Category: Book Review

  • On Cityscape Interaction

    Richard J. Williams was born in Washington DC in 1967, but grew up in Manchester, UK.  Mr. Williams has lived in London, Oxford, Madrid, and Edinburgh. Since 2000 he has been the Head of History of Art, and Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures at Edinburgh College of Art. His teaching and research explores the visualisation […]

  • The Big Picture

    The Chat Cinema crew discuss Ben Fritz’s book “The Big Picture”.  As Hollywood moves away from Star driven movies to franchise based media vehicles the impact is felt on all levels of tinseltown.   One studio in particular got it wrong.  Once the darling of “A list talent”, Sony finds itself struggling in the new […]

  • Christmas List 2017

    It was all about the quality of life this year. The term “overreach” is out.  I was inspired by the experiences I have had, from a visit to rustic colonial gem, to the pleasure of a simple bath, or an item in a store that caught my attention. Feeling special, having something that is  different […]

  • Fashion History Hollywood Style

    Fashion History Hollywood Style

    A lush pictorial history of Hollywood costume designer as a Cinephile and fashion editor the coffee table book “Creating the Illusion” has become a guide and style reference point.    Starting from the genesis of the film industry to the modern day, authors Jay Jorgensen and Donald L. Scoggins give in depth narratives of craftspeople responsible […]

  • A Dream Turns Into A Nightmare

    A Dream Turns Into A Nightmare

    Has the Euro become a one way love affair? An affair capable of  strangling democracy for the cause of a flawed path wrapped in hubris.  Journalist and Authors Larry Elliott and Dan Atkinson examine in their book, Europe Isn’t Working, the inception, birth, and growth of a fairy tale currency planned to bring unity, jobs, […]

  • I’ll Never Write My Memoirs by Grace Jones

    I’ll Never Write My Memoirs by Grace Jones

    What do you do when you are a legendary performer who has influenced everyone from Madonna to Annie Lennox to Lady Gaga? Write a book of course! Born in a religious family of Jamaica, Grace Beverly Jones did not set out to make her mark as a singer, model, actress, and fashion icon but instead […]

  • Book Review: Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano

    Book Review: Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano

    Gods and Kings The Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano British fashion icons Alexander McQueen and John Galliano led remarkably parallel lives, from their humble origins in working-class London, to their education at St. Martins College, to their brilliant and controversial careers abruptly cut short by suicide and hate-speech, respectively. Galliano and McQueen represented […]