Statham 101: Can he pull off Parker?

Since the news of the upcoming Parker film (and possible franchise) broke, several people have asked me what I thought of Jason Statham in the part.

I didn’t have much of an opinion. As previously noted, my only experience with Statham was in Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, both of […]

Lawrence Block’s Deadly Honeymoon

I’m going to quote quite liberally from this post at Lawrence Block’s new blog. Fortunately he did me the courtesy of creating a nice, long piece, so my significant chunk of borrowed words should fall under fair use. Thanks, Mr. Block!

It wasn’t my idea.

The premise of Deadly […]

Cashiers du Cinemart collection to include article on Parker

I discovered the great magazine Cashiers du Cinemart at Tower Records in Ann Arbor, and rediscovered it at a newstand/porn store in Austin about a year later. It quickly became my favorite magazine, because it obsessively covered many of my…um…obsessions while introducing me to new ones. Each issue was a wild ride through […]

Westlake/Stark link roundup 5/10/09

Donald Westlake as drawn by Darwyn Cooke

It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these–let’s see what I’ve accumulated in the past month or so.

Hey Oscar Wilde! It’s clobberin’ time!!! has Darwyn Cooke’s portrait of Donald Westlake (above). (Thanks to Will Kane of World of Kane.)


Doc Savage movie finally available on DVD

Yeah, this is somewhat off-topic, but I came to crime fiction (and eventually Parker) through the pulps, and I know I’m not the only one.

The movie isn’t very good, but it’s the only attempt to film Doc Savage to date (if you don’t count Buckaroo Banzai), […]

Westlake/Stark link roundup 4/12/09

Cinemachine has a review of horror gem The Stepfather, written by Donald Westlake from a story co-written by Brian Garfield (a friend of this site). I’m really looking forward to the DVD release that I assume will happen when the remake comes out.

Darwyn Cooke announces that his comic adaptation of The Hunter […]

Taken compared to Richard Stark

Critic James Ward thinks you might enjoy Taken:

In the end, “Taken” is the movie equivalent of a pulp-fiction novel – something that Mickey Spillane or Richard Stark could have written. It’s tough, fast-paced and, most important, entertaining.

Anyone see this yet? If so, […]