Month: July 2018

“Hey Fella, Can You Spare a Story Idea?”

Open your eyes, gang. They’re all around you.

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Fifty Bucks Never Killed Anybody – Why “Used Cars” is a Classic Caper Comedy

  Kurt Russell headlined a cast of top-shelf character actors in Used Cars, a criminally underrated caper comedy from an era rich in great movie comedies.  Director Robert Zemeckis has been quoted as saying he’s glad he’s outgrown the film.  Is he nuts? Zemeckis’ groundbreaking work in digital and special effects for movies like the

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A BURIED GEM: “Who’s Minding the Mint?”

“Who’s Minding the Mint?” is the funniest caper movie that you’ve never heard of before now. This was one of those movies that happened to me by accident.  It was running on a local independent television station, a Sunday morning ten o’clock movie that aired right after the televised Sunday morning services.  There weren’t any

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What Makes a Good Heist Story?

I know you know this feeling. I scroll for hours through endless choices on any of the ninety-two different streaming services that I subscribe to since cutting the cord to save money on cable TV, which it doesn’t seem like I’m doing at all now. Most of my evening is spent looking for something interesting

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BOOK REVIEW: “Artemis” (2017) by Andy Weir

Andy Weir’s Artemis succeeds in telling a fast-paced, well-plotted tale, but this sci-fi heist story ultimately suffers from underdeveloped characters, unnecessary juvenile humor, and a largely absent antagonist. Artemis has a great hook; a heist caper set on a future lunar colony. We’re introduced to a plucky heroine named Jazz Bashara, 26, a Saudi Arabian

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