Author Archives: Ward Howarth

About Ward Howarth

Ward Howarth is a TV producer and writer based in Richmond, Virginia. He's generally gearing up for what they call "getting down."

Five Film Favorites: My Picks At This Year’s JRFF

Every year, the James River Film Festival offers ample opportunities for memorable filmwatching.  The five films I’m most excited about catching at this year’s festival: 1. Mix-Up.  Two women mixed up at birth, raised by the wrong set of parents, … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Desert Island Movies

I think it’s safe to assume that cinephiles – and that includes you, Journal reader – have a list of movies they’d take with them to a desert island, if their life ever warranted such an isolating and liberating change. … Continue reading

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Shades Of Grey: The Prowler

You will bow to The Prowler. Written by blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and directed by Joseph Losey, The Prowler is a dark, subversive look at the desire for status and success. Van Heflin’s shady patrolman responds to Evelyn Keyes’ housewife’s … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Charles Bronson

Hollywood first knew Charles Bronson as Charles Buchinsky.  Beginning in 1951, a string of uncredited roles eventually led to memorable turns in a few well known pictures, among them Andre de Toth’s House of Wax (which I’ve had the good … Continue reading

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Shades Of Grey: The Naked City

Arguably film noir‘s most fertile playground, the urban landscape offers limitless potential for dark & dirty deeds. From the dingiest alleyway to the swankiest high rise apartment, the city knows no end to intrigue and scandal. New York City’s rich … Continue reading

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Shades Of Grey: In A Lonely Place

I was born when she kissed me.  I died when she left me.  I lived a few weeks when she loved me. Nicholas Ray’s film noir IN A LONELY PLACE has the unique distinction of being less about a murder … Continue reading

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Shades Of Grey: T-Men

Knockout images from an indelible noir. Two treasury men slip undercover to expose a lethal counterfeiting operation. Dutch angles, deep focus, and hard faces linger long after the end credits roll. T-Men‘s cinematographer John Alton once said, “I could see … Continue reading

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Shades Of Grey: Bullet Holes

No time for a full review this week.  Instead, I offer you Bullet Holes, a select round-up of noir-worthy news from the Journal and beyond. – First up, let’s recap.  So far, I’ve gone on about my interest in noir … Continue reading

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Shades Of Grey: Night & The City

                Crawl deep into the black heart of any city and you might come close to the depravity and criminal element on display in director Jules Dassin’s Night & The City.  Here stands … Continue reading

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Shades Of Grey: Crossfire

“Hate… is like a gun.  If you carry it around with you, it can go off and kill somebody.” A slap.  A punch.  Then, a quick one-two to the bread basket. Two men fight, their faces shrouded in darkness, their … Continue reading

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