Movie review: Parker

Update: My opinion isn’t the only one. I’m adding links to thoughts from fellow Parker fans (often quite different from mine) at the bottom of the post.

Parker is terrible.

Almost everything about it is awful. It opens well enough, with a heist set at the Ohio State Fair, […]

New trailer for upcoming Parker film, plus behind-the-scenes featurette

Above is the second trailer. Interesting that Payback is alluded to.

Here’s a behind the scenes featurette. It’s mostly just footage from the trailers with some comments by director Taylor Hackford, Jason Statham, and Jennifer Lopez edited in. Nothing terribly insightful, but it’s only two and half minutes long.

I got it […]

Parker, Reacher, Hammer: Macho series characters suddenly hot

Hollywood gets on kicks all the time. In 1997, we had the Year of the Volcano (Volcano, Dante’s Peak), followed in 1998 by the Year of the Meteor (Armageddon, Deep Impact), which was also the Year of the Animated Insect (A Bug’s Life, Antz) on the Chinese movie calendar.

It looks like 2013 will […]

A letter from producer Les Alexander about the Parker movie

Les Alexander was Donald Westlake’s friend for 35 years and is a producer on the Parker film. He sent this e-mail to reader Dave, who posted it to the comments. Dave and I both thought it was worth a post of its it own.

Les has been kind enough to engage us hardcore […]

Parker movie tie-in book cover revealed

Here is the cover for the University of Chicago Press’ upcoming reprint of Flashfire to coincide with the film based on it. I like that they kept it simple, and I’m thrilled that they put the original title on the cover.

I think I wrote in a previous post or comment that this […]

Parker movie trailer revealed

Well, folks, here it is. A lot of you are going to be disappointed.

Not because the film looks bad. It looks like a fun action flick. But they couldn’t resist softening up the character a little bit. So yes, that awful bit about “don’t steal from people who can’t afford it,” that […]

Parker movie poster revealed

Here it is folks, via IGN and a tip from reader Eloise.

Also, alas, in the IGN piece is this depressing bit:

Here’s the official plot synopsis for the film, which was directed by Ray’s Taylor Hackford:

“Parker (Jason Statham) is a professional thief who lives by a personal […]

First look at the new Parker film (sort of)

Someone in West Palm Beach took some camcorder footage of the filming of a scene from the upcoming Parker film starring Jason Statham. You probably don’t want to sit through all four minutes of this, as it’s mostly helicopters flying around starting at dusk and continuing into night, but once you’ve got the […]

More Parker e-book deals, and some other stuff

I haven’t had time for much posting lately, alas, so this is just a quick grab-bag post.

First, many thanks to my new co-blogger Nick for picking up some of my slack. When things are a little slow around here, remember you can always go to his […]

The e-Book Score: Free Richard Stark and Donald Westlake

There’s a novelty song by a local artist that got some airplay in Austin a decade or so ago. I don’t remember the artist and minor Googling based on likely-misremembered lyrics didn’t turn it up, but the closing lines were something like:

I think there’s one thing on which we can […]