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There are basically two places you can start with the books:

 

From the beginning, with The Sins of the Fathers. The first four or so novels or so are with Scudder as an alcoholic, and his condition gets steadily worse until he enters AA. The AA novels roughly start around Out on the Cutting Edge and continue through to the most recent full novel, All The Flowers Are Dying. The most recent, A Drop of the Hard Stuff, is a flashback novel.

 

There are advantages to both periods, and you can certainly jump around, as the backstory is basically recounted for about a page in each novel, but I will say one of the pleasures of the series is that Scudder and the characters around him age and change approximate to the arc of the series. Additionally - and this is Block's great contribution to the detective canon (and I would argue American lit as a whole) - the series vividly captures New York throughout the last 40 plus years, from the bad old days of the seventies, to the Giuliani 90s, to the hollowed out corporate canyons of today. In fact, one of the reasons Block stopped writing the series in 2005 is even he admitted, post 9/11, that the city had become something he didn't really recognize, and all the places he'd been writing about for decades had either closed or been forced out. 

Cool. I shall peruse the local library catalogue to see if they carry them. I like starting at the beginning with series, so I'll probably take that route. I'll be interested to read some of the background stuff too, particularly to contrast it with the way London has evolved over the last 40 years I've been around the place.

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The cold opening of TOMBSTONES captures Scudder brilliantly, throwing you right into his damaged world:

 

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Late Show Double Feature:

 

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Watching OKLAHOMA CITY, the American Experience documentary about the Murrah Bombing. Because I wasn't angry enough today. 

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Cool. I shall peruse the local library catalogue to see if they carry them. I like starting at the beginning with series, so I'll probably take that route. I'll be interested to read some of the background stuff too, particularly to contrast it with the way London has evolved over the last 40 years I've been around the place.


Weirdly, the only library that holds these books - and it holds all of them - in my county is a prison library. Clearly the governor or a well liked prisoner got into them and persuaded the screws to invest in the rest. So, it looks like eBay for me.

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Weirdly, the only library that holds these books - and it holds all of them - in my county is a prison library. Clearly the governor or a well liked prisoner got into them and persuaded the screws to invest in the rest. So, it looks like eBay for me.

 

A big theme of the series is REDEMPTION!!! and whether you can have done bad things and still be a good person, so I see that. 

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A big theme of the series is REDEMPTION!!! and whether you can have done bad things and still be a good person, so I see that. 


Are we talking the governor, the guards or the inmates ;)

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Watching OKLAHOMA CITY, the American Experience documentary about the Murrah Bombing. Because I wasn't angry enough today. 

 

This was excellent.

 

Now, onto Barak Goodman's companion film RUBY RIDGE. 

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First the Penguin game and then this.

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Much as I'd like to continue either my Lancasterthon or my journey through Chandler adaptations and screenplays, I depend on a rental list so winging their way to Jhp Towers for imminent viewing are...





It'll be interesting to see what state of mind that little cocktail will leave me in by the end of the weekend.
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Someone in one of the threads (I forget who - my apologies) recommended this as a good documentary and so I'm going to give it a watch!

 

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Someone in one of the threads (I forget who - my apologies) recommended this as a good documentary and so I'm going to give it a watch!



I recently did! Watched it after I turned off the Superman Lives doc.

It is fantastic!
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First time
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Boy you got on that quick! As you should.

Come back here when you're done with an update!
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Sitting in a Schlotzsky's right now, eating a veggie pizza. A giant monster movie is on TNT.

"Oh, Godzilla '98..."

A minute later...

"Oh, this must be Godzilla '14..."

A few minutes later...

"Oh. It's Pacific Rim."
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Boy you got on that quick! As you should.

Come back here when you're done with an update!

With a hacked Amazon Firestick, most anything is pretty instant!

Already love the opening song an motorcycle race.
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Sitting in a Schlotzsky's right now, eating a veggie pizza. A giant monster movie is on TNT.

"Oh, Godzilla '98..."

A minute later...

"Oh, this must be Godzilla '14..."

A few minutes later...

"Oh. It's Pacific Rim."
Schlotzsky's is fucking delicious! At least it used to be. I hope it still is because we're finally getting another one close by. I am excite!

Too bad about that movie though, dude :/
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Now Playing:

 

(First time viewing)

 

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(It's a small thing, but I'm watching Scream Factory Blu and I love it when film opens with authentic vintage studio logo - in this case Warner Brothers)

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Evil Speak is one strange ass movie. It's worth watching. And has at least one gobsmacking show stopper of a scene..
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First time

Damn. What a badass flick.

-Opening song with Douglas on a motorcycle, meeting up with Lyis Guizman, taking bets on a race along the East River?! Badass

-Michael Douglas calling everyone "babe"

-The combo of Zimmers music, Jan de Bonts cinematography and Scotts direction made a moody trifecta made in heaven.

-The set pieces: refinery scene,(the amvient sounds thrown in sounded like he threw in some Alien sound effects) rice paddy showdown, karaoke bar pre Garcia knock-off, all great, well shot and tense. Oh, and the deceotion on the plane with the bad guy getting away surprised me from the get go.

