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BUDDY COP Draft - Championship: Atomtastic vs Boone
Here it is!  Two drafts enter, one draft leaves!

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(05-18-2020, 03:04 PM)atomtastic Wrote:
Film is an alchemical medium...
Do What Thou... Willt!

Los Angeles, 1968

Cop #1: Lt. William Kinderman (The Exorcist)
57, cynical exterior hiding a sentimental streak, even if he'd never admit it
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Cop #2: Officer William Somerset (Seven)
31, bright and idealistic rookie, looking to make a difference
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The Boss: Edmund Exley (L.A. Confidential)
40, intelligent and cunning, willing to break the rules to get results
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The Big Bad: His Satanic Majesty (Invocation of my Demon Brother)
Immortal, Angel of the bottomless pit, the Serpent of Old, darkness incarnate
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The Henchman: Kenneth Anger (Kenneth Anger - Magier des Untergrundfilms)
41, filmmaker, occultist, invoker of the void
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The Snitch: Jack Horner (Boogie Nights)
50, small time pornographer, Kinderman's underworld contact, knows more than he's saying
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The Secondary Villain: Boris Balkan (The Ninth Gate)
30, a wealthy PHD candidate with a special interest in arcane and occult objects
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The Politician That Wants Results: Robert Thorne (The Omen)
52, influential CEO with ties that go all the way to the top
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The 'Villain' Who is Revealed to Be a Good Guy / Love Interest #1: Maila Nurmi also known as Vampira (Ed Wood)
46, former pin-up girl and television personality, suspected by many of practicing the dark arts
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The Big Cameo / The Victim: Adam West as Ty Lookwell (Lookwell)
40, slumming actor currently shooting a Satantic themed "roughie", found dead in an Occult bookshop
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Adam West as Ty Lookwell is found dead in an occult book store run by Walter Paisley. What would be a routine homicide investigation is upended when pressure is put on the LAPD by CEO Robert Thorne, who has very high connections, to close the case. Eager to appease the powers that be, police chief Edmund Exley assigns veteran homicide detective William Kinderman and fresh faced rookie William Somerset (The Two Wills) to the case, with explicit instructions not to ruffle two many feathers and to tie it up neatly.

The Two Wills discover Lookwell, his career far below stalling, had been shooting a sexplotation with a Satantic bent directed by fledgling porno kingpin Jack Horner, someone who Kinderman has had a long history with since his days on vice squad. Horner reveals the film has been funded by a trust fund kid at UCLA with an interest in "freaky stuff" by the name of Boris Balkan. Balkan, shacked up with retired horror hostess Vampira aka Maila Nurmi, politely accommodates The Two Wills, perhaps too politely. Sure, he was an interest in the arcane and occult, but everyone has a hobby. Nurmi reveals to our heroes just how much Balkan is hiding. Together with Kenneth Anger and other disciples of Aleister Crowley, they have worked to imbue a film with an alchemical balance that will summon the lord of darkness himself, His Satanic Majesty.

The Two Wills eventually locate a private residence off the San Francisco coast owned by Anger where they believe they will begin the process of summing Satan. Our heroes burst in only to find Robert Thorne presiding over a black mass with Balkan, Nurmi and Anger in attendance. The film, dripped in the blood of Ty Lookwell, his murder revealed to be part of the ceremony, shutters and flicks as the gates of hell are opened. Nurmi performances a ritual to reserve the effects of the film, killing herself in the process. In the chaos Balkan and Thorne escape, Anger revealed to be an unwitting pawn in their game.

Kinderman demands Exley bring in Thorne and Balkan, only to be warned not to pursue this further and pin the case on some hippies. Somerset, jaded by the blatant corruption on display, but knowing he can do more good in the department than out of it, accepts his promotion with the promise of silence, Kinderman, disgusted, relocates to Georgetown, Washington DC, and Robert Thorne leaves for Rome to join his pregnant wife...

(05-19-2020, 03:05 PM)boone daniels Wrote:
Los Angeles, 1950. A rookie cop on the edge. A detective at the margins. A city ready to be reborn. This is...

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a chiller-thriller

(film - Devil in a Blue Dress, 1995)
a private eye at the margins (cop #2)

(film - L.A. Confidential, 1997)
a cop on the edge (cop #1)

(film/tv - Marvel Cinematic Universe, 2011-2019)
a retired spy who just wants to enjoy the beach (boss)

(film - Kiss of Death, 1947)
a psycho with a purpose (main henchman)

(tv/film, The Stand, 1994, and The Dark Tower, 2017)
a god with a thousand forms ready to teach l.a. how to be civilized (villain)

(tv - Mad Men, 2007-2015)
a pin-up girl with a secret (love interest #1)

(film - Hidden Figures, 2016)
a mathematician at the new RAND Foundation (love interest #2)

(tv - Strange Angel, 2018-2019)
a mystic scientist dreaming of the stars (villain to good guy)

