Anita Loos was a well known name in film and literary circles in the Golden Age of Hollywood, but most people know her best as the author of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, a comedic novel published to huge acclaim in 1925, about a sparkling blonde gold digger in the 1920's, a type that Loos knew well.… Continue reading Biography Of The Month: Anita Loos
This year I set myself a goal of reading one biography a month about a movie star or director, or other Hollywood type, who I've always wanted to know more about. At the top of the list fell Elizabeth Taylor. Why Elizabeth Taylor? I love old school Hollywood and vintage glamour, and Elizabeth Taylor is… Continue reading Biography Of The Month: Elizabeth Taylor
"The writing life requires courage, patience, persistence, empathy, openness, and the ability to deal with rejection. It requires the willingness to be alone with oneself. To be gentle with oneself. To look at the world without blinders on. To observe and withstand what one sees. To be disciplined, and at the same time, take risks.… Continue reading Quote Of The Day
The last month of the year... Some of you might know that one of my New Years resolutions this year was to keep track of all the books I read, which I decided to do here, since it might be of use or interest to some of you out there. Turns out I read rather… Continue reading Review Of Books: December
I'm starting to realise how much of my choice of my reading matter is related to films lately. It might be time to mix it up a little again! That said, I've been lucky to have some really good books to read this month. Marvel Zombies by Robert Kirkman and Sean Phillips (artist) Genre: Graphic… Continue reading Review of Books: October
I actually got through a load of books this month, so read on if you're looking for something to read, or what to avoid reading perhaps... (Thought I'd add some pictures this time) Why review books on a blog about films? Because the best directors, writers and film makers read widely, always on the look… Continue reading July’s Review of Books.
As a screenwriter and film maker, I read constantly. I know a lot of directors do. It's partly because story and inspiration are everywhere, and the more you are exposed to it, the more you might be exposed to your next big idea... But also, it's partly because that's who I am, and I have… Continue reading What I read in June…
The King in Yellow, Robert W ChambersGenre: Short stories/ FantasyLogline: Dark tales of the weird and supernatural, often centering around a play which, when read, drives people mad, published in 1895.Robert Chambers is sighted as the oft overlooked predecessor and inspiration behind HP Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe. He published this delicious little book, but found… Continue reading Review of Books: May