And the winner is …
“Videohound’s Gold Movie Retriever” by Jim Craddock. It’s movie night, but what to choose? Where did I see that guy from “Sideways” before? The answers to all your movie questions are in the best and smartest video guide around. With over 26,000 film reviews, cast and award listings, and cross-referenced indexes, this is the book no movie lover should be without.
“Who the Hell’s In It?” by Peter Bogdanovich. The acclaimed film director is one of the most knowledgeable film historians in Hollywood. Here he draws from his lifetime of experience to write about actors – those he has worked with personally and admired from afar. e captures the essence of their personalities and their craft in this excellent movie read.
“The Big Show: High Times and Dirty Dealings Backstage at the Academy Awards” by Steve Pond. The Oscars are not only big entertainment, they’re big business. This is a blunt and informative look at the history of the Oscars and how these awards have devolved into excessiveness. There’s plenty of dish, backstabbing, and anecdotes compiled by a premier film journalist.
“Broken For You” by Stephanie Kallos. This novel is set in the theater rather than the film world, but it’s so good that I had to slip it in. This is the story of two women, one young and troubled, the other old and dying, who have exiled themselves from love and life, only to find both in unexpected places. This is a haunting and beautifully written novel about the fragility of the heart and the redemption we find when we risk to love.
“The Official Razzie Movie Guide” by John Wilson. After the Golden Globes but before the Oscars comes the golden Raspberry Awards for movies so bad that they’re hugely entertaining. These are Tinseltown’s tackiest, wackiest, and campiest films. No one wants to win a Razzie, but after reading this laugh-out-loud book, you’ll be glad they did.
“The Book of the Film of the Story of My Life” by William Brand. Frederick Case is an aging, balding, and unsuccessful film producer recently divorced from the new Hollywood “It-girl,” who has left him for her latest co-star. Armed with an invitation to an exclusive island party, Frederick hires a beautiful escort to make him seem less pathetic and win back the girl of his dreams.
“The New Biographical Dictionary of Film” by David Thomson. Thomson, the renowned film critic, has compiled the ultimate reference book of the people who make movies. He has listed over 1,300 actors, directors, and supporting players. Each entry is an engaging essay on their films, backgrounds and personalities that reads like an insider’s history of the biz.
“Snobs” by Julian Fellows. Fellows is the Oscar-winning screenwriter of the wonderful “Gosford Park.” His first novel is a comedy of manners and a critique of the British upper class. Beautiful Edith Lavery comes from modest means but will move up in the world by marrying well, only to realize it was a bad and boring move. When a film company comes to Broughton Hall for a period drama, comedy ensues. This is a wonderfully wicked satire.
“Cinematherapy Goes to the Oscars” by Nancy Peske and Beverly West. The “Cinematherapy” girls believe that movies can be the best medicine ever. In their latest book, they select films that help us work through our collective anxiety, father issues and overwhelming chocolate cravings. There are lots of fun asides, such as red carpet mistakes and Oscar bash cocktails. The perfect rental guide for all your girlfriends.
“Molly Moon Stops the World” by Georgia Byng. In her first book, our heroine, the young orphan Molly Moon, learns she has incredibly powerful hypnotic skills. Now accompanied by her pug Petula, Molly hypnotizes her way to the Academy Awards to save Hollywood and the world from evil. Great fun for young readers.
Compiled by manager Alison Jones-Pomatto at The Book Seller, 107 Mill St., Grass Valley, 272-2131. The Book Seller is open 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
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