Rip Torn vs. Norman Mailer

Maidstone is a 1970 American film written, produced, and directed by Norman Mailer. It stars Norman Mailer, Rip Torn, and Isabelle Dufresne. Mailer plays a filmmaker running for president who makes a movie while campaigning, fights with every political party and his wife, and has his life threatened. On the last day of shooting, a…

Personal Hell: Accept your fate with Emilio Estevez by Ken Price

  The Hero’s Journey is for squares and Young Adult authors who sit in Starbucks clicking refresh on YA title generators. ‘Storm of Ravens?’ ‘Crown of Flames?’ ‘Road of Knaves?’ Hmmm. Consider the punk’s journey: Born guilty, gets drunk, no future, accepts his fate, coaches a hockey team. The end. May I present to you…

The Mike Hodges School of Writing School by K A Laity

“I create things out of boredom with reality and with the sameness of routine and objects around me.” ― Patricia Highsmith, Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction If films about writers are to be believed, all you have to do is live an interesting life, write it down, and change the names. Making things up always…

Tom Ripley’s Film Career by K A Laity

The film version of The Talented Mr Ripley from 1999 did a lot to bring some attention back to the works of Patricia Highsmith. By the time of her death in 1995, she had done a lot to drive people away from herself (read Joan Schenkar’s biography to get a vivid picture of the author’s…

Tarot in Nightmare Alley by K A Laity

  When I showed Nightmare Alley to the students in my noir film course, one came up at the end to complain that the tarot readings were way off. I agreed and encouraged him to pick up Gresham’s novel. I assured him that the author cared a lot more about the tarot than Hollywood (e.g….

Tchao Pantin (So Long, Stooge) by Jim Shaffer

Lambert drinks. He works the night shift as a pompiste at a 24/7 petrol station in a quartier called Belleville in the northeast of Paris. Ensconced in the petrol station’s tiny office, Lambert sits alone and drinks. On his way home from work in the morning, he stops by a bar and drinks. Arriving home,…

HOME ALONE BY PAUL D. BRAZILL

A guilty pleasure is an oxymoron, of course, since no true pleasure should make you feel guilty, but we all have enough skeletons in our closet to make a palaeontologist envious. And I’m rattling mine now. Make no bones about it – bones/skeletons, see what I did then?- the first two Home Alone films are…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: K A LAITY

MUSIC A John Waters Xmas Los Straightjackets Complete Xmas Songbook Squirrel Nut Zippers Xmas Caravan Rockin’ Little Xmas (a GREAT compilation) To Drive the Winter Cold Away – Loreena McKennit Dean Martin Xmas Album Ding Dong – George Harrison Father Christmas – The Kinks December Will Be Magic Again – Kate Bush And of course:…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: PAUL HEATLEY

SONGS   Strange Religion – Mark Lanegan   Sounds Of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel   Better Than You – Swans   Shook Ones Part II – Mobb Deep   Human Fly – The Cramps   The Days Of Swine And Roses – My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult   Bring Da Ruckus –…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: WOODY HAUT

  Though I’ve tried recently to put consumerist tendencies on hold, it’s been a losing battle, as the length of these lists will attest.  SONGS Mose Allison- Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy Bobby Bland- Rockin’ in the Same Old Boat Gus Cannon- Prison Wall Blues Charlie Christian- Seven Come Eleven Ornette Coleman- Ramblin John Coltrane- Giant Steps…