It Came From the 70s

From The Godfather to Apocalypse Now

by Connie Corcoran Wilson

“Connie Wilson, the inveterate movie-goer, writes like you are sitting, middle of the theater, center, with a box of popcorn on your lap. If anyone knows the silver screen, its hits and misses, it’s Connie Wilson. For years, she was a valued write for the Quad City Times, her reviews appearing several times a week. This book is not only a good read, but also a fine reference work. It makes me think of the days when an usher would call out, ’The best seats are now in the balcony.’”

— Bill Wundram, Associate Editor; Columnist – Quad City Times, Davenport, Iowa


“Though there is no single definitive ’Golden Age of Hollywood,’ the 1970’s was certainly one of the best decades for movies. In the fertile spread of 10 years, many of my favorite films were made: ’Alien,’ ’Dirty Harry,’ ’Apocalypse Now,’ ’The Exorcist,’ ’The In-Laws,’ ’Chinatown,’ ’The French Connection,’ ’Close Encounters of the Third Kind,’ ’The Godfather’ (Parts I and II), ’Star Wars.’ The list goes on and on. Connie Corcoran Wilson’s collection of movie reviews, written between 1970 and 1979 when she was the Quad City Times film critic, and now collected in a single volume, is an excellent companion piece for anyone who lives the movies.”

— Mike Romkey, Author of I, Vampire; Moline (IL) Dispatch newspaper.

About the Author

Connie (Corcoran) Wilson graduated from the University of Iowa (English & Journalism) and earned a Master’s degree from Western Illinois University (English & Education), with additional study at Northern Illinois, Berkeley, and the University of Chicago. She’s taught writing at six Iowa/Illinois colleges, and wrote for five newspapers, and five blogs, (including her own blog –

An active member of the Horror Writers Association, her stories have appeared online and in print. Her work has won prizes from “Whim’s Place Flash Fiction” and “Writer’s Digest,” and she has published two books, with 3 upcoming.

She’s reviewed films and books for the Quad City Times(Davenport, Iowa) for 12 years, taught for 36 years, founded 2 businesses, functioned as their CEO, and wrote humor columns, as well as conducting interviews for the (Moline, Illinois) Daily Dispatch, and three other newspapers.

Connie’s interviews with writers such as Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., William F. Nolan, David Morrell, Anne Perry, Joe Hill and John Irving have appeared in “SciFi Weekly,” “Reflection’s Edge,” “The Brutarian,” and a variety of other online and print magazines.

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