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34 Things We Learned from Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” Commentary

Posted in Celebs, Crime, Movies, and Trivia

Rob Hunter and Film School Rejects present 34 Things We Learned from Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver Commentary.  Here are three of my favorites…

10. Baby’s guardian, Joe, was written as a deaf African American man in his 80s, and CJ Jones was the only performer they auditioned who is actually deaf. “I started auditioning other very good actors who were pretending to be deaf, it made me feel immediately uncomfortable.”

13. The Michael Myers / Mike Myers mask gag originally featured two Halloween masks and one Austin Powers, but while Mike Myers had had granted permission “the Halloween people hadn’t said no, but they definitely hadn’t said yes.” Wright had to write an alternative for the scene and call Myers back to extend the permissions (for three masks). Myers shared a story with him about the first time he went to the bank with a paycheck from Saturday Night Live. It was made out to Michael Myers, and the teller said “Michael Myers? Are you gonna stab me?

21. The idea of having Doc’s nephew accompany Baby while casing the Post Office came from one of Wright’s interviews with ex-cons.



Jonathan Maberry: Born with a Love of Storytelling

Posted in Authors, Books, Celebs, Comics, Crime, and Horror

Jonathan Maberry: Born with a Love of Storytelling is an interview with, well, Jonathon Maberry.  Fans of Mayberry’s fiction as well as folks who’d like advice on writing should check it out.

If you don’t know… Jonathan Maberry is…

…a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning suspense author, editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. Jonathan Maberry was named one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers, and his books have been sold to more than two-dozen countries. Jonathan is known for his writing that spans several different genres; including horror, mystery and young adult fiction.

Source: The Reading Lists.


S. Craig Zahler & Vince Vaughn Talk “Brawl in Cell Block 99”

Posted in Celebs, Crime, and Movies

I’m a huge fan of S. Craig Zahler’s Bone Tomahawk and am really looking forward to his next film, Brawl in Cell Block 99.  Advance reviews are positive, especially singling out Vince Vaughn’s performance.

Although Brawl in Cell Block 99 is supposed to be in release now, it’s not playing at any theaters in my area.  Still, the publicity is coming and you can read interviews about the film with S. Craig Zahler and Vince Vaughn at Coming Soon, Film School Rejects and /Film.

Neal Adams Presents “Batman vs Elmer Fudd” by Tom King and Lee Weeks

Posted in Art, Comics, Crime, and Humor

Batman vs Elmer Fudd.

Sounds stupid, right?  No way in the world this could be an excellent comic book, right?

Wrong.  Way wrong.

Written by Tom King with art by Lee Weeks, Batman vs Elmer Fudd is an amazingly good comic.  Since it sold out of it’s initial print run, if you want to get a copy you’re probably out of luck.  However comics legend Neal Adams has created a video homage that is worth a watch.

Source: Neal Adams.

Dan Panosian, Down-But-Not-Out Boxers and “Killing Me Softly”

Posted in Art, Comics, Crime, and Movies

Dan Panosian recently sat down (or perhaps he stood up) for an interview with Adventures in Poor Taste to talk about his new series Slots.

I’ve always enjoyed Panosian’s art and he’s a great guy so there’s that.  In the interview I discovered that Dan’s a fan of the film Killing Them Softly.  I thought I was the only one.  So there’s another reason to like Dan.  If you check out the interview, I’ll bet you’ll find a couple for yourself.

A “Die Hard” Christmas

Posted in Art, Crime, and Movies

If you have a hard-to-buy-for Die Hard fan in your life, then A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic by Doogie Horner (author), and J.J. Harrison (artist) may be just what you need.

And if A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic is a home run, then the 80 page Die Hard: The Authorized Coloring and Activity Book from 20 Century Fox should be worth a couple of bases.  (Not sure where the baseball analogy came from.  On that I struck out.)


Phantom Lady (1944) / Z-View

Posted in Crime, Movies, and Z-View

Phantom Lady (1944)

Director: Robert Siodmak

Screenplay: Bernard C. Schoenfeld (screenplay), Cornell Woolrich based on his novel written as William Irish

Stars: Franchot Tone, Ella Raines, Alan Curtis, Elisha Cook Jr., Regis Toomey and Milburn Stone.

The Pitch: “A romantic thriller with a man’s life on the line!”


The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…
Scott Henderson (Curtis), who is in an unhappy marriage, spends his night at a bar drinking with a woman he’s just met. When Henderson gets home he discovers his wife has been murdered and the woman he’d just met is his only alibi… only no one seems to remember seeing her with him.


Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (1949) / Z-View

Posted in Crime, Horror, Humor, Movies, and Z-View

Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (1949)

Director: Charles T. Barton

Screenplay: Hugh Wedlock Jr. & Howard Snyder

Stars:  Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Boris Karloff

The Pitch: “It’s time for Bud and Lou to meet Boris!”


The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

When the bellboy (Costello) becomes the prime suspect of a murder in a remote hotel full of shady characters, only the hotel dick (Abbott) believes his innocence.  The race is on to find the killer before he kills again… and the bellboy is in the killer’s sights!

I was surprised that Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff didn’t hold up as well as I remembered it.  I was sure it would get a “B” rating or higher.  As a kid, it would have gotten an “A” — yet it is still fun with some good laughs.


Blood Simple (1984) / Z-View

Posted in Crime, Movies, and Z-View

Blood Simple (1984)

Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (uncredited)

Screenplay: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Stars:  John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya and M. Emmet Walsh

The Pitch: “Let’s make a noir!”

Tagline: Breaking up is hard

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

When a vengeful husband (Hedaya) learns that his wife is cheating on him, he hires a sleazy PI to kill them.  What follows is a classic throwback film noir that jumpstarted the Coen brothers’ career.