PAGE TO SCREEN: “London Boulevard” by Ken Bruen

Posted by · 7:39 pm · July 13th, 2010

When Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan (“The Departed”) brings Irish crime writer Ken Bruen’s 2001 novel “London Boulevard” to screen in his directorial debut, he won’t be adapting the text so much as returning it to its natural source. A short, sharp, deliciously black-hearted thriller that reads not unlike a readymade screenplay in its brisk, dialogue-dominated […]

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More on Reitman/Wilder

Posted by · 2:58 pm · September 7th, 2009

Friday I posted a piece asking whether Jason Reitman might be on track to becoming the new Billy Wilder (an idea first put forth by USA Today writer Anthony Breznican).  The notion was met with some wicked vitriol from those who felt it a silly comparison or, at the very least, too soon to discuss. […]

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Wilder on Wilder

Posted by · 1:34 pm · June 15th, 2009

I don’t know if you’ve been keeping up with TCM’s “Great Directors” theme this month.  A new vanguard every day for 30 days.  My DVR is getting a workout. Anyway, if I could spend a few hours with any director, alive or dead, it would have to be the affable, wily Billy Wilder.  I love […]

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Raymond Chandler’s secret ‘Indemnity’ cameo uncovered

Posted by · 9:05 am · June 5th, 2009

I don’t dig into my list of all-time greatest films often beyond this brief mention/hint or that, though I regularly get emails and comments asking me to chart them out.  One of these days I’ll crank out the whole collective.  One fixture of the top 20, however, has always been Billy Wilder’s seminal film noir […]

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