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Sonny Bunch is an American writer, editor, and journalist. He is best known for his interest and work in the film genre. As of 2019, Bunch is the Editor-in-Chief of Cinestate's Rebeller website and regularly contributes to the Washington Post.
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Hollywood Ending
Harvey Weinstein and the Culture of Silence
Ken Auletta - 2022-07-12
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Twenty years ago, Ken Auletta wrote one of the iconic New Yorker profiles for which he is famous, of the Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who was then at the height of his powers. The profile created waves for exposing how volatile, even violent, Weinstein was to his employees and collaborators. But there was a much darker story that was just out ...
Sonny Bunch
I also really cannot recommend Mr. Auletta's book enough. It's great, a searing look at the reasons Weinstein was able to get away with being a monster for so long.      source
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They Shouldn't Have Killed His Dog
The Complete Uncensored Ass-Kicking Oral History of John Wick, Gun Fu, and the New Age of Action
Edward Gross, Mark A. Altman - 2022-07-19
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There have been iconic moments in the action movie genre over the years, but nothing has come close to matching the kinetic, balletic gun-fu of the John Wick films.In They Shouldn’t Have Killed His Dog: The Complete Uncensored Ass-Kicking Oral History of John Wick, Gun-Fu and The New Age of Action, bestselling authors Mark A. Altman and Edward Gros...
Sonny Bunch
And you should definitely pick up Mark and Ed's book, which is really quite good. More than an oral history of JOHN WICK, it's a crash course on ... well, the entirety of action cinema. The whole history of it.      source
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One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World
Wil Haygood - 2021-10-19
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A NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS' TOP BOOK OF THE YEAR - BOOKLISTS' EDITOR'S CHOICE - ONE OF NPR'S BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR "At once a film book, a history book, and a civil rights book.... Without a doubt, not only the very best film book [but] also one of the best books of the year in any genre. An absolutely essential read." --ShondalandThis unprecedented ...
Sonny Bunch
This was a really interesting episode and I can’t recommending Wil Haygood’s book enough:      source
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How Moviegoers Shape the Films We Love
Kevin Goetz - 2021-11-30
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Discover the fascinating and secretive process of audience testing of Hollywood movies through these first-hand stories from famous filmmakers, studio heads, and stars.Audience-ology takes you to one of the most unknown places in Hollywood—a place where famous directors are reduced to tears and multi-millionaire actors to fits of rage. A place wher...
Sonny Bunch
It’s a pretty interesting book and a very quick read, just 200 pages or so. Strongly recommended if you want a glimpse into the part of the business where audiences and executives collide.      source
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The Outpost
An Untold Story of American Valor
Jake Tapper - 2013-10-22 (first published in 2012)
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The basis of the film starring Orlando Bloom and Scott Eastwood, The Outpost is the heartbreaking and inspiring story of one of America's deadliest battles during the war in Afghanistan, acclaimed by critics everywhere as a classic. At 5:58 AM on October 3rd, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating, located in frighteningly vulnerable terrain in Afghanistan j...
Sonny Bunch
And it was also a good excuse to revisit Jake’s book, which is by turns heartbreaking and mildly infuriating. If you haven’t read it, you really should.      source
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The Nolan Variations
The Movies, Mysteries, and Marvels of Christopher Nolan
Tom Shone - 2020-11-03
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An in-depth look at Christopher Nolan, considered to be the most profound, commercially successful director at work today, written with his full cooperation. A rare, revelatory portrait, as close as you're ever going to get to the Escher drawing that is Christopher Nolan's remarkable brain (Sam Mendes). In chapters structured by themes and motifs (...
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@Tom_Shone If you haven’t read Tom’s book, I strongly recommend it. It’s a combination of reportage and criticism, the backbone of which is a series of interviews with Nolan himself. And it looks GREAT, with tons of full-color pics. A must-read for Nolan fans.      source
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Sriram Krishnan
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Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace - 2006-11-13 (first published in 1996)
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Infinite Jest is the name of a movie said to be so entertaining that anyone who watches it loses all desire to do anything but watch. People die happily, viewing it in endless repetition. The novel Infinite Jest is the story of this addictive entertainment, and in particular how it affects a Boston halfway house for recovering addicts and a nearby ...
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@mayersteach Good book! (Took me literally six months to read, but: good book!)      source
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Christopher Harris
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Feeding the Dragon
Inside the Trillion Dollar Dilemma Facing Hollywood, the NBA, & American Business
Chris Fenton - 2020-07-28
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As seen on Fox News's Tucker Carlson Tonight!  A deeply revealing memoir of big wins and hard lessons from a seasoned executive caught smack in the middle of the trillion-dollar soft power struggle pitting China against Hollywood, the NBA, and American business.“Paced like a thriller, with comparable doses of international intrigue and conflict, Ch...
Sonny Bunch
And if you like the podcast makes sure to check out Chris’s book. He’s a bit more dovish on China than I am—I’m more skeptical of soft power now than I ever have been, sadly—but it’s a great on-the-ground view of China/Hollywood relations.      source
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Best. Movie. Year. Ever.
How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen
Brian Raftery - 2020-03-31 (first published in 2019)
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From a veteran culture writer and modern movie expert, a celebration and analysis of the movies of 1999a terrifically fun snapshot of American film culture on the brink of the Millennium.An absolute must for any movie-lover or pop-culture nut (Gillian Flynn).In 1999, Hollywood as we know it exploded: Fight Club. The Matrix. Office Space. Election. ...
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