Wednesday, February 5, 2020
My Felonious Valentine: Duane Swierczynski on Twilight
But you don’t come to Twilight (1998) for the plot. You come for the lurid thrill of watching aging characters wrestle with desires they can’t act upon. Harry Ross would very much like a stiff drink, only he’s given that up because it’s the source of all his troubles (including the wound that, as Maxwell Smart used to say, missed him by that much). Jack Ames would very much like to forget that he’s battling cancer—for a second time. Catherine Ames seems to want out of a marriage that she will do anything to protect. The somewhat inept blackmailers are cockblocked at every turn, overestimating their strengths (“mucho hair, mucho tits”) and seemingly blind to the risks. Even the characters who have everything they want—and piss anywhere they’d like—don’t seem overly thrilled about it. This is a film about what happens to those paperback private eyes if they live too long.
Duane Swierczynski is the Edgar-nominated author of nine novels including Canary, Severance Package, and the Shamus Award-winning Charlie Hardie series (Fun and Games, Hell and Gone, Point and Shoot). He’s written over 250 comics for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Valiant and IDW, including The Black Hood, the first comic for Archie’s Dark Circle imprint. Swierczynski has also collaborated with CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker on the bestselling Level 26 series. Follow him on Twitter @swierczy