Sunday, July 29, 2018

I Wrote These Things: Summer Edition

Let's begin at the beginning: the new book, which is actually the old book (i.e., announced at the end of 2015 and written the following spring) is finally, finally out. It's Okay With Me: Hollywood, The 1970s, and the Return of the Private Eye was supposed to be released in late 2016 / early 2017 by The Critical Press (which put out Richard Pryor: American Id), and then that house tanked and the publisher ghosted me and several other writers - leaving several, myself included, owed money - and then I was left with this book that was too short for anybody else, since TCP's specialty was short volumes. So after some fruitless shopping around, I just published the damn thing myself. You can get it in paperback or ebook from Amazon; if you're in my hometown of Wichita, Kansas, you can also pick it up at Watermark Books & Cafe (signed, even!). It's not half bad. On to the next one!

And on to the links. For the Times, I participated in a conversation about home viewing vs. going to the movies.

Did a bit of background digging into the story behind A Very English Scandal.

I rounded up Sacha Baron Cohen's earlier political ambushes.

I also compared the three film (and TV) portrayals of John Gotti.

Here's a list of movies for people who love Jurassic Park (and seriously, who doesn't love Jurassic Park).

And a list of Robin Williams' best one-offs.

Plus, bunch of new stuff at Vulture! For their 30th anniversaries, I looked back at the making of three great summer 1988 movies: Big, Coming to America, and Die Hard.

I interviewed the great Susan Seidelman, mostly about her breakthrough movie Smithereens.

And I ranked the Mission: Impossible set pieces.

Oh! And I contributed to this Rolling Stone list of the best movie comedies of the 21st century.

And finally, for Flavorwire! I reviewed Mission: Impossible - Fallout and Ocean's 8, and wrote about Gotti and Trump.