Synopsis: When famous model Alison Parker (Cristina Raines) decides she does not want to live with her wealthy, morally compromised lawyer boyfriend Michael Lerman (Chris Sarandon), she decides to let her own apartment in the trendy though quiet part of New York City. The furnished room is lovely, the rates are reasonable. Unfortunately for her, […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: THE SENTINEL"
What’s a seventeen year old guy have to do to get a virgin in the sack? Well, in the case of Vince, the protagonist of Lawrence Block and Donald E. Westlake’s second collaboration (which also appeared under their Sheldon Lord and Alan Marshall bylines when Midwood Books released it in 1961) SO WILLING, he has […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: SO WILLING"
Synopsis: When a Miami robbery special task force is unable to get enough evidence to convict the many, many, many thieves operating under the Florida sun, a brilliant new idea is hatched: four cops will go undercover as fences and capture criminal activity on video. After a run of several weeks, all the taped […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: HOT STUFF (1979)"
After a few years writing short fiction and a busy career writing paperback originals under various pseudonyms for adult markets, Donald E. Westlake sold in the genre that would eventually earn him not one but two sterling reputations. When it appeared in hardback in 1960, Westlake’s first crime novel appeared under the title THE MERCENARIES. […]Read more "Considering Westlake: THE CUTIE"
An Alamo Cinema Massacre Special Edition Synopsis: When nineteenth century psychic researcher Sir Hugo Cunningham (Robert Stephens) accidentally orchestrates a terrible accident that claims the life of his fiancée (Anna Wheatly) and son (Ralph Arliss), he becomes even more obsessed with matters of life, death, and what comes after. His hobby of photographing people at […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: THE ASPHYX"
In 1960, the first of three collaborations Donald E. Westlake made with Lawrence Block appeared on book stands, but it appeared under neither of the authors’ actual names. When Midwood Books released the novel, it did so under the pseudonyms Sheldon Lord and Alan Marshall. No surprise there. Block and Westlake used these pseudonyms with […]Read more "Considering Westlake: A GIRL CALLED HONEY"
An Alamo Cinema Massacre Special Edition Synopsis: When he decodes a cypher in the Book of Revelation and discovers the date of the end of the world, a priest named Cura (Alex Angulo) decides to commit sins in order to meet and therefore have a chance to defeat Satan. On his journey through Madrid he […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: EL DIA DE LA BESTIA"