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Now showing : unforgettable moments from the movies
Garner, Joe.
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Kansas City, MO : Andrews McMeel Pub., [2003]

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xii, 160 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm + 1 DVD.
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The latest multimedia book and DVD collection from New York Times bestselling author Joe Garner focuses on 25 memorable film moments, from Dorothy melting the Wicked Witch of the West to Thelma and Louise flying off a Grand Canyon cliff in their airborne T-bird. 200 photos.

Author Notes

Joe Garner, a pioneer in multimedia publishing, is the author of Stay Tuned: Television's Unforgettable Moments. Joe also wrote the New York Times best-sellers We Interrupt This Broadcast, And the Crowd Goes Wild, and And the Fans Roared, as well as Echoes of Notre Dame Football. Each of these multimedia compilations includes the actual landmark broadcasts that indelibly etched these moments in readers' imaginations. Joe is a twenty-year radiobroadcast veteran and the president of Garner Creative Concepts Inc. in Los Angeles. He's a frequent guest on radio and national television shows, including Today and Larry King Live. Garner's books are also best-sellers in Publishers Weekly, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Multimedia book expert Garner (Stay Tuned; And the Crowd Goes Wild; We Interrupt This Broadcast, etc.) turns his eye from TV and radio to film in his latest "best of" compilation. Garner admits up front that certain studios prohibited him from using films for this book, so his list of the silver screen's 25 "unforgettable moments" is necessarily limited. Nonetheless, it's a fine assemblage of memorable movies. Beginning with 1939's The Wizard of Oz and ending with 2001 and 2002's Lord of the Rings movies, The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers, Garner shares a few film stills and discusses the cast, crew and filming specifics. For example, in the chapter on Field of Dreams, Garner details the difficulty of finding the right location for shooting and in Some Like It Hot he explains that Tony Curtis's famous, mid-seduction leg lift was designed to avoid the ire of Hollywood censors. Though hardly comprehensive, this is still a fun look at American cinema's evolution, complete with a DVD featuring commentary from Dustin Hoffman. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal Review

This book's title is misleading: instead of describing great scenes from many films, Garner targets and briefly analyzes a mere 25 movies, not moments. Taken from those films, the scenes with the "unforgettable moments" are shown on an accompanying Dustin Hoffman-hosted DVD. While Garner (And the Fans Roared) admits to inclusion based on subjectivity and permission from stars and studios, it is nevertheless disconcerting to find him beginning with The Wizard of Oz (1939) and having no entries between Casablanca (1942) and On the Waterfront (1954). Nineteen of the films were released between 1970 (Five Easy Pieces) and 2001 (The Lord of the Rings). Do There's Something About Mary and Cast Away really merit inclusion? Thelma & Louise? Why is Rocky followed by a summary of great boxing films without mention of The Set-Up (1949)? Wasn't David Morse, not Jack Nicholson, given the acting kudos for The Crossing Guard? This coffee-table book is bound to irritate cineastes, but the plethora of information it contains and its numerous outstanding photos can make it an optional purchase for public libraries.-Kim Holston, American Inst. for Chartered Property Liability Underwriters, Malvern, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
1 The Wizard of Oz 1939p. 1
2 Casablanca 1942p. 8
3 On the Waterfront 1954p. 15
4 Some Like It Hot 1959p. 21
5 Psycho 1960p. 27
6 The Graduate 1967p. 33
7 Five Easy Pieces 1970p. 39
8 Dirty Harry 1971p. 45
9 The Exorcist 1973p. 52
10 The Godfather Part II 1974p. 58
11 Jaws 1975p. 66
12 Rocky 1976p. 74
13 National Lampoon's Animal House 1978p. 79
14 Alien 1979p. 86
15 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981p. 91
16 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial 1982p. 98
17 Wall Street 1987p. 105
18 When Harry Met Sally 1989p. 113
19 Field of Dreams 1989p. 119
20 The Silence of the Lambs 1991p. 125
21 Thelma & Louise 1991p. 131
22 Pulp Fiction 1994p. 138
23 There's Something about Mary 1998p. 144
24 Cast Away 2000p. 150
25 The Lord of the Rings 2001/2002p. 156