XIV - Retro Nineties

It's time for another round of retro-noirs as two 90s star-vehicles send us to the 1948-heyday of pulp cinema. First it's the return of Jack Nicholson and Jake Gittes in the Chinatown sequel The Two Jakes, and then Denzel Washington appears as Easy Rawlins in the 1995 adaptation Devil in a Blue Dress. Together these two films make a study in contrasts - with their stars, their stories, and their approach to the material - even as both try to pack us off in a celluloid time machine.

And I believed somehow that I could live through this bad dream I was having.