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Product Details

  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: BearManor Media (September 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593935471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593935474
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,160,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A qual­ity read for cult movie peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly if your taste runs the gamut from mul­ti­plex fare to obscuro-indies.  --Schlockmania

Bolstered by "13.2% all new stuff," Impossibly Funky: A Cashiers du Cinemart Collection is the coolest film book of the year that you most likely do not know about. --Bookgasm

The odds are damn fine that you will still enjoy this book. It's got more variety than a holiday Whitman's sampler and tastes better too. --Mondo Heather

The subject matter is varied, as is the tone, making it the perfect light read. It is a love letter to film. --Paracinema

Over the years [Cashiers du Cinemart] became more than a slaughterhouse for Hollywood's sacred cows, publishing meticulously researched articles about obscure film figures. --Michael Jackman, The Metro Times

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Smart without being intellectual. A little bit smart-ass without being arrogant. Obsessive without being didactic. Reverential -- when appropriate -- without being fawning. The scope and breadth of what is reprinted -- along with updates to several pieces -- is staggering and awe-inspiring. Impossibly Funky is a celebration of one of the best film zines -- hell, one of the best film periodicals -- of all time. If you remember [Cashiers du Cinemart], the book will bring you back. If you never read the zine, then you're in for the treat of a lifetime.- Bad Lit

One of the things that becomes easily apparent when reading Impossibly Funky is Mike White's obvious respect for the writers he admires who often toil behind the scenes during film production and rarely get the kind of respect that they deserve. - Movie Morlocks

Mike White makes me cinematically wet. He's a great writer. He's the only guy I know that can give you 3000 words on Alien 3. Mike White is the love child offspring of Pauline Kael and Randall from Kevin Smith's film, Clerks. - Mondo-Video.com

"Mike White and his fellow writers bring insight, humor and knowledge to the diverse word of cinema. Impossibly Funky... Impossibly Entertaining! - Greydon Clark

"Obsessive, indulgent, wildly erratic, yet Impossibly Funky still warms my hardened critic's heart because of the burning passion for movie going of the writer. It's manifested in the nutty, beyond-left-field takes on popular geeky movies, and, even better, the stretch beyond Lucas and Tarantino to Kenneth Fearing, Travis McGee, and the unheralded comic genius of Canadian cinema, John Paizs. I've got to get my butt to Black Shampoo!" - Gerald Peary, critic, The Boston Phoenix


Mike White and his Cashiers approach film writing from a point of the compass I never knew existed. It's wild navigating out there in the film world and Impossibly Funky makes it a brisk and exhilarating trip while keeping one cool hand on the tiller! - Guy Maddin

More About the Author

Often mistaken for the ginger screenwriter/actor of the same name, Mike White began publishing the film fanzine Cashiers du Cinemart in 1994 and has been a contributor to publications such as CinemaScope, Paracinema, and Detroit's Metro Times.

In 2011, White co-founded the film podcast The Projection Booth which puts out weekly examinations of films.

He's served on juries at the Slamdance, Cinekink, MicroCineFest and Kansas City film festivals. Additionally, he's been featured in the documentaries David Goodis: To a Pulp and The People Vs. George Lucas.

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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Aszurom on October 14, 2010
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Mike White, a Detroit native and deeply dedicated cinema fan, has published his first book. Titled "Impossibly Funky : A Cashiers du Cinemart Collection", the book is an anthology of articles from Mike's magazine -- published from 1994 to 2007. Beginning as a photocopied underground "zine", Cashiers du Cinemart (CdC) evolved into a record store distributed magazine before ceasing distribution in 2007.

I had an opportunity to read the book early, and very deeply enjoyed the insightful and well done articles. As a fan of B-movies, scifi, Star Wars, and samurai epics, this book hits squarely on all of my buttons.

I think the book really caught me when it got into the analysis of what went down in the development of Alien3, Payback, Highlander, Gremlins, 8mm, Hulk and the exhaustive list of all the Superman attempts that thankfully never flew. It's a dissection study of whodunit in the chain of events that resulted in some legendarily flawed works. It's the sort of "how could they screw this up?" answers fans have always pondered. The book lays it out, play by play.

I'm surprised at the background knowledge everyone on staff seems to have had. For example, revealing to us that Gibson's "Payback" was the Nth iteration of a film version of Richard Stark's "The Hunter" series. It's also amazing to me that, like "Indiana Jones and the Sauncer Men", terrible killed scripts resurface to haunt us later.

Then, there's the section on Black Shampoo. I love Dolemite and Shaft, but I hadn't seen anything yet, until I got ahold of Black Shampoo. Were it not for this book, I might have missed it. I would strongly suggest that when ordering this book, you pair it with the movie. Amazon has it for $5. You owe it to yourself to see it. You just won't believe it until you've seen it for yourself. Black Shampoo

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheldon Stanley Sturges on December 28, 2011
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When I first discovered Mike White, I erroneously assumed that he was the "Chuck & Buck" guy. I eventually became educated, RE - "Cashiers du Cinemart," and this other Mike White. I used to snag my copies of his "CdC" from the splendid Toronto video store called "Suspect," where I also used to rent all of my trashy video picks. It was at "Suspect" that I first came upon (forgive the obscene imagery) the films of John Woo, Ringo Lam, et al. I don't care to go on (I have to pee), but this collection of pieces from Cashiers du Cinemart is well worth the purchase.

It is good fun. A major smile.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. St Mary on December 20, 2010
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Mike White's collection of 14 years of the underground film 'zine - "Cashiers du Cinemart" is worth every penny.

The book gives a broad overview of cult film, interviews with directors and actors and writers (including an interesting face-to-face with novelist James Elroy). Another interesting section of "Impossibly Funky" is the review of various scripts that could have been films - especially, a look at all the versions of "Superman" and "Indiana Jones 4". Also, there's a breakdown of the original ideas/scripts for Andrew Kevin Walker's "8mm".

Overall, "Impossibly Funky" is fun, fast and a freakishly good time for anyone who loves film. Pick it up and enjoy it!

Check out an interview with Mike White that I did for WDET 101.9FM - Detroit Public Radio.

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