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The Wild Bunch: Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, and the Making of a Legendary Film by W. K. Stratton - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781632862129
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 12th, 2019

A meticulously researched history of the western film that is now ranked with "Shane" and "The Searchers." Much of the book's focus is on Sam Peckinpah, the movie's visionary, eccentric director. It was a labor of love that had been incubating in Peckinpah's mind for many years and, after the disaster of "Major Dundee,"his professional future rested upon its success. Much to the displeasure of Warner Brothers, he insisted upon assembling his own crew and hiring a cast of actors who, with the exception of William Holden, were not box-office draws. A fascinating look at the evolution of a landmark film and its brilliant creator. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror by W. Scott Poole - Book Review

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781640090934
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 16th, 2018

Seeking the roots of society's fascination and obsession with horror, Poole lands on World War I. The unimaginable carnage and obliteration of life wrought by that war, according to Poole, impacted artists in their creation of horror novels and films, and, more dangerously, infected cultures, breeding Nazism, totalitarianism, and fascism. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Inside the Star Wars Empire: A Memoir by Bill Kimberlin - Book Review

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781493032310
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Published: Lyons Press - February 1st, 2018

I have read many, many books about Star Wars over the years. This is, I believe, one of the first memoirs written by someone who worked in the trenches of George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic, ILM.
Kimberlin weaves personal anecdotes from throughout his life in with behind the scenes tales of film making, life on Lucas Ranch, and other sorts of gossip not often found in official Star Wars publications.
As an employee of ILM, the author not only took part in crafting that galaxy far, far away (including the epic shot from Return of the Jedi seen on the cover) but Kimberlin also worked on Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Back to the Future, and so many more beloved movies.
This is a quick read, easy to digest in short spurts, and bring a real human eye to the sometimes incredible mythology of Lucasfilm, Spielberg, Star Wars, etc. that has been built up over the years.


Giant: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film by Don Graham - Book Review

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$27.99
ISBN: 9781250061904
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 10th, 2018

The evolution of my third all-time favorite movie, from the publication of Edna Ferber's bestseller about Texas to the tragic death of one of its major stars shortly before filming was completed. This was a troubled endeavor almost from its inception. Director George Stevens' penchant for meticulousness ran directly counter to Jack Warner's concern for schedule and budget overruns and Texans in particular were not fond of Ferber's book. "Giant" was quite possibly the only film that Elizabeth Taylor ever made in which neither of the leading actors had the remotest romantic interest in her. A great book for film lovers. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking by Samuel Fuller - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781557836274
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Published: Applause Books - April 1st, 2004

From teenage crime reporter, to the sands of D-Day Normandy, early pulp writer, and eventually Hollywood cult director, Samuel Fuller turns his yarn the best way he knows how, by getting down deep and dirty to tell the God's honest truth. This man lived one of the most fascinating lives I've ever heard told, and the blunt honesty to which he tells it still moves me years later. One aspires to live like him while reading his tale—to wrestle down in the mud, to experience and to feel every pain and every breath life has to offer. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780425285190
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 3rd, 2017

Lauren Graham is just as quirky as always in her very funny memoir. If you are a fan of Gilmore Girls or Parenthood or just Lauren Graham in general- you'll love this book! A fast read that gives you the inside scoop on what it was like to be a part of your favorite shows. Fun! ~ Reviewed by Molly Haplin


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