Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film
Pub Date Jan 6 2015
I first came across Patton Oswalt in July 2000 at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire, where he was acting as support act and ‘ between-songs banter ‘ provider for Aimee Mann and Micheal Penn. It was a terrific gig and I liked Oswalt immediately. Since that time I’ve bought a couple of records and been pleased to see him crop up in various films and Tv roles ( Young Adult and Justified being two of the better recent examples ). I must confess I didn’t read his New York Times bestselling debut, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland; but when the opportunity to see a proof of his latest book about love of, and addition to film and cinema, I couldn’t resist. Obsessed is the word. For five years he lived and breathed film – all film, new, old, and especially ones mentioned in a collection of film books he owned, amusingly for me, one of those was Danny Peary’s Cult Movies [I’ve just finished his Cult Horror Movies – the 33 Best Scary, Suspenseful, Gory, and Monstrous Cinema Classics, of which more below.] These books become his bibles, his instruction manuals, informing his comedy and his relationships.
All this while he is also working on becoming a success at the day (well, night mostly) job – being a stand up comedian. Indeed it provides a good insight into what the LA comedy scene was like in the mid to late 90s.
The book is an honest portrayal of a man who LOVES cinema, and who is not afraid to admit became a bit of a dick at the height of his filmic obsession – making a girlfriend walk home alone instead of pausing film consumption being a prime example. There are a couple of show-biz stories too, but again it’s not in a naming names type of book manner, more to illustrate things in general.
We end awaiting the appearance of his directorial debut …
Cult Horror Movies: Discover the 33 Best Scary, Suspenseful, Gory, and Monstrous Cinema Classics
Workman Publishing Company
Pub Date Oct 7 2014
This eBook is one of three (the others being Crime and Midnight Movies) that draws on essays from Peary’s Cult Movies book series. As Patton Oswalt attests to in his book, Peary is one of the ‘go-to’ guys if you’re interested in film. The Horror book is therefore both informative, and engaging. We looks at 33 films including The Wicker Man, Psycho, Night of the living Dead, An American Werewolf in London and Night of the Demon (which always scared the shit out of me as a child) You get the detailed plot synopsis for each film followed by a discussion of its reception and then Peary’s own individual views on the films place in cultdom. For me, where I really fell into sync with Peary is over Night of the Demon : ” Night of the Demon is an exceptional adult horror film …This demon is more terrifying than anything imaginable. It’s the scariest monster in film history as far as I am concerned.” Absolutely: It’s in the trees …it’s coming.