- File Size: 509 KB
- Print Length: 250 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 044619929X
- Publisher: Twelve (May 6, 2008)
- Publication Date: May 6, 2008
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0011UEE8W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #730,323 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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His father --- David Gilmour, a well-known Canadian novelist --- was unhinged. At this rate, Jesse wouldn't be going to college. At this rate, Jesse would be flipping burgers at minimum wage --- if he didn't completely fall apart.
Dad had to intervene. And he did. He had been a movie critic for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. His son liked movies. On that frail connection, he proposed that Jesse drop out of school and watch three movies a week. Dad's choice. Just the two of them.
The film club began with Truffaut's "400 Blows". European. Arty. Certain to bore the kid. But important because Truffaut was "a high school dropout, a draft dodger, a small-time thief." They watch. They talk. You're interested.
Then Rebecca Ng enters the story. She's mature, mysterious, unspeakably hot. Jesse's smitten. David's worried. Seeing Rebecca and Jesse together was "like watching him get into a very expensive car. I could smell the new leather from here."
Girls and movies make for a more complicated story. Now add another element: David's writing career. Suddenly it's going about as well as Jesse's schooling. It looks as if there are two dropouts in the Gilmour residence.
But David perseveres with the film club. In the course of the screenings, he serves up terrific tidbits. Did you know Alfred Hitchcock built a second set of stairs so Ingrid Bergman's long walk at the end of "Notorious" is doubly tense? That Stephen King didn't like the film of "The Shining" and had no affection at all for its director, Stanley Kubrick?Read more ›
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If you are a closet film critic you might enjoy this book - otherwise it's a total waste of time. I find it very sad that Jesse has no mature adults in his life. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carol Schmidt
The story was draggy. Perhaps because I found the concept difficult; there was certainly a lack of supervision.Published 13 months ago by Lynne Poage
This is not a well written book. I had to start there because so many reviewers before me mentioned that it was. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Luis A. Hernandez
seller was great but the book itself was kind of strange and dull. I thought this was going to be a great read for my book club but we were all disappointed by it. Read morePublished on August 6, 2014 by Jimmy Yanes
This book is good, but I think the author over wrote to many examples of movies. If he would have taken a few examples out it would have been a great book. Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by Rosa
I bought this book at a local chain bookstore - on a bargain shelf. I was intrigued by the idea of someone doing the unthinkable; letting a son drop out of school. Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by Katherine Barron
I picked up the book at a bargain sale, anticipating the author would have some sort of point of how his film club education for his son assisted or hindered his development in his... Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by chris oakes
I really liked moments of this book but some of the author's recount seems self-indulgent. There were elements of life that were bypassed therefore affecting the authenticity of... Read morePublished on July 3, 2012 by barnettanzac
Concept was fascinating but didn't really line up with the narrative. There were two parallel books going on with very little intertwining.Published on August 31, 2011 by Kevin Leek
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