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Book Review: Disneyanity: Of ‘Walt’ & Religion by Douglas Brode

Disneyanity isn't a theological work of compare and contrast or how Disney and world religions stack up against one another. ...
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Book Review: Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator by Sofia Warren

A young Latina politician runs for and wins office in New York as a virtual unknown, ousting a veteran incumbent ...
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Book Review: Lennon, the Mobster & the Lawyer: The Untold Story by Jay Bergen

Lennon, the Mobster & the Lawyer: The Untold Story by Jay Bergen recounts one of John Lennon’s less publicized legal ...
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Book Review: It’s Alive! by Julian David Stone

Inspired by true events!  It’s Alive! is a fantastic, fictional account of the final days leading up to the filming ...
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Book Review: Tough Tender by Max Allan Collins

Tough Tender, by Max Allan Collins, is the latest double-issue reprint from Hard Case Crime book publishers and includes two ...
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Book Review: The Junction by Norm Konyu

Far too rarely, a graphic novel lands in the market with such an assured sense of style and substance that ...
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Book Review: Girls on Film: Lessons from a Life of Watching Women in Movies by Alicia Malone

The lovely Alicia Malone has proven herself to be a great film reporter, writer, and fellow movie geek. One of ...
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Book Review: The Unseen Photos of Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street by Trevor Crafts

If you are the kind of person who not only enjoys magic tricks, but wants to know how they saw ...
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Book Review: Hitchcock and the Censors by John Billheimer

Alfred Hitchcock was a weird guy. That's not a slur on his character, but a statement of fact. He was ...
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Book Review: Otto Preminger: The Man Who Be King by Foster Hirsch

The legendary (for better and worse) Otto Preminger was one of the most influential and progressive people in Hollywood history. ...
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Book Review: Starstruck: My Unlikely Road to Hollywood by Leonard Maltin

He has covered the entertainment industry since he was 13 years old. At some point, maybe even right now, his ...
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Book Review: Hitchcock and the Censors by John Billheimer

Censorship is a long and deranged form of limitation toward the freedoms and boundless expression in all forms of media, ...
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From the Couch Hole: Got to Pay Your Dues

Previously on FTCH, we went into Cream and KrispyKreme. The previous episode was pretty funyan and we talked about Love/Hate ...
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Book Review: Jayne Mansfield: The Girl Couldn’t Help It by Eve Golden

If you saw a headline about a blonde bombshell actress living in a “pink palace” with her muscular husband, pack ...
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Book Review: Alien 3 by Pat Cadigan, based on the Unproduced First-Draft Screenplay by William Gibson

Alien 3 has been saddled with challenges since it was first announced. Multiple directors and screenplay efforts came forward, and ...
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From the Couch Hole: Dreaming My Life Away

Previously on FTCH, we spoke about sassy spirits, snakes in the spice aisle, and spicy sweet Dew. This week continued ...
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Book Review: The Complete Dick Tracy Volume 29: 1976-1977 by Chester Gould

Chester Gould's Dick Tracy comic strip debuted on October 4, 1931 named after its lead character, a by-the-book police detective ...
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Book Review: The Art and Making of The Stand by Andy Burns

Priced at $45, The Art and Making of The Stand (Titan Books) is a coffee-table bit of glossiness devoted to ...
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Book Review: Summer Movies: 30 Sun-Drenched Classics by John Malahy

Normally, I have never been into Summer, especially due to the hot, stifling weather; mosquitoes, screaming children at play, overcrowded ...
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Book Review: Castle in the Air by Donald E. Westlake

Castle in the Air, by Donald E. Westlake, is a recent crime caper reprint (1980) from the always entertaining Hard ...
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Book Review: Two for the Money by Max Allan Collins

Two for the Money, by Max Allan Collins, is the latest double issue reprint from the almost always good Hard ...
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Book Review: Usagi Yojimbo: Homecoming by Stan Sakai

Usagi Yojimbo: Homecoming is Book 35 in the collected volumes of Stan Sakai's long running comic book series and the ...
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Book Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection, Volume 5

The fifth volume of IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection opens with Issue #56, Part 7 of the ...
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Book Review: Alien: Into Charybdis by Alex White

