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Title:   Sleazoid Express
Author:   Bill Landis, Michelle Clifford
Times Read:   1
Last Read:   06.21.07

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06.21.07 A mind-twisting tour through the grindhouse cinema of Times Square. This book was amazing. chockablock full of film reviews and tasty nuggets that really illuminate the touch and feel of 42nd street in its heyday. Aside from the roughly 150 movies I now want to track down after reading about them in here, I also have a pretty complete picture of that block between 7th and 8th they call The Deuce. It's... not really somewhere I'd like to go. I think I have the best of both worlds at the Alamo where I can see these movies in a theater with a crowd and not have to worry about being mugged or stuck with dirty needles. It is a fascinating glimpse, but also a kind of scary one. I wonder where all the people who used to walk that street and hang out in those theaters went in the 90s... they must be somewhere, right? Maybe either at home with a VCR or walking some other street that has no cool old theaters. Awesome awesome book though. I loved it and will probably read it again in a few years once I see a lot more movies mentioned within. As it was I'd heard about a fair amount and have even seen a handful... but I bet the book has a much different perspective once you've seen more of what he's talking about. The only thing I could've used was like a map view of the block with a rough layout of where each theater was. I actually drew my own taken from the text and what I found online but it'd be nice to have like a quicktime VR of it where you can see all the random seedy shops in between box offices. If I had a time machine i'd definitely go back there once or twice... i'd just make sure to park somewhere safe and carry a knife.



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