Underground Film Journal

Book Reviews

Reviews of books on film history, criticism and reviews.


Midnight Movies

J. Hoberman and Jonathan Rosenbaum’s classic Midnight Movie is still an important must-read for fans of cult and underground films.

Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature

However, author Charles Hatfield is looking to the future a bit differently with his scholarly Alternative Comics through which he hopes to legitimize comics’ past as a valid form of literary study. He states several times that his book is not the end-all and be-all of all independent comics study, but will hopefully successfully launch a wave of literary criticism in comics the way books without pictures have been studied.

The Comics Journal Library 6: The Writers

The Writers collects interviews from The Comics Journal magazine–the premiere magazine for intellectual comic book dissection–conducted with the most influential comic writers from the second era (along with an exhaustive chat with celebrated author Harlan Ellison, who has always maintained a close relationship with comics even though he’s only written minimally for them).

Noir Reunion

Then here comes Johnny Ostentatious, positioning himself as the world’s first punk mystery novelist. To be honest, I know Johnny and he’s the real deal, as punk rock as they come. He’s written and published two punk mysteries. One I haven’t read: Ian Hahn: The Olfactory Empath. And one I have, of course.


This should have been subtitled A Brutal History instead of just A History. I had no idea that my current home state was born of such violence: The Spanish slaughtering and displacing Native Americans, the L.A. Chinese massacre of the 1870s, Protestants vs. Catholics in San Francisco, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake (whose inept “recovery” program destroyed more of the city than the Earth moving), the environmental devastation caused by the Gold Rush, the Donner Party, the internment of the Japanese during WWII, the 1992 Rodney King riots, the 1965 Watts riots–and that’s just off the top of my head!


I think cell phones are the work of the devil. I don’t own one myself, although my wife does and I see the wonderful convenience of the devices, but I think they turn people into morons.