James C

Review Dept.

James C. is a South Florida native with hopes of making it in the big city. He's a rare combination of pop music nut, film dweeb, basketball junky and beard.

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James C's Reviews


by: Jonathan Franzen

Franzen’s latest is a labyrinthine dive into the funny, painful, complicated world of human emotions both on and off the internet. His powerful prose give us a piercing view of the moral ambiguity of today’s society.

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Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies

by: Dave Itzkoff

This is a rambunctious tale of the making of one of the most explosive films in American movie history. Led by the brilliant, tyrannical Paddy Chayefsky, Mad As Hell profiles an eccentric collection of people collaborating on the one of the most controversial movies ever made!

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My Lunches with Orson: Conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles

by: Peter Biskind

My Lunches With Orson is a unique and hilarious peek at one of America's greatest and most notorious film directors and actors, Orson Welles. Forty years since his legendary debut film, Citizen Kane, and nearly a decade since audiences had seen a finished film of his, Welles sat at the Ma Maison in Los Angeles, treating the Parisian-themed restaurant as a pseudo-office while meeting with filmmaker Henry Jaglom for lunch to discuss business and various other topics. Taken from Jaglom's recordings long thought lost forever, Peter Biskind (famed film writer of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls and Down and Dirty Pictures) compiles this collection of lunch conversations between the two directors.

In between discussing his own infamous career, Jaglom and Welles discuss nearly every major figure in American film between 1930 and 1975 - and Welles hates nearly all of them. Katherine Hepburn, John Ford, Pauline Kael, and Charlie Chaplan are amongst the many who are brought up and few survive his wrath. The candid conversations are a brilliant form of performance, as Welles was aware of the recorder but asked Jaglom simply to make it unseen. The legendary filmmaker vacillates often between showboating for his young friend with uproarious speeches, and speaking with the honest desperation of a man at his advanced age being unable to work, and the financial trouble that that situation places him in. All in all, Biskind's framing of the transcripts displays Welles as a dastardly charming man, bursting at the seams with knowledge while posing for his one-man audience as a charlatan. My Lunches With Orson may not be the most informative book there is to read about Welles, but it is one of the most entertaining - and it's all in his words.

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  • In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences

    By Truman Capote

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679745587
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: February 1994
    From what was initially to be a magazine piece, Truman Capote produced a paradigmatic reconstruction of the November 15, 1959 murder of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas, carving out a new genre of documentation. Capote's book unleashed a synthesis of crime reportage and serious literature. His vivid, dynamic account of the murder & investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers generates a new form of suspense and empathy that transcend the event. In yielding his altogether original exposure into the nature of American violence, Capote invented a unique literary lens forobserving the culture at large. 343p.
  • The Corrections

    By Jonathan Franzen

    Our Price: $9.50
    Kindle Price: $10.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312421274
    • Publisher: Picador/Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: 2001
    After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. The oldest, Gary, a once-stable portfolio manager and family man, is trying to convince his wife and himself, despite clear signs to the contrary, that he is not clinically depressed. The middle child, Chip, has lost his seemingly secure academic job and is failing spectacularly at his new line of work. And Denise, the youngest, has escaped a disastrous marriage only to pour her youth and beauty down the drain of an affair with a married man-or so her mother fears. Desperate for some pleasure to look forward to, Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.