The Wild Bunch – Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, and the Making of a Legendary Film
Sam Peckinpah’s western The Wild Bunch turns 50 this year. Journalist and historian W.K. Stratton, whose admiration for the (once) controversial film is boundless and unashamed, offers a definitive exposition of the movie from inception to reception. He doesn’t let hero-worship get the better of the book; neither Peckinpah not anyone else connected with the film was in danger of sainthood.
There’s loads of detail, based on documents, studio records, and interviews with members of the crew, with just enough scandal to add spice without devaluing the book’s merit as a serious cinematic history. Too bad they’re planning a remake.
– Bruce Collier
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You Know You Want This
A dozen stories, each one more twisted than the next. Ms. Roupenian narrates the final story, and among the other readers are Aubrey Plaza and Amy Ryan, both familiar names to fans of NBC’s old Thursday night sitcom lineup.
Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash’s Greatest Album
True, anyone who’s well-read in all things Cash won’t learn much about At Folsom Prison and all the behind-the-scenes drama, but it’s nice to hear from the few remaining survivors. The author comes off as a bit of a snoot at first, but by the end I warmed up to him—Mr. Robins is a genuine fan of the Man in Black who first encountered the artist through his late-career comeback albums and found his way back to the really good stuff.
– Chris Manson
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NOW OPEN SEED LIBRARY Walton County Coastal Branch Library, Santa Rosa Beach 850-267-2809 The library welcomes the community to participate in the “Community Seed Library” located next to the New Books section....