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Mickey Rooney – RIP

April 7th, 2014

. Mickey Rooney has left us, after almost 90 years of making movies. There are quite a few of his films that I enjoy. I love the Andy Hardy series, a perfect representation of innocent, small-town Americana. I also really like the darker, noir(ish) films he made in the late-40’s and early50’s like KILLER MCCOY […]

. With Wrestlemania 30 happening this weekend, here’s a list of 10 worth-checking-out movies that feature professional wrestlers. Night and the City (1950) – Mike Mazurki One of the best noirs, and it revolves around wrestling! Mazurki was also in Murder, My Sweet (1944), Nightmare Alley (1947) and a slew of other great old films. […]

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 […]

. I was a fan of Richard Matheson before I had any idea who he was. My first exposure to his work was when I saw William Shatner get terrorized by the gremlin in the TWILIGHT ZONE episode “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” written by and adapted from a short story by Richard Matheson. Still one […]

. While wandering around the internet, I always stop to read “Best” film lists. Some I agree with and some I question but all of them give one or two movies to add to my “To Be Watched” file. In that vein, I wanted to compile a list of westerns. I didn’t want to go […]

What is Steampunk?

October 22nd, 2012

. When I started writing CLOCKWORK ADORATION (which I consider an evening of short, interconnected Steampunk plays) I didn’t know what Steampunk was. And now, three years later, the classification is still a little muddy to me. From what I can piece together, Steampunk is a genre that originated in the 1980’s, but can be […]

. Because I know people have been clamoring for this information, here are (in my opinion) the ten best Stephen King film adaptations: Carrie (1976) Creepshow (1982) The Dead Zone (1983) Stand By Me (1986) Misery (1990) The Shawshank Redemption (1994) The Night Flier (1997) Riding the Bullet (2004) 1408 (2007) The Mist (2007) Honorable […]

Film Noir Festival 2012

August 24th, 2012

. Noir City Chicago took place this past week here in Chicago! That means it was the perfect week for a Film Noir Fest. You can check out the Film Noir Foundation here. Here’s what I watched, with Twitter summaries: Thursday 8-16-12 Home viewing Tonight’s Noir Fest Film – SLATTERY’S HURRICANE from 1949. Drug-running, hurricanes […]

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