(film - The Rocketeer, 1991)
an actress who likes a good time; bud's cousin (the crazy relative)

(film - Angel Heart, 1987)
a private eye (or so he says) with an agenda (good guy to villain)


(film - Double Indemnity, 1944)
a claims adjuster who hires Rawlins (the client)

(film - Gangster Squad, 2013)
a cop who can put up with bud white (partner)

bonus picks that don't count: 
(tv - "Far Beyond The Stars," Star Trek: Deep Space 9, 1998)
an editor of a small sci-fi pulp mag (the corpse)

(film - WarGames - 1983)
a theoretician at RAND (the snitch)

(film - The Black Dahlia, 2006)
a man who knows more than he's telling (politician)

(film - A Beautiful Mind, 2001)
a couple of nerds nastier than they look (henchman #2 & #3)

It’s October 1950 in Los Angeles. Although the Black Dahlia murder lingers like a fog, the city - and its corrupt LAPD - are enjoying the last gasps of hedonism before the new Chief Parker cleans things up. But L.A. will always be a city for dreamers, and there are some who only dream of nightmares...

OFFICER WENDELL “BUD” WHITE is a young beat cop whose volcanic temper means nobody will partner with him except NAVIDAD RAMIREZ, a former military sharp-shooter. A week or so before Halloween, the two respond to a call at the offices of Wonderful Tales, a sci-fi pulp rag with few subscribers. They find editor/publisher HERBERT ROSTOFF dead, gruesomely murdered, eyes open, terrified look on his face, and holding a scrap of paper with “the wine-dark sea” underlined. 

In an altogether different part of the city, EZEKIEL “EASY” RAWLINS is a city janitor with a reputation among certain communities. He’s also having an affair with the married KATHERINE JOHNSTON, a mathematician at the newly founded RAND Corporation. One afternoon, during a shift at Ridgemont High School, claims adjuster BURTON KEYES asks Easy to help with a case of possible insurance fraud. A number of rare titles have gone missing from several rare bookstores, but Keyes doesn’t believe it. “They say you’re a man who finds what doesn’t want to be found,” he tells Rawlins. “That you don’t have a license is just a bonus.” Easy takes the case. 

While investigating the Rostoff murder, Bud and Navidad find a likely suspect, a former screenwriter named Barton Fink. Fink is completely insane, babbling about “the dark man” and “the life of the mind...everything aflame,” but the thin evidence is enough for the ambitious ELLIS LOWE, Deputy District Attorney, who orders the case closed. As Fink is being carted off, he whispers in Bud’s ear: “He walks ever closer...across the wine-dark sea.” Although Ramirez wants to let things go, there are too many things about the case that bother Bud. Encouraged by JOAN HOLLOWAY, Bud’s on again/off again flame, White pursues the case on his own. 

Rawlins, too, encounters that phrase in his investigation into those lost books, accompanied by fellow “finder of things” HARRY ANGEL. (Easy prefers to work alone, but can’t shake Angel.) At the occult bookshop The Green Man, shop owner Mr. Stanz explains that the phrase comes from Homer’s The Odyssey, and that there are “those who believe the difference in color suggests that Homer’s not our own.” Among the believers of this fringe theory was the late writer W.P. Mayhew, whose slim novel with that title - The Wine-Dark Sea - was his only work of “fantastic fiction” and was printed by a small local publisher after his death in the 1930s. Like Mayhew and Stanz, the publisher is fascinated by the overlap between science and the occult, or “the science of old.” That publisher? Herbert Rostoff.   

After some “encouragement,” Stanz points them Rostoff’s private office, where he kept “the really good stuff.” His office is in “the Mansion,” a once-glorious apartment building, now dilapidated after the FBI discovered a Nazi spy ring run by a swashbuckling hearthtrob in the 1930s. Angel and Rawlins arrive just in time to see Rostoff’s office being ransacked by three men, two of whom are bickering and a third who can’t stop giggling. These men leave the office without having found what they were looking for, Harry and Easy don’t have much luck either - save a slightly faded photo of a woman in a white dress. Rawlins and Angel argue about the next step, come to blows, and part ways. 

After a shift, Bud also encounters the three men from the Mansion: TOMMY UDO, SOL, and BENDER. Udo, the giggling psychopath, seems to take delight in “emphasizing” to White that he better drop the Rostoff case. But White is stubborn, and returns to the scene of the crime one more time...only to find Easy Rawlins already there, investigating. The two fight (of course they fight), but when Easy shows Bud the photo of the woman in the white dress, things change. The young woman is JENNY BLAKE, Bud’s cousin, who went missing in June. 

