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Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, And Madness At The Dawn Of Hollywood
Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, And Madness At The Dawn Of Hollywood
by William J Mann
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 21.94
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating look at the Golden Age of Hollywood, March 2 2015
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I love a mystery. I love a real life mystery even more. And the murder of William Desmond Taylor has been one of those mysteries that have fascinated me since I first read about it. So, when this book was announced, I was all in.

I was not disappointed. From the first page, this in-depth, engaging , well-written tome has you in its grip. You feel like you are in Hollywood of the 1920's. The author even researched the weather and other peripheral facts, when constructing his narrative. And not one word is fabricated. All the facts are from meticulous research and all the quotes are in the public record.

The best part? I feel he solved the mystery. But I'm not telling. You'll have to read the book.

Highly recommended.

Thriller/Murder Mysteries 12 DVD collection
Thriller/Murder Mysteries 12 DVD collection
DVD ~ Bob Hoskins,Patrick Magee,Helen Mirren,Hayley Mills and Stephen Rea Donna Mills
Price: CDN$ 34.85

4.0 out of 5 stars This newbie is looking forward to checking it out!, Jan. 27 2015
Looking forward to checking this show out, as a fan of anthology shows, I had not heard of this one.

Of course, according to others, that makes me a non-fan (how can someone be a non-fan, if they have just discovered the darn thing?) and I don't deserve this release. In their opinion, the show should only be marketed and sold to the diehards. If that was true, the set would be 3 or 4 times the price, since sales would obviously be much lower, without us rabble buying it.

Stephen King Films FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the King of Horror on Film
Stephen King Films FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the King of Horror on Film
by Scott Von Doviak
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.62
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insight into the King of horror..., Oct. 10 2014
I've been a big Stephen King fan, ever since I first read FIRESTARTER, way back in 1982. As a rule, I always read a King book first, before seeing one of the adaptations. I always find this improves the movie for me, as I can fill in the story with what I read in the novel. So being a fan of both King and horror films, I was looking forward to getting some insight on each of the films. Well, brother, let me tell ya, I was not disappointed. A great read, fun, with humour in the right doses. Lots of facts and trivia that I wasn't aware of. I was a little sad when this one ended.

Highly recommend to Stephen King fans, horror fans and film fans

By Your Command: the Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Battlestar Galactica: Original Series and Galactica 1980 Volume 1
By Your Command: the Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Battlestar Galactica: Original Series and Galactica 1980 Volume 1
by Alan Stevens
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Only the Lords of Kobol know more..., Oct. 10 2014
I've always been a big fan of the original Battlestar Galactica series and its spin-off, GALACTICA 1980 (though, to a lesser degree). This book really delves into the making and behind-the-scenes machinations of the series. Also, the insightful commentary really expands ones vision of the show. I've been re-watching the episodes, since finishing the book, and though I'd seen most of them a half-dozen times or so each, I still took away new things from them, due to the information provided in the book. A highly enjoyable and informative read.

Highly Recommended to Battlestar Galactica fans and/or fans of behind-the-scenes stuff.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 14.43
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thousand words are worth these pictures..., Oct. 10 2014
I love vintage photographs. You know, those black and white snap shots of another time, when people hardly ever smiled at the camera. Each picture just offers up so many questions about its subject. So, when I heard about this book, I knew I had to check it out. Ransom Riggs has done a fine job of welding a tale from these dispirited images and the book is a page turner that's impossible to put down. And the last page is bittersweet, you just want this adventure to continue! Luckily, the second book in a planned trilogy, HOLLOW CITY, is now available. Can't wait to get back in the "loop".

Highly recommended.

Eddie: The Life and Times of America's Preeminent Bad Boy
Eddie: The Life and Times of America's Preeminent Bad Boy
by MR Ken Osmond
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 18.67
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why, you are looking lovely today, Mr. Osmond..., Oct. 7 2014
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I was a fan of LEAVE IT TO BEAVER, growing up. I can remember racing home every day at lunch to watch an episode. So when I heard that Ken Osmond would be attending last weekend's comic convention in Hamilton (about 40 minutes from where I live), I knew I wanted to meet him and get his autograph for the collection.

I always like to check and see if a personality I am going to meet has a biography out, and in this case Ken Osmond did, so I picked it up and read it prior to meeting him on Saturday.

Quite the life, besides acting, Ken has been a helicopter pilot, worked in the aeronautical field and served as an LA police officer, where he was shot twice (!) in the line of duty. The first time, he was shot three times at point blank range, but his vest and belt buckle saved him.

In addition, Ken has been mistaken for John Holmes (the porn star), who Ken unsuccessfully tried to sue for using his name, and been mistaken for Alice Cooper (as Alice was once quoted saying "he was an Eddie Haskell growing up”, which was mistaken as "I was Eddie Haskell growing up").