There's a tendency in the Alien universe for humans to try to tame/control the chitinous ebony extraterrestrial monsters, and it ...
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Book Review: Usagi Yojimbo Origins Volume 01 by Stan Sakai

Over the course of his comic book career, Stan Sakai has become a legend in the industry, winning numerous awards ...
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Book Review: The Complete Dick Tracy Volume 28: 1974-1976 by Chester Gould

Chester Gould's Dick Tracy comic strip debuted on October 4, 1931 named after the lead character, a square-jawed, yellow-hat-and-jacket-wearing police ...
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Book Review: The Complete Steve Canyon Volume 10: 1965-1966 by Milton Caniff

Since January 2012, the Library of American Comics, by way of IDW Publishing, has been releasing collections of Milton Caniff's ...
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Book Review: Later by Stephen King: Growing Up with Ghosts

Dismiss his output from the last few decades all you like: Stephen King is a master of sentence construction. And ...
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Book Review: Vision & the Scarlet Witch: The Saga of Wanda and Vision

Tying in with Disney+'s WandaVision, Marvel has repackaged some of the duo's adventures in Vision & the Scarlet Witch: The ...
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Book Review: The Complete Dick Tracy, Volume 27: 1972-1974 by Chester Gould

As the Library of American Comics and IDW Publishing continue to collect The Complete Dick Tracy by Chester Gould, Volume ...
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Book Review: Wolverine: Weapon X Omnibus by Cerasini, Mack, and Matthews

Wolverine: Weapon X Omnibus is a collection of three classic Logan, aka Wolverine of X-Men fame, novels from Titan Books. ...
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Book Review: For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Volume Five (1993-1996) by Lynn Johnston

Written by Chad Derdowski In 1995, I was a senior in high school and Michael Patterson was just starting college. ...
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Book Review: Corto Maltese: Mu, The Lost Continent by Hugo Pratt

Italian comics star Hugo Pratt led a life that was nearly as adventurous as his most famous character, Corto Maltese. ...
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Book Review: The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Crusader’s Curse by Stuart Douglas

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Crusader’s Curse (2020) by Stuart Douglas is the thirty-second entry in The Further Adventures of ...
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Book Review: Marvel Spider-Man: Miles Morales – Wings of Fury by Brittney Morris

Marvel Spider-Man: Miles Morales - Wings of Fury by Brittney Morris is a prequel to the video game Marvel Spider-Man: ...
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Book Review: Harry Dean Stanton: Hollywood’s Zen Rebel by Joseph B. Atkins

Harry Dean Stanton: Hollywood's Zen Rebel, by Joseph B. Atkins (University Press of Kentucky, 2020), is a carefully crafted tribute ...
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Book Review: The Complete Dick Tracy, Volume 15: 1953-1954 by Chester Gould

Chester Gould's Dick Tracy comic strip debuted on October 4, 1931 named after the lead character, a square-jawed, yellow-hat-and-jacket-wearing police detective. In ...
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Book Review: Maureen O’Hara: The Biography by Aubrey Malone

Maureen O'Hara: The Biography by Aubrey Malone (University Press of Kentucky - 2020) is a heartfelt biography of the screen ...
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Book Review: Serpentine by Philip Pullman

Serpentine, by Philip Pullman, is the latest entry into the author’s much lauded His Dark Materials. Coming in at fewer ...
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Book Review: The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway, edited by Una McCormack

The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway, by Una McCormack, is the third book in a series of planned Star Trek “autobiographies” ...
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Book Review: Star Trek: The Artistry of Dan Curry by Dan Curry and Ben Robinson

In Star Trek: The Artistry of Dan Curry by Dan Curry and Ben Robinson, the reader is constantly reminded that ...
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Book Review: Blade Runner 2049 – Interlinked – The Art by Tanya Lapointe

I remember back in 2017, after I had just exited the IMAX presentation of Blade Runner 2049, being absolutely stunned by ...
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Book Review: Joe Alves: Designing Jaws by Dennis Prince

Special make-up effects artist and The Walking Dead executive producer Greg Nicotero, who cites Steven Spielberg's Jaws as an inspiration for his becoming a ...
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Book Review: Alien: 40 Years 40 Artists by Various

I took the opportunity to review Alien: 40 Years 40 Artists because I'm an Alien nut, then realized I don't really know anything about ...
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Book Review: Picturing Peter Bogdanovich: My Conversations with the New Hollywood Director by Peter Tonguette

