Category Archives: 70s American crime films

Mud, madness and masculinity: William Friedkin’s Sorcerer

Perfect films usually only ever appear so in retrospect. A case in point is Sorcerer, William Friedkin’s 1977 reimagining of the Henri-Georges Clouzot 1953 classic, The Wages of Fear. The gloriously remastered print of Sorcerer, showing as part of the Melbourne International Film … Continue reading

When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder

This week I’d like to welcome someone to the site who knows more about seventies popular culture that many people have forgotten, Melbourne’s own maestro of pulp sleaze, John Harrison. I recently managed to catch the very rare 1979 Milton … Continue reading

Crime Factory issue 13 is out

A heads up that issue 13 of Crime Factory is out (with cover design by the one and only Eric Beetner, who also did the cover for my novel, Ghost Money) In this issue I talk to Dwayne Epstein, author … Continue reading

M Emmet Walsh and Blood Simple

“Well Ma’am if I see him, I’ll sure give him the message.”  The late Roger Ebert called it the “Stanton-Walsh Rule”. Any movie “featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M.Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can’t be altogether bad”. I’ve … Continue reading

Warren Oates, Gloria Grahame & other subjects for fiction anthologies

The recent release of Crime Factory’s LEE, an anthology of crime fiction inspired by the life of iconic actor Lee Marvin, has got me thinking about who else would be a good subject for similar treatment. There’s already been a … Continue reading