Advance Look at New E-book Cover

Book Cover Lessons in the Dark Final Final   Coming up with a book cover was interesting. It took time and some experimentation. Naturally, I wanted something that would relate to what was between the covers. Fortunately, as a photographer I have always liked to take photographs of movie theaters. I first began this project back in the 1970’s and still do it today when I travel. Whenever I come across an old classic theater, I photograph it. Continue reading

The Fox (1967) Mark Rydell


   Mark Rydell’s The Fox was released in Canada in December of 1967. Two months later, in early February, it opened in the U.S. I remember seeing the film back then with a full house of other filmgoers at the Festival theater in New York City. It’s based on an early novella by D.H. Lawrence, best known for the erotic Lady’s Chatterley’s Lover, a book just about every high school boy back in the day secretly read. Continue reading

My 25 Best Films of 2015

After what I considered a slow start, 2015 turned out to be a very good year for films. Subsequently, instead of doing a top ten I expanded it to twenty five films that I felt raised the level of cinema to art. Well, if not exactly art in all cases, at least raising the level of entertainment to a creative and intelligent level. Here we go…

1 – Spotlight


My best film of the year! A brilliant look at what investigative journalism should be. Spotlight is the best film detailing what it means to be a serious journalist since All the President’s Men. The film draws you in early on and keeps you locked in while managing not to exploit sensitive subject matter. Spotlight is intelligent filmmaking and a superb look at heroic journalism against powerful forces. Continue reading

New e-Book – Murder with a Twist

I just want to announce that my first work of fiction, MURDER WITH A TWIST, consisting of  two short stories, is now available at Amazon for only .99 cents. Just click on the following link.

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Happy New Year!


I want to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year. Let’s hope it’s a good one. I also want to thank everyone for stopping by and taking a look at my ramblings and joining in the conversation. A few highlights included the chance to interview authors Jacqueline T. Lynch and Michelle Morgan during the publications of their respective biographies on actresses Ann Blyth and Thelma Todd. Both books rank up there on the best film bios of the year. I myself was interviewed, and quoted, by Chicago Tribune writer, Nina Metz, in an article she wrote about Chicago and the gangster film back in late April.  For 2016, I have a few things in the works that hopefully come to fruition and  will be sharing. Of course, the reviews and articles with continue. First up, my annual Top 10 List of Classic Films I Watched for the First Time which will appear here tomorrow.

I know these days there are a lot of blogs out there, much more than eight and half years ago when I began this little adventure. So once again I thank you.

Island of Doomed Men (1940) Charles Barton

DoomedPeter Lorre was unhappy with his career since coming to work for 20th Century Fox. After working with filmmakers like Fritz Lang (M), Alfred Hitchcock (The Man ho Knew Too Much, Secret Agent) and Josef Von Sternberg (Crime and Punishment), Fox Studio, basically reduced Lorre to B films. Of those low-budget films, most were part of the Mr. Moto series where Lorre played another version of Charlie Chan. Instead of Chinese, Mr. Moto was Japanese. Like Chan, Moto started his life in print (Saturday Evening Post, novels) and would expand to movies, radio, comic books and most recently in a 2003 graphic novel. With the advent of World War II, the Moto films became persona non grata. Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation, released in July of 1939, turned into a permanent vacation for the series. It was the last Moto film released by Fox. Continue reading

Liebster Award!

liebster-awardI am late in doing this, but I just wanted to thank Summer Reeves over at Serendipitous Anachronisms  for bestowing the Liebster Award on my humble little blog. I am speechless, truly without speech, but I will try to move on. Seriously, I want to thank Ms. Reeves for anointing this award. I do appreciate it. I know there are “rules” that go long with receiving the Liebster like answering a bunch of questions and paying forward by bestowing the award on 11 favorite blogs. The last part is what I feel bad about because there are blog that I left off and could have easily be added to the list. Continue reading