Fast Times at Ridgemont High Book
Score: 3.5
From 5 Ratings

Fast Times at Ridgemont High


  • Author : Cameron Crowe
  • Publisher : Touchstone
  • Release Date : 1981-01-01
  • Genre: High school students
  • Pages : 253
  • ISBN 10 : 0671252917

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High Book Description :

Welcome to lunch court. That's Spicoli over there, trying hard to unwrap a bologna sandwich. His eyes are still red-rimmed from the three bowls of dope he smoked after his morning surf. Stacy Hamilton doesn't look any different even though she finally lost her virginity last night. Linda Barrett, Stacy's best bud, wants to hear all about it. After all, she gives lessons. And here comes Brad Hamilton, king of the lunch court and prince of the fast-food employee hierarchy. Brad's guy who takes pride in his fries. Mike Damone takes pride in the Attitude, which he developed in Philly, his hometown, where "life is cheap." And here's that wussy Mark Ratner. Girls make him sweat. He'll do more than sweat when he turns up in the yearbook class picture with something missing.

ReFocus  The Films of Amy Heckerling Book

ReFocus The Films of Amy Heckerling


  • Author : Frances Smith
  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-02-19
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9781474404624

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ReFocus The Films of Amy Heckerling Book Description :

Refocus: The Films of Amy Heckerling is the first book-length study of the work of Amy Heckerling, the phenomenally popular director and screenwriter of Clueless and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. As such, the book constitutes a significant intervention in Film Studies, prompting a reconsideration of the importance of Heckerling both in the development of Teen cinema, and as a figure in Hollywood comedy. As part of the Refocus series, the volume brings together outstanding original essays examining Heckerling's work from a variety of perspectives, including film, television and cultural studies and is destined to be used widely in undergraduate teaching.

American Films of the 70s Book

American Films of the 70s


  • Author : Peter Lev
  • Publisher : University of Texas Press
  • Release Date : 2010-01-01
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 260
  • ISBN 10 : 9780292778092

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American Films of the 70s Book Description :

While the anti-establishment rebels of 1969's Easy Rider were morphing into the nostalgic yuppies of 1983's The Big Chill, Seventies movies brought us everything from killer sharks, blaxploitation, and disco musicals to a loving look at General George S. Patton. Indeed, as Peter Lev persuasively argues in this book, the films of the 1970s constitute a kind of conversation about what American society is and should be—open, diverse, and egalitarian, or stubbornly resistant to change. Examining forty films thematically, Lev explores the conflicting visions presented in films with the following kinds of subject matter: Hippies (Easy Rider, Alice's Restaurant) Cops (The French Connection, Dirty Harry) Disasters and conspiracies (Jaws, Chinatown) End of the Sixties (Nashville, The Big Chill) Art, Sex, and Hollywood (Last Tango in Paris) Teens (American Graffiti, Animal House) War (Patton, Apocalypse Now) African-Americans (Shaft, Superfly) Feminisms (An Unmarried Woman, The China Syndrome) Future visions (Star Wars, Blade Runner) As accessible to ordinary moviegoers as to film scholars, Lev's book is an essential companion to these familiar, well-loved movies.

Tears of a Tiger Book
Score: 4
From 24 Ratings

Tears of a Tiger


  • Author : Sharon M. Draper
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2013-07-23
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 162
  • ISBN 10 : 9781442489134

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Tears of a Tiger Book Description :

Three boys struggle to come to terms with the death of a friend in a drunk-driving auto accident in which all four were involved, in a story told through newspaper stories, diary entries, school announcements, telephone conversations, and classroom assignments.

