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L.A. Confidential the movie—20 years later

For our last post of 2017 we welcome back to the blog James Ellroy aficionado and all-round good guy Jason Carter. Here’s Jason’s bio:

Jason Carter is an unofficial Ellroy scholar with 20-years of Ellrovian tutelage under his belt.

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Best Christmas-Adjacent Movies

You know how the conversation goes: Somebody at some party or other social gathering  this season asks the generally reliable ice-breaker, “What’s your favourite Christmas movie?” Conversation gets flowing, and the usual suspects come up ( 1,880 more words

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The James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films – Door 7

Behind door 7 of The James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films we find the neo-noir crime masterpiece that is LA Confidential.

Released in 1997, it’s hard to believe this movie is twenty years old. 307 more words


20 Years Later: Best Films of 1997

As I mentioned in my earlier post on “The Best Films of 2007” the problem with year-end awards is that there is very little distance between the actual viewing of the film and heralding it one of the best films if not the very best film of the year. 2,907 more words

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Two seconds with Russell Crowe

I watched the remake of 3:10 to Yuma last weekend and really enjoyed it much more than I was expecting to (insert horrible pun about eating crow/Crowe here).   254 more words

Totes Quotes

“It’s not what you say, it’s the way you say it!” If I had a shiny new pound coin for every time I’d heard that, I’d be a rich, rich man. 262 more words



I love the Oscars. But sometimes they make me scratch my head. I mean, I’m not talking Grammy awards level head scratching here, but still some questionable choices that make you wonder what the hell the academy was thinking. 629 more words

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