Director and screenwriter Michael Mann is the creative force behind such movies as Last of the Mohicans and Ali. Markedly reticent, Mann prefers that his personal background remain an enigma, but his disparate films contain clear and consistent messages. One of Mann's focuses is on the Information Age. He addresses the nature of modern communication, its use to manipulate and coerce, and the resultant subjugation of truth. The perils inherent in modern technology and communication stand in stark contrast to the power of symbolic and oral exchange, the trusted medium of Mann's protagonists. This critical exploration of the films of Michael Mann examines his recurring focus on the nature of modern communication and information and their effect on the individual and society. Mann's films highlight the struggle to maintain a connection to reality in a world where information is a commodity manipulated and abused by forces that exert increasing control over its content and dissemination. Each chapter examines one of Mann's films--including Manhunter, The Keep, Last of the Mohicans, The Insider and Ali--in which the protagonist longs for a sense of human connection but is pitted against forces that devalue and destroy individuality. Photographs illustrate specific moments from the films. A bibliography and an index are included.
"I read Hawks on Hawks with passion. I am very happy that this book exists." -- François Truffaut Howard Hawks (1896--1977) is often credited as being the most versatile of all of the great American directors, having worked with equal ease in screwball comedies, westerns, gangster movies, musicals, and adventure films. He directed an impressive number of Hollywood's greatest stars -- including Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Rosalind Russell, and Marilyn Monroe -- and some of his most celebrated films include Scarface (1932), Bringing Up Baby (1938), The Big Sleep (1946), Red River (1948), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), and Rio Bravo (1959). Hawks on Hawks draws on interviews that author Joseph McBride conducted with the director over the course of seven years, giving rare insight into Hawks's artistic philosophy, his relationships with the stars, and his position in an industry that was rapidly changing. In its new edition, this classic book is both an account of the film legend's life and work and a guidebook on how to make movies.
Discussing more than 120 full-length plays, this volume provides an overview of the most important and memorable theatrical works of crime and detection produced between 1950 and 1975.
By analyzing the negotiation of femininities and masculinities within contemporary Hollywood cinema, Postfeminism and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema presents diverse interrogations of popular cinema and illustrates the need for a renewed scholarly focus on contemporary film production.
An epic novel of Russia on the eve of revolution The son of an English father and a Russian mother, Charlie Doig is a big man -- big in stature and big in spirit. A naturalist, he roughs it around the world collecting birds and insects for museums. In 1914 he is on a mission for the Academy of Sciences in Russian Turkestan when war breaks out. His pay is stopped and his companion goes off to enlist. Doig, however, has no intention of volunteering to be killed. He returns to the Pink House, his family's home near Smolensk, and to the woman he loves, his cousin Elizaveta. At first the Pink House remains almost untouched by outside events, and the familiar ways continue as before. But imperial Russia is doomed and with it all the old certainties. Trapped by the snow with Doig and Elizaveta are a motley collection of old aristocrats, their servants and hangers-on -- and two soldiers who have sought refuge with them, one of whom, Doig fears, is a Bolshevik out to destroy them all. Beautifully written, richly imagined, by turns savage and tender, this exhilarating novel confirms James Fleming as one of the very best novelists at work today.
Kyros Vindex, treasure-hunter, has a problem. He's carrying a torch for a fellow pirate with the sexual awareness of a teaspoon. Rumors say the man has killed hundreds. He's determined to knock some sense into the work-a-holic that captains the Midnight Sun, but damned if he knows how. Eric Deumont has more pressing concerns than the treasure-obsessed Kyros. There's a creature inked into his chest that no witch in the seas will lay hands on for all the gold in the world. He knows it gives the Midnight Sun a cursed reputation and that doesn't make living any easier. He has heard stories of spirits trapped for lifetimes inside spelled puzzle jars. Eric tracked down three of the pieces for such a jar with a lead number four. The fifth is still out there. Even then, the spirit of vengeance that lives in Eric's skin has no intention of giving up such easy access to the mortal realm. It craves blood and the light of the moon allows it to wreak unchecked havoc. Cursed is an insult. This is madness.
