Thursday, December 28, 2017

Top ten films of 2017 and 1987

In keeping with a tradition I began in 1985, my top ten films list for 2017, with a special bonus look at my list from 1987 (as written back then).

War for the Planet of the Apes
Spielberg (HBO documentary)
The Beguiled
Blade Runner 2049
Molly’s Game
The Shape of Water
Kong Skull Island
I, Tonya
Wonder Woman
Happy Death Day

A flashback to my top ten list from thirty years ago, 1987, one of my favorite movie years of all time.

Empire of the Sun
Wall Street
The Untouchables
No Way Out
Lethal Weapon
Fatal Attraction

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Action, evolution, and myth merge in 'Caitlin Star and the Hand of God'

Now available in Kindle and on Paperback.

Caitlin Star was once a beaten down but fiery thirteen year-old orphan trained by Gunner Star in the ways of the Bull Mongoni—a mythic species of ancient hominids. Caitlin fought in the Stadium Games and became the leader of a revolution that defeated fascism in the culture civil wars of North America in the days before the apocalypse.

But those days of training, Stadium Games with fights to the death, and revolutions, were a long time ago. Now the Bull Mongoni are not mythic. They are real and living in the Congo rain forest with Caitlin and her human, chimpanzee and gorilla friends. And for the past several years, Caitlin has been less of a warrior and more of a stateswoman as she and her friends have worked hard to build a new world—one of peace where both they and the Earth itself could finally heal from all of the trauma of the past decade.

But across the Atlantic a new evil has been brewing in the tattered remnants of America. An evil that has other plans. An evil being stoked and inspired by an orange-faced ex-TV reality star conman named Mack and his cult leader sidekick Frank Aries, a sadistic religious psychopath who is known as the Hand of God.

“Caitlin Star and the Hand of God” is a smashing, stand-alone sequel to “Caitlin Star: The Trilogy” from neo-pulp master storyteller James J. Caterino.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

December sketchbook: Christmas edition

Supermodel Denise Schaefer.

Based on the 1984 Joe Dante directed classic "Gremlins", one of my favorite Christmas movies.

Concept art for my published screenplay/book, the exciting sexy space opera adventure, "Among the Stars".

Supergirl, Melissa Benoist. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Book reviews: 'Harry and the Hendersons" and "Wall Street"

In keeping with my 1987 binge...

Pretty rare and somewhat hard to find novelization of the 1987 film starring John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon, and Keven Peter Hall as the big guy underneath Rick Baker's Oscar winning makeup/creature effects.

Although the film was a box office disappointment back in that fabled summer of thirty years ago, the movie, like most Amblin productions from that era, has gone on to acquire a bit of a cult following since. 

Author Joyce Thompson utilizes strong viewpoints in this enjoyable book and really builds upon the characterizations of the movie. She does a nice job capturing the sweetness of the movie and even some of the zany humor. One really nice touch is that she adds a post movie coda for each character, letting us know what they have been up to since the end of the story in the film.

Bottom line: Very enjoyable light read and highly recommended for fans of the movie.

Full disclosure: I am a huge fan of the 1987 Oliver Stone film and of its Oscar winning star Michael Douglas. Oh, and I was in the business for fourteen years. I used to be Bud Fox, sort of. Anyway...

This is another one of those novelizations that I always craved and never even knew existed. And what a treasure it was to find because this a true "novelization", not a retyping of the script in prose form. There is atmosphere, relevant and interesting backstory, and vivid characterizations. These really are the characters from the film, and author Kenneth Lipper fleshes them out in a literary kind of way.

Plus, these book feels authentic and that is because the author is from the business. He knows this world and it shows.

Bottom line: A top notch novelization in every way and a must read for fans of the film.