It’s been busier than usual up here at Shangri-La. I won’t say this has left me bereft of time for blogging, but it has rendered me a bit more scattered than usual. I can focus on the book and on the upcoming play, but other than that, my mind is a aglow with transient nodes… Continue reading Scattered Thoughts
May was a light movie month for me, but I still saw some worthwhile stuff, in addition to revisiting an apocalyptic piece of crap I had to rescreen for my riffing work. (You can read about that over here.) Miller’s Crossing: A few days ago I wrote a brief review of Dashiell Hammett’s The Glass Key.… Continue reading Oh, The Things I Saw (May 2014 edition)
The protagonist of Summer of Long Knives doesn’t have a historical counterpart. He’s a product of imagination inspired by three different detectives from film and television. The first is Virgil Tibbs from In the Heat of the Night. Summer owes a particular debt to In the Heat of the Night because it showed me how a crime story… Continue reading Influences: To Know Kommissar Rolf Wundt, Check Out Tibbs, Burakov, and Rockford
–Take a look at Andrew O’Hehir’s article about David Chase’s new film, Not Fade Away. In the article, O’Hehir says, “As any ‘Sopranos’ buff will tell you, Chase’s episode-closing musical selections bespoke a long and obsessive relationship with pop and rock from multiple and not overly compatible eras…”, which is true. But Chase’s use of pop and… Continue reading Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?