High School Confidential Book
Score: 1.5
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High School Confidential


  • Author : Jeremy Iversen
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2006-09-19
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743293822

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High School Confidential Book Description :

It's spring semester at Mirador High in Southern California, and twenty-four-year-old Jeremy Iversen is going deep undercover to deliver the real deal about the dull classes and fast times of American teens today. Trading in his suit and tie for jeans and skater shoes, Iversen posed as a senior transfer student. He took six classes five days a week, dissected a cat, got sent to detention, hung out at the mall, signed yearbooks, and graduated in cap and gown. He infiltrated the homes of his teenage friends, met their parents, and went to their parties. For one entire semester, he led the life of a modern-day high school student -- and lived to tell all about it. Going way beyond the usual clichés of jock and nerd, the book introduces readers to a revolving cast of fascinating characters from every walk of social life: promiscuous freshmen girls, lunchtime alcoholics, evangelical Christians, perfectionist drug dealers, masochistic vampires, steroid-raging baseball stars, and one principal who will stop at nothing to make her failing school look good. In this fast-paced exposé, Jeremy Iversen blows the lid off a secret world in which the sexual revolution runs unchecked, where the use of recreational drugs is chronic, and where apathetic teachers don't even bother to teach. This Wild West wonderland, however, lives by strict unwritten rules and ultraconservative politics, creating a pressure cooker of conflict that's bound to explode. High School Confidential isn't confidential anymore.

ReFocus  The Films of Amy Heckerling Book

ReFocus The Films of Amy Heckerling


  • Author : Frances Smith
  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-02-19
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9781474404624

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ReFocus The Films of Amy Heckerling Book Description :

Refocus: The Films of Amy Heckerling is the first book-length study of the work of Amy Heckerling, the phenomenally popular director and screenwriter of Clueless and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. As such, the book constitutes a significant intervention in Film Studies, prompting a reconsideration of the importance of Heckerling both in the development of Teen cinema, and as a figure in Hollywood comedy. As part of the Refocus series, the volume brings together outstanding original essays examining Heckerling's work from a variety of perspectives, including film, television and cultural studies and is destined to be used widely in undergraduate teaching.

Don t You Forget About Me Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Don t You Forget About Me


  • Author : Jaime Clarke
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2007-03-06
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 1416950370

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Don t You Forget About Me Book Description :

No one captured the teen portion of the eighties as poignantly as writer-director John Hughes. Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Some Kind of Wonderful are timeless tales of love, angst, longing, and self-discovery that illuminated and assuaged the anxieties of an entire generation. Fondly nostalgic, filled with wit and surprising insights, don't you forget about me contains original essays from a skillfully chosen crop of novelists and essayists on the films' far-reaching effects on their own lives -- an irresistible read for anyone who came of age in the eighties (or just wishes they did). Featuring new writing from: Steve Almond * Julianna Baggott * Lisa Borders * Ryan Boudinot * T Cooper * Quinn Dalton * Emily Franklin * Lisa Gabriele * Tod Goldberg * Nina de Gramont * Tara Ison * Allison Lynn * John McNally * Dan Pope * Lewis Robinson * Ben Schrank * Elizabeth Searle * Mary Sullivan * Rebecca Wolff * Moon Unit Zappa

Baudrillard  Youth  and American Film Book
Score: 5
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Baudrillard Youth and American Film


  • Author : Kip Kline
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Release Date : 2016-05-26
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 154
  • ISBN 10 : 9781498501514

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Baudrillard Youth and American Film Book Description :

Baudrillard, Youth, and American Film examines the portrayal of youth in American cinema with Jean Baudrillard's radical social theory and philosophical system. Kline uses Baudrillard's corpus to analyze the troubling effects of the portrayal of youth in American teen films, namely, its contribution to discursive violence against young people which holds such a prominent place in many adult-controlled, modern institutions like schools. This kind of violence has multiple iterations, including the inability to imagine youth as meaningful political actors, the insistence on taking teenagers to be morally impoverished, and the propensity for viewing young people as thoroughly heteronomous. While there are certainly pockets of exception, violent discourses often animate institutional disregard for youth. Kline promotes Baudrillard's fatal theory as a way for critical educators, philosophers, sociologists, and other concerned pedagogues to argue for an alteration in the way that youth is portrayed in American films, and to discourage the negative discourse that have colonized conceptions and treatment of young people.

