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From The Blog
August 20, 2014
Lost Classics of Noir: The Baby Doll Murders by James O. Causey
Brian Greene
August 19, 2014
The Question You Never Knew You Needed Answered: What if Michael Bay Directed Up?
Crime HQ
August 15, 2014
Checking into The Knick 1.02: “Mr. Paris Shoes”
Joe Brosnan
August 15, 2014
Not Dead Yet: Melbourne Edition
Crime HQ
August 12, 2014
"We're Like Health Insurance": Teaser Trailer for Better Call Saul
Joe Brosnan
Tue
Aug 12 2014 8:45am

“We’re Like Health Insurance”: Teaser Trailer for Better Call Saul

AMC released a quick, 9 second teaser trailer for it's upcoming Breaking Bad spin-off series Better Call Saul, featuring everyone's quick-talking, vanity plate-wielding, Cinnabon-owning lawyer. Bob Odenkirk will be reprising his role, but he won't be starting the series off with the duplicitously-crafted name we knew him as in Breaking Bad (For those who didn't pick up on it: Saul Goodman is a play on words designed to sound like It's All Good, Man.) Before becoming Saul, his name was James M. McGill, as seen in this promotional billboard spotted recently in Albuquerque:

Although Bryan Cranston recently ruled out appearing in the show, he is planning on directing an episode. And Aaron Paul has shown great interest in returning as Jesse Pinkman. You can watch the teaser trailer below:

Mon
Aug 11 2014 4:00pm

The Movies of 1944: The Woman in the Window

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of film noir’s landmark year, we’re looking at the six key noirs of 1944: Double Indemnity, Laura, Murder My Sweet, Phantom Lady, When Strangers Marry, and The Woman In the Window. Last week we looked at Robert Siodmak’s Phantom Lady. Today we look at Fritz Lang’s The Woman In The Window.

The Woman In The Window is the kind of film that comes right up to the edge of greatness and then swerves at the last moment. In a sense, that’s a shame, but look at it this way: most movies come nowhere near greatness.

The film stands at the crossroads in the career of star Edward G. Robinson. In the thirties, he had been one of the premier tommy gun-toting hoodlums at Warner Brothers, but in the forties, as the gangster picture gave way to the film noir, Robinson moved on to play a far different kind of character. In 1944, he made the pivotal Double Indemnity, playing the fast-talking insurance investigator. But that same year he made The Woman In The Window, the first of his middle-aged loser roles.

[It was a role he'd get used to playing...]

Mon
Aug 11 2014 1:00pm

The Strain 1.05: “Runaways”

This week’s episode, “The Runaways”, opens with a house call that doesn’t end well. A urologist arrives at Bolivar’s loft to tend to the rock star’s unusual “problem”. A problem that includes looking like death warmed over; pretty sure there are corpses in funeral homes that look better than Gabe. While manager Ruby is downstairs making her own beauty appointment, a crash and scream suggests that the examination isn’t going too well for the good Dr. Evanston.

And when Ruby rushes upstairs to find Bolivar feeding on the doctor with a definitely inhuman tentacle tongue, there doesn’t seem to be much more she can do but run—injuring her ankle in the process; this is exactly while ladies in survival scenarios need to be thinking about practical footwear—and call someone to come clean up the “mess”.

I know the rich and famous have enough money to get away with just about anything, but this is absolutely taking it to the limit.

[C'mon!]

Mon
Aug 11 2014 8:45am

Almost 80 Years of Infamy: We Blame You, Oklahoma City!

On a hot August day in 1935, Reverend Charles H. North of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma's Third Pentecostal Holiness Church drove his car downtown and parked at a spot in front of a new-fangled device called the Park-O-Meter. The Park-O-Meters had just been installed the month before and had created sort of a hub-bub around town over those past few weeks.

This is how theNewspaper.com sets the scene of a first national tragedy, repeated countless times since then.

The preacher checked his right pocket and then his left. A few pennies, a dime, a quarter and a few silver dollars, landed in the palm of his hand, but there were no nickels. North sighed and then trudged into the nearest store, a grocery, to get change for the meter, not knowing that at this moment he would make history.

