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This is a comments thread about Blog Post: Film Score Friday 9/28/18 by Scott Bettencourt
 Posted:   Sep 28, 2018 - 8:48 AM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Davis Grubb's THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER has almost never been out of print, and is as well worth reading now as it was when Charles Laughton and Paul Gregory discovered and filmed it.

 Posted:   Sep 28, 2018 - 9:07 AM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

I recently finished Butcher's Moon and am taking what I think is an appropriate little break before launching into Comeback. This is my first time through the Parker series and they are really addicting.

I have a fondness for collecting paperbacks related to Natalie Wood movies and remember really enjoying Inside Daisy Clover.

 Posted:   Sep 28, 2018 - 9:55 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

The "Parker" novels are brilliant and fast reads. I still haven't read any of the "comeback" novels That Richard Stark published starting in the late 90's, but I'll get around to them someday.

Ironically, it was reading the liner notes of the excellent FSM release of Quincy Jones' awesome score to The Split that made me interested in reading the books in the first place. Thanks, Scott...! cool

 Posted:   Sep 28, 2018 - 10:15 AM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

The contemporary series of Parker novels that began with Comeback are quite good, though I do miss the leanness of the original series.

The first batch of titles of the new books all connect -- Comeback, Backflash, Flashfire, Firebreak, Breakout -- so I thought Westlake might bring them full circle and conclude with "Outcome," but instead there was Nobody Runs Forever (which would have been a great title to end the series on), Ask the Parrot and Dirty Money.

Lee Marvin was an ideal choice for the character. The Outfit may be the most faithful adaptation and Westlake was a fan of it, but Robert Duvall doesn't have the pulp-novel-cover handsome masculinity that I associate with the character (whom one critic amusingly described as "an autistic bank robber").

Point Blank is certainly the best film from the books for many reasons, and as a child of the Bay Area, the San Francisco scenes gives me special nostalgia -- in high school I made a super 8 James Bond parody at Fort Point, where the finale was shot (that ending isn't actually set at Alcatraz, despite what some people assume).

Jason Statham was an apt choice despite the Britishness, and I think Jon Hamm would be terrific in the part -- he really looks like a man from a '60s paperback cover. Hamm would also make a great Matt Helm if they actually adapted the Donald Hamilton books instead of doing whatever the hell it was they did with those '60s movies (which have their own distinct charm, but are kind of like adapting James Bond novels as Get Smart episodes).

 Posted:   Sep 28, 2018 - 10:35 AM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

I'm interested in seeing how Parker's methods might have evolved with the times in the 90's books. And I haven't seen the Statham, but again I wonder how cellphone culture would afffect Parker's methodology.

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