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New Dead Pool coming atcha

Well, I’ll be damned — jc had Elmore Leonard in the Dead Pool. We don’t want to know how he knew that was coming, do we kids?

Jc, you want your prize, you cough up the goods. Everybody else, meet back here:

6 sharp WBT.
Dead Pool Round 53!


Comment from mojo
Time: August 20, 2013, 7:15 pm

JC, huh?

Always with the inside info from Big Daddy, eh?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 20, 2013, 8:52 pm

Wait, a real post, too? I was going to, but I think I’ll go watch Despicable Me instead. Y’all know how I love my 3D animation, and I haven’t seen the first one yet (let alone the second).

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: August 20, 2013, 9:47 pm

Well, “Dutch” had had a fairly-major stroke back in April (IIRC), and had been doing pretty poorly of late, so…

Proof that, now and then, the Good don’t all die young – age 87’s a pretty good run.

Gonna miss him, though – nobody did better dialogue or more interesting characters, and his plots were always near-seamless…

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: August 20, 2013, 10:06 pm

Be Cool is one of my mom’s favorite films. It’s not good, but it’s fun. I just helped her save it from the TiVo to videotape.

We also like the “Jesse Stone” mysteries with Tom Selleck.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 20, 2013, 10:46 pm

Oh, now that was fun. Very nice. Predictably predictable plot, but the character animation was awesome.

I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have gotten my hands on 3D software from early days. I mean, not that *I* did anything great with it, but I got to watch it grow up from the very beginning.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: August 20, 2013, 11:45 pm

On that note, here is another Irish drinking song, as sung by the minions… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6czsWW6OUog

Comment from Nina
Time: August 21, 2013, 12:35 am

I never even made up my mind. 🙂

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: August 21, 2013, 4:35 pm

Rich, the Jesse Stone adaptations of the Robert B. Parker novels are some of the best I’ve ever seen. Parker’s terse dialog works perfectly on the small screen. While Jesse in the novels is about 30-35 years old, Tom Selleck has made the character (now aged to match Tom) his own. Maybe Selleck would have been the perfect guy to play Parker’s other major detective, Spenser, in that TV series in the mid-Eighties.

Don’t forget that Leonard started his career writing Westerns, some of the best, like Hombre (movie with Paul Newman) and the short story that became 3:10 to Yuma. He had a lot of novels adapted to film.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: August 21, 2013, 5:27 pm

Leonard’s last couple books were kind of disappointing but he was a very good writer who thankfully was quite prolific.

If you’re looking for a writer like him, try Loren Estleman, who also writes crime novels (especially hard boiled detective) and westerns.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: August 21, 2013, 5:57 pm

Estleman is very good. His skill with language approaches Raymond Chandler, and he’s been a lot more prolific. He’s written solid Westerns (the Paige Murdock series), officially-approved pastiches of Sherlock Holmes, a modern series about an antihero hit man, his regular PI series about Amos Walker of Detroit, and several historical crime novels about Detroit in the Twenties, Fifties, and Sixties.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: August 21, 2013, 8:08 pm

One of my favorite of the genre is Jim Thompson who wrote The Grifters which you probably know from the movie with John Cussack and Angelica Houston.

Good film adaptation , better book. He writes very simply, casually, and knowingly of a criminal world that I didn’t know existed

Comment from Deborah
Time: August 21, 2013, 8:54 pm

I’ve seen all the Jesse Stone movies with Tom Selleck, but on a lazy afternoon, I like to bring one up on Amazon prime to watch on my computer. But I need to round up all of Parker and start at the beginning. Those of you who love to read Westerns should like Elmer Kelton. Though not a “Western” in the conventional definition, Kelton’s book “The Time It Never Rained” will leave the reader gutted.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: August 21, 2013, 10:05 pm

Yeah those Jesse Stone films are both relaxing and unsettling at the same time. They really showed me how great an actor Tom Selleck can be.

Loren Estleman has also written several movies about Hollywood history, the early history of film making. Its fascinating stuff.

Comment from jc
Time: September 9, 2013, 8:25 pm

Been AFK for the last month or so – new job (yay), so I just found this out.

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