Out of the Past is a new feature at Cinematical, where we discuss film noir of the 40s and 50s.
The thing that stands out for me the most (well, one of many things) in Robert Aldrich's 1955 film noir classic Kiss Me Deadly (it's really the film that made the French go ga-ga) is this: private eye Mike Hammer had an answering machine in his apartment! OK, it was in his wall and the size of a plasma television, but still, for 1955, that's pretty damn cool. He even had a woman's voice telling callers to leave a message...and he screened his phone calls! I can relate.