by Rosalie Lewis
-a goth/industrial dance club I used to frequent in my college days
-Noir movies released after approximately 1960
Now, if you had a movie starring Keanu Reeves in over his head in some convoluted plot where he went to a goth/industrial dance club... well, I guess you’d have The Matrix, which evokes Neo Noir, but that’s just one of many genres evoked by the Wachowskis. If you aren’t a purist when it comes to #Noirvember (and frankly, why should you be when noir itself is all about messiness and questionable adherence to The Rules?) then you should spend some time watching Neo Noir this month. And lucky for you, I’ve got a few ideas for movies that will make your dark little noir heart pulsate like a flickering neon sign over a seedy bar in the wrong part of town.
The Kid Detective (2020, directed by Evan Morgan)
Available to watch on Hulu and rentable other places.
Deep Cover (1992, directed by Bill Duke)
Available to watch on HBO Max and rentable elsewhere.
Cutter’s Way (1981, directed by Ivan Passer)
Streaming on Paramount Plus and Amazon, among other sources.
Who Killed Cock Robin (2017, directed by Cheng Wei-Hao)
Available for rent on Amazon.
The Hit (1984, directed by Stephen Frears)
Watch it on the Criterion Channel, where it’s still streaming as of this writing.