Get ready to fall in love with Veronica Mars all over again

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… » 3/14/14 2:20pm 3/14/14 2:20pm

Noir’s Female Authors Are Making the Genre Awesome Again

The misogynistic gumshoe, whose misgivings about women are sadly justified by the end of a hard-boiled detective novel, is a relic of a time when Los Angeles was still teetering between the lawlessness of the Old West and the seediness of urban living. Just because, though, Walter Neff and Samuel Spade seem out of… » 8/13/12 11:55pm 8/13/12 11:55pm

The Girl's Guide To Being A Noir Heroine

"She was worth a stare. She was trouble." That's Bogie on Bacall, in The Big Sleep, » 9/24/08 3:20pm 9/24/08 3:20pm but all you need to know is, it's noir. The noir dame is one of the most awesome female archetypes out there. UCLA's doing a right now and the array of broads represented — from tormented Gloria Grahame to feline Lizabeth Scott — just…