Mike’s Thirteen Favorite Westerns

Mike’s Thirteen Favorite Westerns Recently, a radio listener asked for my four favorite Westerns. You know how it is with lists; once you start, it’s hard to stop. So, right now, the first four are my own favorites. Tomorrow, the order might change. I know that all of these are available on DVD. I’m not … Read more

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Three Top-Ten (+1) of 2019

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood The Irishman Parasite (They Shall Not Grow Old)                These are three of the finest films I’ve ever seen. Full stop. The rest of the field in 2019 or virtually any other year doesn’t even come close, and that’s why my list is limited to these narrative features (plus … Read more

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Seven Top-Ten Films of 2018

Mary Poppins Returns and Roma: One is a carefully constructed studio entertainment, the other a lyrical black and white memory of childhood. Both of them reminded me of what films used to be, and how powerful they still can be. Crazy Rich Asians may not have reinvented the romantic comedy, but it certainly breathed fresh … Read more

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John D. MacDonald’s “Soft Touch”

Soft Touch. By John D. MacDonald John D. MacDonald did not often venture into true noir, the literary territory of James M. Cain, Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson. MacDonald was every bit as interested in the darker elements as they were—see The End of the Night or On the Run among others—but he usually brought … Read more

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Nine Top Ten Films of 2016 and Honorable Mentions

Best Films of 2016 Hell or High Water. Throwback to the great gritty ‘70s thrillers about brothers robbing banks and the about-to-retire Texas Ranger who’s chasing them, with a subtle satisfying twist at the end. Tower. Documentary about Charles Whitman, the sniper who opened fire on the University of Texas campus in 1966. A moving … Read more

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Bouchercon 2016

Rob Hart noted in his Bouchercon blog that this year’s convention skewed young. He’s right. My first Bouchercon was 1988 in San Diego. I was on a reviewing and criticism panel chaired by Charles Champlin. A year later in Philadelphia, I chaired a similar panel. (All did not go well; something we said so offended … Read more

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Best DVDs and pay-per-views of 2015

Best DVDs and pay-per-views of 2015   John Wick – Keanu Reeves stars as a hitman who comes out of retirement in a refreshingly old-school action piece. The Homesman – Tommy Lee Jones directed and stars as a drifter who is forced to lead a group of women across pre-Civil War Nebraska. With Hilary Swank. … Read more

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