Creative Activism Book

Creative Activism


  • Author : Rachel Lee Rubin
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2018-05-17
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501337239

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Creative Activism Book Description :

This collection brings together interviews with a compelling range of musicians, artists, and activists from around the globe. What does it mean for an artist to be “political”? Moving away from a narrow idea about politics that is organized around elections, advocacy groups, or concrete manifestos, the subjects of Creative Activism do their work through song, poetry, painting, and other arts. The interviews take us from Oakland to London to Johannesburg and from the Occupy movement to the coal mines of Appalachia to the fantasy worlds created by some of our most fascinating writers of spectacular fiction. Listening to the important “cultural workers” of our time challenges any idea that some other time was the golden age of political art: Creative Activism gives us a front-row seat to the thrilling artistic activism of our own moment.

Surfing with Sartre Book

Surfing with Sartre


  • Author : Aaron James
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2017-08-08
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385540742

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Surfing with Sartre Book Description :

From the bestselling author of Assholes: A Theory, a book that—in the tradition of Shopclass as Soulcraft, Barbarian Days and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance—uses the experience and the ethos of surfing to explore key concepts in philosophy. The existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre once declared "the ideal limit of aquatic sports . . . is waterskiing." The avid surfer and lavishly credentialed academic philosopher Aaron James vigorously disagrees, and in Surfing with Sartre he intends to expound the thinking surfer's view of the matter, in the process elucidating such philosophical categories as freedom, being, phenomenology, morality, epistemology, and even the emerging values of what he terms "leisure capitalism." In developing his unique surfer-philosophical worldview, he draws from his own experience of surfing and from surf culture and lingo, and includes many relevant details from the lives of the philosophers, from Aristotle to Wittgenstein, with whose thought he engages. In the process, he'll speak to readers in search of personal and social meaning in our current anxious moment, by way of doing real, authentic philosophy.

Conversations with Wilder Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Conversations with Wilder


  • Author : Billy Wilder
  • Publisher : Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
  • Release Date : 2001
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 373
  • ISBN 10 : 0375709673

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Conversations with Wilder Book Description :

Written in a question-and-answer format, this remarkable interview with the legendary Hollywood writer-director shares his thoughts on screenwriting, cinematography, the studio system, the Golden Age of film, and the many stars with whom he worked. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

From Martyrs to Murderers Book

From Martyrs to Murderers


  • Author : Robert L. Dahlgren
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2017-04-13
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 10
  • ISBN 10 : 9789463009652

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From Martyrs to Murderers Book Description :

In From Martyrs to Murderers, the author explores the connections between the dark, unflattering representations of public schools, teachers and teaching in popular Hollywood films and the conservative attacks on public education that have culminated in a generation of neo-liberal standards reform measures. The author’s analysis is based on a survey of 60 movies that feature significant interactions between public school teachers and their students. This study employed a textual analysis method involving viewing the films alongside original script material, which reveals that the narratives involving public schools during the late 20th century and early 21st century are distinct from those involving other types of schools or eras. Rather than the romantic figures of earlier portraits, such as Eve Arden’s beloved Our Miss Brooks in the 1940s and 1950s radio and television serial, these teachers are consistently portrayed as negative archetypes, thus providing a rationale for the school reform agenda of the 1980s. The sheer repetition of these damaging images in Hollywood products of the period made the American public more susceptible to the deceptive arguments outlined in A Nation at Risk, the seminal 1983 report that provided the blueprint for the standards reform movement that has dominated education policy for the past generation. This work thus develops upon the critical perspectives of educational historians and social studies educators who have probed this turning point in the history of American schooling. It also offers an alternative means of viewing the reality of life in the nation’s public institutions.

What Just Happened  Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

What Just Happened


  • Author : Art Linson
  • Publisher : Grove Press
  • Release Date : 2008-10
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 0802143385

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What Just Happened Book Description :

A Hollywood producer provides an insider's look at filmmaking in Hollywood, offering views and tales of some of the leading actors, directors, screenwriters, and industry executives.