-Douglas being straight up badass, great chemistry with Mas the detective and Capshaw being damned alluring. Garcia brings it as well but I called him biting it from the beginning.

-I saw the motorcycle chase come from a mile away yet it was still thrilling.. Plus the fight not even ending how you expect it!

I could keep going.. But damb, yeah, fantastic.. Thanks guys. You always know whats good.

Got a good buzz going, thinking of watching Punisher War Zone for some gonzo carnage.
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first time
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Never seen this before

..looks right up my alley though. 1979 horror film from the director of The Town That Dreaded Sundown. I'm always intrigued when I stumble across movies like this that I'd never seen or heard of before. That doesn't happen very often anymore..
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Ehhhhh this was pretty dull. Oh well..
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Heard of that one but never seen. Sounds like a classic case of promo image > movie itself.
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Pretty much....I was hoping for something along the lines of a less gruesome Deranged/Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Ya know....the psycho hillbilly genre. It BARELY squeaks into that genre. Really it was a whole lotta nothing. Vic Morrow's role was so dull and pointless he might as well have not been in the film at all. The movie's only saving grace was being treated to the sight of a young Jessica Harper. That's always welcome..
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In Memoriam:

 

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A blackhearted satire and parable for the times. Oh and Heche are excellent - Heche especially, giving perhaps performance of her career.  Fistfights are amazing. Both brutal and laugh out loud funny.  Strong recommendation.

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In a few minutes:

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Split

Shortly.

Soon as I'm free to. Really excited. Haven't looked forward to an M Night movie in like 15 years. Managed to make it till now unspoiled. The title seems to give a lot of it away but the way everyone is acting about it, it seems there's probably a lot more to it than that..
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How do you feel about M. Night's past films, Fraid? The first few? His last, THE VISIT, is a solid little spookstory.

You haven't had anything revealed? Even with the recent news announcement? From like yesterday? Avoid the internet. Just watch and get back in here!
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(raises hand) let's just say I need to see Split already because...yeaaaahhhhhh...
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If M. just kept making lean little stories as entertaining as SPLIT I'd be happy.

But his newly announced film is more than welcome.
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just came out of GIFTED... that Chris Evans and Little Girl drama

 

actually quite a solid little conventional drama!  Gets the job done.  Evans is good.  Little girl is good.

 

Directed by Marc Webb!

 

And it has a moment where somebody screams "I NEEEEEED YOOOOU!!!!"

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Really enjoyed Their Finest just now. It does a good job balancing rom-com with tragedy (necessary for a wartime story in which nobody is in combat), and has unusually good ideas for how to use a movie-within-a-movie conceit to comment on the messiness of real life.


Edited by Hammerhead - 4/29/17 at 2:03am
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oh, I just found out about that movie's existence yesterday!

 

it sounds like another SOLID FILM!

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Late Late Show:

 

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How do you feel about M. Night's past films, Fraid? The first few? His last, THE VISIT, is a solid little spookstory.

You haven't had anything revealed? Even with the recent news announcement? From like yesterday? Avoid the internet. Just watch and get back in here!
Ok...Split.

No. I had not had ANYTHING revealed. When that last scene happened I almost fell off my chair. HOLY SHIT...,I did NOT see THAT coming. I feel exhilarated!

When that certain music started kicking in I was like "noooo fuckin way." OMG
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Total stunner for me, too. What did you think of the whole film? And do think:

SPOILERS: The train crash that shaped McAvoy was the train that Glass derailed?

M. Night just announced he's finished the script, which will be a sequel to both films, he's found funding for it, he says it will be a lot wilder, and it's called GLASS.

Jackson, Willis, McAvoy, and Taylor-Joy are all back.
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The film itself was very good too. M Night was channeling his old energy on this one. Man. This was such a surprise!
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War, Inc makes it a trilogy.

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Is there another actor as much the embodiment of Gen X as Cusack? Maybe Ethan Hawke?

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Keanu and Winona..
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Lee Van Cleef once walked among mortal men.
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He is, bar none, my favorite western star. And in my top ten favorite actors ever. He's like Mads and Christopher Lee. Just his presence in a movie makes it more worthwhile..
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His awesomeness could not be contained by the western genre. Might have been a bit before your time Fraid, did you ever watch the 80s action/adventure show The Master? If not, google "Lee Van Cleef Ninja" to see pics of him posing with swords, throwing stars etc. You can thank me later.
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It is a tad before my time (I was born in '81) but I've watched the show. I watched it in the late 80s when I was a kid. In fact it may have been my introduction to him. And then he made a big impression on me in Escape from NY. The only dude in the movie that didn't seem intimidated by Plissken at all. Cool motherfucker. Then in my teens I started to get into his westerns. And the rest be history. Death Rides a Horse is my FAVE-OH-RITE western of all time. Kino is releasing it on blu this summer and I am all over that bad boy..
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He was a truly unique presence. If he had lived on into the 1990s and beyond, would have loved to see what the modern filmmakers could have done with him. Old gunslinger roles of course. Maybe even a Van Helsing type in some kind of horror project.
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