THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON – With the recent airing of the TV miniseries, The People v. O.J. Simpson, the public is once again fascinated by this spectacle. It’s a rags to riches to rags story. A gifted young man wins his way out of the projects (San Francisco Hunter’s Point), only to end up tried, sued, bankrupt and in prison. What happened, you might ask? It all changed on a summer night in 1994, when a secluded sidewalk was discovered awash in blood. That of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman … but they were nothing more than friends. What came next was characterized as the Trial of the Century. An instant star maker, the key player’s names are famous, even today. Kris Kardashian (Jenner), Johnnie Cochran, Al Cowlings, Christopher Darden, Robert Kardashian, Robert Shapiro, Kato Kaelin, Marcia Clark. Since then, OJ lost a wrongful death trial, was evicted from his estate, was investigated for drug trafficking and is currently imprisoned for armed robbery. Check out this American classic!
CASINO ROYALE – The first book in a series, which spawned a franchise, is Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale. James Bond, secret agent 007, targets a communist paymaster, LeChiffre, under the Soviet murder organization named SMERSH. A game of baccarat, white hot lovers, a dapper dashing gentleman, a femme fatale, some brutish torture and a double crossing twist ending … rise and fall in this suspenseful spy thriller. The introduction and resolution occur outside the casino; otherwise the characters inhabit a world of sumptuous elegance amidst lurking danger in Royale-les-Eaux. The casino is set in a fictional seaside resort off the coast and beaches of Brittany. Fleming’s vivid descriptions are effortless, no doubt firmly rooted in the years he spent as a foreign correspondent in Europe. His expert command of French and English references are admirable, leaps and bounds above mediocre fare of the spy/ thriller idiom.
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LITCRAWL 2016 – Listen to me read at #Litcrawl on Saturday October 15th at 7PM!
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UNCLE SAM – Oft cited as one of the worst examples of the horror comedy genre, Uncle Sam is actually a very enjoyable movie. Be prepared for gory slasher scenes and a creative take on the July 4th holiday. William Lustig is the director of Uncle Sam, Maniac, Vigilante and Maniac Cop. The latter (Maniac Cop) has simple effects, a straightforward screenplay, effective acting (Bruce Campbell from The Evil Dead), spawned two sequels (Maniac Cop 2, Badge of Silence) and has become a cult classic. Wondering what to do this holiday? It’s always a good time for a horror movie!
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