Dec 03, 2022
High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess
Posted by Charles Fleming

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  • Title: High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess
  • Author: Charles Fleming
  • ISBN: 9780385486941
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Hardcover
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Unlimited High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess - by Charles Fleming - High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess, High Concept Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess Using the life and career of producer Don Simpson as a point of departure High Concept takes readers on a journey inside the Hollywood of the s and s Throughout the period Simpson and his pa

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In a city of flaming assholes, Don Simpson was the molten core of the sun The biggest, loudest, brashest of them all, he lived a life of pitiful excess that made for an incredible biography More often than not one needs to remind oneself that this is a biography not fiction What a pathetic life, what an entertaining book unless you re a prude or a moralist, then what the fuck are you doing reading a book about Hollywood s culture of excess.One of the best biogs I ve ever read, and re read And I [...]


Mark

You know how Don was, replied his producing partner Jerry Bruckheimer when asked after Don Simpson s death about Simpson s drug and alcohol use.Simpson, just 52 when he died, spent 75,000 a month on prescription drugs at the height of his substance abuse At his 4m house in Los Angeles, he died on the toilet clutching a biography of Oliver Stone His heart, greatly weakened from almost two decades of chemical and physical exertion, had finally just given up on him.The Stone biography was subtitled [...]


Brian

An amazing assemblage of anecdotes, development process, and hilariously horrific details about the life of a coked to the gills ego monster gone wild in Hollywood.Fleming does an incredible job of giving context to the most outrageous, bacchanalian behavior exhibited by Simpson and crew My favorite scene was when a pair of testosterone implants Simpson had surgically implanted in his buttocks malfunctioned and led to him ripping a door off a trailer in a hulk style act of aggression His produci [...]


Simon Powell

A fascinating subject and a frustrating read The book lacks any strong narrative thrust, jumping around chronologically and getting sidetracked by too many anecdotes not involving Simpson at all In addition, it would have been nice to see examples of what he actually brought to the film making process, in terms of script development.Thankfully the rest of the story is so hypnotically lurid and the main character so riddled with extreme contradictions that it never gets dull.Worth a look, and be [...]


John

The writing itself is smug and sanctimonious, and all its look how stinky and depraved Hollywood is posturing has not aged all that well, but man Don Simpson was a fascinating character An awesome, blustering, self loathing out 0f control mogul, a figure of all Id and insecurity and 10,000 a day in coke and hookers that helped invent modern action movies Its very inside baseball for a Hollywood 20 years gone, but that just makes it appealing for me RIP Don.


Steve Mitchell

Like so many before and after him, Don Simpson, the proverbial smartest guy in the room , was uniquely unable to understand how his addiction to alcohol and drugs would kill him just when he least expected it But understand how to make movies that minted money This Simpson knew at the level of his DNA This great book by Fleming takes us along on a two decade jet fueled bacchanal of hookers, blow, booze, botox and blowout box office blockbusters alliterative bombast entirely fitting to this man o [...]


Venatici

A life of fame and fortune while the self destruct lever is firmly pulled A tragic, sordid yet enthralling account of a true maverick who s films made millions and subsequently sowed the seeds of his destruction A riveting and well told tale of Hollywood excess and, frankly, sheer madness.


Uranie - Alivreouvert.net

L auteur passe la moiti de son livre c t de son sujet, mais dans les rares moments o il se concentre sur l industrie du cin ma en tant que telle et l impact de Simpson sur cette industrie, alors l le livre devient passionnant et on apprend norm ment de choses.


Wasnick

Don Simpson was part of Simpson Bruckheimer movies they initially had a logo that had a camera racing up the streets of the desert, with two distant trees that each get struck simultaneously by lightning, and their names appear.Bruckheimer today uses the same scheme, but there is only one tree, one bolt of lighting Don Simpson, co producer of the movies that defined the 80 s to such an extent that they shaped the cultural dynamic of the decade examples Flashdance, Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop part [...]


Alan Hoffman

When this guy died, he had enough drugs in his system to kill a horse.A friend said he used to hire expensive prostitutes to come over to his house and then he d get nervous bouts of low self esteem His friend wondered, they re prostitues he hired why is he suddenly worried that he won t impress them He s not dating them.If this guy hadn t been involved in movies, he would ve been a con artist Still the studios overlooked his behavior because he had the manic energy to produce movies that made m [...]


Carla Remy

A few parts of this book were interesting Don Simpson was definitely a character Mostly I found it depressing and disgusting Hollywood is such a sick place where money is the most important thing and if someone makes a big profit they re allowed to behave reprehensibly Believe me, this is not news to me or anyone But Simpson took it to a new level I don t care about the drugs or the whores, but he was so abusive to his underlings.


Mary

Interesting look at the life of Hollywood film producer Don Simpson and the high concept movie formula he and his producing partner Jerry Bruckheimer perfected If you ve ever heard films described as Jaws on a spaceship or Die Hard on a boat, you know the formula too.Good read, although a bit poorly edited Author repeats himself several times seems to have a chip on his shoulder as regards the cowards who refused to talk to him.


Amy Wolf

Don Simpson was such a liar, SM freak, and drug addict that the tale of his excess seems almost unbelievable, but it did happen Track his rise from a promising studio VP at Paramount to an out of control lunatic in partnership with Jerry Bruckheimer Top Gun, Flashdance, et al His end is not pretty definitely a cautionary tale.


Marie

I am always fascinated by Hollyweird and the supossed goings on, behind the scenes Having seen this guys films, I was interested in the man His films being overtly macho, gun ho, shoot em up, was he like this.Interestingly, he did most everything, in fact its amazing quite WHAT he did But like all those before, caught up with him in the end An interesting read


Greg

Pretty fascinating inside look at 80s and 90s Hollywood How Simpson and Bruckheimer essentially created the concept of the summer blockbuster, and unabashedly cheesed up and spoon fed formulaic action flicks creating a whole new genre And of course how absolutely excessive and destructive Don Simpson was up until his death in 96.


Kelvin

A truly insightful look at the rise and fall of the film producer Don Simpson It chronicles his early rise to prominence at Paramount before he was fired and went on to form one of the most lucrative production partnerships with Jerry Bruckheimer A great read if you re a movie buff or are just interested in how movies used to be made.


Godzilla

A trip through the career of one of the most high profile producers.A great insight into the world of 80s movie making, the back stabbing, the politics, the drugs, the prostitutes etc etcDon Simpson lived a 200mph life and ultimately paid the price for it.It shows that power and money don t always bring the right sort of results.


Gavin Lavelle

mad stuff


John Devlin

A revved up tell all that tries to capture the insanity of Hollywood and just becomes dry and uninteresting.


Sean Condon

Not great material, and therefore entirely appropriate for its subject.


Michael Pennington

Highly repetitive, yet intriguing


Don Roff

This book is trashy This book is fun This book makes you wish you were a 60K per month drug habit movie producer, too.


Brian Rowe

Great reporting about a self absorbed, volatile maniac, but the whole thing just made me feel dirty by the end I need to take a shower.


J.K. Really

Whoooooo


srdjan

What a train wreck The steriods, the implants, the hookers Terrible book, but good prepartion for the people I would meet


Andy

LOVED it Great account of a man who had as much of an influence on Hollywood as anyone in the 1980s, and the completely crazy, non stop party that was his life.


Paul Smith

crazy



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