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The Debatable Podcast


Mar 17, 2015

JAMES DAVID PATRICK, he of the James Bond Social Media Project, #Bond_age_, returns to the show to discuss a phase of film very near and dear to his heart. Cocaine Noir, or Neon Noir, encapsulates a type of sleazy, sexy, violent thriller popular throughout the 1980s and through to the mid-1990s. We define it, explore the films that shaped this sub-genre, and talk about the filmmakers and actors and actresses that made these unforgettable B-pictures cult favorites.

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Music on this podcast:

Artist: Wang Chung
Song: To Live and Die in L.A.
Song: Dance Hall Days

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Cocaine/Neon Noir

Broad definition: Semi-erotic B-grade thrillers and crime dramas from the 80’s and early 90’s (1995 or '96 was about the end of the run)

Characteristics:

  • Directly inspired by the 40’s/50’s film noirs.

  • Gratuitous nudity, often for no specific narrative purpose.

  • Synth-y score.

  • Low-ish budget burners that require no special effects beyond amazing beyond hair products.

  • Often drugs/drug-related plots/sub-plots


Topics / Films & Directors/Actors/Actresses Discussed:

Film Noir

crime films

thrillers

neo-noir

1980s

cocaine noir

neon noir

drugs

sex

nudity

sleaze

trash

Miami

Florida

California

Miami Vice

Scarface

sweaty human bodies

video rental generation

cable programming

box art

R-rated adult drama

B-movies

Hollywood blockbusters

sexism

James Bond

Brian De Palma

perversion

voyeurism

John Carpenter

synthesizer score

The Canon

Thief

Manhunter

Sidney Lumet

Michael Mann

Tequila Sunrise

The Big Easy

Body Double

No Way Out

Body Heat

8 Million Ways to Die

Ricochet

Color of Night

True Romance

Drive

Black Widow

Wild Things

Michael Bay

Playboy

Bad Boys

To Live and Die in L.A.

52 Pick-Up

Romeo Is Bleeding

Dressed To Kill

Last Seduction

Jade

FX

Light Sleeper

Miami Blues

Chinatown

The Long Goodbye

The Untouchables

Blow Out

Bad Company

Basic Instinct

Sliver

Bullet

Cohen & Tate

Rolling Thunder

Fatal Attraction

pornography

Craig Wasson

John Glover

Roy Scheider

Dennis Quaid

Tom Berenger

Michael Douglas

Alec Baldwin

Jeff Bridges

Mickey Rourke

Willem Dafoe

William Hurt

Glenn Close

Sean Young

Ellen Barkin

Kathleen Turner

Madonna

Kim Basinger

Sharon Stone

Linda Fiorentino

Rachel Ward

Melanie Griffith