Autobiographies

Mike Matei / June 14th, 2014

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  • punkbikerdude

    June 14, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    I’m a huge fan of Jackie Chan, I might go pick up that book now that you’ve given it such a strong recommendation. πŸ˜€

    • Gojiratron

      June 16, 2014 at 5:25 am

      I’m a big Jackie Chan fan as well and totally agree with James about the JC biography. Fascinating read because he’s had such an interesting life. Intriguing insight into his relationship with Sammo Hung as well. It only goes up to Who Am I though so doesn’t cover the past 15 years.

  • June 14, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Interesting Great video, I still love the Old Jakie Chan movies But Do not like the man now, now hes a big communist & is in the communist leadership party “Noted Saying that The Party is being to easy on its citizens & needs to be harsher”
    Ai Weiwei vs. Jackie Chan | China Uncensored
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6L3BixQoCk

    • Rygar1

      June 15, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      I’m a big fan of his movies too, but I think he’s getting senile with age. All the years in getting knocked in the head may finally have caught up to him as well. I’ll still watch his movies and may even pick up his book, but I don’t agree with his political views at all. Not everyone likes America either, but to bash the type of system that got you to where you are is just plain ignorant and makes you a big hypocrite. get a clue Jackie…the majority of the movie industry worldwide is mainly structured on the Hollywood style that made you money and turned you into a star.

      • June 15, 2014 at 9:55 pm

        Too True =)

  • Pablo1989

    June 14, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Yo James did you had some Conspiracy Theories books?
    One of my friends had tree of them, and i must say half stuff in them are true but another stuff are bullcrap.

  • Movespark

    June 14, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Fourth! When are you going to make more Bullshit videos? Heres an idea, Water. You can’t live without it, get to much of it and you drown.

    • punkbikerdude

      June 14, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      FOURTH

      • Movespark

        June 15, 2014 at 3:35 pm

        Why ya gotta do me like that?

      • punkbikerdude

        June 16, 2014 at 2:44 am

        You’re following a meme, I’m following a meme. If you don’t care for mine, well, I don’t much care for yours either, so we’re even. I hope you follow up with more responses though, part of my meme is to see how much of the first page can get filled up with these sorts of pointless commentary.

    • Kushdc

      June 16, 2014 at 9:03 am

      your a fucking dumbshit hope you burn

      • Kushdc

        June 16, 2014 at 9:03 am

        that goes to the OP

  • JayRam

    June 14, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    “If Chins Could Kill” looks like a book I’ll enjoy reading, if for the examples on film-making alone.

    “Tough Shit” is another one I’ve considered buying, which is weird because I used to despise Kevin Smith’s work. The dude is proof that if you have the passion and a bit of talent, anyone can make a movie.

  • Smokingspoon

    June 14, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    I always felt autobiography were egocentric works of bs. But now I’m very interested in the Jackie Chan one.. Being a big Jackie fan since childhood… ^^’

    I guess he was the closest thing I had to a super hero back then as a kid. Him, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Samus Aran, hahah…

  • June 14, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    James, as a fan of autobiographies, I think you’d really enjoy Mick Foley’s books “Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks” and “Foley Is Good: And the Real World Is Faker than Wrestling.” Even if you’re not a huge fan of professional wrestling, they’re still very well written books and he talks about quite a bit more than just wrestling as well.

    So… when’ll you be starting on your own autobiography? I bet it’ll sell like gangbusters, whenever you do get around to writing one, and I hope you do write one eventually, as I’m sure your life is just as interesting as any of the guys you talked about in these videos.

  • Don Skiver

    June 15, 2014 at 12:49 am

    I’ve been a huge fan of Jackie Chan ever since I was a little kid…it’s such a shame that now he’s a big shill for the chinese government and communist party… πŸ™

  • Rick

    June 15, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Making Movies by Director Sidney Lumet is another great autobio by a great filmmaker. It’s just a comprehensive book about the whole filmmaking process from his perspectives. Witty, personal and informative.

  • Alan Varner

    June 15, 2014 at 1:41 am

    If Chins Could Kill is an awesome book, I’d also recommend Robert England’s autobiography Hollywood Monster.

  • June 15, 2014 at 5:36 am

    Well, all of these books were interesting, especially Jackie ChanΒ΄s autobiography! You did it again, James!

  • Squall85

    June 15, 2014 at 5:41 am

    I have that Jackie Chan book! It’s super awesome! I’m not a big reader and that book is really thick but I read it through twice by now. And has a lot of cool pictures too.

  • Omar Lira

    June 15, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    by the way Happy Fathers Day James

  • yonoid818

    June 15, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    James, I was into the genre of film director interviews and autobiographies. One that I would especially recommend is “Herzog on Herzog”, going through the eccentric life and filmmaking experiences of Werner Herzog. Another out-of-the-ordinary autobiography and one that’s definitely worth one’s time is “Travels” by Michael Crichton – including his experiences with telekinesis, an evil entity, mind-contributing body parts, film directing, medical school, globetrotting, and of course writing.

