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It's clear that Scott Adkins and Louis Mandylor had a lot of natural charisma together in their buddy-buddy relationship in THE DEBT COLLECTOR, plus it's obvious they enjoyed working together, so it's only natural that they reform for this quickly-made sequel. This time around the boys are working in Los Angeles and need to collect three debts from various underworld figures. A rather dull minor conspiracy makes up the back story, but this is all about the matey banter and the breakneck action scenes, handled well by the assured Jesse V. Johnson. Adkins always looks great doing his stuff, but this film's heart and soul comes from Mandylor giving a surprisingly sensitive performance. Watch out for the THEY LIVE homage.
The Collector (2009) is available for free on Tubi and I was excited to watch it again for the first time in along time. The story is about a man in debt to his ex-wife, an ex-wife who is in debt with a loan shark. He plans a heist at a residence he doesn't know is booby trapped with various death traps set up by a serial killer. This movie is directed by Marcus Dunstan (Feast and The Collection) and stars Diane Ayala Goldner (Feast and Halloween II), Juan Fernandez (Crocodile Dundee), Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight), Andrea Roth (War) and Michael Reilly Burke (Mars Attacks!). The storyline, characters and execution is so good in this. The kill scenes are gory and the movie flows so well. I can't say I 100% loved the ending, but I really enjoyed the movie. I really recommend watching this if you haven't. I'd score it a solid 8/10.
Collection agencies pursuing debts on behalf of a creditor employ a number of methods to get their client paid, including letters and even lawsuits that may lead to asset seizure or wage garnishments. Of course, most simply call. A lot.
Mysterious as are Fast a Woman's antecedents, her presents, except in the assumed Summer disguise refused to, are still more so. She comes to the "respectable" private boarding-house almost always as a married woman. Unfortunately her husband's business is of a nature that keeps him travelling. He is the collector and general agent for some commercial firm, or he is engaged in buying flour at the West, or he is sojourning in Europe. The California story of the husband in successful San Francisco business, and of remittances always expected, is about played out. The sobriquet of "California widow" provokes suspicion at the outset.--Not a few fast women hunt in couples; one who has passed through years of atrocious experience unites her willingness to the beauty and youth of another new to the trade, and the two, as mother and daughter, or more frequently aunt and niece, easily locate themselves in any boarding-house they choose.
Now what is the truth of the matter? It is alleged that a "torrent of extravagance" and a "wanton expenditure of the people's money" characterized the management of our Borough affairs. We are surprized that such sweeping charges should be made against Borough officials who were among our very best, most judicious cautious citizens.--That our late board of Councilmen improved our town in many localities by the most substantial and desirable improvements, we freely admit; and that every improvement thus made, probably without an exception, was urgently demanded by the Spirit, and when completed also approved by the Spirit, in its usual felicitous style, cannot be denied.--Then where is the justice in its wholesale and unwarrantable denunciation, or the fairness of its party friends in assailing those who have but discharged their duty creditably to themselves and to our Borough.
Our Borough Debt may be some 7 or $8000. What is such a sum to Chambersburg, compared with other towns? The whole of it could be paid by our people in two years without serious inconvenience. We have nothing before us by way of making a comparison, but we will venture the assertion that if a comparison be instituted, there will not be found another town in Pennsylvania, of equal size and population, that has so little [sic] debt, or whose people are so lightly taxed. This debt, however, small as it is, was not all contracted by the late board. The greater part of it has been hanging over for years past.
Certainly they will not so far disregard the voice of the people by which their "democratic triumph" was achieved "to check the torrent of extravagance that has gained the ascendancy," as to complete any improvements that have been commenced by their predecessors; if, however, they should determine, in their wisdom to fill a few mud holes, or repair some of the streets in spots, it is to be presumed they will not undertake to contract for any new improvement, the cost of which will exceed $233 1/3. Any improvement contemplating a greater expenditure, will be regarded as "wanton extravagance" by those who achieved so glorious a "democratic victory" in the late election.
We take the liberty to suggest to our new Board of Councilmen, the propriety of shutting off the gas on our streets. Here would be a saving of several hundred dollars, and who would be the poorer in consequence? This would be a stroke of economy, and it would go far to enable them to pay the interest of our crushing and oppressive debt. Put out the extravagant and costly light. Our grandfathers got along very well without gas light, and so can we. To keep it up is only a "wanton waste" of the people's money, and leads to "oppressive taxation." The spirit of improvement must be repressed--the go-aheaditiveness of "Young America" must be checked, the Rip Vanwinkle slumbers of Chambersburg must not be disturbed, and of new town fathers will be held responsible for any infraction of the rules that prevailed in the days of Adam and of Eve.
Signing off the proofs of a new book, and fondly regarding its two dozen predecessors gathering dust on the shelf, I realized that a single factor united them: they had all been dedicated to someone. But who were these lucky people? A headcount soon unmasked wife (three times), parents, children, old friends, the lately dead and professional colleagues to whom respect was due. The early ones were framed in a minimalist possessive style ("Rachel's", "Mike's", "Ruth's"), a trick that may have been learned from the dedication of John Wain's Hurry on Down ("Nan's", "Arnold's"). There is the occasional flourish ("All yours, Benjy!") and the occasional nod to guiding hands ("And thanks, H.G.", as in Wells), but the overriding air is determinedly downbeat. A real ticket collector on the Oblivion Express, I told myself, would have been just a touch more flamboyant.
But who wants flamboyance in a book dedication? In many cases, after all, the inscription (Victorian novelists didn't dedicate their books but "inscribe" them) that separates the title page and the opening chapter is merely there to acknowledge, if not necessarily to pay off, a debt. In exceptional circumstances the debt can be literal--the publisher Anthony Blond dedicated The Book Book (1985), his study of the early 80s publishing scene, to "Messrs C. Hoare & co.", the bank which was keeping his precariously financed firm going--or straightforwardly existential. Thackeray's Pendennis (1850) is dedicated to Dr John Elliotson, the physician who had nursed him through a near-fatal illness that had interrupted the novel's composition.