Friday, August 19, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
"What I would say about the femme fatale is that she was always the person, in most of the films that I did, who had the greatest understanding. She knew life better than most females of the era. She knew that life could be good and life could be bad, she knew what was right and what was wrong, but...there were certain things she had to do."
Liz Scott in conversation with Robert Porfirio, Film Noir Reader 3
Monday, August 8, 2011
It's going to be a big month for Robert Ryan fans. First up, the upcoming issue of Noir City declares him The King of Noir. That's a bold statement of course--Mitchum partisans will likely quibble--but no one can argue that Ryan is deserving of all the attention he gets. From villainous turns in CROSSFIRE and CAUGHT to tormented turns in masterpieces like ACT OF VIOLENCE and THE SET-UP, Ryan did it all--and did it all well. The Noir City issue will feature a slew of articles on Ryan's life and career.
This tribute coincides nicely with an amazing retrospective at the Film Forum on Ryan's entire career, covering his work in noir, westerns, and even the odd 3-D epic.
For a little primer on Robert Ryan's greatness, check out my Mug Shot on him.
Friday, August 5, 2011
Well, my baby grew up to be an ebook. BEAT TO A PULP: ROUND ONE (which features my story "Makers and Coke") is available on the Kindle for the criminally low price of $5.99. With crackling stories by folks like Ed Gorman, Hilary Davidson, Patricia Abbott, Frank Bill, Charles Ardai, James Reasoner, and more, this book is perfect for an e-reader.
Check it out here.