Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Elaine May into June

The main news in this post: my new story at CrimeReads on the crime films of Elaine May went live late last month. Swing on over and check it out.

My Substack experiment continues, and is looking more and more like a success. Exhibit A: Cocktails and Crime was singled out in a Drawing Media interview at with polymath Michael Sharp, the man behind Rex Parker Does the NYT Crossword Puzzle, the pulp fiction blog Pop Sensation, and the Twitter account The Lamps of Film Noir. Drawing Media’s Edith Zimmerman even transformed the C&C welcome screen into a gorgeous illustration. If you’re at all interested in my ramblings, subscribing to C&C is your best bet. I give you my solemn oath that I won’t spam you. You’ll receive a newsletter approximately every seven to ten days, with rare exceptions like my coverage of the Seattle International Film Festival. A look at those stories and what else you may have missed—

On murder clubs, death cleaning, and reaching the age of not bouncing back.

I finally read Steven Bach’s Final Cut, which meant finally watching Heaven’s Gate.

I rant about baseball, but actually about something even larger that has nothing to do with sports.

A history of Blaxploitation, Michael Keaton’s second hit-man movie, and more recommendations.

SIFF crime films, including an early look at Thelma, a terrific heist movie, and a questionable Hitchcock doc.

SIFF serves up food and drink fare, like documentaries on Spanish wine and Seattle beer.

Background on the Elaine May piece for CrimeReads, including the story of how I didn’t meet her.

Another round-up of recs, among them a history of the Village Voice.

The infamous Tinseltown P.I. Fred Otash in a biography, a novel, and his own words.

Thursday, April 04, 2024

Cocktails and Crime Catch-Up

A summary of what I covered in February and March at Cocktails & Crime.

A recap of this year’s Noir City Seattle, four nights of which I hosted solo.

Revisiting Elmore Leonard’s Get Shorty, both book and film, prompts me to revisit Be Cool, both book and film, which doesn’t prove as good an idea. Also, I matriculate at Rum University.

Reviews of the sublime Perfect Days and the underrated Dumb Money.

Two new books on show business: Edward Zwick’s surprising memoir and an appraisal of every iteration of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Almost four decades later, I finally watch the sequel to Jean de Florette, paired with a suitable cocktail.

Love Lies Bleeding, Drive-Away Dolls, and how my first car made me like the second movie.

Thursday, February 01, 2024

2024 So Far at Cocktails and Crime

The main thing you need to know: Noir City Seattle is coming back from February 16—22, and I’ll be serving as your host for the final four nights. Meanwhile, here’s what I’ve written about so far this year at Cocktails & Crime.

Amazon made a show starring an Academy Award winner and didn’t tell anyone, but I watched it anyway. Also, multiple movie recommendations.

Good stuff from people I know: books by Duane Swierczynski and Kate Alice Marshall, and music by Ethan Iverson.

More details on Noir City, a report from the celebration of life held for Murray Stenson, and killer cats.