Cast and Crew: Lukas Haas, Richard Roundtree
What It’s About: Streetwise Brendan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) scours the underworld (of high school drug dealers) in search of his missing ex, Emily (Emilie De Ravin).
Why Watch it Today?: Brick is disarmingly clever transposition of the beats of a Noir detective story from the adult crime world to a high school setting. It’s the kind of story that couldn’t exist without the work of Raymond Chandler (born on this date in 1888).
Other Choices: Prefer Noir to Neo Noir? Raymond Chandler wrote The Big Sleep and adapted James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity for the screen.