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Lit-urday: 'Some Dead Genius'
Lenny Kleinfeld paints a vivid portrait of murder in Chi-town
DAILY Books  July 12, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Some Dead Genius..."

Everybody Wants Some!!
Time moves on, but Richard Linklater's characters still walk and talk
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Film Review  April 1, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...Much of the film is viewed through the eyes of freshman pitcher Jake (Jenner), who arrives at his small Texas college and immediately provokes friendly scorn from his junior and senior teammates, chief among them team captain McReynolds (Hoechlin), sly-dog ladies’ man Finnegan (Powell), and elder statesman and primo pothead Willoughby (Russell), dispenser of arcane, dope-addled genius. This being college, there’s also a constant undercurrent of sexual electricity, mostly – and most realistically – running between Jake and Beverly (Deutch), a freshman theatre major he spies while the team is tooling around the girls’ dorm parking lot, trying out pickup lines and such on their endless search for pussy (and, duh, beer)..."

Reviving 'The Dead'
Fantastic Fest 2010 zombie horror returns this weekend
DAILY Screens  October 6, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...AC: I think it's a stroke of genius to return the zombie mythos to its birthplace in Africa...."

Back From the Dead
Stephen Romano cheats the grim reaper to launch Eibon Press
Screens Story  July 14, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"..."The biggest appeal of Fulci, to me, was that watching his films was like looking through 20 layers of bizarre to see the genius beneath. As a kid, I'd been watching these movies the wrong way..."

Genius of Love
Music Story  March 18, 1999, by Ken Lieck
"...illustration by Daniel Johnston As ever, for Johnston, that monarch is the crowd, which waits patiently for him to begin; they are the judge and jury waiting to hear his defense-- his music-- and they're fervently hoping to deliver the verdict that Johnston is guilty of genius in the first degree. "Genius," after all, is a word that has followed Johnston for much of his adult life, a title pronounced upon him by every writer who has ever set pen to paper on his behalf..."

Genius and Jive
My roller-coaster relationship with Daniel Johnston
Screens Story  May 5, 2006, by Louis Black
"...There are stories told that aren't true and narratives laid out wherein most of the facts may be right, but not in the way they happened. There are the considerations of art and mental illness; creativity and insanity; what is genius and what is gullibly bought empty jive?..."

Dead Rabbits
Townes Van Zandt's Insight
Music Story  January 10, 1997, by Ed Ward
"...Van Zandt's insight was a lot like the ones that, I think, attracted some people to his songs and his shows, and that makes me as sad as anything. There was a morbidity to some of his songs that was obviously one by-product of depressions like this, and people could watch him on stage, struggling to tell the story -- wondering if just this once the genius would break through, or it would all collapse again -- and they could think "At least it's not me." Towards the end, he'd lose the light as often as not..."

Playback – Dead Man Walking: Jimmy LaFave
As terminal cancer ticks down Jimmy LaFave’s life, he says the show must go on
Music Column  April 20, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Dial says she's enlisted key music scene characters to curate events including Troller's Amber Star-Goers, heading up Holodeck (Records) happy hours every Thursday, and Riverboat Gamblers' frontman Mike Wiebe, who's organizing a series of Saturday night specials in April. Drakulas – his conceptual garage-punk outfit with local guitar genius Zach Blair (Rise Against, Gwar, Hagfish, Only Crime) that adheres to a strict dark sunglasses, black turtlenecks, medallions, and leather loafers dress code – put on a spectacularly entertaining performance Saturday, in which Wiebe related disturbances in a fictional metropolis through a series of characters including a tambourine-wielding preacher..."

Jesus Christ Superhoot, Cannibal Club, July 25, 1989
Music Review  January 26, 2001, by E.A. Srere
"...Jesus and Judas were standard rock opera hero/anti-hero in blue jeans; Jesus with a shirt, Judas (the knave) without. And who would've guessed that was Gretchen Phillips as the evil Annas behind that Woolworth's beard? And Pontius Pilate in his smoking jacket! Genius! But slapdash? No way..."

Film Premieres: The Waiting Is the Hardest Part
Sometimes the lines you're doing have nothing to do with cocaine
DAILY Books  March 11, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...The book I'm talking about is the art-scene/cop-thriller novel Some Dead Genius by Lenny Kleinfeld...."