When Rev. North walked back out into the street a few minutes later, he saw a piece of paper on the windshield of his car. He picked it up and peered at it curiously. It was a ticket for an expired meter.

That ticket was dismissed, but the die of history was cast, and woe to us all.

Hat tip: Fark.com. Image via I Am Funny Like That.

Sun
Aug 10 2014 11:45pm

Hemlock Grove 2.10: Season Finale “Demons and the Dogstar”

Season 2 is at its end. This is the finale, and I’m hoping it’s a good one. You get one more spoiler warning, guys!

You know what? I love the music in this show.

[Music that moves your body, erm, bodies...]

Sun
Aug 10 2014 7:30pm

Hemlock Grove 2.09: “Tintypes”

This is it! Second to last episode! Ladies and gentlemen, place your bets! What are you expecting to go down as we near the end of Season 2?

[So many possibilities, so little time left...]

Sun
Aug 10 2014 1:00pm

Hemlock Grove 2.07: “Lost Generation”

Before I go on with commentary, I have to say at this point, we're coming down to the wire, which means I might have to mention more plot-points and turns. You’ve been warned.

Editor's note: We'll keep trying to keep any spoilers below the jump, but aren't you dying for more spoiler-filled gabbing?

What I thought was happening really happened.

[Get down with that...]

Sat
Aug 9 2014 9:30pm

Hemlock Grove 2.06: “Such Dire Stuff”

I wasn’t wrong about Roman (Bill Skarsgård) being willing to do anything. Gene therapy? Look at all those needles. I’m terrified on Roman’s behalf.

[And still, we go deeper...]

Sat
Aug 9 2014 6:00pm

Hemlock Grove 2.05: “Hemlock Diego’s Policy Player’s Dream Book”

Okay, sometimes I just don’t get the titles for these episodes, but below the jump is the scene I’ve been looking forward to since we caught a glimpse of it in the trailer.

[You, too...?]

Sat
Aug 9 2014 3:00pm

Hemlock Grove 2.04: “Bodily Fluids”

Bodies in the woods! I think the moral of the story is that you should never, ever go into the woods in Hemlock Grove. There’s a lot of bad stuff lurking therein.

[And herein, below the jump...]

Fri
Aug 8 2014 9:45pm

Checking into The Knick: Series Premiere “Method and Madness”

It’s only been one episode of The Knick, but if “Method and Madness” was any indication, there is a clear theme of the series: change, and the lengths various characters will go to encourage and prevent it. The setting of the show itself is a testament to that. New York City in 1900 was a city straddling a line between old and new lifestyles, evidenced by one of the major plot points of this episode: trying to add electricity to The Knickerbocker Hospital. Elsewhere, be it a rudimentary C-Section, a horse-driven ambulance, a shoddy beard cleaning, cramped living quarters, or the disconcerting lack of gloves and socks, it’s clear that The Knick will make our WebMD-addicted, helicopter-parenting, hand sanitizer-bathed society cringe. And I couldn’t be more into it.

[Let’s discuss the characters…]

Fri
Aug 8 2014 8:30pm

Hemlock Grove, Season 2: Binge Watch with Us All Weekend Long!

Are you ready to devour all ten episodes of the second season of Hemlock Grove, produced by Eli Roth, based upon the novel by Brian McGreevy? We sure hope you are, because we're going to watch them all, starting... now!

Look for 2 episodes tonight, 4 more on Saturday, and the big wrap-up with 4 more on Sunday. If you’re binging along with us and our Mistress of Eyeballs Meghan Schuler, feel free to leave your reactions and guesses in the comments. And if you’re not, well, why not?

Not caught up on Season 1 of Hemlock Grove? We've got a primer for that.

We can't promise to be completely spoiler-free, especially as we get down to
the finale, so read at your own risk, but we will bury all the crucial stuff below the jumps. And you can always check our feature page for all the episodes!

Without further ado, let's head back to the Grove!

