Weekend Film Recommendation: Brick (2005)

11 Feb

by Chris Petersen

This past summer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt stole the scene of the blockbuster season with his performance in Inception, particularly with the rotating hallway fight. All of a sudden, several people were wondering where he had been since 3rd Rock from the Sun, and came to find out that he had been there all along in the quiet success of indie films. He released several great films from 2003 – 2010, including Mysterious Skin, The Lookout, and this weekend’s film recommendation, Brick.

I mentioned earlier this week that any film that includes the word “noir” in its description will grab my attention, and that’s exactly what this film is. The genre is usually associated with hardboiled crime fiction of the 1940s and 50s, with a cynical detective figure and sexy femme fatales. The heart of film noir can be found in the dialogue, crass yet smooth. Brick delivers this type of dialogue, but juxtaposes it in the setting of a modern high school. The mix works to create an incredible work of modern noir, or neo-noir as it has come to be called. While this film flew mostly under the radar outside of cinephile circles, Gordon-Levitt’s recent success has brought it out of the cult status to the public light it deserves. As always, our weekend film recommendation is available on Netflix “Watch Instantly”.

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  1. Weekend Film Recommendation: Brick (2005) (via Chris and Pac Take on Hollywood) | The Calculable - February 12, 2011

    […] Weekend Film Recommendation: Brick (2005) (via Chris and Pac Take on Hollywood) Posted on 12 February, 2011 by Jarle Petterson by Chris Petersen This past summer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt stole the scene of the blockbuster season with his performance in Inception, particularly with the rotating hallway fight. All of a sudden, several people were wondering where he had been since 3rd Rock from the Sun, and came to find out that he had been there all along in the quiet success of indie films. He released several great films from 2003 – 2010, including Mysterious Skin, The Look … Read More […]

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