Part Two of ‘The Wild Women of Wongo’ and a Patreon Update

Yes, folks! Today, you will get to see the second part of The Wild Women of Wongo. It makes me smile just to write that. 🙂

The Patreon campaign is still under construction. I’m slowly getting it together, in between writing a novel, revising screenplays, and developing a fiction story podcast.

Plus marketing. And blogging. But enough about me.

Here’s Part Two of the movie!

And here’s a link to the Film Geek Patreon page, which is still a work-in-progress! 🙂

 

 

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My Tribute to Powers Boothe

It’s been days since the news came out that Powers Boothe is gone. According to Wikipedia, Boothe was the youngest of three boys who grew up on a cotton farm in Texas. He was the first in his family to attend college, eventually earning a master’s degree in drama.

I’ve been a fan of Powers Boothe ever since I saw him in Southern Comfort, a truly frightening action thriller movie.

There was something about the way he could deliver a line that, even when he was mad or the situation was tense, he could make me laugh.

I also loved him in Tombstone and Deadwood.

Not to mention Sin City!

But my favorite Powers Boothe part was as a heroic figure — the proverbial “white knight” detective, Philip Marlowe.

So … for your viewing pleasure, here’s Season One, Episode One of the HBO series, Philip Marlowe, Private Eye! 🙂

Rest in peace, Powers Boothe.

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Goodbye Powers Boothe

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Five Stars for National Classic Movie Day!

Happy National Classic Movie Day – Part Deux! 🙂

B Noir Detour

Five Stars BlogathonWho knew there was a “Classic Movie Day”? I sure didn’t, but I’m sure willing to participate in Classic Film and TV Cafe’s Five Stars Blogathon today. My mission is to list my five favorite movie stars and explain why you love them. Seems simple enough, but this does need some qualification, I feel…

First, I’m listing five favorites of the moment, not “all-time” favorites or “best actors” or “most gorgeous” or anything superlative like that. My tastes change, my film experience grows and changes, and anything other than pausing for a joyous moment to heap praise is beyond the scope of this post.

Second, as a mostly film noir blog, I’m going to limit my faves to stars that are either known for noir or have at least appeared in a few. (That means my list is going to be glaringly, inescapably white. Ack.)

Third, these come in no…

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5 Reasons We Love Classic Film

Celebrate National Classic Movie Day with the Five Stars Blogathon! 🙂

Silver Screenings

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Dear Reader, if you were our neighbour, we would invite you to our place to celebrate National Classic Movie Day on May 16.

There would be balloons, champagne and, of course, a classic movie. Oh – and cake, too!

Doris Day, James Stewart and Alfred Hitchcock are celebrating too. • Image: Cinephilia & Beyond

Rick at Classic Film and TV Café, an advocate of classic film and movie critic extraordinaire, hosts an annual blogging bash to mark National Classic Movie Day. His challenge: Choose five vintage celebrities who make classic movies seem all the more special to you.

We wrestled with this decision for weeks. In the end, we settled on five stars for whom we drop everything to watch. They are five of the reasons we love classic film.

1. Ida Lupino

Ida Lupino in They Drive By Night (1940) • Image: tumblr

Because Ida Lupino…

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The Saturday Matinee Becomes the Film Geek Project

Hello all! I’m currently in the midst of trying to make the Saturday Matinee a more interactive experience.

To accomplish this (as well as to reach out to all those who might enjoy my particular brand of weird humor), I’m setting up a Patreon account. This is where you’ll (eventually) be able to access these videos.

So, this serves as an announcement! Hey, hey!

In the meantime, here’s a taste of what’s to come! It’s Part One of The Wild Women of Wongo! 🙂

PS: Check it out! Where to watch All the President’s Men and 9 other films about Nixon! 🙂

Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman in All the President’s Men

And here’s me with “Woodstein”! 🙂

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My Review of ‘The Lookout’ (2007)

This film marked the directorial debut of screenwriter Scott Frank, who also wrote the screenplay. Described in Wikipedia simply as a “crime film”, it also falls into the category of neo-noir.

High school hockey star Chris Pratt (played to perfection by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) crashes his car while on a drive with his girlfriend and another couple. Being a big shot high school hockey star and having a cool car, he unwisely tries to impress his girlfriend by driving at night with the headlights off. As a result of the ensuing crash, the other couple die, while Chris and his girlfriend, Kelly, live. But neither emerges unscathed.

Chris ends up with anterograde amnesia and a few anger management problems. Four years later, he’s working as a night maintenance man at a small town bank. He attends classes to learn new skills, such as how to tell a sequenced story (to overcome his inability to remember things he’s just done). Chris even keeps a notebook to remind himself of what he’s done so he can sequence his day more effectively.

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So (you might ask), is this Memento with a young hockey player? Well, yes … and no. The amnesia and the manner in which it’s used against Chris by the bad guys (a group of thugs who want to use him to rob the bank) is reminiscent of Memento. But there’s more to the movie than that.

Chris lives with Lewis, a blind man, and is supported financially by his family. Lewis (of course) can “see” more clearly than Chris that his family isn’t exactly … supportive in ways other than money. Plus, there’s a femme fatale who seduces Chris for the bank robbers (Isla Fisher playing a woman named Luvlee Lemons—no, I don’t believe it, either! 🙂 ). And, naturally, Lewis smells a rat.

Without going into a lot of detail, I’ll just say that Chris’s disability may lead to his predicament, but also ends up being his salvation. In short, The Lookout is a highly suspenseful heist movie, with a twist ending that leaves Chris in a much better place then Leonard, the protagonist in Memento.

I loved this film and highly recommend it!

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