The Superman cartoons from the 1940s were animated with a beauty and fluidity not seen before, but they were also hugely influential outside the world of animation.
Starting tonight, New York’s Film Forum is running a series of crime movies based on source material written by women. This is a great chance to catch Marilyn Monroe as a troubled, shady babysitter. Big city hotels—so sinister!
Dan Gilroy’s atmospheric film Nightcrawler was hailed for its portrayal of a ruthless crime photographer... but is that all he is? Watch our video and decide for yourself!
Here’s the just the place to pen your first/next noir masterpiece: James Ellroy’s Hollywood Hills home. The author of L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia is selling his three-bedroom 1920s abode for just under $1.4 million. Not included: multiple bookshelves filled with his own works.
Sharp-witted writer Damon Runyon dubbed the 1927 killing of Albert Snyder “the dumbbell murder,” but it wasn’t due to the murder weapon; this photo shows what Ruth Snyder and her lover Henry Judd Gray used to end her husband’s life. The moniker came because the killers were, to put it bluntly, stupid.
According to Batman: The Animated Series, young Bruce Wayne grew up watching the pulp adventures of the Gray Ghost (voiced by none other than Adam West) on television. And the first half of this Gray Ghost fan film feels like a dream the adult Batman might have after falling asleep watching old episodes.
Combining 3D and 2D animation, short film Dark Noir plunges us into a visually striking world where ideas exist as monstrous beings that can be stolen from their owners. When a detective goes in search of an old man's ideas, he learns something about his own past.
Veronica Mars was a teen sleuth whose superpower was storytelling. She was adroit at making up clever lies and crafting fake identities, but it was always in the service of piecing together the truth — which was another story she constructed. Now she's starring in a big crowd-funded movie, which turns out to be about…
Ian Tregillis' Something More Than Night is one of those books that manages to be both clever and exciting — you want to pause to admire all the brilliant ideas he's tossing around, but you have to keep turning pages to see how it'll turn out. This tale of angels is so brilliant, you might even forgive its nonsensical…
Call it noir, or just call it what it is: Black and white at night. For this week's Shooting Challenge, ditch the cheesy detective hats, but keep the beautiful juxtaposition of whites, blacks, and the gradient grey in between.
The life of a superhero is a solitary one, no matter how fantastic the four. The powers that make heroes unique and special are the same that isolate and distance them from the rest of society. Marko Manov delves into this dichotomy in his fan art series "Superhero Noir" by mixing modern-day mythologies with a classic…
Famed comic book writer Warren Ellis has just published his second novel, Gun Machine, a noir detective tale set five minutes into the future, when private security companies are on the cusp of taking over police departments and mobile phones have become bendy pieces of plastic. A serial killer is on the loose in…
Ray Bruwelheide puts the usually colorful Pokémon in black and white, telling the start of a story that isn't about battling, but about crime. It's just getting started, but there's a lot of promise in Bruwelheide's approach to the superpowered pocket monsters.
There are eight million stories in the Future City; this is one of them. Copernicus Jones is your typical wise-cracking private eye: he's got a weakness for betting on sports games and he can't say no to a leggy dame with a fat pocketbook. But beneath the hat and trenchcoat, he's all robot.
Since March, Punchdrunk theater company's immersive Shakespeare adaptation Sleep No More has converted an entire Manhattan loft building into a 100-room abandoned hotel from the 1940s.
When Happy escapes from jail, he finds himself in a place much worse than prison. Now he's trapped in the waxy, dystopic world of a little girl's drawing ruled by a maniacal unicorn, and he's desperate to get back home.
Forget the cheesy fedoras and femme fatales for a moment. Film noir was, at its heart, about light and shadow, hope and despair, good and evil...and the difficulty of distinguishing everything in between. For this week's Shooting Challenge, rediscover noir.
When you're in the city that never sleeps, you might want to keep one eye open at all times. Many of the best futuristic cities and urban fantasy stories take place in dark, dystopian cities.
Anybody who cares about noir fiction should read Domenic Stansberry's scathing rebuke to the calcification of the genre. (And since noir is the fundamental inspiration for a ton of urban fantasy right now, as well as much of the cyberpunk genre, pretty much anybody who's interested in well-written science fiction and…