This visual tour of the past 100 years of cinema presents key images from memorable and pioneering moments in film including stills from Citizen Kane, Sunset Boulevard, The Piano Teacher and Burn After Reading. 15,000 first printing.
A generation on the move, a country on the brink, and a young author's search to find out how we got here. Millennials and the Moments That Made Us is a cultural history of the United States, as seen through the eyes of the largest, most diverse, and most disprivileged generation in American history. The book is a relatable pop culture history that critiques the capitalist status quo our generation inherited - a critical tour of the music, movies, books, TV shows, and technology that have defined us and our times.
Harry Potter is full of memorable, exciting, and intense moments. Whether it comes to deaths, magical spells, or unbelievable twists, what were the 50 most shocking moments? Harry Potter may be 20 years old, but it never gets old. The movies and books are believed by fans old and new. Parents are now reading the books they grew up with to their children, while dressing up for conventions and enjoying butterbeer. The books and movies alike are made up of various twists and turns. There are exciting, death-defying moments and twists that made you gasp in horror and awe the first time. Whether it was learning that Tom Riddle was Voldemort or watching Dumbledore's death happen for the very first time, there are many shocking moments throughout the seven book and eight movie series. It's time to look at the 50 most shocking moments throughout the franchise. And this is only going to look at Harry Potter. The Fantastic Beasts prequels have given us many twists and turns, but we're nowhere near the end of that storyline. The twists and surprises may not be everything they seem and not everyone has had the chance to see the most recent movie. This article is going to breakdown the Harry Potter moments. Which would makes it into your top 50? Which moments had you gasping as you read or staring wide-eyed in wonder as they played out on the screen? Which moments can you just not forget? Here are the top 50 shocking moments from Harry Potter
In this wholly original work of film criticism, David Thomson, celebrated author of The Biographical Dictionary of Film, probes the many ways in which sexuality has shaped the movies--and the ways in which the movies have shaped sexuality. Exploring the tangled notions of masculinity, femininity, beauty, and sex that characterize our cinematic imagination--and drawing on examples that range from advertising to pornography, Bonnie and Clyde to Call Me by Your Name--Thomson illuminates how film as art, entertainment, and business has historically been a polite cover for a kind of erotic séance. In so doing, he casts the art and the artists we love in a new light, and reveals how film can both expose the fault lines in conventional masculinity and point the way past it, toward a more nuanced understanding of what it means to be a person with desires.
Laugh Hard, Laugh Loud, Laugh Often Of all the gifts God give us, laughter is definitely one of the sweetest. Delight in this good-for-the-soul collection of humor dedicated to the many ways laughter can surprise, amaze, comfort and enrich your life like nothing else. Drawing on his experience as a preacher's kid and a former youth pastor, humorist Dan Taylor shares hilarious anecdotes, such as mentally willing hungry parishioners away from primo potluck cookies dealing with the disappointment of not getting fork-stabbed at church camp running errands with a donut-loving driver's ed instructor Learn that those with the ability to laugh at themselves are truly blessed—because their well of good humor will never run dry.
Hal David: His Magic Moments: There is Always Something There to Remind Me by Eunice David Eunice and Hal David’s love for each other was legendary. For the first time, Eunice recounts her exciting life as the wife of one of the world’s most renowned lyricists. Memorable anecdotes include how Hal came to write some of his most iconic songs, such as the Academy Award-winning “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” “What the World Needs Now is Love,” “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before,” and “The Four Winds and the Seven Seas.” All set within the span of their world-wide travels and historic events, this novel covers their magical twenty-five years of marriage, which all began with a simple game of tennis.
He came to mainstream prominence as a machine more human than his creators in Blade Runner, terrified us as a hitchhiker bent on his own death and the death of anyone who got in his way in The Hitcher, and unforgettably portrayed a lonely king roaming the night as a wolf and pining for the love of a hawk during the day in Ladyhawke. Rutger Hauer has dazzled audiences for years with his creepy, inspiring, and villainous portrayals of everyone from a cold-blooded terrorist in Nighthawks to a blind martial arts master in Blind Fury, but his movie career was nothing compared to his real-life adventures of riding horses, sword fighting, and leaving home at fifteen to scrub decks on a freighter and explore the world. From poverty to working with a traveling theater troupe to his breakout European performance in Turkish Delight and working with legendary directors such as Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop and Basic Instinct) and Ridley Scott (Alien and Gladiator), Hauer has collected All Those Moments here.
