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The Best Movies I Saw In 2014

January 4th, 2015

Here’s my “Best Of” movie list for 2014. These are movies that I enjoyed that I saw for the first time during last year. In order of their release into the world: La Grande Illusion, 1937 Red River, 1948 Wagon Master, 1950 Hatari!, 1962 Ninja III: The Domination, 1984 Crossroads, 1986 The Loved Ones, 2009 […]

RIP Mike Nichols

November 20th, 2014

. Today the entertainment world lost Mike Nichols – amazing talent, EGOT winner and all around inspiration. Plus his middle name was originally Igor!   Some favorite Mike Nichols movies: The Graduate, 1967 Silkwood, 1983 Working Girl, 1988 Postcards from the Edge, 1990 The Birdcage, 1996   Rest in Peace.    

All Hallow’s Read

October 27th, 2014

. Do you know about All Hallow’s Read? The idea is to give somebody a scary book for Halloween. Might I suggest TEN TENTACLES?

Cthulhu’s Pizza Kitchen

October 27th, 2014

Tentacle humor – just like TEN TENTACLES.  

. TEN TENTACLES, a new chapbook of scary stories about squidly things, is now available – Just in time for Halloween! A friendly monster found in a dark alley. A tavern that exists between the planes of reality. A tentacle under a boardwalk. These are but a few of the oddities you’ll find in this […]

Robin Williams RIP

August 25th, 2014

. It’s been 2 weeks since Robin Williams killed himself and I’ve just completed a 10 day/12 film retrospective of his work. Back when I was ten, “Mork & Mindy” was the funniest thing in the world. His stand-up specials on HBO in the early-80’s when I was in junior high were mind-blowingly hysterical and, […]

My Brain Hurts…

August 7th, 2014

. Last night we saw MONTY PYTHON LIVE (MOSTLY).  I knew every line of dialogue and every song lyric for the entire 3 hour extravaganza. It made me wonder if my life would be any better if, instead of using that brain capacity for silliness, I’d learned the Periodic Table, or memorized the names of […]

Harold Ramis – RIP

February 24th, 2014

. I thought I’d take a moment to thank Harold Ramis for all the entertainment he’s given over the years. As a writer, director and actor, from the 70’s up through the new millennium, he was involved with movies that meant a lot to me and were incredibly influential in my life. Favorites include: Animal […]

New Noir 2013

August 28th, 2013

. Time for my Annual August Film Noir Festival! It coincides with the Film Noir Foundation’s Noir City Chicago. This year I watched 9 movies over 8 days. Wednesday 8-21-13 Home viewing Tonight’s Noir Fest Film – TRY AND GET ME (aka THE SOUND OF FURY) from 1950. Bad decisions lead to a lynch mob. […]

Elmore Leonard R.I.P.

August 20th, 2013

. “Try to leave out the parts that readers tend to skip.” Author Elmore “Dutch” Leonard died this morning. He was 87 years old. He was one of the best. Here are some random thoughts on this great writer: – My first exposure to Leonard’s writing was seeing the movie GET SHORTY when it came […]

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