From Fidelity to History Book

From Fidelity to History


  • Author : Anne-Marie Scholz
  • Publisher : Berghahn Books
  • Release Date : 2013-04-30
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN 10 : 9780857457325

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From Fidelity to History Book Description :

Scholarly approaches to the relationship between literature and film, ranging from the traditional focus upon fidelity to more recent issues of intertextuality, all contain a significant blind spot: a lack of theoretical and methodological attention to adaptation as an historical and transnational phenomenon. This book argues for a historically informed approach to American popular culture that reconfigures the classically defined adaptation phenomenon as a form of transnational reception. Focusing on several case studies- including the films Sense and Sensibility (1995) and The Portrait of a Lady (1997), and the classics The Third Man (1949) and The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)-the author demonstrates the ways adapted literary works function as social and cultural events in history and how these become important sites of cultural negotiation and struggle.

Class and Campus Life Book

Class and Campus Life


  • Author : Elizabeth Lee
  • Publisher : Cornell University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-05-10
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501703881

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Class and Campus Life Book Description :

In 2015, the New York Times reported, "The bright children of janitors and nail salon workers, bus drivers and fast-food cooks may not have grown up with the edifying vacations, museum excursions, daily doses of NPR and prep schools that groom Ivy applicants, but they are coveted candidates for elite campuses." What happens to academically talented but economically challenged "first-gen" students when they arrive on campus? Class markers aren’t always visible from a distance, but socioeconomic differences permeate campus life—and the inner experiences of students—in real and sometimes unexpected ways. In Class and Campus Life, Elizabeth M. Lee shows how class differences are enacted and negotiated by students, faculty, and administrators at an elite liberal arts college for women located in the Northeast. Using material from two years of fieldwork and more than 140 interviews with students, faculty, administrators, and alumnae at the pseudonymous Linden College, Lee adds depth to our understanding of inequality in higher education. An essential part of her analysis is to illuminate the ways in which the students’ and the college’s practices interact, rather than evaluating them separately, as seemingly unrelated spheres. She also analyzes underlying moral judgments brought to light through cultural connotations of merit, hard work by individuals, and making it on your own that permeate American higher education. Using students’ own descriptions and understandings of their experiences to illustrate the complexity of these issues, Lee shows how the lived experience of socioeconomic difference is often defined in moral, as well as economic, terms, and that tensions, often unspoken, undermine students’ senses of belonging.

Life Moves Pretty Fast Book
Score: 3.5
From 7 Ratings

Life Moves Pretty Fast


  • Author : Hadley Freeman
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2016-06-14
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501130663

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Life Moves Pretty Fast Book Description :

From Vogue contributor and Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman, a personalized guide to eighties movies that describes why they changed movie-making forever—featuring exclusive interviews with the producers, directors, writers and stars of the best cult classics. For Hadley Freeman, movies of the 1980s have simply got it all. Comedy in Three Men and a Baby, Hannah and Her Sisters, Ghostbusters, and Back to the Future; all a teenager needs to know in Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Say Anything, The Breakfast Club, and Mystic Pizza; the ultimate in action from Top Gun, Die Hard, Beverly Hills Cop, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom; love and sex in 9 1/2 Weeks, Splash, About Last Night, The Big Chill, and Bull Durham; and family fun in The Little Mermaid, ET, Big, Parenthood, and Lean On Me. In Life Moves Pretty Fast, Hadley puts her obsessive movie geekery to good use, detailing the decade’s key players, genres, and tropes. She looks back on a cinematic world in which bankers are invariably evil, where children are always wiser than adults, where science is embraced with an intense enthusiasm, and the future viewed with giddy excitement. And, she considers how the changes between movies then and movies today say so much about society’s changing expectations of women, young people, and art—and explains why Pretty in Pink should be put on school syllabuses immediately. From how John Hughes discovered Molly Ringwald, to how the friendship between Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi influenced the evolution of comedy, and how Eddie Murphy made America believe that race can be transcended, this is a “highly personal, witty love letter to eighties movies, but also an intellectually vigorous, well-researched take on the changing times of the film industry” (The Guardian).