An uneasy alliance is formed. A closer inspection of Rostoff’s offices reveals that he was the publisher of several other pulp magazines - Weird Western Stories, Spine-Chiller, Quest, Private Eye, even a romance magazine. They also learn these magazines never reached above a thousand or so subscribers a piece, and all of them were funded by a company called Dissectum Viridis in Castle Rock, Maine. What’s more, all of the magazines seem to share many of the same subscribers. As Easy studies the names, he recognizes several as Katherine’s colleagues at RAND - a conclusion underlined by Bud’s discovery of a document in a hidden compartment. The document lists which subscribers work at RAND, which work at the nearby Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), who are also members of something called the Adventurer’s Club, and those who have some connection to RODERICK “RODDY” PADICK, a successful businessman/investor in the Daniel Plainview/Noah Cross mold. There is considerable overlap between the four categories. And where is Padick tonight? Holding a fundraiser for Ellis Lowe’s campaign for District Attorney...a fundraiser that just so happens to be co-sponsored by the RAND Corporation being held at the Adventurer’s Club of Los Angeles.

So of course the natural thing to do is crash it, and that’s just what Easy and Bud do, sweet-talking and two-fisting their way into the event at one of those classic, big L.A. locales that’s a little bit meeting hall, a little bit museum. Unfortunately, Harry Angel has also decided to crash the party...and Katherine Johnson is there with her husband. And that’s before Bud spots Joan Holloway with a handsome man on one arm and a beautiful woman on the other. With all this dynamite in one room, things are bound to explode, even if Easy and Bud do their best to play it close to the vest. 

The “highlight” of the evening is Roddy Padick’s speech praising Ellis Lowe, which uses coded language for Los Angeles’ corruption problem, at once racist and eerie, with its discussions of “a future of gods” and “where light and darkness meet as one.” As his speech winds down, Padick turns the microphone over to JACK PARSONS, brilliant “rocketeer” and the handsome man Bud saw as Joan’s date. Parsons praises Lowe and Padick for their joint commitment to “opening humanity’s eyes to what’s possible.” 

Rawlins and White are intrigued by Padick’s ability to hold a crowd’s attention, but before they can speak to him, Tommy Udo shows up with Sol & Bender. A brawl ensues, with Harry Angel getting a few licks on the “bad guys” (in this case, Bud’s fellow LAPD officers, working security) before disappearing. And just when it looks like Udo’s got the drop on White and Rawlins, he’s shot in the shoulder, by a mysterious woman in the upper levels. For a moment, Bud thinks it’s Jenny, before Rawlins pushes him into escaping.

The pair regroups at Rostoff’s private office. Clearly, what they’re dealing with is not what they expected. This doesn’t just go all the way to the top - it goes all the way to the top of the top. But they have no idea what it all means - how are RAND, the DA, and this Padick connected to these murders? Eventually, the two men share a drink, and then another, and then another. They swap stories about their terrible childhoods - Bud and the radiator, Easy with a dad who had to flee the Klan - and even get some jokes in. As they’re talking, Bud idly flips through an open issue of Spine-Chiller magazine...and then stops. The edge of one page is up against another open page from the magazine below it...and the line on one matches up with the line on the other, creating part of a triangle. Both magazines are from the same month and year. 

A montage ensues as the two men work late into the night, going through magazines and assembling matching lines by taping them onto the wall. One page after another, some horizontal, others vertical, still others at an angle. Every issue of the magazines published by Rostoff and funded by Dissectum Viridis seems to have the line on at least one page. Eventually, the symbol comes into view, big and bold, looming over them in the moonlight that streaks through Rostoff’s windows. 

“What is it?” Easy asks. “Dunno,” Bud shrugs. “Some kind of code? Hobo shit? A symbol for something?” 

“Actually,” a woman’s voice says behind them. “It’s called a sigil.” The two men turn to see a gorgeous British woman in their doorway - the woman Bud recognizes from the party. 

 “It symbolizes something that will make the atomic bomb look like a fireworks show, " she says. "Nothing short of the end of reality itself. The unmaking of the world." She pauses, introducing herself: 

“Peggy Carter. You boys have some work to do.”
If Boone could beat me, he gets my vote.
"PREDATOR 2 feels like it was penned by convicts as part of a correctional facility's creative writing program, and that's what I love about it." - Moltisanti
Love 'em both, but I'm going with Boone here.
Two amazing lists, but I gotta go with Boone.
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"We're not all masters of our souls, Meacham...I learned that on Earth."
Ahhh the face off! Go Boone!
Atomtastic has the better cooler take.
Do I go with the straight up devil or with inter-dimensional menace? This is a straight up coin flip between awesome occult detective stories. So...+1 Boone.
I think these screen captures and giant (Dildi? Is there a plural?) are just the next step in the JJ Abrams online adventure series. Very slyly played, Bitches Leave.-Tom Fuchs
Yeah, this is a real tough call - two amazing drafts, but Boone has it.
While I’d love to see Atom’s leads together, I think I find Boone’s Bud White/Easy Rawlings pairing a more natural fit. Plus one for Boone.
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These are both great, but the mid-century noir angle takes the edge. Point to Boone.
As we're heading into the weekend and the voting is heavily going in one direction, I'm going to call it now for Boone.

Congrats, Boone!

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