From the very first page, Sam Bateman, the protagonist of The Holden Age of Hollywood,reminded me of a hard-boiled detective, a post-modern Philip Marlowe. In fact, Phil Brody’s style of writing has been called “neo-noir”, a term, I assumed coined to describe this modern-day film-noir type. I loved the snappy dialogue and the footnotes explaining screenwriting jargon and Hollywood “in-jokes” for those of us not in the know.
Only a phenomenal writer could write so many bad script synopses so hilariously well. And Phil Brody is that evil genius.