Sunday, April 26, 2015

Orson Welles At 100: CITIZEN KANE (1941)

I'm over at Criminal Element with the new installment in my series on Orson Welles At 100. Time to tackle the big one: CITIZEN KANE.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

NOIR CITY: The Comix Issue

The new issue of Noir City is here, and it is a beauty. Great contributions from Steve Kronenberg, Imogen Sara Smith, and Eddie Muller--and some really standout work from art director and designer Michael Kronenberg. The focus of the issue is comix and noir, and features a big interview with Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, the team behind the brilliant series THE FADE-OUT.

The book also features a couple of articles by yours truly: first up,  a piece on BATMAN: YEAR ONE which might be the most noir Batman story ever. 

My other article is the newest installment in my series on Poverty Row Professionals: a career overview of director W. Lee Wilder. Wilder was the older brother of Billy Wilder, and he's been overlooked for years, but he's a really fascinating figure. He stayed an independent on Poverty Row his entire career, and while his films are bargain budget productions, they have a theme so unified that it counts as an obsession: the predatory older man who stalks an impressionable young woman.

Check out Noir City Spring Issue 2015.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Nice review of THE BLIND ALLEY

Scott Adlerberg has written a really smart review of THE BLIND ALLEY for the great new website The Life Sentence. Check it out. While you're there, you should also read Lisa Levy's insightful interview with Laura Lippmann. No one is better that Lippmann, and this is one of the best interviews I've ever read with her.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Letter From Lyon

above: A Couple of Goons

I wrote about my adventures with Benjamin Whitmer​ at the Quais Du Polar​ in Lyon, France.

You can read "Letter To Lyon" over at Criminal Element.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Noir At The Bar: CHICAGO

I lined up some kick ass talent for the newest edition of Noir At The Bar Chicago. If you're in Chicago or a surrounding area, make sure to come out for booze and crime.