[Reviews] When the Sacred Ginmill ClosesReports that this is the best of the Matthew Scudder novels may be slightly exaggerated...
[Reviews] Gentlemen Prefer BlondesA lighthearted, vaguely silly example of the sort of movies Hollywood produced in a bygone era.
Watching this film for free on Netflix before they pulled it and I would have had to pay for the privilege was the right call...
"Sleeping Beauty" tells a story too interesting to pass up, or so I thought. The film stars Emily Browning, who did just fine in "Sucker Punch," even if that bit of cinema wound up not being particularly good overall. There are a few reasons I probably should have liked the movie a lotů but I didn't.
Browning plays Lucy (no last name), a young woman making her way through a movie where surnames aren't important because you only worry about such things when you care. Lucy, to put it simply, doesn't care. Instead, she works a few tedious jobs--one at an office and one at a restaurant--and attends college classes and participates in a medical program of some sort that earns her money that she uses to (mostly) pay for her share of a flat she rarely has time to visit.
All of the 70s references in the world can't save this game from being a chore...
I had a bit of a dry spell where freelance reviews were concerned, so I was happy to accept when an offer to review LA Cops hit my inbox. Why wouldn't I be? It looked like a good game!
It turns out that LA Cops is not a particularly good game, though. It seems to have been modeled a bit after Hotline Miami, only in this case you play as officers of the law and you're fighting to put down a nasty gang. It had a lot of potential, but you can read the full review to find out where a bunch of things went wrong.
Depth, intrigue, and a sense of place combine to produce the quintessential Matthew Scudder tale.
"Eight Million Ways to Die," the fifth Lawrence Block novel featuring Matthew Scudder, is also my favorite book in the series up to that point. I enjoyed the previous volumes, with their look at an unlicensed private investigator working the streets of New York that he once patrolled as a cop, but they never felt as substantial as this newest tale does.
The story of the pain a serial killer left behind almost takes a back seat to the tale of an investigator who should lay off the bottle...
"A Stab in the Dark," the fourth novel about Matthew Scudder from novelist Lawrence Block, was for some reason more difficult to track down than its immediate predecessors and successors were. I wound up having to pay a lot more than I wanted to in order to snag a new copy of the paperback. It was worth the effort, though, because this is another fine installment in a series that I quite enjoy.
© 2013 JasonVenter.com/Venter Media