The scope of this collection is indicative of the breadth and diversity of music's role in cinema, as is its emphasis on musical contributions to 'non-musical' films. By bringing together chapters that are concerned both with the relationship between performance, music and film and the specificity of national, historical, social, and cultural contexts, Film's Musical Moments will be of equal importance to students of film studies, cultural studies and music. The book is organised into four sections: Music, Film, Culture focuses on cinema representations of music forms; Stars, Performance and Reception explores stars, fan cultures and intertextuality; The Post-Classical Hollywood Musical considers the importance of popular music to contemporary cinema; and Beyond Hollywood looks to specific national contexts.
This is about the fascinating stories that the author’s father told him when he was a little boy and of his travels during his employment in Nigeria, which invoked in him a burning desire to undertake his own journey to broaden his horizons. It is a journey during which the author experienced the good, the bad, and the ugly in human behavior and character. This book is an honest and captivating story of that journey, penned with the style of an experienced writer and publisher.
What better way to recognize and honor America's funniest moments and greatest laugh artists than an insightful, anecdote-laden multimedia presentation that allows readers and viewers to fully experience the sharpest comedians throughout broadcast and film history. That's exactly what Made You Laugh! offers, as author Joe Garner applies his magic touch to one of America's most treasured forms of entertainment.Joe's insightful text, original videotaped interviews, and choicest clips from radio, comedy variety shows, sitcoms, stand-up routines, and classic films instantly remind readers of some of the most fun-filled times of their lives. It shows why they love to laugh-and why a great joke is a thing of lasting beauty, at least until the next side-splitter comes along. The book is divided into three main sections: "The Funniest Moments from Radio and Television," "The Funniest Stand-up Moments," and "The Funniest Movie Moments." Chapters throughout give readers a hearty chuckle while providing rare behind-the-scenes glimpses into favorite entertainers and their work, complete with firsthand memories from the comedians, writers, and producers who were there. The accompanying DVD, hosted by a major comedy talent, includes the actual audio/film clips of the particular memorable moment along with original videotaped and archival interviews. It all adds up to one seriously successful look at the world of laughs!
Film is made of moments. In its earliest form, the cinema was a moment: mere seconds recorded and projected into the darkness. Even as film has developed into today's complex and intricate medium, it is the brief, temporary and transitory that combines to create the whole. Our memories of films are composed of the moments we deem to be crucial: touchstones for our understanding and appreciation. Moments matter. The 38 specially commissioned essays in Film Moments examine a wide selection of key scenes across a broad spectrum of national cinemas, historical periods and genres, featuring films by renowned auteurs including Alfred Hitchcock, Jean Renoir and Vincente Minnelli and important contemporary directors such as Pedro Costa, Zhang Ke Jia and Quentin Tarantino, addressing films including City Lights, Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, The Night of the Hunter, Wild Strawberries, 8 1?2, Bonnie and Clyde, Star Wars, Conte d'été, United 93 and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Film Moments provides both an enlightening introduction for students to the diversity of approaches and concerns in the study of film, and a dynamic and vibrant account of key film sequences for anyone interested in enhancing their understanding of cinema.
In Indigenous North American film Native Americans tell their own stories and thereby challenge a range of political and historical contradictions, including egregious misrepresentations by Hollywood. Although Indians in film have long been studied, especially as characters in Hollywood westerns, Indian film itself has received relatively little scholarly attention. In Imagic Moments Lee Schweninger offers a much-needed corrective, examining films in which the major inspiration, the source material, and the acting are essentially Native. Schweninger looks at a selection of mostly narrative fiction films from the United States and Canada and places them in historical and generic contexts. Exploring films such as Powwow Highway, Smoke Signals, and Skins, he argues that in and of themselves these films constitute and in fact emphatically demonstrate forms of resistance and stories of survival as they talk back to Hollywood. Self-representation itself can be seen as a valid form of resistance and as an aspect of a cinema of sovereignty in which the Indigenous peoples represented are the same people who engage in the filming and who control the camera. Despite their low budgets and often nonprofessional acting, Indigenous films succeed in being all the more engaging in their own right and are indicative of the complexity, vibrancy, and survival of myriad contemporary Native cultures.
