V. Buttino

Top Reviewer Ranking: 139
Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (154 of 168)
Location: Toronto
Birthday: May 19


Top Reviewer Ranking: 139 - Total Helpful Votes: 154 of 168
Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel (Screen Cl&hellip by Christina Rice
Let me confess something to you: although I love reading, when it comes to making my way through a book, I'm a bit of a slow mover. I like to take my time exploring the book's setting and understanding each and every character's nuances and mannerisms but occasionally I'll come across a book that leaves me breathless with anticipation and I'll whiz through it quicker than you can say Vanessa is a nerd and has no life!

Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel was written by the world's most glamourous and bodacious librarian: Christina Rice (@christinarice) and was released back in October 2013. Ann Dvorak is someone I didn't know a heck of a lot about prior to reading this… Read more
Hollywood Dreams Made Real: Irving Thalberg and th&hellip by Mark A. Vieira
Well, I'm happy to tell you all that this book is another winner from one of my favourite film authors, Mr. Mark A. Vieira. The man's only disappointed me once - please, let's not re-live that experience again - and that's saying a lot for someone who's written countless books on classic Hollywood.

This new-ish offering from Vieira focuses on the personal life and career of Irving Thalberg, a young man who made a fortune and a real name for himself producing some of the best films that MGM ever made in the late 20s and throughout the 1930s. Working alongside his sometimes friend and sometimes enemy Louis B. Mayer, Thalberg established a phenomenally talented production unit that… Read more
Lulu In Hollywood: Expanded Edition by Louise Brooks
I was SO excited about getting this book in the mail but when it arrived I already found myself frowning - it hardly had any pages! I like my books big, thick, and engrossing (especially when it comes to classic film books). This book was really boring, really choppy, and it didn't really teach me anything I didn't already know about the classic film industry.

If you're looking for a juicy page-turner, this is not it. Louise Brooks writes well, but her writing style is very monotone and flat. I could have done without this book in my collection, but since I've already paid for it, I might as well keep it.