In Praise of William Goldman

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I was sad to hear of the passing of novelist/screenwriter William Goldman. If you saw Goldman’s name attached to a novel or a film, you knew you were in for a treat. Continue reading

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CMBA OUTLAWS Blogathon

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Coming Soon! CMBA 2018 Fall Blogathon

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If you are a member of The Classic Movie Blog Association put your thinking caps on and get ready for the OUTLAWS Blogathon! The dates are November 15th to the 19th. 

An official invite via email will be sent out to members later this month asking for submissions.

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On Hiatus

Twenty Four Frames will be on a short hiatus while I work on a few other projects during the coming weeks including the editing of my new collection of short stories that hopefully with be out later this year or early next year at the latest. The book is called Bitter Ends and will feature a collection of stories filled with murder, mayhem and other dark tales.  Anyone who has written a book knows that editing is at times a grueling, depressing, frustrating,  time consuming process.

Below is the current version of the book’s cover which is close to final, maybe a few small changes. I will still be posting on my other blog, John Greco Author/Photographer and will be updating readers on the book’s progress there as well as the other usual stuff. I would appreciate it if you follow.

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Favorite Comedies of the 70’s

The 1970’s in film ranks as one of the best decades in its history. It’s up there with the 1930’s and 1950’s. The Godfather 1 & 2, Mean Streets, The Last Picture Show, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Five Easy Pieces, All the President’s Men, American Graffiti, Taxi Driver, Jaws, Apocalypse Now, The Exorcist, Chinatown, A Clockwork Orange, Rocky, The Sting, The Shining,  Dog Day Afternoon, The French Connection, The Conversation, Serpico and many more. Comedies had their share of greatness too, led by Woody Allen and Mel Brooks, in a decade that thrived on great cinema. Continue reading

The One and Only Alfalfa

carl_alfafa_switzer___came_the_brawnAs a kid, some of my favorite TV shows included The Honeymooner’s, The Abbott and Costello. Show and The Little Rascals. The Rascals were on in the afternoon, and I was religious in watching them unless my mother forced me to do my homework which she always did. I would tell her, “the show’s almost over!” That was always my official reply even if the show just began. Continue reading

A Case of Catch-22

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”You mean there’s a catch?”

“Sure there’s a catch,” Doc Daneeka replied. “Catch-22. Anyone who wants to get out of combat duty isn’t really crazy.”

“There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn’t, but if he was sane, he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn’t have to; but if he didn’t want to, he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.”
“That’s some catch, that Catch-22,” he observed.

“It’s the best there is,” Doc Daneeka agreed.    (Joseph Heller, Catch-22) Continue reading