In a comment on my recent post about the 1997 Loomis Fargo heist, Bob G. commented that the story would make a good movie. As it turns out, he’s not the only one who thinks so. Relativity Media has made a movie titled Masterminds that portrays a fictionalized version of the incident. It stars Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, and Jason Sudeikis. Unfortunately, its release has been delayed by a bankruptcy, but it may be out sometime in the near future. Here’s the trailer. Looks like it might be pretty funny.

Narcos: a Netflix original series

Over the Labor Day weekend, I took full advantage of my Netflix account and binged on a new show. Narcos is a fictionalized account of the Medellin Cartel. This one’s definitely worth a watch.

A lot of the dialog is in Spanish with subtitles. As a die-hard fan of Asian crime films, this isn’t problematic for me. If it’s not a deal-breaker for you, I highly recommend checking out this show.

hump day at boggy creek

Last night was a crap night for TV, so rather than using the free time to do something productive, I spent my evening messing around on that ultimate time waster: Youtube. There are a number of full movies posted there that you can watch free of charge. One such film was that 1970s indie horror classic, The Legend of Boggy Creek. Made on a shoestring budget by fist-time filmmaker Charles B. Pierce, TLoBC became a cult classic, easily earning back its production budget and then some. It kickstarted the independent film movement.

TLoBC also started a nationwide Bigfoot craze. Over the next few years, a number of documentaries and docudramas were made about Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman, and the Loch Ness Monster. When I was a kid, I couldn’t get enough of that stuff. Truth be told, it still fascinates me, even though I’m a skeptic. Over the next week or so, I may check Youtube for a few of those other movies I saw as a kid. Provided I don’t decide to spend my time more productively.  😉

If you have an hour and a half to kill, here’s the aforementioned video.

honest movie trailer – mission: impossible

With a new installment of the M:I franchise out in theaters, the folks at Screen Junkies decided we needed an honest movie trailer for the whole franchise.

Sadly, I probably won’t get to see the latest Mission:Impossible movie until it’s released on video or makes it to cable TV. I don’t get out much anymore. Story of my life these days.

35 years in the black

ACDC-BackInBlackOn this date in 1980, rock band AC/DC released the album Back in Black. It was the band’s seventh studio album, and their first with lead singer Brian Johnson, who replaced the late Bon Scott. It has been certified as the second best-selling album of all time. Back in Black, in my humble opinion, is tied with Led Zeppelin II as the greatest rock and roll album of all time. Hard to believe it’s been 35 years already. Time flies when you’re alive.

Here’s a video of the album’s title track.

Tom Noonan – bringing the awesome


Tonight at 9, I’ll be where I’ve been every Friday night for the last couple months: glued to my TV watching 12 Monkeys on Syfy. Rumor has it that Tom Noonan will be returning tonight as a villain referred to as the Pallid Man. You can’t have a good show without a good villain, and Noonan can really rock the villainous roles. I’ve been a fan of his since he played serial killer Francis Dollarhyde in Michael Mann’s Manhunter.

Fans of Hell on Wheels will recognize Noonan as Nathaniel Cole, the preacher with a dark past. Cole tries to make peace between the local Native American tribes and the railroad workers who are encroaching on their territory. He also tried to steer series protagonist Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) away from his quest to avenge the deaths of his wife and son. When Bohannon is finally willing to listen to what the preacher has to say, he’s just a bit too late. You see, the Reverend Cole has been thwarted in his efforts to prevent a war between the whites and Native Americans. Certain elements in the Army have decided it’s going to happen regardless. So Cole reacts the way he would have before he found God: with violence. Enter Cullen Bohannon, seeking guidance only moments after Cole has gone off the rails (see what I did there, a little railroad humor for you) and decapitated one of the Army officers. Check out this scene:

Damn, that scene blows me away every time I see it. Tom Noonan is amazing. And Anson Mount really kicks ass in this scene too. His expression is priceless. Definitely some amazing acting.

If you haven’t been watching 12 Monkeys, there are three episodes left in the season. There’s still time to get caught up by watching the previous episodes on the Syfy website, or Syfy On-Demand. And Hell on Wheels is also worth seeing. The first two seasons are available for streaming on Netflix. As for me, I still have to get caught up on FX’s The Americans, I’m three episodes behind on that. Too much TV, too little time.

bowling with Karloff

In the comments section of Sunday’s crime history post about the death of mob hitman Jack McGurn, a couple of astute commenters mentioned the similarity between McGurn’s death and the on-screen demise of fictional Northside gang boss Tom Gaffney in the 1932 gangster classic Scarface. It does make one wonder whether McGurn’s killers were influenced by the movie. There is one crucial difference between the movie and real life: At least Tom Gaffney got some bowling in before they whacked him.

Strike! Poor guy, for all we know he was on his way to the 300 club before they gunned him down. Why couldn’t they let the man finish his game. Mobsters can be so cruel.  😦

the return of The Walking Dead

Mark your calendars! Sunday night, AMC’s The Walking Dead returns. Here’s the trailer for the second half of season 5.

On Tuesday, AMC hosted a live Google hangout featuring Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene), Michael Cudlitz (Abraham Ford), and Executive Producer Scott Gimple. Here it is, if you’re interested.