This week, we are trying something different—two movie reviews a week—and kicking off a new month-long watching series highlighting women filmmakers. First up, we have a pair of flicks that appeal to the grindhouse aesthetic: Dead Hooker in a Trunk (2009) from the Soska Sisters and Blood Games (1990) from Israeli director Tanya Rosenberg. The […]Read more "Babe and the Ballgirls vs Evil: Blood Games"
This month we return to our Jeff Strand mini-reading series for a few more works. This is due in no small part to the release of the author’s fifth Andrew Mayhem novel (hooray). It is also providing me the chance to catch up on some of the author’s other novels and novellas, many of which […]Read more "Stop Being Polite and Start Being Real: Jeff Strand’s An Apocalypse of Our Own"
When mighty Odysseus encountered the powerful, one-eyed giant Polyphemus, he tricked the Cyclops into believing Odysseus’ name was effectively “Nobody” and then gouged out its eye. The second feat allowed the Achaean warrior to save his captured men and the first allowed him to escape because when the other cyclopses asked what he was shrieking […]Read more "Keeping Your Eye On The Prize: Jeff Strand’s Cyclops Road"
After his death in 2008 and the posthumous release of Get Real, readers held no expectations of seeing anything new from author Donald E. Westlake ever again. However, this was not to be the case. To date, publishing imprint Hard Case Crime has been a strong champion for Westlake’s works, reprinting early material while the […]Read more "Considering Westlake: Memory"
Synopsis: Following his self-imposed removal from office, Richard Nixon (Frank Langella) left the nation mired in doubt, cynicism and uncertainty. Because he would be later pardoned for any crimes by acting president Gerald Ford, the nation would never receive answers to the many questions it had about the former president’s activities that culminated with a […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Nixon/Frost"
Synopsis: Frank (Frank Langella) is a “retired” jewel thief and second story man, a father of two, lover of many women, divorced/separated, and living alone in an upstate New York of the near future. His memories are slipping a tad, restaurants he can remember eating at last week have been gone for months or years, […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Robot & Frank"
Although he is best known for his humorous horrors and his dark thrillers, one of the best novels Jeff Strand has yet released may well be the comic road story, Kumquat. Has it received any award nominations? Sadly, no. Did it get a big push upon release? Also, sadly no. But it is a horror […]Read more "Cha Cha Cha Cha Cha! Satan Satan Satan!: Jeff Strand’s Kumquat"
Long, long, long, long before author Dean Koontz kicked off his spree of releasing original novellas tied to his latest novels, he wrote a slender action thriller under pseudonym. This is no real surprise. The sixties and seventies saw Koontz trying out a variety of fiction genres using a stable of pennames. Fun fact: The […]Read more "His Name Is Whatnow?: Dean Koontz’s Chase"
Ponder the age-old question that has haunted mankind since the invention of currency: How can I make a fortune without ever lifting a finger? Well, it gets an intriguing answer in Westlake’s novel Money For Nothing as well as a dark side. Josh Redmont starts out life as a struggling but basically decent guy. When […]Read more "Considering Westlake: Money For Nothing"
Synopsis: Joan Mitchell (Jan White)is a suburban housewife with all the baggage that goes along with that title. She has a husband, Jack Mitchell (Bill Thunhurst), who is more interested in pursuing his career, she has a daughter, Nikki “Nix” Mitchell (Joedda McClain), who is ready to fly the nest in as noisy a way […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Season of the Witch"