This sequel to Viola's Hammer finds Ben Tucker working for the Fayette County Sheriff's Department, being sued by the family of a drug dealer he accidentally killed, living in a chickenhouse with a messed up Viet Nam veteran because his wife kicked him out of his own house, and grooming a problem with alcohol that is pushing him closer to suicide every day. He sees his life falling apart with no way out. To the rescue--a high priced lawyer, his old 'nudist' friend Twila Liten, and the same messed up Viet Nam vet he lives with. With more twists and turns than an Iowa corn maze, Ben discovers he really isn't the failure he thought he was. Along the way he helps find an underground meth lab, thwarts a terrorist attack, and finds love again.
Fourteen-year-old Alan ? abused, terrified, and haunted by the spirits of dead children ? is gifted with the means to fight back and protect himself and his sister. Narrowly escaping assault on the road, hitchhiker Dani accepts an offer of hospitality from a gentle stranger; but the grisly stories he tells of the town loom closer than she suspects. Summoned by a ghostly figure to the abandoned farmhouse on Dunwich Lane, Myfanwy uncovers a history of abduction and cannibalism. The scene is set for a final showdown with a mysterious entity known only as the Shrike... Welcome to Kempforth. Simon Bestwick, critically-acclaimed author of The Faceless, presents us with three new, interconnected tales of supernatural terror and human cruelty.
When Piper Danvers and her husband moved into the little town of Hinton she never knew her life would change. The events that take place showed her that she was truely more that she had ever expected to be. She will be shown that her life has chapters that she must close as she makes it through them. Her husband, her new love, new life and her parents all take place inside herself that she has to overcome. With a opened mind she makes new friends and meets a man that has a few secrets of his very own. Can she except him and his secrets all the while learn to grow? Will she ever be able to see what she is and has to become in time to save everyone that she loves?
Eddie Stevens is burning inside. . . . . .and he's burning mad at the world. He's mad at the family he lost--his parents and sisters viciously killed by a gang in their own home; and he's mad at the foster family that "rescued" him--headed up by a powerful Harlem congressman who sees Eddie as a campaign ploy. Mainly, Eddie is mad at himself, for getting caught by the cops with blood on his hands. Blood he should have washed off right away. He was sloppy this time. It won't happen again. Because Eddie knows the fever that ignites his rage is wasted--unless it's put to use. And he intends to put it to use again and again. . . Praise for Havoc After Dark "If the late jazz legend Sun Ra wrote a book of fiction, it would be like this--ingenious, way-out, probing, daring, mind-altering, leading-edge. Robert Fleming is all refined sensibilities and grim bravado. His abilities and narratives exhilarate and frighten me. They freak me out. They turn me on. They make me ask deep questions. This cat is baaad!" –Colin Channer, author of Waiting in Vain and Satisfy My Soul." Robert Fleming, a former award-winning journalist and writer, is the author of Havoc After Dark, The Wisdom of the Elders, and The African American Writer's Handbook. He also edited the anthologies, After Hours and Intimacy. He lives in New York City.
Reggie Rainbow has found the perfect profession for someone who likes to keep himself to himself: it's his job to make sure that some things stay out of sight and out of mind. Reggie Rainbow is an angry young man who treads the backstage corridors of down-at-heel theatres for a living. Childhood polio has left him with a limp, but his strong arms and nimble fingers are put to perfect use behind the scenes, helping the illusionist Mr Brookes to 'disappear' a series of glamorous assistants twice nightly. But in 1953, bookings for magic acts are scarce, even in London. So when Mr Brookes is unexpectedly offered a slot at the Brighton Grand, Reggie finds himself back out on the road and living in a strange new town. The sea air begins to work its own peculiar kind of magic, and, as the bunting goes up in the streets outside the theatre for the Grand's forthcoming Coronation spectacular, Reggie begins to wonder just how much of his own life is an act – and what might have happened to somebody who disappeared from that life long ago. Set in the tarnished world of 1950s Variety, The Disappearance Boy is a masterful and dark tale of love lost and found; of blood, sweat – and all the other secrets that are kept hidden away behind those red velvet curtains.
This is the true story of a Royal Marine wounded by shrapnel in Mandalay in WW2 who undergoes a long solitary march to the Japanese through the whole of Burma and then finds his way back through India and back to Britain to report for duty in Plymouth. On his way he has many encounters and adventures and helps British and Indian refugees. He also has to overcome complete disbelief that a single man could walk out of Burma with nothing but his orders - to report to HQ - and his initiative.
A Strange Romance Leads To A Normal Life - Almost... Meeting Lang Capova is not Sally Stroud's first introduction to the world of the supernatural. But he'll take her in an entirely new direction ... That night I dreamed of the creature with the blue skin. All was silent as he sat in the swing, just as I'd seen him, relaxed and unconcerned, gently swaying, watching the dog. He turned his gaze to the porch and caught me staring, again registering the shock and surprise I'd seen on his face. He stopped the swing, reached out his arm to me and cried, "Wait." Throughout history, across many cultures, interaction with Lang's people has inspired mythologies that endure to the present day. His people have survived on secrecy, attempting to avoid humans at all costs. As Sally uncovers the truth behind Lang's ancestry, she remains blind to the dangers that pave her course - and his. Lang's community will never approve their relationship, yet Sally and Lang find a new reality ... love. Together as outcasts, they carve out a life of concealment in one of the most racially diverse metropolitan areas in the United States - Washington, DC. An enchanting story of romantic chemistry, The culture shock of new relationships, And the reality behind the mythology. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
A war injury ends Sutton Albright's career as a concert pianist. His nights are spent in a debauched romp through gay Manhattan. After he meets Jack, their attraction cannot be denied. Can music heal them both, or will sudden prosperity jeopardize their chance at love?
After finding a beautiful co-ed’s body in an eerie waterway called Lost Slough, Joseph Lawrence Conrad becomes an unlikely hero caught in a Kafkaesque nightmare. Accused of murdering his students, he’s about to lose everything—his teaching career, his wife, his precocious five-year-old daughter, and his freedom. Detectives Ryan Dunn and Manuel Marino tighten the noose as they uncover links between Joe and the victims. Ultimately, Joe resorts to the literature he’s teaching, borrowing from Hamlet to set a trap for the real killer. However, the result only puts people Joe loves in grave danger.
The shadow of war continues to darken Silverland, as one of the major cities falls victim to an evil cult. And a mighty foe arises to challenge Lannon Sunshield and bring about Dremlock Kingdom's doom. All the while, the threat of Bellis and its mad king grows, leaving the army of Divine Knights weary, uncertain, and stretched thin. The deception of the Deep Shadow is lurking everywhere, waiting to snare the Divine Shield and the White Flamestone. Not even the High Council of Dremlock is safe from the cunning and evil forces seeking to open the gateway to war. Series keywords: epic fantasy, sword and sorcery, magic, quest, swords, dragons, fantasy series, monsters, young adult, children's, wizards, heroic fantasy, coming of age fantasy, teen's, action, adventure
The word "family" seems to carry more weight in a small town or rural setting. Without the fast pace and crowded conditions, people with blood ties accumulate and tend to turn to their own for the things that are gained elsewhere from bowling teams, the performing arts, soup kitchens or support groups. The need to be entertained or helpful or competitive or cared for (and about) seems to be more easily and simply met where time and space are plentiful. Those two ingredients are the magnets that always draw family-like friends Noble Stone and Hampton Wormant to South Georgia for healthy doses of kinship and nature, especially the week of the Stone Family Reunion. But even on the trip from Athens, Georgia, trouble starts brewing for the young men and it turns into nightmarish battles in the Okefenokee Swamp to stop the flow of drugs through a protected wilderness. With timing ever a factor and the vastness ever present, it becomes a constant attempt for both sides not to emerge victorious, but to simple endure the harsh treatment of man and nature. Grab your canoe paddle and insect spray and join Noble, Hamp, Jar, Chase, Ty and Byron on the tea-colored water in the Land of the Trembling Earth.
In the second novel in her bestselling Edilean trilogy, Jude Deveraux returns to the idyllic Virginia town where three best girlfriends joyfully reunite as they each seek out their heartfelt dreams and desires. Kim Aldredge is delighted that her dear college "sister" Jecca has found lasting love with Kim's cousin Tristan. But despite her flourishing jewelry-making career, Kim's own happiness seems as distant as the childhood summer when she played the hours away with young Travis Merritt, who came to Edilean with his mother under mysterious circumstances. At the end of that innocent season, he promised Kim he would return one day . . . and then vanished without even a goodbye. Years later, a worn photo is Kim's only proof of the perfect joy they shared. But when she least expects it, Travis, now a savvy Manhattan attorney, will crash into her life once more. Will Kim see the boy she knew under the man he's become?