Thursday, November 3, 2011

THE THREE MUSKETEERS!

THE THREE MUSKETEERS!

To hell with the critics who unanimously hated this latest incarnation of one of the greatest adventure stories ever written . . . I loved every ridiculous, campy, hilarious, beautifully filmed, corny dialogue, action-packed second. What a fun film that brought a whole new approach to the story, yet remained completely true to the plot and intent of the original.  Well cast, and well executed . . .

If you love swordplay and are tired of the current trend in action films to cut everything so fast you can’t see what’s happening, then this film is for you. The swordplay is sharp, lengthy, well choreographed, and just a delight . . . everyone in the film appeared to be having fun . . .


The Three Musketeers, D'Artagnan, Milady de Winter, the evil Cardinal Richelieu, the even more evil and swaggering Comte de Rochefort . . . and zeppelins, yes, zeppelins . . . what more could you ask?

Maybe I wasn't expecting much after the original reviews, and perhaps I am gushing too much, but this film deserves a break. . . I had fun . . . Brilliant . . .

NOIR NOW: AT THE BIJOU GOES NOIR!

NOIR NOW: AT THE BIJOU GOES NOIR!

FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER, ABSOLUTELY KATE AND THE GANG OF AT THE BIJOU ARE WREATHING THEMSELVES IN BLACK AND WHITE, ATMOSPHERIC CIGARETTE SMOKE, AND CASES OF RICH AND HEAVY WHISKEY AS AT THE BIJOU GOES NOIR . . . BISH’S BEAT WILL EVEN BE GETTING IN ON A LITTLE OF THE ACTION . . .

From stylish crime dramas where come hither sensuality and cynicism on the rat-a-tat-tat shoot out their shadowy flings . . . where grifters, coppers, dicks and pugilists pull punches and punchlines . . . this enticing genre spans decades of tough talkin' flatfoots and daunting dames who flaunt ~~ well, what dames should flaunt to keep their daunting on the up and up. I mean what's a dame without her up and up to ooze a come hither? Low-key lighting swirls mighty minds in mist or fog as the mystique of visual style transports police procedures, lingering glances, dark alleys and opening chances to open and shut cases . . . or are they?

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COCKTAIL NATION #195 ~ VIRTUAL TIKI BAR!

COCKTAIL NATION #195 ~ VIRTUAL TIKI BAR!

This week, we find out about a virtual tiki bar, another period tv show set in 1959 Miami coming your way, and Koop has away you can get a brand new 1965 Mustang . . . and tells us where we can buy a tiki bar . . .

PLAYLIST:

Tikiyaki Orch ~ La Hula Rhumba
Tiki Joes Ocean ~ Rio De Jean
Clouseux ~ Monkey with The Golden Fez
Jack Jones ~ Strangers in the Night
Jackie Gleason ~ When Your Lover is Gone
Spy Fi ~ Dragnett 007
Vibes on Velvet -Ink Mysterioso
Oscar Peterson ~ Body and Soul
Antonio Carlos Jobim ~ One Note Samba
Waitiki 7 ~ Left Arm Of Budda
Vicki Carr ~ Like Love

THIS SHOW WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD ON SATURDAY

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

ROSS MCDONALD'S LEW ARCHER . . . NEXT BIG SCREEN REVIVAL?

ROSS MCDONALD'S LEW ARCHER . . . NEXT BIG SCREEN REVIVAL?

PER DEALINE . . .

Warner Bros acquired rights to the Ross Macdonald mystery series about private detective Lew Archer. The studio will launch a franchise, starting with the 1959 novel The Galton Case, which was the eighth book in the series. Paul Newman played Archer in the 1966 Warner Bros film Harper and 1975 film The Drowning Pool . . .

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THE KINDLE TAPROOM REVIEWS HOT PURSUIT!

THE KINDLE TAPROOM REVIEWS HOT PURSUIT!

I WAS STUNNED AND HUMBLED BY THIS NEW REVIEW OF THE E-BOOK VERSION OF HOT PURSUIT . . .

Bishop's range is also impressive. He'll totally sell a frat house-style prank involving a tipped-over portable toilet in one scene, then totally engross us in a conversation where two cops discuss their true feelings about the general public in another. And he makes diverse scenes like these comfortably coexist with each other, creating a coherent whole.

Pacing, plotting, and the unfolding of scenes are all top-notch (making me think the author wouldn't make a bad director), but for me the characters really make the book shine. While there are definitely heroes and villains in the story, the good guys have flaws, fears, and some unlikable qualities, and the bad guys have style, wit, and/or understandable motivations. There are no cartoon characters in Hot Pursuit. Which isn't to say that there aren't some very, very funny scenes (the toilet scene was only one of many).

