Category Archives: Film

Rediscovered: Carnera v. Young

Woke up with an email from Brian Leno lurking in the inbox, and here it is, every word, plus the attachment. Brian obviously is going full-tilt after his hobby of autograph collecting (Terry Moore and Ben Johnson starred in the … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Top 25

Yesterday I hit another meeting of the Second Sunday Fanzine Fans of Yesteryear, where Bruce Townley happened to mention his ten favorite movies. To paraphrase myself, I said something like, Man, that’s not enough, and told them about the time … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Borland’s Mark

You know that Brian Leno collects autographs constantly, but I’m sure he gets an added kick out of the hunt if he can spin a seasonal angle out of it. He tells me that the autographed photo above is “something I … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: A Heist Flick, with Jagger

And a Tip of the Fedora to John Hocking, who popped in the news that Mick Jagger has been plugged into the cast for the movie of The Burnt Orange Heresy. The more potentially distressing news unveiled by Variety portrays the … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Two-Gun Bob and Kong

Brian Leno is going nuts with this Robert E. Howard stuff — and more power to him. He just sent me this postscript to one of his groundbreaking essays in The Cimmerian. If you don’t have a solid collection of … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Heresy

In February, when I was generally distracted, the publisher Vince Emery passed along a link to a Hollywood Reporter article on the possible or upcoming movie of the Charles Willeford novel The Burnt Orange Heresy. Who knows if it’ll make it … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: Lon Chaney Hits the Old Mint Again!

If you’ve ever caught the 1920 Lon Chaney silent flick The Penalty, you no doubt remember the sequence where Lon and his mob are looting the Old Mint on the corner of Fifth and Mission. On Thursday March 29 — and, … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: Back to the TL Museum for The Penalty

At top and bottom, a couple of shots from my July 13 appearance in the Tenderloin Museum, talking up The Thin Man and with some snippets of the 1931 Falcon — high point being when we spotted the heart of the … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Back to the Tenderloin Museum

I’ll be hitting the Tenderloin Museum once again on July 13 — hey, just three days before their second anniversary on July 16 — to talk Dashiell Hammett for awhile. Hammett, pretty much the most famous writer to have made … Continue reading

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Hollywood Beat: When Chandler Was Home

Brian Wallace popped me the news that Raymond Chandler’s home in La Jolla — given how often he moved around, kind of his main lair — is up for serious renovation and the addition of a second story. If that … Continue reading

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