and the Film: the 70th Anniversary of James M. Cain’s ‘Double Indemnity’

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Considering the print and film versions of Cain's classic noir novel. Read More »

Script v Book v Film: The Black Dahlia

"She looks like that dead girl! How sick are you?" Read More »

Book Review: The Song is You by Megan Abbott

Emulating hardboiled lingo to a T, Megan Abbott traces the strange circumstances surrounding actress and B-girl Jean Spangler, who disappeared from Los Angeles in 1949. Read More »

Movie Review: God Bless America

"Why have a civilization if we're no longer interested in being civilized?" Read More »

DVD Review: Singin’ in the Rain – 60th Anniversary of a Glorious Feeling

"People think we lead lives of glamour and romance, but we're really lonely—terribly lonely." Read More »

Book Review: He Ran All The Way: The Life of John Garfield by Robert Nott

“What are you gonna do? Kill me? Everybody dies.” - John Garfield's last knockout in Body & Soul Read More »

Book Review: What Is Film Noir? by William Park

"As I drove off, it was still raining and the drops streaked down the windshield like tears" -Detour Read More »