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Dark City Dames: The Wicked Women of Film Noir
If you are a fan of the noir and "B" films of the late 1940s/early 50s, you will enjoy this book which highlights the careers of six women who were an ...more
Oct 20, 2014
Oct 17, 2014
The Star Machine
Old Hollywood was a terrible place to be in the business of being a movie "star". The studios were in charge of your look, your personal life, your im ...more
Nov 12, 2014
Nov 08, 2014
Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality, and Insurrection in American Cinema; 1930-1934
Pre-Code films were a joy to watch. The Code was promulgated in 1930 but not enforced until 1934 so producers and directors tried to put everything th ...more
Feb 14, 2014
Feb 10, 2014
Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror
I have to admit that one of my guilty pleasures used to be horror films and when I saw this book at the library it interested me in that it explained ...more
Mar 29, 2015
Mar 25, 2015
Leonard Maltin's 151 Best Movies You've Never Seen
This book made me realize that I am not half the film buff that I think I am!!! Of the 151 films mentioned in this book, I have heard of ten, and seen ...more
Mar 26, 2015
Mar 25, 2015
I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie
The late Roger Ebert could write a review like no other. Although one might not always agree with movie critics opinion (Cotton Club springs to mind.. ...more
Dec 26, 2013
Dec 26, 2013
Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector
I am a great fan of Phil Spector's music productions, especially the songs of the Ronettes and the Crystals. When the infamous murder trial became new ...more
Aug 05, 2010
Aug 02, 2010
The Dark Side Of The Screen: Film Noir
I was disappointed in this book. Being a lover of film noir, I at least expected that the facts presented would be accurate. Alas, that was not to be. ...more
Mar 23, 2009
Apr 26, 2009
The First 200 Years of Monty Python
The appeal of Monty Python's Flying Circus continues to draw people to this eccentric, irreverent, and hilarious group of British maniacs. The televis ...more
Jan 09, 2014
Jan 09, 2014
Sweethearts: The Timeless Love Affair - On-Screen and Off - Between Jeanette MacDonald
Another of my guilty pleasures is the music of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy....those lovely voices and beautiful faces made their films together ...more
Apr 05, 2015
Apr 05, 2015
Puttin' On the Ritz: Fred Astaire and the Fine Art of Panache, A Biography
If you ask someone what movie star epitomized class, you would probably get answers like Cary Grant or Ronald Coleman. For me it was and always will b ...more
May 23, 2014
May 08, 2014
Ten Bad Dates with De Niro: A Book of Alternative Movie Lists
I had fun with this book of alternative movie lists. The title is derived from the first (and last) date that Robert De Niro has with Cybil Sheppard i ...more
Apr 20, 2015
Apr 16, 2015
Ebert's "Bigger" Little Movie Glossary
The late movie critic Roger Ebert is sorely missed by film fans who read his books and watched him on television giving a "thumbs up" or a "thumbs dow ...more
Jun 29, 2014
Jun 29, 2014
Mystery!: A Celebration; Stalking Public Television's Greatest Sleuths
Many of us of a certain age were dedicated fans of the PBS series, Mystery and this book covers all the programs in the series from 1980-1997. Watchin ...more
Mar 15, 2014
Mar 15, 2014
Swing: The Best Musicians and Recordings
This is a reference book on the heyday of swing music......the big bands and the singers that fronted them. The chapters are divided by bands, singers ...more
Feb 20, 2014
Feb 14, 2014
Rubinstein: A Life
Arthur Rubinstein is one of my idols......he may have been the greatest concert pianist of the 20th century and the ultimate interpreter of Chopin's m ...more
Sep 07, 2014
Aug 26, 2014
The Hollywood Exiles
This was a rather odd certainly filled in the gaps about certain film actors, directors, writers, etc. who came to Hollywood to make thei ...more
Jun 05, 2012
Jun 04, 2012
Dreams That Money Can Buy: The Tragic Life of Libby Holman
A wonderful biography of Libby Holman, a Broadway star and jazz baby of the 1920/30s, who is basically unknown today. She was an singer with a gut-buc ...more
Mar 23, 2012
Mar 20, 2012
Censored: The Story of Film Censorship in Britain
This is the story of film censorship in Britain from the beginning to the present time and I don't understand it at all. I don't mean I don't understa ...more
Jan 27, 2013
Jan 25, 2013
Damned in paradise: The life of John Barrymore
The name of Barrymore has resonated on the Broadway stage and in film since the early 19th century and the family acting tradition is still alive in t ...more
Jul 14, 2014
Jul 08, 2014
American Silent Film
Many people believe that silent films are corny, primitive, badly acted, and generally boring.......but we could say the same thing about some modern ...more
Jan 24, 2015
Jan 14, 2015
Bold!  Daring!  Shocking!  True!: A History of Exploitation Films, 1919-1959
Don't be put off by the title or the cover art on this is quite a scholarly work on the often overlooked exploitation films. Exploitation ...more
Feb 20, 2012
Feb 18, 2012
The B List: The National Society of Film Critics on  the Low-Budget Beauties, Genre-Bending Mavericks, and Cult Classics We Love
This is the book for the film lover....the lover of the good, the bad, and the ugly film. Although I don't usually pay too much attention to what the ...more
Oct 23, 2012
Oct 23, 2012
Bad Movies We Love
We all have that certain film that we really love, knowing it is truly awful but not caring......or a film that we thought we loved until we see it ag ...more
Oct 12, 2014
Oct 12, 2014
The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang
For the film nostalgia buff, you can't do better than this. Many of us have seen the Little Rascals films on Saturday morning television but some of t ...more
May 18, 2013
May 18, 2013
Dangerous Men: Pre-Code Hollywood and the Birth of the Modern Man
I am a great fan of early film, especially the pre-Code era and this book added to my knowledge of the careers of those actors who were at the top of ...more
Apr 2011
Mar 31, 2011
Son of the 100 Best Movies You've Never Seen
This is the second of Crouse's books about overlooked films. I read the first one a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. I was surprised to find ...more
Aug 21, 2014
Aug 19, 2014
Laughing in the Dark: Movie Comedy from Groucho to Woody
This is one of those books that you can't quite figure out if you like it or not. It traces film comedy from the days of people slipping on banana pee ...more
Feb 15, 2015
Feb 07, 2015
Cole Porter
I'm not sure why I didn't particularly like this book. I am interested in Porter and his music......wonderful songs which have become a part of Americ ...more
Feb 22, 2011
Feb 10, 2011
The Shattered Silents: How the Talkies Came to Stay
This book is only for the serious student of the birth of talking film. Why?....because it does provide quite a bit of technical detail as Hollywood s ...more
Dec 2010
Nov 19, 2010
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