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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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MY TOP FIVE – HEIST / CAPER NOVEL ADAPTATIONS

Trying to pick my five favorite heist novel adaptations is like asking me to pick my five favorite Led Zeppelin songs. There are too many awesome choices, and several worthy inclusions will be left off the final list. (sorry, “Misty Mountain Hop”) There are great movie adaptations, (Rififi, notably) that came from a less-than-admired source

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Sketchy Types – The Author Blog for Jeffrey A. Cooper

This blog focuses on the crime genres of heists and capers. I love stories about the bad guy. The rebel. The non-conformist. The person that lives life on their own terms. That one who isn’t concerned about rules, laws, societal norms, social media postings or what you think about them, for that matter. I write

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