All posts by Wallace Stroby

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  The Disappearing Newsroom  Wallace Stroby on Copy Boys, Night Shifts, and the End of an Era In the documentary The Typewriter, The Rifle, & the Movie Camera, writer/director Sam Fuller recalls the first time he ever walked into a newsroom. It was 1924, he was 12, and the newspaper was the now-long-defunct New York Evening Journal on Manhattan’s famed Park Row. “The noise was loud,” Fuller remembers. “Generally telephones ringing and, of course, typewriters clacking. And every once in a while I’d hear ‘Copy! Copy boy! Copy!’ I’d look around, and I’dRead More
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The Seven Best Heist Films You’ve Never Seen by Wallace Stroby. You may know the classics of the heist genre—John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle, Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing, Jules Dassin’s Rififi, etc.(for an overview of the essentials, check out Jake Hinkson’s entries in “The Art of the Steal”). But there are plenty of other excellent examples you may have missed. Here are seven variations on the theme that are also gems of the form, most available on DVD: 1.) Armored Car Robbery (1950) A taut, violent action-melodrama that clocks in at a cracking 67Read More