Monthly Archives: October 2013

Sinister Cinema: The Walking Dead, Spookified or Pookified?

Halloween again, and I ought to be deep in the midst of The Walking Dead mania — watching the new episode as soon as it airs, then The Talking Dead, then maybe a repeat of the new episode later on (or … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: What Ever Happened to Lee Van Cleef?

Okay, you keystroke the term Spaghetti Western, you’re pretty much going to start thinking about Lee Van Cleef. How could you not? After prepping the post about La Cuidad Maldita, Van Cleef’s image drifted to mind, one thing led to another, and … Continue reading

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Hammett: Some Spaghetti with that Western, Please

As I was just saying in my last post, a guy from Spain came out on the tour and mentioned that Hammett’s novel Red Harvest had been made as a Spaghetti Western — and, no, he wasn’t talking about A … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Cheese for Halloween

The tour group for Sunday the 13th was pretty interesting — of the ten people who showed up ready to walk, slightly more than half seemed to be from Australia, plus we got a guy from Spain, in the burg … Continue reading

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Hollywood Beat: RIP Ed Lauter

Just heard that the prolific character actor Ed Lauter died yesterday — and RIP. He topped over 200 screen or TV credits, and I bet I have seen somewhere between a fourth and half of those, at least, many of the … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: Living in Hammett Street

The blurb on the 25th anniversary of the literary streets attracted Bruce Dettman’s attention, and he popped me a note about how he once lived in 20 Monroe Street, now 20 Dashiell Hammett Street, one-time digs of Hammett himself. Bruce … Continue reading

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Hammett: The Hunter and Other Stories

Official release date is next month, but you can start licking your chops now if you want — finally, a collection gathering the little trove of mostly unpublished Hammett short stories that has been in the holdings of the Ransom … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: And the Speakers Are

The celebration for the 25th anniversary of the literary streets is on for 2 p.m. in Jack Kerouac alley, next to City Lights, on Sunday October 6. The roster of speakers (five minutes each, max, or so I’m told) will … Continue reading

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