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Impossibly Funky:

A Cashiers du Cinemart Collection

Bolstered by “13.2% all new stuff,” Impossibly Funky: A Cashiers du Cinemart Collection is the coolest film book of the year that you most likely do not know about.– Bookgasm

Even if you've read this noted zine or are still scratching your head over the beautiful bastardization of the classic cineaste periodical Cahiers du Cinema, the odds are damn fine that you will still enjoy this book.– Mondo Heather

It is a love letter to film; a passionate expression of a life long affair. The articles and interviews included in Impossibly Funky are so illuminating and captivating that upon finishing, you want to immediately watch the films being written about.– Paracinema

Smart without being intellectual. A little bit smart-ass without being arrogant. Obsessive without being didactic. Reverential — when appropriate — without being fawning. The scope and breadth of what is reprinted — along with updates to several pieces — is staggering and awe-inspiring. Impossibly Funky is a celebration of one of the best film zines — hell, one of the best film periodicals — of all time. If you remember [Cashiers du Cinemart], the book will bring you back. If you never read the zine, then you’re in for the treat of a lifetime.– Bad Lit

One of the things that becomes easily apparent when reading Impossibly Funky is Mike White’s obvious respect for the writers he admires who often toil behind the scenes during film production and rarely get the kind of respect that they deserve. – Movie Morlocks

Mike White makes me cinematically wet. He’s a great writer. He’s the only guy I know that can give you 3000 words on Alien 3. Mike White is the love child offspring of Pauline Kael and Randall from Kevin Smith’s film, Clerks. –

“Mike White and his fellow writers bring insight, humor and knowledge to the diverse word of cinema. Impossibly Funky... Impossibly Entertaining! – Greydon Clark

“Obsessive, indulgent, wildly erratic, yet Impossibly Funky still warms my hardened critic's heart because of the burning passion for movie going of the writer. It’s manifested in the nutty, beyond-left-field takes on popular geeky movies, and, even better, the stretch beyond Lucas and Tarantino to Kenneth Fearing, Travis McGee, and the unheralded comic genius of Canadian cinema, John Paizs. I’ve got to get my butt to Black Shampoo!” – Gerald Peary, critic, The Boston Phoenix

Mike White and his Cashiers approach film writing from a point of the compass I never knew existed. It’s wild navigating out there in the film world and Impossibly Funky makes it a brisk and exhilarating trip while keeping one cool hand on the tiller! – Guy Maddin

Harangue for Hollywood! From the blighted urban squalor of Detroit–Paris of the Midwest–came enfant terrible Mike White and his mutant publication, Cashiers du Cinemart. For fourteen years and fifteen issues the writers of Cashiers du Cinemart provided a treasure trove of writing on film and popular culture.

This book collects the best articles from the fifteen year history of Cashiers du Cinemart magazine with sections dedicated to Quentin Tarantino, Star Wars, Black Shampoo, Unproduced screenplays, celebrity interviews, and much more. Everything has been refreshed, polished, and improved for this volume of movie mayhem.

Featuring articles by Leon Chase, Chris Cummins, Skizz Cyzyk, Andrew Grant, Clifton Howard, Rich Osmond, Mike Thompson, Andrea White, and Mike White.
Cover art by Jim Rugg and Jasen Lex. Illustrations by Dean Stahl, Pat Lehrner, and Jonathan Higgins.
Copyediting and layout by Lori Hubbard Higgins.
Editor photo by Stacey Walters.