Austin Powers in Goldmember
Like a patient too long under laughing gas, the latest installment in the Austin Powers series has stopped making much sense at all, but it sure gets its giggle on,...
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Film Review  July 26, 2002, by Kimberley Jones
"...(Pity the poor soul who isn't: You're missing some funny shit.) Tougher to reconcile, however, is the waste of talent. Not of Myers, of course; he's like some mad genius running on Ritalin and Sweet Tarts, rooting out the charm in every crass moment..."

Page Two: Sitting on the Dock of the Bay Watching the Tide Roll Away
The Chronicle at 35
Columns  September 1, 2016, by Louis Black
"...VI. At dinner with the legendary artist, designer, cartoonist, and culture provocateur Paul Mavrides in San Francisco talking about the Church of the Sub Genius..."

The Mystery: What’s on Kleinfeld’s List?
10 classic solutions to which crimes are worth reading about
DAILY Arts  November 30, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner


July Is Crime Month
As summer heats up, the 'Chronicle' runs afoul of the law, in fiction and nonfiction
Arts Story  July 3, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...• Wayne Alan Brenner's review of Some Dead Genius, Lenny Kleinfeld's second novel featuring Chicago homicide detectives Mark Bergman and John Dunegan, this one set among the Windy City's art scene;..."

We Remember What the Dormouse Said
Ten authors cut you a little slice of their own personal Wonderlands
DAILY Arts  March 31, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner


Six-String Samurai
The whole Road Warrior/Death Race 2000 post-apocalyptic hero genre is stone-cold dead, and no amount of clammy-lipped CPR from Kevin Costner is going to bring it back. But with the...
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Film Review  September 18, 1998, by Russell Smith
"...The whole Road Warrior/Death Race 2000 post-apocalyptic hero genre is stone-cold dead, and no amount of clammy-lipped CPR from Kevin Costner is going to bring it back. But with the feral genius of a comics-steeped mind, ballyhooed young director Lance Mungia has managed to wring some fresh excitement out of it anyway, crafting a wild, indescribable fantasy romp that doesn't so much revitalize a tired story tradition as detonate a stick of dynamite up its keister..."

The Predator
The Predator needs an editor
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Film Review  September 14, 2018, by Josh Kupecki
"...They all have their special quirks, running the gamut from Tourette's syndrome to casually suicidal. Meanwhile, Quinn’s son Rory (Tremblay) opens up his dad’s mail and discovers the armor, and starts mucking about with it, because the film has made it clear over and over that he is a genius..."

War Photographer
It's nearly impossible to know how to react to this film. On the one hand, the current military ramp-up renders this documentary about James Nachtwey -- quite possibly the greatest...
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Film Review  November 1, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"...It's almost too much to watch, and, frankly, I dare anyone to sit through this movie without having to leave the theatre. That Nachtwey's a genius with a pristine and unflinching eye isn't in question, and his relentless pursuit of the truth -- in Kosovo, an entire land seemingly made up of mass graves and dead children, or by the mangled limbs of Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda's million-corpse nightmare that just plain never ends -- is something to be simultaneously amazed and horrified by..."

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
This is the rare horror comedy that near-perfectly balances its blend of grue, guffaws, and gag reflexes.
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Film Review  September 30, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...Tucker & Dale's genius running gag is that the whole nightmarish contretemps is one big misunderstanding. With teenagers dying all around them, Tucker and Dale assume they’re under siege by some sort of death cult, while the genre-savvy teens believe they've stumbled into a hillbilly chainsaw massacre..."

The Final Destination
This new addition to the ongoing film series takes a terrific premise and turns it ho-hum.

Film Review  September 4, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...That premise – sundry teens and bystanders manage to escape a deadly catastrophe (plane crash, car crash, roller-coaster crash) only to find themselves stalked by the unseen hand of death, which picks off the shoulda/coulda/woulda-been-dead, one by one, in occasionally creative and always ghastly fashion. That Death itself is the killing entity – rather than an anthropomorphized death-surrogate, à la Halloween II – is in its own way a stroke of genius..."

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