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Silver screen fiend : learning about life from an addiction to film
Oswalt, Patton, 1969- , author, narrator.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Audioworks, [2015]
Physical Description:
4 audio discs (approximately 4 hours) ; 4 3/4 in.
Reveals the author's addiction to film between 1995 and 1999, during which he absorbed classics and new releases three days a week and applied what he learned in these films to acting, writing, comedy, and relationships.
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Title from container.

"Includes PDF with bonus images and film list."
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Audiobook on CD


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PN2287.O745 A3 2015C Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks
PN2287.O745 A3 2015C Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks
PN2287.O745 A3 2015C Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks

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New York Times bestselling author, comedian, and actor Patton Oswalt shares his entertaining memoir about coming of age as a performer and writer in the late '90s while obsessively watching classic films at the legendary New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles.

Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakeable addiction. It wasn't drugs, alcohol, or sex. It was film. After moving to L.A., Oswalt became a huge film buff, absorbing classics and new releases at least three nights a week at the New Beverly Cinema. Silver screen celluloid became Patton's life schoolbook, informing his notions of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships. Set in the nascent days of the alternative comedy scene, Oswalt's memoir chronicles his journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective supporting him all along the way.

Ideally timed for awards season, when everyone's mind is on Hollywood, Silver Screen Fiend follows up on the terrific reception of Oswalt's New York Times bestselling debut, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland . Already a beloved fixture on the comedy stage, on television, and in film--not to mention his 1.1 million Twitter followers--Oswalt announces, with this second book, that he's also here to stay on the page.

Author Notes

Patton Oswalt is an actor, comedian, and author. He has appeared on numerous television shows and in more than twenty movies including Young Adult, Big Fan, and Ratatouille. He has released four TV specials and four comedy albums including My Weakness Is Strong. His books include Zombie Spaceship Wasteland and Silver Screen Fiend: Learning about Life from an Addiction to Film.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Readers who know Oswalt only for his supporting role on the television sitcom The King of Queens might be surprised to learn that he was one of the early proponents of alternative comedy, a style of stand-up comedy that rejects the traditional setup-and-punch-line structure in favor of a more free-form, unpredictable approach. Some readers might also be surprised at how accomplished a writer he is; this fine book, set during his early years in Los Angeles (the mid- to late-1990s), is downright impossible to put down. When the author, then a young stand-up comedian, first moved to L.A., his goal was to become a film director; the best way to accomplish that, he thought, was to immerse himself in movies, old and new, classic and unknown. At the same time, needing to pay his bills, he developed his performance comedy and even as he still dreamed of making his own movies found himself building a career on the big and small screens. Fans of Oswalt's earlier memoir, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland (2011), are pretty much guaranteed to enjoy this one; but, because it's set at a different stage in the author's life, and because it deals with the L.A. comedy scene, it could find itself a whole new set of readers.--Pitt, David Copyright 2015 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this dynamic memoir, comedian and author Patton Oswald writes of his obsessive four-year love affair with film. Arriving in LA to chase his dream of standup stardom, Oswalt was seduced by films, from classic to contemporary, and spent four years racing from theater to theater to catch everything from latest blockbuster to Hammer retrospective. Oswalt's celluloid odyssey provides a framework for his education as an artist and human being. A brash suburbanite when he arrives on the West Coast, Oswalt endures one humiliation after another - bombing onstage in San Francisco, getting fired from MADtv - on his way to success, and still manages to keep his soul. Silver Screen Fiend serves as a sort-of a sequel to a previous memoir (Zombie Spaceship Wasteland). Two memoirs in quick succession from a, relatively, young man might raise doubts but Oswalt's unique voice and offbeat conceits save him from any danger of a sophomore slump. While he does indulge in the typical Hollywood smoke blowing - every peer is a genius! Prodigy! Seventh Wonder! - his sardonic self-awareness and fascination with the minutiae of film history are seductive. Oswalt's sentences crackle with energy and humor; this stand-up comic is also a sit-down one. (Jan.) c Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Comedian and performer Oswalt (Zombie Spaceship Wasteland) has come up with another delightful, easy-to-read, and entertaining book, focusing on his years as an obsessive film buff when he was first starting out in Los Angeles. He recounts how his movie addiction intertwined and influenced his stand-up comedy, his writing, his acting career, and his personal life. The many funny stories include instances when he was performing comedy and someone thought it was an AA meeting and when he tried to do live readings of the Jerry Lewis movie script The Day the Clown Cried and received a cease-and-desist order. His film obesssion began to taper off after he viewed George Lucas's The Phantom Menace, about which his brother said, "This is like watching C-SPAN but everyone's wearing monster masks." Oswalt finally got tired of watching a movie every night, but it is fun to hear about his experience. VERDICT Oswalt's humorous take on life makes this a very enjoyable book. Recommended for those who love comedy, autobiographies, movies, entertainment, humor, and stand-up. [See Prepub Alert, 7/7/14; five-city tour.]-Sally Bryant, Pepperdine Univ. Lib., Malibu, CA (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.