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  • Schlock Valueby Richard Roeper

    Hyperion 2005; US$ 9.99

    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...

  • Silent Moviesby Peter Kobel; Martin Scorsese; Kevin Brownlow

    Little, Brown and Company 2009; US$ 48.64

    A gorgeous, lavish history of silent movies - with more than 400 amazing images - captures the birth of film and icons like Chaplin, Garbo, Clara Bow, and Valentino. Drawing on the extraordinary collection of The Library of Congress, one of the greatest repositories for silent film and memorabilia, Peter Kobel has created the definitive visual history... more...

  • King of Bollywoodby Anupama Chopra

    Grand Central Publishing 2007; US$ 24.74

    Here is the astonishing true story of Bollywood, a sweeping portrait about a country finding its identity, a movie industry that changed the face of India, and one man's struggle to become a star. Shah Rukh Khan's larger than life tale takes us through the colorful and idiosyncratic Bollywood movie industry, where fantastic dreams and outrageous obsessions... more...

  • Silent Moviesby Peter Kobel; Martin Scorsese; Kevin Brownlow

    Little, Brown and Company 2009; Not Available

    A gorgeous, lavish history of silent movies - with more than 400 amazing images - captures the birth of film and icons like Chaplin, Garbo, Clara Bow, and Valentino. Drawing on the extraordinary collection of The Library of Congress, one of the greatest repositories for silent film and memorabilia, Peter Kobel has created the definitive visual history... more...

  • King of Bollywoodby Anupama Chopra

    Grand Central Publishing 2007; Not Available

    Here is the astonishing true story of Bollywood, a sweeping portrait about a country finding its identity, a movie industry that changed the face of India, and one man's struggle to become a star. Shah Rukh Khan's larger than life tale takes us through the colorful and idiosyncratic Bollywood movie industry, where fantastic dreams and outrageous obsessions... more...

  • Which Lie Did I Tell?by William Goldman

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 17.95

    From the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride (he also wrote the novel), and the bestselling author of Adventures in the Screen Trade comes a garrulous new book that is as much a screenwriting how-to (and how-not-to) manual as it is a feast of insider information. If you want to know why a no-name... more...

  • 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...

  • Into the Looking Glassby Sarah Clarke Stuart

    ECW Press 2011; US$ 10.95

    Offering a holistic approach to television criticism, this analytical companion to the popular show Fringe examines the drama?s mythology and unveils its mysteries while exposing significant cultural issues addressed in each episode. With a strong basis in science fiction, Fringe has all of the archetypal characters and themes of the genre, from the... more...

  • Inside Pee-wee’s Playhouseby Caseen Gaines

    ECW Press 2011; US$ 13.95

    Between 1986 and 1991, nearly ten million people a week watched Peewee?s Playhouse, the critically acclaimed and widely successful children?s program broadcast on CBS. Now, on the 25th anniversary of the show, the complete behind-the-scenes story is being told for the first time by those who experienced it.Complete with an episode guide, biographical... more...

  • Who Is The Doctorby Graeme Burk; Robert Smith

    ECW Press 2012; US$ 14.95

    Who is the Doctor is a fun and insightful episode guide that explores all facets of Doctor Who?s triumphant return to television. Covering the six seasons of the New Series, this is the essential companion for the most avid fan as well as the more casual viewer.Doctor Who was already the world?s longest-running science fiction series when it returned... more...