The Chicago Tribune has called Richard Burgin "among our finest artists of love at its most desperate," a critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer dubbed him "one of America's most distinctive storytellers... I can think of no one else of his generation who reports the contemporary war between the sexes with more devastating wit and accuracy." Through an extraordinarily vivid and variegated set of characters, The Conference on Beautiful Moments, Burgin's sixth collection of stories, continues his daringly dark yet often humorous exploration of these themes, as well as our mysterious quest for truth, success, and identity. In the gently satiric "Jonathan and Lillian," a movie star throws a dinner party with very different meanings for her biographer, her butler and ex-lover, and herself. In "Cruise," an aging straight man befriends a young gay man. Together they meet on their cruise ship's deck to confess to each other "the worst thing they have ever done." In the title story, a journalist sent to investigate a conference formerly devoted to discussing beauty in the arts discovers it has turned into something considerably more sinister. In The Conference on Beautiful Moments, Burgin writes with equal compassion and insight about the homeless and the wealthy, prostitutes and businessmen, an autistic child and an art forger. His characters are masterfully illuminated by their interior narratives, which burst sharply into conversations at once intimate and calculated.
"London Gallo is an exceptionally beautiful woman who knows what she wants and how to get it. She is confident, intelligent, and takes care of business. Even after London's ex-husband, Dexter, decides to leave his family to pursue an “alternative lifestyle,” she still manages to keep it all together. The decisions that London is faced with will determine if she will be able to persevere. Sexy Damani Anderson has been unhappily married for years. Damani is what people consider to be a single husband. His wife, Taylor, has become comfortable with her pampered lifestyle and chooses to accept her husband's philandering ways. Bracey is a charming sports agent who knows how to woo the ladies and London possesses all of the qualities. He walks through the door at London's job and she is immediately taken by him. Xcentric magazine owner Gabrielle Marks is a gorgeous career-driven woman who has zero tolerance for weak men, which is exactly the reason why she divorced her ex-husband, Bracey. She is busy trying to maintain her image and keep her skeletons hidden. This novel is a consistent reflection of choices and decisions made by all of the characters."
How did Leonardo DiCaprio become a hero on The Beach? Why would the Droids lode control in Star Wars? What persuaded Mad Max to become Hamlet? Who made Long John Silver's parrot dread Treasure Island? When was there a curse on The Exorcist? Where did Harrison Ford's quick-thinking profit Raiders Of The Lost Ark? From the earliest black-and-white flickers to the most recent big-screen blockbusters, the history of filmmaking is littered with remarkable but true tales of the unexpected. Behind the scenes on more then three hundred films, this entertaining survey covers over a hundred years of cinema history. It's a story of disastrous stunts, star temperaments, eccentric animals, Hollywood rivalries, unexplained deaths, casting coups and bizarre locations. Spanning the silents through the Golden Age to today's effects-packed films, Quentin Falk, film critic of the Sunday Mirror and editor of the BAFTA magazine, Academy, revels an astonishing collection of strange-but-true stories.
“The invention, or the quaint piece of furniture, wandered into our lives in the 1940s, as a primitive plaything, a clever if awkward addition to the household. It was expensive, unreliable and a bit of an invalid.” —Television, A Biography In just a few years, what used to be an immobile piece of living room furniture, which one had to sit in front of at appointed times in order to watch sponsored programming on a finite number of channels, morphed into a glowing cloud of screens with access to a near-endless supply of content available when and how viewers want it. With this phenomenon now a common cultural theme, a writer of David Thomson’s stature delivering a critical history, or “biography” of the six-decade television era, will be a significant event which could not be more timely. With Television, the critic and film historian who wrote what Sight and Sound's readers called “the most important film book of the last 50 years” has finally turned his unique powers of observation to the medium that has swallowed film whole. Over twenty-two thematically organized chapters, Thomson brings his provocatively insightful and unique voice to the life of what was television. David Thomson surveying a Boschian landscape, illuminated by that singular glow—always “on”—and peopled by everyone from Donna Reed to Dennis Potter, will be the first complete history of the defining medium of our time.
From his childhood in the borderlands of what is now Pakistan, to his position today as the foremost teacher of acting – guru of acting – in India, the saga of Shri Roshan Taneja is not only the story of this remarkable man, but of India herself – vision, grit, struggle, and a never ending search for perfection. From his 13 years of teaching at the Film Institute of India, Pune, to today, the list of Taneja-sahib's students reads like a list of honour – Shatrughan Sinha, Jaya Bhaduri, Naveen Nischal, Rehana Sultan, Danny, Shabana Azmi, Mithun Chakraborti, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri – these are only a few of his students from the Film Institute; when he shifted to Bombay, he guided such fine actors as Anil Kapoor, Aamir Khan, Ajay Devgun, Govinda,Tina Munim, and so many others. Roshan Taneja speaks of all of these artistes in rich, personal terms – but he also speaks of his struggle in the Hindi-film industry – including doing an impromptu improvisation with Meena Kumari – and, above all, his sojourn to the USA in the early 50's to pursue his dream of learning acting, a dream he pursues even today.