SIFFRAFF Selects: Neo-Noir

SIFF Cinema Egyptian Staff | Monday, February 14, 2022

SIFFRAFF Selects: Neo-Noir

In celebration of our 14th annual Noir City film festival, SIFF cinema staff select their favorite Neo-Noir films that in some way complicate, add to, or explore the classic black-and-white Noir film genre of tough gumshoes, classy broads, and the futility of man's world.

When you’re at the Egyptian next, check out the display of their picks, always centered around upcoming programming and changed out every two to four weeks.


Brick (2005)

Brendan Frye: “Maybe I'll just sit here and bleed at you.

- Picked by Katie

Dark City

Dark City (1998)

- Picked by Josh

Devil in a Blue Dress

Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

“You said don't shoot him, right? Well I didn't; I choked . . . look, Easy — if you ain't want him dead, why you leave him with me?”

- Picked by Donna

High and Low

High and Low (1963)

- Picked by Ivan

Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice (2014)

Sortilège: [referring to the police station] “On principle he tried to spend as little time around the glass house as possible. All this strange alternative cop history and cop politics, cop dynasties, cop heroes and evil doers, saintly cops and psycho cops, cops too stupid to live and cops too smart for their own good, insulated by secret loyalties and codes of silence from the world they'd all been given the control.

- Picked by Kolby

Katherine Wasterson: “You never did let me down, Doc”

- Picked by Maggie

John Wick: Chapter 2

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

- Picked by Lily

King of New York

King of New York (1990)

Frank White“You guys got fat while everybody starved on the street. Now it's my turn.”

- Picked by Tony

LA Confidential

LA Confidential (1997)

Sid Hudgens: “Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush.”

- Picked by Elizabeth

The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye (1973)

“Yeah, I know Terry Lennox, but he's the kind of guy that if I knew him I wouldn't let on I knew him.”

- Picked by Milo


Memento (2000)

Leonard Shelby: “I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can’t remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world’s still there. Do I believe the world’s still there? Is it still out there? Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I’m no different.”

- Picked by Marisa

Minority Report

Minority Report (2002)

“Crumbs! I’ve dropped my eyeballs and now I simply must scramble after them!!”

- Picked by Kalen


Transit (2018)

Marie: “Those who are left behind never forget, you say. But that's not true. They have the beautiful, sad songs. With them is compassion. But those who leave, there is nobody with them. They have no songs.” 

- Picked by Aaron

  • Date: February 14, 2022
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