Kill, Kill, Natural Born Killer! A new chooseable path adventure…

Slash! Bang! Crack! Other assorted action noises, followed by signs of damage, destruction and grim bloody death! I’m doing some horrible things and will be doing some horrible things and here are fresh details…

I’ve launched a new blog and this here is the blog: ‘So, who do you want Nina Desai to kill next?‘ It’s a choose-your-own-adventure-style story about a natural born killer named Nina Desai and I intend to add something to it on a daily (or quasi-daily) to stimulate my writing and imaginative muscles and have some creative fun.

I like this kind of storytelling and always have a blast when I mess around with it (like when I’ve employed it in teaching English to Italian kids or when I’ve collaborated on The Working Barbarian saga). This particular character and kick is also inspired by my love for movies about lonely assassins and sociopathic avenging angels (both the sublime and the ridiculous and both at the same time, from Lady Snowblood and Branded to Kill to Lèon and The American to Kill Bill, Hanna and The Equalizer and so on, so on as the bodies stack up). I saw John Wick the other night and it reminded me of that fondness and fascination, so I decided “Yeah, I want to playfully pay tribute to the genre and write my own silly sprawl about someone who just kills and kills and kills and kills!” That someone is Nina Desai, and you can get her introduction by reading this first instalment.

I don’t know what’s going to happen, but that’s the charm and challenge of a creative project like this. I also figure it’s a good idea to dabble in different, more ‘mature’ material after focusing solely on child-friendly fare for several months. Please, don’t hesitate to pitch in – either by commenting on the posts, hitting me up on Twitter or sending me an email – so I can keep it going and hopefully write some absurd action scenes and glorious fictional deaths. Because I’m a despotic control freak who likes to maintain a veneer of democracy, the most popular choice (or the only response) will be the one I follow. I urge you to abuse your power and I hope you enjoy this fresh chooseable path adventure/distraction/writing exercise. As for me, I’m writing ridiculous ultraviolence, so I’m definitely enjoying it…


Movie Talk on Sunday: Crime…

Whadd’ya hear, whadd’ya see? I hear and see Movie Talk on Sunday and last night I got back to action in the Twittersphere to talk films. The topic this time around was crime movies and crime movies are my favourite movies. I therefore went at it enthusiastically and celebrated my passion for the genre over a couple of hours following the #MTOS hashtag.

Same deal as always: the Movie Talk on Sunday team select a host who sets ten questions and then film fans answer them. For posterity and in case anyone’s interested or wants extra references or tips, below are my responses…

1. What’s your favourite crime movie and why?

Goodfellas. Classic Scorsese. The most entertaining, absorbing, stylish and well-made portrayal of the criminal lifestyle.

2. Which director do you think makes the best crime movies?

Martin Scorsese. Marty is the Crime Movie Don.

3. What’s one crime movie you wish more people had seen?

I only recently discovered Seijun Suzuki (Branded to Kill, Tokyo Drifter). His arty crime movies need more love outside of Japan!

4. Which crime movie has the best chase scene?

Drive has great chases – just another thing that solidifies it in my mind as the perfect art action film. Damn I love that film…

5. What true crime story would you like to see as a movie? Who should direct?

I’d love to see organised crime links to the entertainment industry explored. Scorsese tackling Frank Sinatra’s mafia connections?

6. Who’s your favourite movie cop?

Pacino’s Serpico or Connery’s Jim Malone from The Untouchables. Primo grade streetwise tough cops that you actively root for.

7. Who’s your favourite movie criminal?

I have a thing for lone assassins so I’ll go with ‘The Professional‘, Jean Reno’s Léon (and, of course, Mathilda and the plant).

8. Which movies are better? Classic crime movies from the 70s or modern crime movies?

There’s no era from the entirety of film history that’s making ‘better’ crime movies. They’re all outstanding in their own way.

9. Where do the best crime movies come from?

I love crime flicks from the world over but the USA wins. The Great American Crime Movie: the best of modern pop culture.

10. If you could be any movie cop or criminal who would you be?

Cop: Jackie Chan’s Chan Ka-kui of Police Story – fun stunt action and martial arts fighting with über-’80s Hong Kong hoodlums.

Criminal: Joker from The Dark Knight. Pure chaos and glorious anarchy. Plus, I’d get punched by Batman and that’d be an honour.

And that was this week’s Movie Talk on Sunday rambling. I didn’t even touch on film noir, The Godfather series, Kurosawa’s contemporary crime films, the Coen Brothers, Hitchcock, Tarantino, Blaxploitation and so much more. Ah well. Nevertheless, the Sunday night tweetathon is always taxing but fun and generates interesting discussion around film. I recommend it to kino-crazed cool kids and encourage you to join in by following the #MTOS hashtag or the Movie Talk on Sunday Twitter feed. And even if you don’t, just go dig crime films of all origin, shapes and flavours…