Director Peter Bogdanovich is neither misunderstood nor unappreciated, I think. His claim to fame as a movie brat (though he might ...
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Book Review: Gramercy Park by Timothée de Fombelle and Christian Cailleaux

On top of a tall building stands a woman. She keeps bees. She talks to them. She loves them. Across ...
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Book Review: Run-Out Groove: Inside Capitol’s 1980s Hits & Stiffs by Dave Morrell

In the 1980s, everything seemed bigger: the fashions, the drugs, the money, and even the sound of music. For Dave ...
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Book Review: Tiananmen 1989: Our Shattered Hopes by Lun Zhang

I was not even five years old when the events of Tiananmen Square took place in Beijing, China in 1989. ...
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Book Review: Superman: The Silver Age Sundays, Volume 2 (1963-1966)

Written By Chad Derdowski For more than 25 years, the Man of Steel fought for truth and justice in newspapers ...
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Book Review: The Last Book on the Left: Stories of Murder and Mayhem from History’s Most Notorious Serial Killers

Dark humor and dark subject matter seem to go hand in hand. Combine those things with the incredible illustrations of ...
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Book Review: Aliens: Phalanx by Scott Sigler

I've been riding the Alien train for the better part of 40 years now, and through the franchises high points ...
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Book Review: Making Moon by Simon Ward

Hard sci-fi differentiates itself from the other kind by trying to follow the rules of physics and take place in ...
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Book Review: Treasures Retold: The Lost Art of Alex Toth

Written by Chad Derdowski Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of reviewing Alex Toth's Bravo For Adventure as well as Genius, ...
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Book Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection Vol. 5, 1985-1986 by Stan Lee, Floro Dery, and Dan Barry

In its early years, the daily Spider-Man comic strip had typically followed a comfortable pattern of Spider-Man facing off against ...
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Book Review: Justice League: The Art of the Film by Abbie Bernstein

Written by Chad Derdowski Let’s get this out of the way right here at the beginning: I haven’t seen Justice ...
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Book Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection Vol. 4, 1983-1984 by Stan Lee, Fred Kida, and Floro Dery

With Fred Kida in control on daily art duties, Stan Lee started his writing chores in 1983 with nearly four ...
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Book Review: Aliens: Bug Hunt, Edited by Jonathan Maberry

Each film in the original Alien trilogy represents a unique approach to science fiction. Alien took sci-fi and suspense and ...
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Book Review: Batman: A Celebration of the Classic TV Series by Bob Garcia and Joe Desris

Given its own yellow utility belt, Batman: A Celebration of the Classic TV Series is a marvelous compendium about the ...
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Book Review: The Marvel Vault by Thomas, Sanderson, and Manning

Originally published in 2007, Roy Thomas and Peter Sanderson's The Marvel Vault was clearly in need of Matthew K. Manning's ...
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Book Review: James Bond: SPECTRE: The Complete Comic Strip Collection

Having previously collected and released the James Bond newspaper comic-strip adventures that ran in British newspapers, including in Omnibus Volumes ...
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Book Review: Batman: The Silver Age Newspaper Comics Vol. 3, 1969-1972

Long before most of us were reading the funny pages, Batman was finishing up a six-year comic strip run fueled ...
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Book Review: Aliens: The Set Photography by Simon Ward

The movie Aliens turned 30 recently, and there are rumblings of another movie in the Alien universe in the works, ...
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Book Review: Batman: Facts and Stats from the Classic TV Show by Y.Y. Flurch & Rian Hughes

Written by Chris Morgan This year marks the 50th anniversary of Batman, the TV show based on the popular comic ...
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Book Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection Vol. 3, 1981-1982 by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Fred Kida

After taking over the art duties from comic strip originating artist John Romita Sr., Stan Lee's brother Larry Lieber continued ...
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Book Review: Batman V Superman — Dawn of Justice: The Art of the Film by Peter Aperlo

Batman V Superman — Dawn Of Justice is a landmark event in the DC Extended Universe. It marks the first ...
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Book Review: Batman V Superman — Dawn of Justice: Tech Manual by Adam Newell and Sharon Gosling