What I loved reading about was the family atmosphere on the set of LEAVE IT TO BEAVER, and later, THE NEW LEAVE IT TO BEAVER. Apparently there were no divas, everyone got along and they are all still close today. It is always refreshing to hear that.

A fun read and he’s definitely had an interesting life. And like Jerry Mathers says in the foreword: Ken is a great actor, because, in real life, he is nothing like Eddie. After meeting Ken, I can say, “that Eddie is a real swell guy”.

This is a highly recommended read for fans of the Beav, and/or that rascal, Eddie. Heh, heh heh.

Detour-Film Noir [Import]
Detour-Film Noir [Import]
Price: CDN$ 13.13
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4.0 out of 5 stars That's life. Whichever way you turn, Fate sticks out a foot to trip you., Sept. 30 2014
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This review is from: Detour-Film Noir [Import] (DVD)
Detour has been one of my favourite films, and my favourite film noir, since I first had the chance to see it on the old late-night movie show out of Buffalo in the late 80s/early 90s. Can't recall the show's title, but they all acted like hep cats. A cool show that introduced me to a lot of out there stuff.

Unfortunately, being a Public Domain film, the various versions that are out there have left much to be desired, and its PD status has stopped many DVD companies from putting in the time and effort to restore this masterpiece of film noir.

I am pleased to report that Film Chest's release of DETOUR (1945) is the best one yet. Dialog is crisper and clearer than in any previous release. And the picture is a revelation.

The only thing that would make this even better is a full length commentary from a film historian.

Highly recommended upgrade.

Animal
Animal
by George "The Animal" Steele
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 17.52
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5.0 out of 5 stars In and outside the ring, with the one and only "Animal", Sept. 30 2014
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Though I haven't been a wrestling fan since the mid-1980s, I've always been a fan of four wrestlers: Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and Randy "Macho Man" Savage, and of course, George "the Animal" Steele. Upon hearing that "the Animal" would be at a local Comic Con next month, I searched to see if he had a biography published. Boy, did I learn that I knew nothing about Jim Myers (aka "The Animal"). From an early childhood racked with dyslexia, to a stellar career as a coach and teacher, there is so much more to learn about this Hall of Fame wrestler. A great read, and I am looking forward to meeting him next month.

Highly recommended for wrestling fans. Recommended for fans of biographies.

War Eagles - The Unmaking of an Epic - An Alternate History for Classic Film Monsters
War Eagles - The Unmaking of an Epic - An Alternate History for Classic Film Monsters
by David Conover
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 29.12
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5.0 out of 5 stars It would have been another epic, from the makers of KING KONG!, Sept. 30 2014
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When I first heard about this book, a few months ago, I thought, "why have I never heard of this movie before?" The simple reason is the movie never existed, though it almost did. The first half of the book details the film's genesis and eventual demise. While the second half has a complete copy of the last shooting script that was written, just prior to the production being scuttled. A great read, the script moves along at a fantastic pace and short of someone actually making the film now, this book comes as close to the experience as possible. The movie would have rocked.

Highly recommended.

Distressed Damsels and Masked Marauders: Cliffhanger Serials of the Silent-Movie Era
Distressed Damsels and Masked Marauders: Cliffhanger Serials of the Silent-Movie Era
by Ed Hulse
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 33.77
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5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting, engrossing read on the history of the silent serial!, Sept. 29 2014
Full disclaimer: I bought this book directly from the author, who I have corresponded with for several year and have purchased several of his other published works. I wanted to share my thoughts with fellow Amazon buyers who may be considering purchasing this book.

My copy arrived about two weeks ago and I finished it off last Friday. I made myself read it only at lunch time each day, self-imposed cliffhangers!

If I could only use one word to describe this book, it would be: engaging.

Luckily, I am allowed to use more. Engrossing, informative, entertaining, enlightening also come to mind.

From the highly appealing prose, meticulously researched facts and figures, the amazing array of lobby cards, stills, and frame blow-ups sprinkled throughout the book, Ed has provided a cornucopia of information on silent serials, and for this volume, Pathé Studios, as well.

Let me put it this way. When I finished the last sentence on the last page, I was a little melancholy, I didn't want it to end. Furthermore, during that lunch hour that I finished the book, I still had time to read, so I reread the preface, and was ready to start reading the whole thing over again. It's that great.

Highly recommended to serial fans (silent, sound or both), film fans and/or history fans. Seriously, go out and buy the book, it's awesome.

Needless to say, I can't, can't, can't wait for the second volume, HANDSOME HEROES AND VICIOUS VILLAINS.

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