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  • Raising Hellby Richard Crouse

    ECW Press 2012; US$ 14.95

    The story of one of the most controversial films in history How did a movie by one of the most famous filmmakers in the world end up banned, censored, and shelved? Made by "the English Federico Fellini," Ken Russell, The Devils is so contentious that even decades after its 1971 release, Warner Brothers keeps its most incendiary scene under... more...

  • A Christmas Storyby Caseen Gaines

    ECW Press 2013; US$ 21.99

    Unwrap a treasure trove of stories and photos behind a Christmas traditionA Christmas Story has become a perennial holiday favourite since its release in 1983. While millions watch the movie every year on television, few know the story behind the film?s production, release, and unlikely ascent. Ralphie Parker?s quest for "a Red Ryder carbine action,... more...

  • Who’s 50by Graeme Burk; Robert Smith

    ECW Press 2013; US$ 16.99

    Travel through space and time with this guide to 50 years of Doctor WhoDoctor Who has been a television phenomenon since it began 50 years ago on November 23, 1963. But of all the hundreds of televised stories, which are the ones you must watch? Featuring 50 stories from all eleven Doctors, Who?s 50 is full of behind-the-scenes details, exhilarating... 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$ 24.74

    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...