It Came from the ‘70s: From The Godfather to Apocalypse Now
The Merry Blacksmith Press, 2011, $15.95 paperback; $8.50 E-book
This 300-page retrospective look back at a golden age of cinema is punctuated by 76 photos of films, reviews which Wilson wrote for the Quad City Times between 1970 and 1979 while serving as their film and book critic. Reprinted by permission, the 50 reviews and 76 pictures have come “from the archives,” saved for 40 years by a true film buff who loved movies like “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Alien,” “Star Wars,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Saturday Night Fever,” both “Godfathers,” the films of Woody Allen, “Dog Day Afternoon,” and “Marathon Man”—to name just a few of the films included. Each review is like a tiny time capsule, taking you back to the ‘70s when the films were newly released, with interesting well-researched of-that-time information about the making of each movie, major cast lists and trivia for cinephiles (Answers are upside down, so no cheating!) If you were alive in ’75 and you love the movies, you’ll love this book. Said Mick Garris (“Fear Itself,” Stephen King’s “The Stand”), “…a wonderful and inclusive chronicle of the films of the 1970’s.” Winner of 5 national awards, including an E-Lit Award, an Illinois Press Women’s Silver Feather, a NABE award and a Pinnacle award.