One hell of a disturbing movie, but something I couldn’t pull myself away from last week. Michael is a German “drama focused on five months in the life of pedophile who keeps a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement.” There are no sexually explicit scenes, but the hints at what is going on are more than enough. The pedophile’s dealings with co-workers, his family and an attempt to kidnap a playmate for his kidnapped victim (and himself) is disturbing, yet illuminating. Tough, tough movie … but a VERY good one.
Moscow, Belgium … a 41-year old mother of three with a husband in his midlife-crisis, meets 29-year old Johnny, a truck driver, who takes an interest in her. This one was funny, sad and right back to funny again … ultimately a triumph.
The Lost Children … a collection of short stories directly benefitting kids—The National Association to Protect Children. I have a short story in there lifted from the fictional memoir I’m writing as my MFA thesis, but if that one puts you to sleep, there are some very fine stories in there by writers a lot more talented than moi … and remember, none of the writers are receiving a dime for this project. It all goes to protecting kids.
Although I love the hardboiled genre I would not normally consider a book about gangsters my usual cup of genre java but this is violent and often darkly humorous but plausible story of men and women who are as likely to murder and rape each other as bid them good morning, is expertly constructed and never loses its grip … Mr Stella makes his story supremely compelling and has certainly made me a believer. I very much look forward to reading his next book – in the meantime, chase this one down, it works like a beaut. —Tipping My Fedora
Tipping My Fedora
Charlie Stella's Rough Riders is out now - a ten year sequel (or continuance) to his early novel Eddie's World - and damn, it's just got so many great moments between characters - generally bad people doing generally bad things - who can't stop being genuine even (or especially) when the moment calls for them to be robotic and divorced from their personalities … These are the moments that sell this crime novel - and bring to mind the best of Elmore Leonard or George V. Higgins. Lovely. —Jedidiah Ayres (Hardboiled Wonderland)
Don’t Roof Rack Me, Bro … Dogs Against Romney …
We’re halfway there, amici … how about Humans Against Paul Ryan/Ayn Rand?
Or never mind Jonathan Swift, how about Paul Ryan’s Modest Proposal …
One of my all-time favorites …