Rory Gallagher crime-noir interests spawn Kickback City

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 17, 2013 By Steve Newton Guess I shoulda known, from song titles like "Kickback City" and "Loanshark Blues"—not to mention "Continental Op"—that Irish guitar legend Rory Gallagher had a passion for the crime-noir genre. For anyone else who might have missed out on that angle, Eagle Rock Entertainment is going to set … Continue reading Rory Gallagher crime-noir interests spawn Kickback City

Horror review: Jonah Hex

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JUNE 18, 2010 Prolific director William “One Shot” Beaudine pretty well invented the horror-western in 1966, with the twin features Billy the Kid vs. Dracula and Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter, but it wasn’t until Kathryn Bigelow helmed the bloodsuckers-in-the-dust epic Near Dark in ’87 that the genre produced a real winner. From what I’ve heard, … Continue reading Horror review: Jonah Hex

Horror review: The Eclipse

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, APRIL 14, 2010 With its leisurely pace, melancholy score, and low-key lead actor, The Eclipse is a curious supernatural drama that quietly lulls you into complacency. But just try holding onto your popcorn when its horrors are unleashed. The magnetic Ciarán Hinds of There Will Be Blood stars as Michael, a soft-spoken carpentry teacher in … Continue reading Horror review: The Eclipse