Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film by Patton Oswalt

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Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film Read Online Free - Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakable addiction. It wasn’t drugs, alcohol, or sex: it was film. After moving to Los Angeles, Oswalt became a huge film buff (or as he calls it, a sprocket fiend), absorbing classics, cult hits, and new releases at the famous New Beverly Cinema. Silver screen celluloid became Patton’s life schoolbook, informing his notion of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships.

Set in the nascent days of LA’s alternative comedy scene, Silver Screen Fiend chronicles Oswalt’s journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective and a cast of now-notable young comedians supporting him all along the way.

Title : Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film
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ISBN : 145167323X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 240 pages


Kemper rated it ★★★★☆

September 15, 2016

(I received a free advance copy of this via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.) Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt wrote this unflinching account of his battle with addiction during the late ‘90s, but he didn’t spend his days cooking meth with bikers or whoring himself out for crack. Poor P...

Lyn rated it ★★★★☆

November 23, 2016

Patton Oswalt was born in January of 1969. Later that summer, on July 20, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first two humans to walk around on the surface of the moon – in what some pundits have declared was the high water mark for western civilization. Beginning the downward slide, I sho...

Jason rated it ★★★★☆

July 28, 2016

A bipolar memoir on two of my favorite subjects, comedy and film. Comedian Patton Oswalt loves film. There was a period in his life when he was on the fence as to which career path to take. Would he become a comedian or perhaps a director? Silver Screen Fiend takes us down his memory lane of movie...

Diane rated it ★★★☆☆

August 23, 2015

This was a fun, manic memoir about Patton Oswalt's obsession with movies in the 1990s. I wanted to read this because I like Patton's comedy and I thought it would be a humorous audiobook. Which it was. The films that got Patton started on his movie addiction were Sunset Boulevard and Ace in the Ho...

Madeline rated it ★★★★☆

December 16, 2015

"Van Gogh entered a room in his mind when he painted The Night Cafe. He acknowledged his damaged (and worsening) psyche and, in acknowledging it, made a deal. He would be able to take newer, more original artistic conceptions out, would be able to capture them in paintings. His psyche found the d...

Erica rated it ★★★★☆

May 11, 2016

I strongly recommend listening to this book in its audio format if possible. Oswalt narrates, of course. If you're familiar with any of his work, you'll use his voice, anyway, to narrate this as you read it but he does a better job. Trust me. True story: I've got a crush on Patton Oswalt. I have f...

Snotchocheez rated it ★★★★☆

July 03, 2015

3.5 stars Prerequisites for enjoying Patton Oswalt's Silver Screen Fiend: either be a big Oswalt fan (I'm not; I've never seen a single episode of "The King of Queens", never seen his standup comedy routine, wasn't even aware until reading this book he had a small part in one of my fave movies, P...

Tfitoby rated it ★★★☆☆

March 02, 2015

I'm a cinephile and I've been known to enjoy this guys standup routines and his more serious acting too, it seemed like a no brainer the moment I saw it on the shelf in my favourite bookshop. And you know what? It's fun, it's interesting, it's on a subject that I can connect with in a very real w...

Larry rated it ★★★☆☆

February 01, 2015

I'd rate this 3.5 stars. I've been a big fan of Patton Oswalt for some time now. I think he's a pretty good actor (he particularly gave a terrific performance in Charlize Theron's Young Adult a few years back), and I love his comedic observations as well. One friend of mine says that Oswalt and...

Angie rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 06, 2015

Lots of filler. Around 30% of this book is a list of the movies he watched over a period of time in the 1990s. That's it. Just a list. If you care that Patton Oswalt watched The English Patient in 1997 at the Vista Theater then you should definitely read this. If you don't care that he watched Sw...

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