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Screening Party (Signed)

Hensley, Dennis

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ISBN 10: 1555837336 / ISBN 13: 9781555837334
Published by Alyson Books, Los Angeles, 2002
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Softcover in illustrated wraps. 8vo. Second printing. SIGNED ("Best wishes") on title page by Dennis Hensley. Book has a touch of wear at edges. Among the movies talked about are "Taxi Driver," "Pretty Woman," "A Star Is Born," and "Saturday Night Fever." 297 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 73159

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Title: Screening Party (Signed)

Publisher: Alyson Books, Los Angeles

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition

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Mare's still P.O.-ed at Rob in the next scene, in which the gang shows up at St. Elmo's on Halloween night sporting Groucho Marx-style nose glasses. "This is the one night a year where Judd Nelson feels normal," says Tony. In this scene, Rob's sax-synching is so powerhouse that Demi, who's newly crimped hair makes her look like an albino Pointer Sister, is compelled to dry hump the jukebox. "I'm obsessed with this moment coming up," says Marcus, "where Rob starts clapping and says, 'Let's rock!' I think he looks so awkward." Just then, his wife traipses in looking like Pat Benatar from the "Love Is a Battlefield" video. When Rob notices she's with another man, all hell breaks loose. "Get your hands off of my wife!" threatens Rob. "With narcissists," explains Dr. Beaverman, "everything belongs to them. They see everything as an extension of themselves. They are not independent objects." Dr. B takes a swig of Snapple and adds, ". . . .unlike whatever Demi's got stuffed into her bra which seems to have a mind of its own." "And check out that metallic lip gloss," says Tony. "It looks like she just went down on C3PO in the bathroom."-Screening Party on St. Elmo's Fire

It started as a series of articles for the British version of Premiere, and Instinct Magazine, but soon took on a life of it's own. Dennis Hensley, author of the bestseller Misadventures in the (213), has been getting together with 5 friends to watch and debate, rant, criticize, and reminisce about films that are both recognized classics and guilty pleasures. Partway through this deconstruction of memorable cinema, you will encounter this musing on Armageddon: "'What girl would make out with her boyfriend in front of her dad?' wonders Tony, as Liv straddles Ben and sucks his face off while Willis and company look on. 'She mounted him in a sundress in front of her dad.'" If you're tired of plodding through earnest studies of film's impact on society, these words alone should convince you that this book is anything but.

Dennis Hensley is a Los Angelesbased journalist whose writing has appeared in Movieline, Premiere, The Advocate, and other publications. He is the author of the n

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Hensley held a series of movie screening parties for friends and recorded the group's caustic chatter while watching the films. He relates what's happening on-screen while his pals (voiced by Kathy Griffin, Tony Tripoli, Erin Quill, Mark Salzberg and Robert Abele) create a Mystery Science Theater 3000-like atmosphere with astute put-downs, wry observations and behind-the-scenes anecdotes to delight film buffs. This crowd can even make a fun evening out of sitting through Armageddon, A Night in Heaven and 9 1/2 Weeks (which everyone agrees refers to "how long Kim Basinger is going to have to be on penicillin" after she breaks up with Mickey Rourke). When Julia Roberts enters Pretty Woman in a blonde pageboy wig and sailor hat, someone notes, "She looks like the Captain and Tennille rolled into one unfortunate person." During Flashdance, Griffin wisecracks, "The metaphors in this movie are about as subtle as Bruce Jenner's face work." Hensley saves the best commentaries for the last CD, when the group takes on Al Pacino's Cruising and Mariah Carey's Glitter. The entire cast is splendid. Hensley deftly handles the majority of the narration, but vies with Eve Arden reincarnate Griffin and hilarious mimic Tripoli as top laugh-getter.
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