Todd Berliner's Hollywood Incoherent is that rarest of books in the otherwise compromised field of film studies: rather than indulge in superficial talk about dated clothing or hair styles, and tired debates about rock versus disco, it actually deals with what many consider to be Hollwood's second golden age. Moreover, rather than overwhelm the reader with incomprehensible theory, it is a book on film that any film lover can understand, and it respects the audiences' intelligences. Berliner's approach has been called "cognitive neo-formalism", but don't let that scare you away. Beneath the term, taken, I believe, from Bordwell and Thompson, is a rich way of understanding how any work of art functions, and certainly has a wider application than either the 1970s or the movies. This book is a must in any cinema library and reveals the 1970s to be about a lot more than disco, bell bottoms and pet rocks. This is a book, above all, on style and how style affects the way we feel about the movies in the real world, and how style achieves its effects.