Saturday 27 September 2008
Paul Newman was always watchable whether he was playing Fast Eddie Felson in 'The Hustler' or Butch Cassidy.
Favourite films: 'The Hustler'; 'Hombre'; 'Hud'; 'Cool Hand Luke' and 'Cat On A Hot Tin Roof'.
Rest in peace, Paul, you'll be missed.
Friday 26 September 2008
Thursday 25 September 2008
Wednesday 24 September 2008
From the opening of this book the reader sees into the mind of Jeremy Trask as he and three other gang members prepare to slaughter the inhabitants of the town of Baton Ridge. From the start Trask is out for revenge.
The book centres around four characters - Trask, himself and Spring Treller the only survivor of the massacre; Jim Darrow who is filled with guilt that he had allowed his brother to be killed by Trask and Trallie Hicks - one of the gang.
Lance Howard builds his characters and breathes life into them.
However, this is a story that has a depth that makes the reader think about the effects of the story.
I would recommend this book.
The first Lance Howard novel that I read was 'THE WIDOW MAKER' (1997 - BHW). It was differant to anything that I had read. There was the outlaw leader, Brace Carrigan, who led a bunch of female outlaws who only shot men and made widows of their wives.
This book is memorable to me for the darker shades that occur when a Chinese woman treats the manhunter, Steve Matthews', wounds after he has been attacked by 'indians'. His delirium dreams are something akin to a psychadelic trip.
Lance Howard also writes horror stories under the name of Howard Hopkins (who's latest book is The Chloe Files' details are on his Dark Bits blog). Sometimes there is a cross over into his westerns giving them either a dark flavour or a supernatural feel as in 'THE SILVER-MINE SPOOK' (2003 - BHW) for example.
Looking forward to Lance's 30th Western.
Tuesday 23 September 2008
1964 - Directed by Sidney J Furie
This movie (available on DVD) is set in and around North London's - The Ace Cafe.
The film deals with the breakdown of the too young to get married couple played by Colin Campbell (Reggie) and (Dot) Rita Tushingham. Into the mix comes Pete, played by Dudley Sutton, who moves in.
For a social comment on the life of The Rocker generation this film comes close to reality. Many of the extras were regulars at The Ace.
What makes this film a stand out for the time is that it handled the topic of homosexuality - quite a breakthrough - and is handled well.
Not just a movie for bike buffs (who will pick up the point that an Aerial can't outrace a 'Bonnie'. Norton Dominator - yes but an Aerial - no way.) but for those interested in life back in the sixties.
Rita Tushingham was there for the re-opening of The Ace and Colin Campbell still drops by on a Friday night.
Nothing like a bit of self-publicity.
This is the latest Jack Giles novel that was published in June this year.
The story centres around two lawmen - Chris Ford and Sam Ward.
Sam is the Marshall and Chris his deputy who attempt to discover who killed Chris's father.
While that is the surface story there are other components to the book that make it character driven.
This is my first book in 9 years - the reason for that will become apparent in time.