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  • Black and White and Blueby Dave Thompson

    ECW Press 2007; US$ 11.95

    The films that society has termed pornographic movies have been with us for over a century now, since the first flickering kinetoscopes stumbled into life in 1889. Yet beyond a handful of scholarly tracts, and a few glancing references in certain Hollywood histories, there is no modern history of the subject available.Black and White and Blue fills... more...

  • It Doesn’t Suck: Showgirlsby Adam Nayman

    ECW Press 2014; US$ 9.99

    [tagline] The Worst. Movie. Ever. is a masterpiece. Seriously. Enough time has passed since Showgirls flopped spectacularly that it’s time for a good, hard look back at the sequined spectacle. A salvage operation on a very public, very expensive train wreck, It Doesn’t Suck argues that Showgirls is much smarter and deeper than it is given... more...

  • Schlock Valueby Richard Roeper

    Hyperion 2005; US$ 23.61

    A hilarious collection of essays, riffs, and lists that celebrate the insanity of Hollywood--for anyone who loves the movies. Richard Roeper, like the rest of us, adores the movies. In this uproarious, off-beat book, he gives us a whole new set of critical lenses for assessing the movies and the people and the industry that make them. With his... more...

  • Schlock Valueby Richard Roeper

    Hyperion 2005; Not Available

    A hilarious collection of essays, riffs, and lists that celebrate the insanity of Hollywood--for anyone who loves the movies. Richard Roeper, like the rest of us, adores the movies. In this uproarious, off-beat book, he gives us a whole new set of critical lenses for assessing the movies and the people and the industry that make them. With his... more...

  • Eventby Slavoj Zizek

    Melville House 2014; US$ 16.95

    Probably the most famous living philosopher, Slavoj Žižek explores the meaning of events in this short and digestible book An event can be an occurrence that shatters ordinary life, a radical political rupture, a transformation of reality, a religious belief, the rise of a new art form, or an intense experience such as falling in love. Taking... more...

  • Chain Saw Confidentialby Gunnar Hansen

    Chronicle Books LLC 2013; US$ 10.99

    When The Texas Chain Saw Massacre first hit movie screens in 1974 it was both reviled and championed. To critics, it was either "a degrading, senseless misuse of film and time" or "an intelligent, absorbing and deeply disturbing horror film." However it was an immediate hit with audiences. Banned and celebrated, showcased at the Cannes film festival... more...

  • Watching Moviesby Rick Lyman

    Henry Holt and Co. 2014; US$ 8.99

    An inside look at how some of the hottest figures in the film industry view their craft In this unique collection, New York Times film critic Rick Lyman sits down with notable directors, actors, screenwriters, cinematographers, and other film industry professionals to watch and discuss a movie that each person considers seminal or influential... more...

  • Truman Capoteby Tison Pugh

    University of Georgia Press 2014; US$ 28.95

    Truman Capote once remarked, "My primary thing is that I’m a prose writer. I don’t think film is the greatest living thing"; nonetheless, his legacy is in many ways defined by his complex relationship with cinema, Hollywood, and celebrity itself. In Truman Capote: A Literary Life at the Movies , Tison Pugh explores the author and... more...

  • Bringing Up Oscarby Debra Ann Pawlak

    Pegasus Books 2012; US$ 15.99

    The untold story of the innovative pioneers who helped make movies the preeminent art form of the twentieth century   The founders of the now infamous Academy were a motley crew as individuals, but when they first converged in Hollywood, then just a small town with dirt roads, sparks flew and fueled a common dream: to bring artistic validity to... more...

  • Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psychoby Stephen Rebello

    Open Road Media 2010; US$ 14.99

    Now a major motion picture! The  gripping behind-the-scenes look inside the classic suspense shocker?and the creative genius who revolutionized filmmaking. First released in June 1960, Psycho altered the landscape of horror films forever. But just as compelling as the movie itself is the story behind it, which has been adapted as a... more...