Through the years, the Batman character has been known for his gadgets and technology. These have ranged from the ridiculous ...
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Book Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection Vol. 2, 1979-1981 by Stan Lee and John Romita

st The trouble with a daily serialized story is how long it takes for anything to happen. Thanks to IDW's ...
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Book Review: Alien Next Door by Joey Spiotto

In a most unexpected crossover, Joey Spiotto combines murderous monsters with children's books in Alien Next Door: In Space, No ...
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Book Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection Vol. 1, 1979-1981 by Stan Lee and John Romita

Let's face it: daily newspaper comic strips have never been a great way to follow serialized stories. When a story ...
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Book Review: Madeline Kahn: Being the Music, A Life by William V. Madison

There are a handful of uniquely talented performers for whom, once or twice or maybe three times in a career, ...
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Book Review: The Complete Steve Canyon, Volume 5: 1955-1956 by Milton Caniff

Since January 2012, the Library of American Comics, by way of IDW Publishing, has been releasing collections of Milton Caniff's ...
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Book Review: The Complete Steve Canyon, Volume 4: 1953-1954 by Milton Caniff

In 1946, cartoonist Milton Caniff ended a successful 12-year run on the adventure comic strip Terry and the Pirates for ...
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Book Review: Batman: The Silver Age Newspaper Comics, Volume One: 1966-1967

IDW's Library of American Comics and DC Entertainment have teamed up to release Batman's Silver Age newspaper strips, which debuted ...
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Book Review: Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon

Tim Lebbon's Alien: Out of the Shadows kicks off a trilogy of books set around the events of the Alien ...
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Book Review: The James Bond Omnibus Volume 005 by Jim Lawrence & Yaroslav Horak

Continuing their release of the James Bond comic strips in an oversized omnibus format, Titan Books has released James Bond ...
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Book Review: The Complete Steve Canyon, Volume 3: 1951-1952 by Milton Caniff

Since January 2012, the Library of American Comics, by way of IDW Publishing, has been releasing collections of Milton Caniff's ...
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Astonishing X-Men Blu-ray Collection Review: Joss Whedon Teams Up with Marvel Superheroes

Released under the Marvel Knights Animation banner, the Astonishing X-Men Collection Blu-ray presents the four motion comics adapted from the ...
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Book Review: The Complete Steve Canyon, Volume 2: 1949-1950 by Milton Caniff

Since January 2012, the Library of American Comics, by way of IDW Publishing, has been releasing collections of Milton Caniff's ...
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Astonishing X-Men: Torn DVD Review: More Astonishing Motion, Less Astonishing Story

Continuing the Astonishing X-Men motion comics saga initiated in previous DVDs Gifted and Dangerous, this latest disc covers issues 13-18 ...
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Book Review: If You Like The Terminator, Here Are Over 200 Movies, TV Shows, and Other Oddities That You Will Love by Scott Von Doviak

Written by Greg Barbrick Love him or hate him, Arnold Schwarzenegger was arguably the action-hero of the ’80s. His roles ...
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Book Review: Cary Grant: A Life in Pictures, Edited by Yann-Brice Dherbier: Handsome Book, Handsome Man

Whether you're a classic film fan or not, you've probably heard of Cary Grant. Like Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, or ...
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Book Review: Music on Film: The Rocky Horror Picture Show by Dave Thompson

Written by Greg Barbrick As Roger Ebert so memorably put it a few years ago, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show ...
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Book Review: Music on Film: Purple Rain by John Kenneth Muir

Purple Rain was the first R-rated film I watched as a kid. It was also the first movie I ever ...
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Book Review: Conan Volume 11: Road of Kings: By Crom! Roy Thomas Delivers

Written by Chad Derdowski The 11th volume in Dark Horse’s Conan series finds Robert E. Howard’s most famous creation commanding ...
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Book Review: Flash Gordon Comic Book Archives Volume 5

Written by Chad Derdowski Dark Horse continues to re-release pretty much every Flash Gordon comic ever published with Flash Gordon ...
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Book Review: Music on Film: Purple Rain by John Kenneth Muir

To this day, Prince remains an enigma. He grants few interviews, once changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol, and ...
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Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous DVD Review: Joss Whedon Earns His Marvel Stripes