The Postcolonial Jane Austen Book

The Postcolonial Jane Austen


  • Author : You-Me Park
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2015-03-24
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134297320

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The Postcolonial Jane Austen Book Description :

This volume offers a unique contribution to both postcolonial studies and Austen scholarship by: * examining the texts to illumine nineteenth century attitudes to colonialism and the expanding Empire * revealing a new range of interpretations of Austen's work, each shaped by the critic's particular context * exploring the ways in which the study of Austen's novels raises fresh issues for post-colonial criticism. Bringing together work by highly-respected critics from four continents and a range of disciplines, this newly paperbacked volume allows sometimes surprising and always fascinating new insights into some of the most frequently studied - and best loved - novels in the English language.

You Couldn t Ignore Me If You Tried Book
Score: 4
From 6 Ratings

You Couldn t Ignore Me If You Tried


  • Author : Susannah Gora
  • Publisher : Golden Books
  • Release Date : 2011-02
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 367
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307716606

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You Couldn t Ignore Me If You Tried Book Description :

A social evaluation of the influence and legacy of the "Brat Pack" films explores their 1980s cultural themes, in an account that draws on interviews with such celebrities as Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and John Cusack. Original.

Rethinking Social Studies Book

Rethinking Social Studies


  • Author : E. Wayne Ross
  • Publisher : IAP
  • Release Date : 2017-03-01
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 267
  • ISBN 10 : 9781681237572

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Rethinking Social Studies Book Description :

Like the schools in which it is taught, social studies is full of alluring contradictions. It harbors possibilities for inquiry and social criticism, liberation and emancipation. Social studies could be a site that enables young people to analyze and understand social issues in a holistic way – finding and tracing relations and interconnections both present and past in an effort to build meaningful understandings of a problem, its context and history; to envision a future where specific social problems are resolved; and take action to bring that vision in to existence. Social studies could be a place where students learn to speak for themselves in order to achieve, or at least strive toward an equal degree of participation and better future. Social studies could be like this, but it is not. Rethinking Social Studies examines why social studies has been and continues to be profoundly conversing in nature, the engine room of illusion factories whose primary aim is reproduction of the existing social order, where the ruling ideas exist to be memorized, regurgitated, internalized and lived by. Rethinking social studies as a site where students can develop personally meaningful understandings of the world and recognize they have agency to act on the world, and make change, rests on the premises that social studies should not show life to students, but bringing them to life and that the aim of social studies is getting students to speak for themselves, to understand people make their own history even if they make it in already existing circumstances. These principles are the foundation for a new social studies, one that is not driven by standardized curriculum or examinations, but by the perceived needs, interests, desires of students, communities of shared interest, and ourselves as educators. Rethinking Social Studies challenges readers to reconsider conventional thought and practices that sustain the status quo in classrooms, schools, and society by critically engagi

The Ultimate History of the  80s Teen Movie Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The Ultimate History of the 80s Teen Movie


  • Author : James King
  • Publisher : Diversion Books
  • Release Date : 2019-03-19
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781635765830

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The Ultimate History of the 80s Teen Movie Book Description :

A trip back to the era of troubled teens and awesome soundtracks; of Reagan, rap, and Ridgemont High; of MTV, VHS, and “Axel F”; of outsiders, lost boys, and dead poets; of Bill and Ted, Brooke Shields, and the Brat Pack; of three Porky's flicks, two Coreys, and one summer when “Baby” refused to be put in a corner. The Ultimate History of the ’80s Teen Movie goes behind the scenes of a genre where cult hits mingled with studio blockbusters, where giants like Spielberg and Coppola rubbed shoulders with baby-faced first-timers, and where future superstars Sean, Demi, and Tom all got their big break. Music, comedy, and politics all play a part in the surprisingly complex history of the ’80s teen movie. And while the films might have been aimed primarily at adolescents, the best tackle universal issues and remain relevant to all ages. From a late ’70s Hollywood influx to an early ’90s indie scene that gave youth cinema a timely reboot, film expert James King highlights the personal struggles, the social changes, and the boardroom shake-ups that produced an iconic time in movie history.