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Location: Toronto
Birthday: May 19


Top Reviewer Ranking: 128 - Total Helpful Votes: 144 of 156
John Gilbert by Eve Golden
John Gilbert by Eve Golden
Before reading this book, I really didn't know much about John Gilbert (or, 'Jack' as he was more commonly known by friends). I had seen a couple of his silent movies but had seen none of his early talkies, so I didn't quite grasp how severe his fall from the movie industry was. This book was a long time coming - a lot of Gilbert fans waited patiently for a fitting tribute to their favourite silent screen star for many years.

This book was touching (it made me cry) and quite funny, if I'm honest. There was more than one occasion that I burst out laughing whilst reading through the pages. The author did a fantastic job of describing Gilbert's life (his successes and failures) and… Read more
A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True 1907-1940 by Victoria Wilson
Simply put, this book is a whopper! I may have even used it once or twice as a weight. Clocking in at just over 1000 pages, this biography is one of the most in-depth ones I've read on the divine Ms. Stanwyck. Published by Simon & Schuster on November 12, 2013 this bio made it onto store shelves just in time for the busy holiday season (great timing indeed). I would have written this book review sooner, but it literally took me months to read this in its entirety - and not because it was boring or lacking in excitement, but because I found there was so much information in it that I really needed to take my time whilst reading it in order to absorb everything.

This biography was… Read more
Majestic Hollywood: The Greatest Films of 1939 by Mark A. Vieira
This is the newest title from film historian and author Mark A. Vieira. Released on December 6, 2013 this paperback book tells the story of what many consider the greatest year in motion picture history: 1939. Starting from January 1939 and moving forward from there in chronological order, Vieira profiles some of the best films that were released into cinemas that year. Some of his picks seem a bit far-fetched, but most of them are bang-on.

I hate to say it, but this book was a bit of a let-down. It did seem promising though, when news of its impending release reached me a couple months ago. Like I said in my last Book Look! review, I always look forward to Vieira's new releases… Read more