Me on James Ellroy

For those who somehow missed it, I had a review of crime writer James Ellroy’s new memoir in Monday’s Wall Street Journal.  The book is called “The Hilliker Curse, My Pursuit of Women.” The book is…

Playing the Bad Guy

IFC News reports that stores on Army and Air Force bases will not be stocking EA’s new edition of the Medal of Honor video game this fall.  The first-person shooter – previous editions of which were…

9/11

This special Klavan on the Culture from PJTV aired originally last year.  As always, Justin Folk did the backgrounds.

Movie: The Takers

A fun, stylish movie-movie this, with an excellent cast led by the wonderful Idris Elba and featuring the really, really attractive Zoe Saldana.  It’s gentlemen bank robbers against tough street cops with cool cars, luxurious interiors,…

Movie: The Expendables

After I saw this Sylvester Stallone actioner, I joked to Big Hollywood’s John Nolte that I was rearranging my movie list to read: Casablanca Gone With The Wind The Expendables The Third Man The Godfather And…

Novel: “Prince of Thieves” (aka The Town)

Whenever I see an interesting trailer for a film based on a novel, I like to read the book before the movie comes out – because I generally enjoy novels more than films.  The last time…

Movie: Winter’s Bone

This won the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival – and yeah, I’ll add my vote as well. Since I grouse a lot about heroines doing things in movies that women generally can’t do,…

Hitchens on Anti-Semitism, Me on Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens is one of the finest prose writers of his generation, not to mention learned, moral and brave.  Though I’ve only met the man once, and that for only a handshake and some pleasantries at…

Looking for Ghost Story Redemption

I’ve spent part of this summer working on a rewrite of my screenplay “Bury The Dead,” optioned by ShoulderHill Entertainment.  ShoulderHill’s Steven Adair, who plans to direct the movie, insists he’s going to be shooting late…

See You In the Funny Pages

Well, we’re about as deep into summer as we’re going to get.  In fact, this is my last week of blogging before I go on vacation until Labor Day.  So let me use this opportunity to…