John Boorman’s 1967 neo-noir Point Blank is based on the novel, The Hunter, the first of twenty-three hard-boiled paperbacks about a career criminal who goes by the singular name of Parker. The series was written by Richard Stark, one of many pseudonyms used by Donald E. Westlake, one of the all-time great crime fiction writers our time. Westlake’s career spread across novels, screenplay, and television. Several of his many books have made it to the big screen including The Split (1968) The Hot Rock (1972), Cops and Robbers (1973), Bank Shot (1974) and Two Much among others. Westlake’s screenplay credits include The Grifters (2000), adapted from famed pulp fiction writer Jim Thompson novel, and The Stepfather. Two of my own personal favorite works of Westlake books are both standalone novels: The Hook and The Ax. Continue reading
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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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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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.
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