Bogart with a beautiful woman, Barton with a mosquito -- sounds about right.
What says Christmas better than a dark, sweaty noir about a has-been Hollywood screenwriter who may or may not be a vicious killer?
I don't know what forces prevented me from watching Nicholas Ray's 1950 masterpiece of paranoia, heartache and broken dreams, but I'm glad I finally got around to it. And about two-thirds of the way through, it struck me that In a Lonely Place would make a smashing double feature with the Coen Bros' Barton Fink.
The parallels between the two movies are too many to be mere coincidence. In some cases, the Coens have kept elements of Ray's movie intact, in other cases they've ingeniously inverted them.