Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Magic noir

Back to my ongoing series on literary and cinematic paganism: over the weekend M. and I watched Cast a Deadly Spell (HBO, 1991), which attempts to blend 1940s-style film noir with magic. In fact, the movie begins with the statement, "The year is 1948. Everybody uses magic." Everyone, that is, but private eye Philip Lovecraft (the craggy-faced Fred Ward) whose character bears no resemblance to the semi-reclusive writer from Providence, R.I. Julianne Moore plays his girlfriend, a cabaret singer. I would pay to watch Julianne Moore wash dishes, but this movie is just Who Framed Roger Rabbit for occultists.


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