Before helming this summer’s Marvel team-up blockbuster film The Avengers, Joss Whedon earned his Marvel Comics bona fides in the ...
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Book Review: Frank Sinatra: A Life in Pictures, Edited by Yann-Brice Dherbier

Say the name “Frank Sinatra,” and one conjures images of more than simply a superb singer and occasional actor. Over ...
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Book Review: Film Noir: The Directors by Alain Silver and James Ursini

Written by Greg Barbrick Film critics Alain Silver and James Ursini are responsible for the brilliant four-volume Film Noir Reader ...
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Book Review: Dressing Marilyn: How a Hollywood Icon Was Styled by William Travilla by Andrew Hansford with Karen Homer

Andrew Hansford's Dressing Marilyn: How a Hollywood Icon Was Styled by William Travilla comes to sartorial aficionados, film fans, and ...
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Book Review: Reel Culture: 50 Classic Movies You Should Know About (So You Can Impress Your Friends) by Mimi O’Connor

Written by Greg Barbrick Reel Culture: 50 Classic Movies You Should Know About (So You Can Impress Your Friends) by ...
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Book Review: The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael

While there were plenty of good reviewers before her, Pauline Kael’s popularity as a movie critic saw her rise to ...
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Book Review: How To Fight, Lie, and Cry Your Way To Popularity (and a Prom Date): Lousy Life Lessons From 50 Teen Movies by Nikki Roddy

Written by Greg Barbrick Not to put too fine a spin on it, but Zest Books cater to a fairly ...
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Book Review: Screen World: The Films of 2010, Edited by Barry Monush

”Screen World Volume 62: The Films of 2010 is the latest installment in the long-running reference-book series. On the back ...
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Book Review: The Vampire Film: From Nosferatu to True Blood – A Highly Recommended Reference Book

Recently in the history of our humble little planet, we’ve witnessed a ruthless dictator’s toppling demise, the occupation of Wall ...
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Book Review: Alien Vault: The Definitive Story of the Making of the Film by Ian Nathan

With Alien Vault, Ian Nathan has created the book of the year for film fans, one they will revisit in ...
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Book Review: Music on Film: A Hard Day’s Night by Ray Morton

Back in 2000, Miramax Films reissued the classic A Hard Day’s Night in movie theaters. Since I was unable to ...
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Book Review: Star Wars Omnibus: The Complete Saga Episode I – VI: Greedo Shoots First Here Too

The comic book adaptations of all six Star Wars films are fairly straightforward and faithful for the most part, but ...
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Book Review: Lucille Ball FAQ by James Sheridan and Barry Monush

Written by Greg Barbrick While Lucille Ball (1911-1989) made her name in television, she began her illustrious career in film. ...
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Book Review: The Boomer’s Guide to Story: A Search for Insight in Literature and Film by Roemer McPhee

Written by Tim Gebhart Full disclosure first. I tend to watch a film almost solely for enjoyment. I don’t usually ...
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Book Review: Joe Simon: My Life in Comics

Tying in perfectly with Captain America: The First Avenger, one of the character’s co-creators, Joe Simon, has released his engaging ...
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Book Review: Star Wars vs. Star Trek: Could the Empire Kick the Federation’s Ass? (And Other Galaxy-Shaking Enigmas)

Written by Mary K. Williams One might think that the average sci-fi fan would have equal love for the beloved ...
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Book Review: I Know Where I’m Going: Katharine Hepburn, A Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler

Written by Lisa McKay Katharine Hepburn certainly ranks among the most legendary of American film stars. With her patrician bearing, ...
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Book Review: Music On Film: This Is Spinal Tap by John Kenneth Muir

Written by Greg Barbrick. The fact that This Is Spinal Tap (1984) is considered an iconic film today is almost ...
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Book Review: Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks writing as Ian Fleming

To coincide with the 100th anniversary of his birth, Ian Fleming’s estate commissioned author Sebastian Faulks to write Devil May ...
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Book Review: James Bond: The Union Trilogy by Raymond Benson

After a 15-year run that began in 1981, John Gardner retired from writing James Bond novels. The Ian Fleming estate ...
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Book Review: The James Bond Omnibus Volume 001 by Anthony Hearn, Henry Gammidge, et al.

The world’s most famous spy had a secret career as a comic strip star in the '50s and '60s, and ...
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