About "Shane" and "Pale Rider," both of which seem to have
more than a few of the ingredients of film noir, I was pretty
much annoyed by the way
"Rider" reused elements of the earlier and better movie. Homage is showing a photo of Bogart in a French gangster movie. Reworking somebody else's creativity is a rip-off, no matter what label you put on it. I was expressing my sentiments to a screenwriter who'd worked on "Shane," and he looked at me, puzzled, and said without a trace of irony or sarcasm, "I didn't think the two movies were anything alike."
In Lehane's Scared is it plausable that a PI would be
injected and kidnapped to meet the man who wants to hire him.
The book cost me .25 at Saint Vinnies. By the page a good
deal. Can anyone tell me if it gets more plausable as it goes
The answer (to my way of thinking) is no. If anything it gets
even more unbelievable. Lehane's usually pretty readable, but
"Sacred" was off the charts. My guess is that it's the
book-a-year stress. Few writers can turn out a decent book a
year, Evan Hunter and Lawrence Block being two that come
readily to mind. Actually, they've turned out two or more
decent books a year. Dick Lochte
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