1967 turned out to be a productive year for Donald E. Westlake’s mainstream career with seven titles published. He kicked off the releases with a sequel to his Tucker Coe pseudonym’s Mitch Tobin detective series, which had premiered the previous year with KINDS OF LOVE, KINDS OF DEATH. The title MURDER AMONG CHILDREN might suggest […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: MURDER AMONG CHILDREN"
Synopsis: Following his outrageously popular origin story picture, the merc with a mouth (Ryan Reynolds) is back in DEADPOOL 2 (2018). This time around, he is depressed as hell for tragic reasons (explained in the lengthy precredits sequence) but he finds a reason to strive and struggle in the form of an abused, overweight orphan […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: DEADPOOL 2"
In the years since Aoyama lost his wife to cancer, he developed a rapport and closeness with his son Shige. Now a teenager, Shige seems to have developed some extrasensory wisdom along his life and although he tends to call his father Pops, he is a pretty good and clear-sighted boy. Thus, it is without […]Read more "Liar, Liar: RYU MURAKAMI’S AUDITION"
Synopsis: After his son Shige (Tetsu Sawaki) asks why he doesn’t remarry, widower Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) tries to find the right woman to court. Feeling too old to go through all that dating nonsense and looking to hedge his bets, Aoyama agrees with his pal Yoshikawa’s (Jun Kunuimura) suggestion to hold an audition for the […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: AUDITION"
All Mitch Tobin wants to do is commit himself to a backyard project, but people won’t let him. The bill collectors demand to be paid, and Mitch’s wife is working to support them. That’s bad enough, but then a job comes along from a powerful mob guy who refuses to take no for an answer. […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: KINDS OF LOVE, KINDS OF DEATH"
Synopsis: Brian (Rick Hearst) is a punk rock kind of guy but that doesn’t mean he’s a jerk. The room he lives in, a shared place with his bro Mike (Gordan MacDonald), is decorated with plenty of posters for the kinds of bands punk rock fans from the eighties would recognize (and Slayer because hey), […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: BRAIN DAMAGE"
Eugene Raxford wants to be left alone with his mimeograph machine and his pacifist organization with a dwindling membership. As of now, the group consists of Raxford and his spacey but lovely girlfriend Angela. Unfortunately, the world won’t let him. After a misunderstanding, the FBI has bugged his apartment with dozens of listening devices (only […]Read more "CONSIDEIRNG WESTLAKE: THE SPY IN THE OINTMENT"
Synopsis: Brothers Aaron (Aaron Moorehead) and Justin (Justin Benson) receive a tape from a compound where they spent their youths, a place dedicated to a doomsday cult of sorts, a place they escaped almost a decade ago. The parting was not amicable, since after they left the eldest brother Justin spread rumors that the place […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: THE ENDLESS"
The eighth book in Richard Stark’s Parker series finds the professional thief in my own backyard, planning a heist on an island out in the Gulf of Mexico spitting distance from Galveston, TX. The score is a rather unusual one, but then again what is “normal” in Parker’s life? This job is fingered for Parker […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: THE HANDLE"