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Films of endearment : a mother, a son and the '80s films that defined us / Michael Koresky.

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  • ISBN: 1335773797
  • ISBN: 9781335773791
  • ISBN: 9781335773791
  • ISBN: 1335773797
  • Physical Description: 282 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Hanover Square Press, [2021]

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Includes bibliographical references (pages [277]-282).
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Films of Endearment is a heartwarming memoir, chronicling a young man's dynamic relationship with his mother, as told through the 80s movies they shared together, exploring themes of loss and resilience, the bonds between family, gender equality, and the birth of a critic's sensibility.
Koresky's most formative memories were simple ones: A movie rental. A mug of tea. And a few shared hours with his mother. Now a successful film critic, he set out on a journey with his mother to discover more about their shared cinematic past. They rewatched ten films that she first introduced to him as a child, one from every year of the '80s, each featuring women leads. Together these films form the story of an era that Koresky argues should rightly be called "The Decade of the Actress." -- adapted from jacket
Subject: Koresky, Michael, 1979-
Koresky, Michael, 1979- > Family.
Mothers and sons > Biography.
Film critics > United States > Biography.
Gay men > United States > Biography.
Motion pictures > History > 20th century.
Nineteen eighties.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs.
PERFORMING ARTS / Film / History & Criticism.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / LGBTQ+.
Nineteen eighties.
Families.
Film critics.
Gay men.
Mothers and sons.
Motion pictures.
United States.
Genre: Autobiographies.
Autobiographies.
Biographies.
History.
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Films of Endearment : A Mother, a Son and the Iconic Films That Defined Us
Films of Endearment : A Mother, a Son and the Iconic Films That Defined Us
by Koresky, Michael
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It's not surprising that movies are central to film-critic Koresky's life, or that he reads deeply into them. In this memoir, he shares a more personal and intimate connection, specifically to the '80s movies starring women that were first shown to him by his mother, Leslie. He decides to rewatch with Leslie one movie from every year of the decade and then discuss it. Watching 9 to 5 spurs a conversation about women in the workplace and Leslie's own experiences. Terms of Endearment allows them to openly discuss Leslie's caretaking role as her husband battled Alzheimer's. And Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, featuring a trans character, feels weightier in retrospect as Koresky recalls his own coming-out story. The films' plots are loosely outlined with bits of history and criticism thrown in, but this is primarily a warm and engaging story of the Koreskys and the bond between mother and son. Knowing the films is helpful but not required, making the book appealing to a wide swath of readers.

Syndetic Solutions - Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 1335773797
Films of Endearment : A Mother, a Son and the Iconic Films That Defined Us
Films of Endearment : A Mother, a Son and the Iconic Films That Defined Us
by Koresky, Michael
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Motion pictures enthrall us with compelling narratives about fictional lives; Koresky (director, Museum of the Moving Image; Terence Davies) illustrates how movies also illuminate our own lives and, as shared experiences, allow us to connect with the lives of others. Approaching his 40th birthday, Koresky launches a project to rewatch movies of the 1980s with his mother, Leslie. He identifies that decade as unique for having compelling leading roles for American actresses. These are formative movies he watched during his childhood, ones he was introduced to by his mother. Often they are VHS rentals that evoke his childhood home, where his mother still lives. A rewatch of Nine to Five invites Leslie to discuss her own work experience. Queer representation in Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean leads to revisiting the author's coming-out phone call and Leslie's loving support. Crossing Delancey reminds them of seders past and inspires Leslie to host one--a plan sadly thwarted by the pandemic. VERDICT A skilled film critic, Koresky guides readers through salient plot points instead of rehashing entire films, but his real talent is using cinema as a starting point for conversation. This intimate, probing work will appeal to hard-core cinephiles, lovers of memoirs, and many other readers.--Terry Bosky, Madison, WI


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