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Stanley Kubrick: American Filmmaker (Jewish Lives) by David Mikics - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780300224405
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Published: Yale University Press - August 18th, 2020

This is a comprehensive analysis of the career of a fiercely original filmmaker. Bronx-born Stanley Kubrick traveled to Great Britain to film "Lolita" in the early 1960s and never returned to live in America. He was an expensively meticulous director whose insistence on retaining absolute control over his various projects sent chills through studio executives, but the films captivated the movie going public. His films were, in some ways, as complex as the maze where Jack Nicholson met his fate at the end of "The Shining," but a Kubrick film always is as much an experience as it is an entertainment. This fascinating examination of the facets of his life that influenced his art helps to unravel some of the mystery. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide by Jenna Fischer - Book Review

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By Jenna Fischer, Steve Carell (Foreword by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781944648220
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Published: Benbella Books - November 14th, 2017

If you have any desire to go into the world of acting (film or stage), you need to get this book. It is informative, insightful, and answers any questions you could ever have about the industry. From what to put on a resume, how to get an agent, and what opportunities to take (and which to run away from, screaming), this book has it all. Filled with practical advice, hilarious anecdotes, and interviews from a host of industry professionals, this book is a must-have for anyone with a desire to make it in the arts. ~ Reviewed by Virginia Edinger


Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema by Lindy West - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316449823
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Published: Hachette Books - October 20th, 2020

New York Times writer and bestselling author Lindy West unleashes her expertise on cinema by examining some of the most impactful--or the most meaningless--films of our time and seeing how they hold up today. Filled with her snarky humor and witty writing, Lindy recounts your favorite movies and characters to either compliment or call out. My favorite movies that she tore apart were most definitely Love, Actually and Twilight. A great light read for cinema junkies like myself that’ll bring your head out of the gloomy 2020 clouds. Get some wine, some popcorn, and get ready to laugh out loud! ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


Game of Thrones: A Guide to Westeros and Beyond: The Complete Series(Gift for Game of Thrones Fan) by Myles McNutt - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781452147321
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 5th, 2019

This book is the PERFECT salve for the GOT fan who has read all the books and has been sorely missing the televised series. It is a must-have addition to any fan’s collection, no matter the degree of obsession. Sumptuously illustrated with gorgeous Helen Sloan photographs, it is complete with battle depictions, those necessary family trees, and in-depth character profiles. Even the most die-hard super fan will gain new insight and be able to answer the hardest trivia question! ~ Reviewed by Tamba Johnson Reap


Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II by Robert Matzen - Book Review

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By Robert Matzen, Luca Dotti (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781732273535
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Published: GoodKnight Books - April 15th, 2019

My primary question before opening this book was how substantive it was actually going to be. I'm embarrassed to admit this now because Dutch Girl is nothing if not rich with history. To learn in depth of the Dutch people's colossal suffering during the war and how significant a battle ground The Netherlands became, most specifically as regards the areas of Velp and Arnhem where Audrey and her mother and grandparents resided, is a darkly meaningful experience. The famed book and movie "A Bridge Too Far" is based on the Allied/German battle for the bridge at Arnhem.
Audrey and her family were there in the thick of it, hunkered down in their basement, all but starving to death. Audrey's various efforts of assistance to her fellow citizens and the resistance during the war and the long term effect of Audrey's teen-year survival experience on her entire life including her life-long devotion to children's humanitarian causes and her subsequent death at an early age- there is so much here for Audrey fans and history buffs alike.
Like all great histories or biographies, Matzen's work, despite its potentially narrow focus, succeeds masterfully in shining a broad light on the human experience itself. Highly recommended. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


The Wonders: The Extraordinary Circus Performers Who Transformed the Victorian Age by John Woolf - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781643132204
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Published: Pegasus Books - November 5th, 2019

The freak flag flew high throughout the Victorian Age: the Queen herself was enthralled by General Tom Thumb. Meanwhile, the Siamese Twins, the Bearded Lady, giants, and other unusual personages were paraded by the likes of P.T. Barnum, and carnivals, sideshows, and midways thronged with spectators. Woolf strips away the bluster to reveal authentic people trapped in alarming bodies, who ought to be remembered not as freaks, but wonders. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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