"Film Noir," a stylish, sexually explicit adult animation that plays like "The Big Sleep" meets "Fritz the Cat."
Using 3-D animation techniques, the toon cleverly captures the conventions of the eponymous genre and transfers them to graphic form with panache. Witty Los Angeles-set tale of a beleaguered gumshoe, seductive femme fatales, a ruthless millionaire and shady plastic surgeon should put debuting writer-helmer D. Jud Jones and co-director-chief animator Risto Topaloski on everyone's wanted list. Potential cult item could play arthouses and college campuses worldwide, with a killer afterlife on the tube and DVD.
From its opening frames, the pic updates the archetypal aspects of B&W film noir to the present day, with color highlights for things like ruby red lips and fingernails, yellow crime tape and orange prison jumpsuits. Extreme high and low angles abound, amid all the moody chiaroscuro. A melancholy sax ruminates on the soundtrack while the convoluted plot unfolds via v.o. narration by an antihero with nothing left to lose.
Alissa Simon, Variety
FIRST YOU WAKE UP. THEN THE NIGHTMARE BEGINS.
EASYE FILMS PRESENTS "FILM NOIR" A MIODRAG CERTIC & D.JUD JONES PICTURE STARRING MARK KELLER AND BETTINA DEVIN WITH ROGER JACKSON, VICTORIA O'TOOLE, JEFF ATIK, KRISTINA NEGRETE, ELAINE CLARK, AMY PROVENZANO ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY D.JUD JONES DIRECTOR OF ANIMATION RISTO TOPALOSKI ART DIRECTOR RAYMOND PENN ORIGINAL MUSIC MARK KELLER INTERNATIONAL SALES WILD BUNCH PRODUCED BY MIODRAG CERTIC DIRECTED BY D.JUD JONES AND RISTO TOPALOSKI
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