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A Celebration of Thrillers, Noire and Black Comedy by Pamela Lowe Saldana

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Playing Roulette With The Mob, Part IV: The Hitman

The guy was obviously scared out of his wits watching them destroy the duplicating equipment with bats. Most likely, he didn’t know about their MO; that they acted like marauders mainly for show, smashing the stuff to bits–cursing up a storm while they did it. Moishe could imagine how the guy felt…Even cheap vinyl cutters […]

Playing Roulette with the Mob, Part III: The Bobby Fuller Four

You remember that kid? What was his name? The one from El Paso? Cocky, but quiet…Had an air about him. Not so much a strut but an attitude. You know who I’m talking about…Cute. Played the guitar. Could sing too. Sounded a lot  like Buddy Holly…Yeah! That’s who I’m talkin’ about. He played at PJ’s…Packed […]

Sicario, a Film Directed by Denis Villenevue (2015);Crime Drama

There are some police officers who become cops because they want to protect and to serve. Probably not too many, but there are a few. I’ve never, personally, known a cop like that, but I’ve heard of them. On the news. And I’ve read about them… I knew a cop, once…Well, I knew him before […]

A Shout Out To Some of My Favorite Bloggers

We all have our favorite bloggers. Some of them become our friends. Some don’t. Some bloggers are part of our daily ritual. Others–like a favorite cousin that we rarely see–drop in sporadically. But we are always happy when they do. And we hope they feel the same about us. Some bloggers teach. Some merely entertain. […]

Playing Roulette with the Mob, Part II: The Tex-Mex Invasion

When music historians write of the origins of rock and roll, most of them settle on Chuck Berry as the master architect and rightfully so. Berry was a singing, song writing, guitar playing phenom who bent the chords into twangy distortions that paid homage to the likes of, Webb Pierce, as well as mentors T-Bone […]

Playing Roulette with the Mob, Part I : Sam Cooke

The attractive brunette at the bar of Martoni’s was all of twenty-two years old, but she looked older. Well dressed, of Asian and Caucasian decent, her conspicuous maturity gave her an air of sophistication even as it threatened her from a distance. The brunette’s name was Elisa Boyer. She was a prostitute. Martoni’s was a […]

5 Sweet, Family Films That I Actually Like—A Lot

5. My Bodyguard (1980); directed by Tony Bill; coming of age drama.  A portrayal of boyhood and friendship that manages to be realistic and poignant without wading into sexual pranks and gross-outs. Normally sardonic character actor Martin Mull interacts effortlessly with the two unknown leads, Adam Baldwin and Chris Makepeace, both outcast, in a spin […]

Antisemitism: Jack the Ripper’s Accomplice Hype: His Disguise

  He may have left Poland because of persecution. It was tough to be Jewish in the latter part of the 19th Century, especially in Eastern Europe and its bordering areas of Central Europe. There were lots of tensions. To boil things down to the skeletal remains, a burgeoning movement of the moment was catching […]

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