Dark Passage (1945)(Novel)
Written by David Goodis And he wouldn’t let go of the gun as the pain went driving into him and going up and down the tube and in his stomach the tube was glossy and purple and in his brain the tube was black and burning and somewhere in the middle the tube was clear and it was a glass tube and he could see into it and know that Arbogast was no longer trying hard for the gun but trying...
30 Minutes Or Less (2011)
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride, Nick Swardson Writer: Michael Dilberti Director: Ruben Fleischer In order to finance a hit on his overbearing, ex-Marine father (played by an underutilized Fred Ward), so he can get the $10M the old man won in the lottery, Dwayne (McBride) has his buddy Travis (Swardson) rig a time bomb to Nick (Eisneberg), a hapless pizza delivery guy they...
American Barbarian Writer/Artist - Thomas Scioli Publisher - AdHouse Books $19.95 USD (2012) Scioli has carved out an interesting career in comics, with an artistic style heavily influenced by Jack Kirby. Nobody else has done Kirby pastiches for more than short-term projects. Scioli does a pretty good Kirby but he’s always focused more on the funky ’70s character designs than the...
Another Takedown of the Scott Kurtz piece
Not that it’s hard to do, but this is another good piece, by Ludic.
Scott Kurtz Is Still Scott Kurtz
Christopher Bird elegantly dismantles Scott Kurtz’s infantile, non-sensical argument against those who would want Marvel Comics/Disney to treat Jack Kirby’s heirs fairly.
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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Starring: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, Geoffrey Rush, Kevin McNally Writers: Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott, based on a novel by Tim Powers Director: Rob Marshall I would have thought most folks were in agreement with me that the Pirates films should have ended with the third one, and even that tried one’s patience. But this fourth installment became the 8th highest grossing film...
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman Writers: Simon Pegg & Nick Frost Director: Greg Mottola In their third film together as stars and writers, Pegg and Frost play two sci-fi geeks who arrive together at San Diego’s Comic-Con, where aspiring novelist Frost gets to meet his idol, Adam Shadowchild (Jeffrey Tambor). In point of fact, this section,...
The Beatles: Song By Song (How Do You Do It?)
Recorded 4 September 1962, just like “Love Me Do”, “How Do You Do It?” was meant to be the b-side. The song, written by Mitch Murray, was brought to producer Ron Richards, who thought it was a hit but it wasn’t until this Beatles session when he thought he’d found the right group to do it justice. The problem was, The Beatles didn’t like the song, and...
The Beatles: Song By Song (Love Me Do)
“Love Me Do” was the first single released by The Beatles, released on 5 October 1962, backed by “P.S. I Love You”. It peaked at #17 on the UK charts, and would be #1 in the U.S. when it was released in 1964, after Beatlemania was in full swing. The song, written in 1958-1959, mainly by Paul during a day he skipped school, then finished by Paul and John, has about as rich...
The Green Hornet (2011)
Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz, Tom Wilkinson, Edward James Olmos Writers: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg Director: Michel Gondry Based on a ’30s radio series that begat a short-lived TV show and several unsuccessful attempts at comic book series, The Green Hornet arrived at the start of 2011 with very little curiosity about it other than getting to see what...
The Road (2009)
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, Molly Parker, Charlize Theron Writer: Joe Penhall, adapted from the novel by Cormac McCarthy Director: John Hillcoat The Road is a dystopian drama in which a Man (Mortensen) and his Boy (McPhee) travel west across an America that has turned gray and ashen after an unnamed cataclysm, with almost no signs of surviving flora...
Canada’s tar sands, deposits of sand saturated with bitumen, contain twice the...– Game Over for the Climate, Dr. James Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (via crookedindifference)
Quick Change (1990)
Starring: Bill Murray, Geena Davis, Randy Quaid, Jason Robards, Stanley Tucci, Tony Shalhoub, Jamey Sheridan, Bob Elliott Directors: Bill Murray, Howard Franklin I saw this one last night after not seeing it since it hit VHS 20+ years ago, but all this time, I remembered at least one line from it. When Grimm (Murray), dressed in full clown makeup and sticking up a bank guard, is asked by the...
Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
Starring: Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney Director: Otto Preminger I’ve had this one in the queue for over a year and finally got around to it when I had a yen for some film noir. This one has Andrews as a tense, bristling cop on the edge, Mark Dixon, the kind who thinks nothing of roughing up a suspect to get a confession, even if his captain tells him not to. Dixon accidentally kills a...
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RIP Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys
This is a tough one. Now, neither MCA nor the other two Beasties were the types to get very emotional or personal in a lot of their lyrics, so there is less for fans to identify with. I don’t feel like I really knew the guy. On the other hand, their music has always meant a lot to me, from the early days when they presented a cartoonish picture of bad boy excess, to their sonic adventurism...