Thu
Aug 7 2014 2:00pm
Excerpt

Half in Love with Arftul Death: New Excerpt

Bill Crider

Half in Love with Artful Death by Anthony Award-winning author Bill Crider is the 21st in the Sheriff Dan Rhodes mystery series about Blacklin County, Texas (available August 12, 2014).

The local community college and an antique dealer team up to have a workshop for artists. One local man, Burt Collins, isn't fond of the art, and he isn't fond of having the artists in town. Sheriff Dan Rhodes is called to the antique store because Collins has been accused of vandalizing some paintings. When Rhodes arrives, two men are restraining Collins. But before Rhodes can take Collins into custody, a near riot breaks out. Rhodes gets the situation under control with the help of college math instructor and wannabe cop Seepy Benton.

Later that day Rhodes has to help the county animal control officer round up some runaway donkeys, and that evening there's a robbery at a local convenience store. After looking into the robbery, Rhodes goes by to see Collins and talk to him about the vandalism. Collins isn't talking because he's been killed, his head bashed in with a bust of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Rhodes is faced with other problems, too: a naked woman in a roadside park and a gang of meth-cookers. It seems as if a Sheriff's work is never done.

Chapter 1

Sheriff Dan Rhodes didn’t know much about art, but he knew what he didn’t like.

[Continue reading Half in Love with Arful Death by Bill Crider...]

Thu
Aug 7 2014 12:00pm

How the West was Funny: 10 Can’t-Miss Comedies

Seth MacFarlane’s recent comedy A Million Ways to Die in The West may have been gunned down at the box office, but that’s no reason to give up on having a laugh at the expense of the Western genre. Here are ten films guaranteed to tickle your funny bone.

 

The General (1926)

Amazing what time can do for public and critical opinion. When originally released, The General performed poorly at the box office and reviews were mixed to poor with Variety saying, "far from funny.” Now considered Buster Keaton’s greatest film, it was ranked #18 by the American Film Institute on the 100 best American movies of all time. Based on an actual incident that occurred in 1862—the Great Locomotive Chase—this film version involves Union spies stealing Keaton’s beloved locomotive called The General (and also the woman he loves) and his lone mission to steal it back. Buster did most of his own stunts, which still astound a century later. A classic not to be missed.

[Have you seen the rest?]

Thu
Aug 7 2014 8:45am

When I Grow Up: Let’s Be Cops Trailer

Cops can be funny—just look at Police Academy. However, things get funny...and really, super illegal...when two best friends decide to go to a Halloween Party dressed as cops—and get mistaken for the real deal! They take the gag even further, and right after it's hilarious, we're guessing things are going to get really, really bad for this pair in Let's Be Cops.

Wed
Aug 6 2014 2:00pm
Excerpt

Beware Beware: New Excerpt

Steph Cha

Beware Beware by Steph Cha is the 2nd Juniper Song mystery, and this time the P.I. apprentice finds herself tracking a screenwriter turned murder suspect (available August 12, 2014).

Working as an apprentice at a P.I. firm, Juniper Song finds herself nose deep in a Hollywood murder scandal where the lies may be more glamorous than most, but the truths they cover are just as ugly. When a young woman named Daphne Freamon calls looking for an eye on her boyfriend, her boss punts the client to Song. Daphne is an independently wealthy painter living in New York, and her boyfriend Jamie Landon is a freelance screenwriter in Los Angeles, ghostwriting a vanity project for aging movie star Joe Tilley. Song quickly learns that there’s more to this case than a simple tail, and her suspicions are confirmed when Tilley winds up dead in a hotel room. Nonetheless, when Jamie becomes the prime suspect in the movie star’s murder, she agrees to help the charismatic couple discover the truth, even as the police build their case against Jamie. As she chases leads and questions grieving Hollywood insiders, she uncovers a sordid layer of blackmail and hidden identities, of a history of violence that leaves no one—not even Song—safe from judgment.

One

The weekend hovered in full view an hour away, like an island in silhouette gaining color with its steady approach. There was a time when this meant something to me, when the school bell or the desktop clock said it was time to go home, time, at least, for happy hour.

[Continue reading Beware Beware by Steph Cha...]