PublisherBearManor Media
Price$24.95 US
Dimensions6" X 9"

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Introduction - By Herschell Gordon Lewis
Foreword - By Chris Gore

  • A Dynamite Double Feature - CdC favorite Rich Osmond looks at some explosive '70s cinema
  • Psycho Vixens - Rich Osmond examines two flicks about girls gone wild.
  • Tragically Obscure: John Paizs's (The Big) Crime Wave - Combination of two articles about Paizs by Skizz Cyzyk from CdC 9 & 10
  • The Four and a Half Worlds of Parker - Updated piece (formerly "Three and a Half Worlds") which has been edited and expanded. Includes some insight from the creator of Parker, Donald Westlake
  • Madness in the 20th Century - This article about Charles Willeford has been updated and tightened up
  • The Serious Moonlight: The Cinematic World of David Goodis - Updated to include discussion of "Goodiscon" as well as expansion of the "Goodis on TV" section
  • The Dark Places of James Ellroy - Updated to include discussion of Street Kings and L.A. Sheriff's Homicide
  • The Cashiers du Cinemart Manifesto - So perfectly written, nothing could make it better
  • All The Good Guys and the Bad Guys that I've Been - One of my favorite pieces from Cashiers du Cinemart, this is an appreciation of Paul Williams by Leon Chase
  • The Prize is Your Life - I expanded this article to include several other "people hunting people" movies
  • Oedipal Ketchup - A terrific discussion of Shuji Terayama's films by Andrew Grant
  • The Highlander Returns! - Two rants from Mike Thompson about the wonder of the Highlander films. This was updated to include cuts of the films that have been made available since the early days of Cashiers du Cinemart
  • Double Impact: The Duplicity of Jean-Claude Van Damme - Brand new piece
  • Lone Wolf & Cub - Edited and updated for clarity
  • Tale of the Tape - The whole epic story of Who Do You Think You're Fooling? and the controversy surrounding it. Updated and severely rewritten
  • Ironic Press Release - My facetious discussion of You're Still Not Fooling Anybody
  • Attention Enemy - Following up with the You're Still Not Fooling Anybody fun
  • Tarantino in a Can - A look at Tarantino's obsession with the bathroom in his early works
Star Wars:
  • The Lost Cut - Discussing the early version of Star Wars that will never see the light of day again
  • Jar Jar Done Gone - How The Phantom Menace put heat behind the Fan Editing movement
  • Triumph of the Whills - This piece now combines three different rants about the madness of King George Lucas
  • Not So Super... 8mm - Mike Thompson compares what we saw to what Andrew Kevin Walker wrote
  • The Uncredible Hulk - Another great Thompson rant, updated to include the latest incarnation of Hulk and the Ang Lee version, too
  • Cat Woman - Thompson declaws this kitty
  • Digging up the Bones of Indy Jones - Severely rewritten and updated version of "Jonesing for the New Indy Film" from CdC 9 that traces the trajectory of Jones through several proposed sequels
  • Travis McGee & The Lonely Silver Screen - Combination of the CdC 14 and 15 articles
  • Return to the Planet of the Apes - Combining observations about the POTA remake from CdC 10 and 13
  • Superman: Grounded - Updated to include Superman: Doomsday and the reaction to Singer's reboot of Superman
  • The Metamorphoses of Alien III - Includes additional content
  • Gremlins - A thorough look at an early draft of this classic flick by Chris Cummins
Black Shampoo:
  • Interview: John Daniels - Edited and updated
  • Interview: Greydon Clark - Edited and updated
  • Interview: Tanya Boyd - Edited and updated
  • Interview: Skip E Lowe - Edited and updated
  • A Few Notes on Black Shampoo - Edited and updated
  • Can You Feel the Love? - Edited and updated
  • DVD release - Edited and updated
  • Interview: Gerald and Gary Lee - Brand new interview with the men who made the music for my favorite film
  • Crispin Glover - Brand new, never published
  • James Ellroy - Edited and updated
  • Guy Maddin - Updated / Additional Content
  • Monte Hellman - Edited and updated
  • Richard Crawford - Edited and updated
  • Taylor Negron - Edited and updated
  • Svengoolie - Edited and updated
  • Bruce Campbell - Edited and updated
  • Keith Gordon - Edited and updated
  • Dr. Demento - Edited and updated
  • Theater Work Story - Highly edited and rewritten
  • Fish out of Water - Andrea's reaction to the UPC in Bowling Green
  • Mike & Andrea go to Breakfast - Never before published tale of woe from Andrea White
  • Brendan Fraser + Monkey = Fun! - A new party game from Skizz Cyzyk

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