FOR THE FULL REVIEW CLICK HERE

jAZZ CORNER: STEVE TYRELL @ CATALINA JAZZ CLUB!

VINTAGE COVERS: CRY BABY!

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS ~ THE POINT!

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS ~ THE POINT!

AN ONGOING SERIES HIGHLIGHTING POSSIBLY DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH E-BOOKS BY RELATIVELY UNKNOWN AUTHORS, FOUND WHILE CRUISING THE E-BOOK SHELVES ON AMAZON WITH PRICES MAKING THEM WORTH TAKING A CHANCE ON . .

TODAY’S FIND . . . PULP!

THE POINT!

GERARD BRENNAN

KINDLE EDITION ~ $.99

Small time crook Paul Morgan is a bad influence on his brother, Brian. When Paul crosses one thug too many, the cider fuelled duo flee Belfast for Warrenpoint, the sleepy seaside resort of their childhood memories.

For Brian a new life in The Point means going straight and falling in love with Rachel while Paul graduates to carjacking by unusual means and ‘borrowing’ firearms from his new boss.

Brian can’t help being dragged into his brother’s bungling schemes but Rachel can be violently persuasive herself . . . and she isn’t the only one who wants to see an end to Paul’s criminal career.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES!

HELL, YEAH, ROCKABILLY!

HELL, YEAH, ROCKABILLY!

PER PULP WRITER BILL RAETZ . . .

Don’t miss the November 2 debut of Sugar Heart, a magazine devoted to pin-up and rockabilly culture. This issue will feature the ravishing Nikki St. James, interviews with Little Darling and Beretta Fleur of Pin-ups for Pitbulls, pulp fiction by Bill Raetz, vintage care columnist Uncle Fezter, and recipes by the enticing Jesca of The Drunken Cupcake.

Meet the girls behind Sugar Heart, including art director and cover model Lady Harlow and executive editor Tabatha “Sugar” Acosta. With more than seventy pages of bombshells and deviant dolls, Sugar Heart will satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Monday, October 31, 2011

WESTERN PULP: THE GUNS OF RETRIBUTION!

WESTERN PULP: THE GUNS OF RETRIBUTION!

ICY SEDGWICK

KINDLE EDITION ~ $2.99

The search for a murderous outlaw has brought the long roving Grey O’Donnell near to his hometown of Retribution, Arizona. Bounty hunters ain’t popular but old fashioned manners, kindness to regular folk and a face for the ladies make Grey an exception round these parts; and a six gun’ll take care of the rest. Anyway, Grey has a job to do elsewhere.

But, the odious Jasper Roberts has made himself Sheriff of Retribution and he has a score to settle with Grey. Jasper ain’t gonna let morals or the law get in the way of a good hanging and the townsfolk are cowed by their villainous lawman.

Can you really mess with a man’s momma and get away with it?

Sometimes there is more than one bullet with your name on it.

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HOLMES INCORPORATED!

HOLMES INCORPORATED!

GET YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD OF HOLMES INCORPORATED #1 AND #2 . . .

Fasten your seatbelts and hang onto your pipe! The descendants of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson continue the family business in modern times, serving Queen and country, battling diabolical villains and solving the big mysteries no one else dares to confront as agents of Holmes Incorporated!

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PULP NOW: DETECTIVE FICTION WEEKLY!

PULP NOW: BEAT TO A PULP ~ HARBOILED!

PULP NOW: BEAT TO A PULP ~ HARBOILED!

DAVID CRANMER / SCOTT D. PARKER ~ EDITORS

A GREAT COLLECTION OF TALES . . .

KINDLE EDITION ~ $.99

Beat To A Pulp: Hardboiled is a compilation of uncompromising, gritty tales following in the footsteps of the tough and violent fiction popularized by the legendary Black Mask magazine in its early days.

This collection includes thirteen lean and mean stories from the fingertips of Garnett Elliott, Glenn Gray, John Hornor Jacobs, Patricia Abbott, Thomas Pluck, Brad Green, Ron Earl Phillips, Kent Gowran, Amy Grech, Benoit Lelievre, Kieran Shea, David Cranmer, and Wayne D. Dundee and a boiled down look at hardboiled fiction in an introduction by Ron Scheer. Edited by David Cranmer and Scott D. Parker.

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THE QUEEN OF HALLOWEEN!

HARDBOILED HALLOWEEN!

HAPPY PIN-UP HALLOWEEN!

HAPPY VINTAGE HALOWEEN!