Horace Woodruff Vendig: When a man is ambitious for the kind of success that I used to dream about, it’s inevitable that a lot of people are going to be hurt. He doesn’t know that. He’s too busy fighting. Then he reaches the top, whatever the top may be for him. Then he has a chance to stop, think. That’s when the pain of all those people comes back to you. He starts to feel. That’s when he starts to be a little afraid.
So this month marked the third-annual Noirvember, and I must say I couldn’t be more pleased with the turnout this year. We had people posting on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. Not only did I manage a new-to-me Noir film of the day, I also did a noir movie quote of the day every day this month, which I’m sure y’all noticed. I also read a few noir books: The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett and Laura by Vera Caspary, as well as reading the screenplays for Sunset Blvd. and The Third Man. Although I did manage to see a few non-noir films on the big screen (mostly new releases), a lot of decades went ignored this month. I will try to make up for that in December. Along with the aforementioned 2012 releases, I also go to see two of my favorite films that evaded me when they were first on the big screen at the Castro this month: David Fincher’s Zodiac (in a double with The Game) and Julian Schnable’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. All and all, it was a great month for cinema. Also, don’t forget to check out our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide!