Designed to trick the eye and stimulate the imagination, special effects have changed the way we look at films and the worlds created in them. Computer-generated imagery (CGI), as seen in Hollywood blockbusters like Star Wars, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men in Black, and The Matrix, is just the latest advance in the evolution of special effects. Even as special effects have been marveled at by millions, this is the first investigation of their broader cultural reception. Moving from an exploration of nineteenth-century popular science and magic to the Hollywood science fiction cinema of our time, Special Effects examines the history, advancements, and connoisseurship of special effects, asking what makes certain types of cinematic effects special, why this matters, and for whom. Michele Pierson shows how popular science magazines, genre filmzines, and computer lifestyle magazines have articulated an aesthetic criticism of this emerging art form and have helped shape how these hugely popular on-screen technological wonders have been viewed by moviegoers.
When Vincent van Goghâs Portrait of Monsieur Trabuc turns up unexpectedly at the Metropolitan Museum of Artâa $50 million painting shipped from Argentina via UPS, like an ordinary packageâthe case goes to Clay Ryder, the NYPD Major Case Squad detective assigned to art theft.
Ryder discovers that in Paris, late 1944, a Jewish widow accused a German SS officer of stealing the painting. The officer was reported to have died in a car crash at the warâs end, and the whereabouts of the Trabuc between then and now remain a mystery. Ryderâs search for the widowâs heirs leads him to Rachel Meredith, who teaches at NYU. The museum presents the painting to her in a spectacular public ceremony that winds up on the front page of newspapers around the world.
Though the case is closed, Ryder canât seem to shake it. When Rachel Meredith is attacked, she calls on him; what might be a simple assault doesnât quite add up. And he still wonders who sent the van Gogh from Argentina. One of his most reliable contacts in the art world floats a theory that ties the van Gogh portrait to a black market auction in the 70âs that might have involved a Swiss art dealer and an international crime kingpin with unlimited cash. Then Israelâs Mossad pays Ryder a clandestine visit; the news splash about the van Gogh is the first link theyâve had to the SS officer in decades.
Meanwhile, art dealers, auction houses, and museums vie to buy the van Gogh from Rachel Meredith. When she refuses to sell, the situation goes from predatory to violent. Ryder has to race against time to outmaneuver a cunning mastermind who will resort to as many murders as it takes to get hold of the Trabuc.
Celebrating an original Hollywood bad boy who was one of the greatest screen actors of the 20th century, this account examines Robert Mitchum's largely mysterious pre-fame life as a Depression-era hobo, prizefighter, escaped felon, and secret poet. Here writer and broadcaster Lloyd Robson trailed the Eastern Seaboard in search of Mitchum, his poetry, America, a surrogate father, and how to be a man. This resulting tale is a boozy, drug-fueled attempt to define masculinity in the modern age and to match the standards set by the ultimate man and personification of film noir, Robert Mitchum.
Nick Griffiths charts hisÂ travels throughÂ England and WalesÂ tracking downÂ locations used in Doctor Who, both classic andÂ new
Being an odd kind of show,Â Doctor Who'sÂ locations too are odd. This is no glamorous trip. Dungeness Nuclear Power Station, anyone? A flooded china clay pit in Cornwall? As he travels, so Nick GriffithsÂ discovers another side toÂ his well-trodden country, which is no less evocative. Then he goes to the pub. As in his previous memoirÂ Dalek I Loved You, the travel writing is backed up by Nickâs childhood reminiscences and contemporary musings. A companion website offers photographs from the trip, a Google map of the locations, and details of the nearest pub. In this innovative way, readers are invited to follow in his footsteps. Who Goes There isnât just for Who fans, itâs a very funny bookÂ for anyone who fancies a trip off the beaten path.
In 1994, director Peter Jackson released the movie Heavenly Creatures, based on a famous 1950s matricide committed in New Zealand by two teenage girls embroiled in an obsessive relationship. The movie launched Jacksonâs international career. It also forever changed the life of Anne Perry, an award-winning, bestselling crime writer, who at the time of the movieâs release was publicly outed at Juliet Hulme, one of the murderers. A new light was now cast, not only on Anneâs life but also on her novels, which feature gruesome and violent deaths and confront dark issues, including infanticide and incest.
Acclaimed literary biographer Joanne Drayton was given unparalleled access to Anne Perry, her friends, relatives, colleagues, and archives to complete this book. She intersperses the story of her life with an examination of her writing, drawing parallels between Perryâs own experiences and her characters and storylines. Anne Perryâs books deal with miscarriages of justice, family secrets exposed, punishment, redemption, and forgiveness, themes made all the more poignant in light of her past. She has sold 25 million books worldwide and published in 15 different languages, yet she will now forever be known as a murderer who became a writer of murder stories. The Search for Anne Perry is a gripping account of a life, and provides understanding of the girl Anne was, the adult she became, her compulsion to write, and her view of the world.
Search and Clear demonstrates that the seeds of war were implicit in American culture,Â distinguishes between literature spawned by Vietnam and that of other conflicts, reviews the literary merits of works both well and little known, and explores the assumptions behind and the persistence of stereotypes associated with the consequences of the Vietnam War. It examines the role of women in fiction, the importance of gender in Vietnam representation, and the mythic patterns in Oliver Stoneâs Platoon. Essayists sharply scrutinize American values, conduct, and conscience as they are revealed in the craft of Tim OâBrien, Philip Caputo, Michael Herr, Stephen Wright, David Rabe, Bruce Weigl, and others.
Zippy the TV Chimp tells the little-known story about a very well-known personality. Zippy got his name from the way he "zipped" about while wearing his skates. He was given his "little boy" style and status because of his intelligence, understanding and ability to do so many things the same way (or nearly so) humans do them. He made his way to live television and performed professionally with no second takes. Zippy was a dependable regular on the variety shows of Jackie Gleason, Ed Sullivan, Gary Moore and "Howdy Doody", and appeared with hundreds of other TV personalities. Zip became a recognizable character with "Star" status. He was featured in magazines and newspapers, but he was often seen dining in some of the best restaurants, using impeccable manners. He was known by millions. Zippy was loved by children and adults, thousands of whom grew up loving their "Zippy" doll and feeling the nostalgia of a time of innocence. This book allows the reader to become a kid again and read the little-known (and some, until now, unknown) tales of Zippy's exploits. Complete with pictures to reinforce the memories, Zippy the TV Chimp is a biography of one of the most popular animal stars ever. The story is told by one who held Zippy's hand and trained him to be the star he was... Carole, Zippy's Mom.
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