John gives a mostly thumbs down to de Palma's BLOW OUT (more negative than his evaluation of THE BLACK DAHLIA, which is a bit of a head-scratcher), and follows with two noirs from the classic period, THE BLUE DAHLIA and THE BLUE GARDENIA. This one contains one of those classic McElwee formulations that captures his slightly jaded bonhomie when it comes to the world of the movies, combined with an odd talent for the pithy saying that somehow folds bafflingly in on itself--here is he is writing (partially!) about THE BLUE DAHLIA:
"The how-it-came-to-be is spoken of more than (the) content of the film, so itís easy to forget how forgettable content is."
I wish that NC would bring John's stuff back to their pages...his approach (and his wayward writing style) is truly unique.