Reel Culture

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Teens love movies. But when we start talking about the movies from last century, they're often in the dark. Reel Culture is for the young person who is curious about film history, and wants to be the one at the party who knows what Casablanca was about or who first made the LBD (little black dress) hot in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. From Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to Raiders of the Lost Ark, Reel Culture explores the 50 most influential—yet often unknown to teens—films of...

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Reel Culture: 50 Movies You Should Know About (So You Can Impress Your Friends)

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Overview

Teens love movies. But when we start talking about the movies from last century, they're often in the dark. Reel Culture is for the young person who is curious about film history, and wants to be the one at the party who knows what Casablanca was about or who first made the LBD (little black dress) hot in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. From Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to Raiders of the Lost Ark, Reel Culture explores the 50 most influential—yet often unknown to teens—films of the 20th century.

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Editorial Reviews

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 “With this compact, chronological film guide, which rounds up 50 movies of the 20th century, savvy teens can get the gist without necessarily seeing every one.” — Publishers Weekly

 “This book is enormous fun for movie buffs…This would be a terrific addition for nonfiction leisure reading.” — School Library Journal

From the Publisher

 “With this compact, chronological film guide, which rounds up 50 movies of the 20th century, savvy teens can get the gist without necessarily seeing every one.” — Publishers Weekly

 “This book is enormous fun for movie buffs…This would be a terrific addition for nonfiction leisure reading.” — School Library Journal

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Most teens recognize the references to This Is Spinal Tap in the Guitar Hero video games or know where the phrase "You talkin' to me?" originated, and this is the book for them. Described as a "cinematic cheat sheet," it discusses 50 classic films from 1938 to 1991 that have had major influences on pop culture. The movies are listed in chronological order, and each entry includes a synopsis and cast, lists of other films by the director or stars, famous lines, discussions of why the film is significant, references to it in pop culture, and interesting trivia. Small black-and-white photos are included. This book is enormous fun for movie buffs to page through and talk about, and there will be inevitable disagreements about films that were included or excluded ("What? They have Harold and Maude but not King Kong?"). This would be a terrific addition for nonfiction leisure reading. Note that because a number of the movies discussed are R-rated, some of the quotations are as well.—Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981973319
  • Publisher: Zest Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/2009
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 992,216
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Lexile: 1230L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mimi O’Connor is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She is also the author of The Dictionary of High School B.S. and The Dictionary of Corporate Bullshit. Learn more about Mimi at mimioconnor.com.

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  • Posted August 3, 2010

    Elementary Cinema 101 (Shocking Spoilers...IN the book!)

    Obviously aimed at a younger audience of perhaps early teens, Reel Culture is a fun outline of famed motion pictures. This is by far not an educational tool for cinematic history, but rather a random highlight of the author's chosen movies spanning over fifty years. Mimi O'Connor's Reel Culture is more like a brief CliffsNotes skimming the surface of Pop Culture in American film.

    It is delightful to see such films included such as The Godfather, Sunset Boulevard, It's A Wonderful Life, Citizen Kane, Some Like It Hot, Jaws, as well as three with Natalie Wood.

    I wonder at the specific timeline chosen to outline for this book: 1938-1991. Before I question the missing 1990's through present day, over two decades-worth of monumental films, personally I am more alarmed at the missing silent era of movies as well as the progenitors of sound from 1929 on. With a copyright date of 2009, may I continue the wonder in awe over the absence of The Deer Hunter, Young Frankenstein, The Godfather: Part II, Gladiator, 300, Up, The Lord of the Rings and so forth?

    THE WORST part of this book...is not only the greatest downfall, but a massive WARNING to the audience...which is the SPOILERS. Total and complete in all their splendour. If you have not experienced any of these films included in Reel Culture, then be FOREWARNED. The ending, no matter how dull or shockingly twisted, is laid out for all to see. I am absolutely appalled of its inclusion, but all the more so from the lack of no preliminary CAUTION.

    Again, this is not an introductory course to the aspiring cinephile due to the lack of notoriously prolific films from the eras stated as well as those absent. Reel Culture put me more in the mindset of a board game with fun trivia, fast facts and moreover, celebrated quotes.

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