  • Weldin Dunn

    June 15, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Cool video, love the book reviews. I will definitely read the Chan biography. Also, this is kind of off topic, but could you do a Board James or You know what’s bullshit in the near future? You mentioned you would hope to, and since you finished the AVGN Movie, it would be nice to see some of those. Board James has always been one of the main reasons I came here in the beginning, and since it’s been over a year (April 1st 2013), not counting the cameo in AVGN: AVGN Games. Another Bullshit would be nice considering it’s almost been 2 years since the Vampires episode (October 16th 2012). Nice video, and good luck in the future.

  • greedo

    June 15, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Wow, I can’t believe I’ve actually read a book that James has read! πŸ™‚ Seriously, though, what James is saying is true. I Am Jackie Chan is a pretty good book. Pick it up! Having said that, though, the best autobiography I’ve ever read is Bo Knows Bo, by Bo Jackson. Co-written by Dick Schaap. Trust me, you won’t regret it reading it. Not for a moment!

  • Stick

    June 15, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I just added Jackie’s and Bruce’s book to my list.

  • June 15, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Steve Martin’s “Born Standing Up” is an amazing autobiography that really gets into the details of what it means to be a stand-up comic and how he paved the way for other comedians to break into Hollywood through standup. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  • masgeo

    June 16, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Jackie Chan’s autobiography is the best I’ve ever read – and I’ve read a lot (Including Bruce Campbell’s.)

    Read ‘I am Jackie Chan’ in one day – it’s just that good. It’s so great to see somebody promoting it – Nice one James.

    For anyone interested, Michael Jackson ‘The Magic and the Madness’ is probably the best ‘Biography’ I’ve ever read. A truly remarkable book.

    ^_^

  • Entrenaturaleza

    June 16, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Love these book videos man

  • decollate

    June 16, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Ever see Painted Faces? It’s about the Opera House Jackie Chan Samo Hung and Yuen Biao went to. Not the best film, but pretty interesting.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095937/

  • Travis McNabb

    June 16, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    If you really want a kick-ass read, then might I suggest “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Me: A Lifetime of No Respect but Plenty of Sex and Drugs” By Rodney Dangerfield. It is by far the best book I have ever read! Funny as hell. Rodney is not serious for a single moment in the book about his life. It made me laugh my ass off the entire time I was reading it. It’s the only book that I would ever read for a second time a round. Make sure and check it out James! You’ll love it! Trust me.

  • fanboyfilms

    June 16, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    I have read Bruce’s books. “f Chins Could Kill” was especially good for the reasons you said. I have read a ton of wrestler bios as I used to be very into professional wrestling. They are all pretty similar to Bruce’s in that they start as a regular kid who gets into the business basically by accident and finds success mostly by not giving up when it gets hard. Probably the most fun was the bio of Bobby “The Brain” Heenan because he’s never serious for a minute either. Also if you read all the forewords or “arguments” Stephen King writes in all his books you get a similar bio of the man.

    I supposed I don’t read much any more but I watch a ton of DVD extras which give you similar stuff. One of the greats is the “Fight Club” commentary track by Chuck Palahniuk (writer of the novel “Fight Club”) and screenwriter Jim Uhls, I’ve never heard a more positive account of a novel being turned into a movie. I just watched the making of the Mel Gibson movie “Payback” for the director’s cut. Not only was the movie re-edited it was completely recolored and rescored. Interesting process.

    I love the Marvel movies for the DVD extras that talk about the source comics. Even the mediocre “Fantastic Four” movie had a great extra about Jack Kirby’s life and work. They also had a lot of good stuff about Kirby on the “Fire and Ice” DVD.

  • stoney_1

    June 18, 2014 at 1:04 am

    “Lookin, at Books” with James. I like it. Let’s look at more books πŸ™‚

  • whodatninja

    June 20, 2014 at 6:19 am

    But what about Rebel Without a Cause? I remember it from when Youtube let you list favourite books πŸ˜€

  • June 21, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    I recommend you also pick up ‘Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd’ it’s a ‘autobiography’ of Pink Floyd, written by Nick Mason (their drummer) and of course he did his research by contacting the other band members/roadies/etc. Really entertaining and funny. It’s full of pictures and a little pricey, but so worth it.

  • tonyaj420

    June 23, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    According to Willis, Smith spent all his time on the set smoking pot. Not that that’s a bad thing.

  • Carson Hearne

    September 1, 2014 at 1:39 am

    Who else thinks James should make an autobiography?

  • February 13, 2015 at 1:06 am

    Hey James, was curious have you checked out Robert England’s autobiography Hollywood Monster
    ?

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