History & Criticism

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A Christmas Story

By Caseen Gaines

 

Since its release in 1983, A Christmas Story has become a perennial holiday favorite. While millions watch the movie every year on television, few know the story behind the film’s production, release, and unlikely ascent. Ralphie Parker’s quest for “a Red Ryder carbine ... Read more

Arabian Nights

By Michael Moon
Series edited by Thomas Waugh & Matthew Hays

A Queer Film Classic on 1974's Arabian Nights by Pier Paolo Pasolini, the controversial Italian director who was murdered under mysterious circumstances in 1975.

Already internationally distinguished as a poet, novelist, and outspoken social critic of the postwar period, Pasolini ... Read more

Decline of the Hollywood Empire ebook

By Hervé Fischer
Translated by Rhonda Mullins

The Hollywood empire was built over the course of a century through hard-nosed business practices such as block booking, dumping and buying up the competition, turning the silver screen into a goldmine in the process. The business logic that has driven the industry since its ... Read more

Depp

By Christopher Heard

The truth behind Johnny Depp’s bad-boy image in this definitive biography. Accidental actor? Bratty bad boy? Consummate craftsman? Take a little of each, and a whole lot more, and you’ve got Johnny Depp. Delectably dreamy, dramatically dynamic, and Depp-endably dedicated, ... Read more

Inside Pee-wee's Playhouse

By Caseen Gaines

On the 25th anniversary of the show Pee-wee's Playhouse, the behind-the-scenes story is being told for the first time by those who experienced it. Complete with an episode guide, biographical information about the cast and key members of the showÓ³ creative team, never-before-told ... Read more

Inside Pee-wee’s Playhouse

By Caseen Gaines

 

Between 1986 and 1991, nearly ten million people a week watched Pee-wee’s Playhouse, the critically acclaimed and widely successful children’s program broadcast on CBS. Now, on the 25th anniversary of the show, the complete behind-the-scenes story is being told for the ... Read more

Into the Looking Glass

By Sarah Clarke Stuart

A holistic approach to television criticism, this analytical companion to the popular show Fringe examines the drama's mythology and unveils its mysteries while exposing significant cultural issues addressed in each episode. With a strong basis in science fiction, Fringe has ... Read more

It Doesn’t Suck

By Adam Nayman

A new edition of the first book in the acclaimed Pop Classics series

The Worst. Movie. Ever. is a masterpiece. Seriously. Enough time has passed since Showgirls flopped spectacularly that it’s time for a good hard look back at the sequined spectacle. A salvage operation on a ... Read more

Kino Delirium

By Caelum Vatnsdal

Interviews, criticism, photographs, Maddin's own memoires and more make up this first comprehensive exploration of the life and work of Guy Maddin, who is the youngest filmmaker to have won the Telluride Lifetime Achievement Award, which places him in the company of the giants ... Read more

Pain, Porn and Complicity

By Kathleen McConnell

Why does Bella lie so much in the Twilight series? Why was Catwoman such a bad movie? What was the reason Dark Angel was so short-lived? Poet and scholar Kathleen McConnell tackles these, and other, subjects in this collection of essays. Drawing on analysis from Freud to chaos ... Read more