The Holden Age of Hollywood

The Holden Age of Hollywood

by Phil Brody
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The Holden Age of Hollywood 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
Source: Complimentary copy provided by author, via Innovative Online Book Tours, in exchange for an honest an unbiased review What Stephanie Thinks: The essence of Hollywood cinema — the omnipresent and growing monster that constitutes it — is captured perfectly in Brody's observant, almost journalistic, novel. Sam Bateman's voice is strong, the perfect balance of humor, self-depreciation with an ironic tinge of haughtiness, and stunning insight, so I give Brody kudos for that, but I wasn't too fond of the actual flow of the book. Mostly it's because there's hardly any interaction. Brody's certainly got a way with words and is able to demonstrate Bateman's thinking process and immediate activities (i.e. his mission to find the next Holden ticket), but the lack of dialogue, the lack of actual progress, makes it kind of a boring read. Don't get me wrong; as a whole, I did enjoy The Holden Age of Hollywood because I love the concept of the hidden scripts of genius, as well as a wronged man's journey to find it. I can't say I've ever read a book as creative yet at the same time, raw, as this one. But the plot structure and slow headway make it a less-than-fabulous read. The style, I like. Brody has potential, some of which is displayed in his debut novel. The plot itself is decent too, with messages that play out well, including those regarding determination, the everpresent conceptual death and dying of Hollywood, as well as the power of intimacy and love. My verdict: good? Yes. Great? Not really. The Holden Age of Hollywood is a novel about discovery, about self-indictment and self-approval with an obscure tone and penetrating wisdom. With a bit of work, such as the rearrangement of certain events, the cut of some of the footnotes/historical pieces that drag on, and copyediting, it might be more enjoyable, but I think for the most part, my judgment would regardless remain the same. Stephanie Loves: "He drinks, spews this advice: 'Write what you know.' Leaning in close, he whispers, 'And write what you know will get you laid ... Seriously, though, make it unique. Don't be bothered if some people don't like it. Simply find the one person who loves it.'" — I think this is the perfect essence of what writing is, what it should be, conveyed eloquently with a dash of vulgarity and a tragic sense of humor. Radical Rating: 6 hearts: Satisfying for a first read, but I'm not going back.
THESELF-TAUGHTCOOK More than 1 year ago
When Sam Bateman was going through his late father's effects, he discovered a whole treasure trove of screenplays. All had been declined by the same Hollywood development company. Fueled by a desire for revenge, Bateman sells everything and relocates to Hollywood where he begins to carry out a plan to get even. His plan for revenge is derailed when he goes on a search for the reclusive Meyer Holden, a screenwriter who after several successes went into hiding and has not been heard from since. Occasionally, a screenplay surfaces that has all the characteristics of a Holden, but it is next to impossible to prove. Sam becomes obsessed to the point of ending almost all relationships. I couldn't help but wonder if the author was trying to make an ironic, inside joke with the choice of the character's name. Meyer Holden is similar to Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of J. D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. Meyer Holden is similar to Salinger in that he is a writer who, at the height of his success has decided to go into hiding and refuses to write, despite public protests. There were enough references to Hollywood history to hold my interest and the plot was interesting most of the time, but the characters were not appealing. 3 stars *Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Innovative Online Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Innovative Online Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*
thesap More than 1 year ago
Part detective novel, part coming of age tale, part romantic work of love for a woman, a city, and a possible red herring, this book is a page turner/brain pleaser. In a time where Hollywood and modern fiction seem to be churning out lazy, uninventive "reboots" and "relaunches" (buzzwords for crap they already own and don't have to pay true talent to acquire effortless new version of) The Holden Age of Hollywood delivers an adrenaline shot to the heart of anyone who loves a great story. If you love Hollywood, if you hate Hollywood, if you love the movies of Humphrey Bogart and the novels of Charles Bukowski, if you've ever had a shot of whiskey or sucked down a mimosa at a champagne brunch, if you've ever driven yourself mad chasing sleep that never comes because you have a thousand-million ideas that won't leave your head, if you like to root for the good guy or you really dig characters that add a new level of stink to the word a#@hole, if you like the simple pleasure you get from having a genuine laugh, if you simply like to read words that feel like the thoughts in your head you wish you had said at that party earlier in the evening, then this book will earn a special place in your life. It is proof, pure and simple, that there are indeed amazing writers out there and gives me hope that the out of touch, money minded monarchs that run Hollywood will one day leave their meritless opinions and need for validation at home and hire a talent like author Phil Brody to pump some blood into the veins of a stale, decaying industry. A great work by a true craft master.
jessicadruck More than 1 year ago
If anyone knows Hollywood, author Phil Brody knows Hollywood. The Holden Age of Hollywood is a cynical and witty look at the real town, a town full of pretentious nightclubs packed with people waiting to be discovered and villainess executives who will do anything to be the best in town. Brody does a prodigious job exposing the often underappreciated business of screenwriting all while unfolding an unexpected love story and a snarky play on Hollywood's most cliché attribute: its residents. I highly recommend this book and hope for more! I can't remember the last time something expressed my feelings about a place so well and grabbed me at page one.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
I will begin by saying this is not my normal type of book to read. I did find it hard to follow at times, but most of it made sense. I cannot say I am a thorough fan of this book, but please understand this is just my opinion. I did enjoy getting a glimpse into the life of Hollywood and screenwriting. I had never thought about how many people write screenplays and send them off to Hollywood studios. I also did not realize how much drugs and more were still a part of the Hollywood scene, but I suppose I should not have been surprised. Holden was quite a character, and the mystery behind him did make one wonder throughout the book. There is a love story, but it is not the central feature of the book. I grew very tired of the profanity in the book. I am sure that the language is realistic, but when there is so much of it, I do tend to get turned off to a book. But again, that is my opinion only. No bedroom scenes, though. The style of the book was quite unusual. There were articles interspersed with scripts and more. Some of that made the story interesting, but other portions of this style made it confusing for me. I would have preferred the footnotes being in the back rather than within the chapter, but if you actually read the footnotes, you will certainly learn! I could not guarantee that anyone would like or not like this book. It all comes down to style. It is a mystery, but it is not your typical mystery. It is a romance, but it is not your typical romance. If you are truly interested in some of the inner workings of Hollywood told in a somewhat entertaining style, this could very well the book for you. I was sent of copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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