V. Buttino

Top Reviewer Ranking: 142
Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (151 of 165)
Location: Toronto
Birthday: May 19


Top Reviewer Ranking: 142 - Total Helpful Votes: 151 of 165
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.
As Time Goes By: The Complete Original Series <b>DVD</b> ~ Judi Dench
The first time I watched an episode of AS TIME GOES BY I think I was in my early teens. I had started watching Britcoms when I was very young and I caught this series on my local PBS television station. At first, I didn't like it as much as the other Britcoms I was enjoying because it wasn't as laugh-out-loud hilarious as, say, Monty Python, Mr. Bean, or Keeping Up Appearances.

AS TIME GOES BY is more of a subtle Britcom - some fans even classify it as more of a drama than anything else. The series finished a few years ago but it's still being shown regularly on public television because its fans are super-devoted and loyal to it. It's a heart-warming series that follows the… Read more