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Solid Snake
06-25-12, 02:46 PM
kind of thought I should just start this now cuz well...Sorcerer has gotten me interested in finding out more about it. And a couple of books were brought up as well.

Ash had also given me a good list of books in the past but...what are your must have books on anything film related?

Just start naming them out. I'd like to get what could be, at least to myself, classified as definitive material to have in a film literature category. I just...really like learning.

inri222
06-25-12, 02:54 PM
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41BYuPk9hOL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41EX460919L._SL500_AA300_.jpg

bluetoast
06-25-12, 02:54 PM
William Goldman's 2 books about writing
Akira Kurosawa's "Something Like an Autobiography"
A subscription to American Cinematographer

There are a ton of others I have but I haven't read through them in detail...those above are pretty important to me personally though. Additionally from American Cinetographer, I go to the sites of all the advertisers, and from there get the manuals for the cameras, equipment all that. Good resources.

JumpCutz
06-25-12, 02:59 PM
A subscription to American Cinematographer


:thumbsup: Absolutely.

Solid Snake
06-25-12, 03:24 PM
William Goldman's 2 books about writing
Akira Kurosawa's "Something Like an Autobiography"
A subscription to American Cinematographer

There are a ton of others I have but I haven't read through them in detail...those above are pretty important to me personally though. Additionally from American Cinetographer, I go to the sites of all the advertisers, and from there get the manuals for the cameras, equipment all that. Good resources.

wait...are those free? Or do I pay for those?

Mabuse
06-25-12, 03:28 PM
The Hitchcock/Truffaut book is essential.

Walter Murch's book about editing is brilliant.

bluetoast
06-25-12, 03:29 PM
The manuals are all free. Right now I think I only have the Red One manual, but they have them for a lot, I'll try to get some links later. Also Kodak has a lot of good stuff, like articles on color theory, filming techniques, and articles on the science of it all.

Here's another cool thing (requires a quick registration), I skimmed through this (there are two parts):

http://www.oscars.org/science-technology/council/projects/digitaldilemma/

JackBurton
06-25-12, 04:23 PM
http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af161/jackslater4/The-Stanley-Kubrick-Archives-9783836508896.jpg

Decker
06-25-12, 04:35 PM
I second Hitchcock/Truffaut

I also like http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/518rj0P%2BNoL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg (http://www.amazon.com/Riders-Raging-Bulls-Sex-Drugs---Rock/dp/0684857081/ref=la_B000APL55E_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340659954&sr=1-1)

and

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51GyndxJ55L._SL500_AA300_.jpg
(http://www.amazon.com/Down-Dirty-Pictures-Sundance-Independent/dp/0684862581/ref=la_B000APL55E_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1340659954&sr=1-2)
And being a huge Warren Beatty fan, I found Star (http://www.amazon.com/Star-Warren-Beatty-Seduced-America/dp/B005FOIK5S/ref=la_B000APL55E_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1340659954&sr=1-3) fascinating, though it's pretty detailed and a little dry for the casual reader who isn't such a big Beatty fan. All three of those are done by the same author, Peter Biskind

Jules Winfield
06-25-12, 04:52 PM
I've always like Sidney Lumet's Making Movies. He goes through his filmography and shares some of the things he's learned throughout his career.

zekeburger1979
06-26-12, 12:20 AM
Pictures at a Revolution (http://www.amazon.com/Pictures-Revolution-Movies-Birth-Hollywood/dp/B002WTC8X4/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1340687727&sr=1-3&keywords=mark+harris)

The Devil's Candy: The Making of The Bonfire of Vanities (http://www.amazon.com/The-Devils-Candy-Anatomy-Hollywood/dp/0306811235/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1340687789&sr=1-1&keywords=devil%27s+candy)

Why So Blu?
06-26-12, 01:22 AM
Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon: Greatest Film Never Made book.


http://www.amazon.com/Stanley-Kubricks-Napoleon-Greatest-Movie/dp/3836523353/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1340691711&sr=1-1&keywords=stanley+kubrick+napoleon

Chadm
06-26-12, 02:42 AM
http://www.faber.co.uk/site-media/onix-images/thumbs/3583_jpg_280x450_q85.jpg

Ky-Fi
06-26-12, 07:04 AM
This is really great:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51N3ku2GczL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

...and this:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513zXoiv5zL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg

Hokeyboy
06-26-12, 07:10 AM
I've always like Sidney Lumet's Making Movies. He goes through his filmography and shares some of the things he's learned throughout his career.
:up:

Was coming in to say pretty much the same. One of my alltime favorite film books..

Michael Corvin
06-26-12, 07:43 AM
The "Art of..." books from Pixar & Disney are fantastic. As is the How to Train your Dragon one from Dreamworks.

"The Making of..." the Star Wars trilogy books by J.W. Rinzler are incredible.

I've always read that George Lucas' "Blockbusting" is supposed to be solid but I haven't gotten around to reading it yet.

ILM has had a few over the years that were spectacular as well.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/612BECTVD2L._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Philzilla
06-26-12, 07:44 AM
Fortune and Glory: A True Hollywood Comic Book Story by Brian Michael Bendis

bluetoast
06-26-12, 07:59 AM
Yeah, Blockbusting is pretty good, breaks down the budgets of a lot of movies and has a lot of cool info.

Donald Richie's The Films of Akira Kurosawa is great as well, has extensive essays on each of his movies.

TomOpus
06-26-12, 08:17 AM
Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner

DJariya
06-26-12, 08:23 AM
http://www.amazon.com/Great-Martial-Arts-Movies-Citadel/dp/0806520264/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1340716860&sr=1-4&keywords=ric+meyers

Great Martial Arts Movies: From Bruce Lee to Jackie Chan and More By Ric Meyers

If your a martial arts movie enthusiast, it's a good read. However, it's currently out of print.

chris_santucci
06-26-12, 08:31 AM
I second Hitchcock/Truffaut

I also like http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/518rj0P%2BNoL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg (http://www.amazon.com/Riders-Raging-Bulls-Sex-Drugs---Rock/dp/0684857081/ref=la_B000APL55E_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340659954&sr=1-1)

and

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51GyndxJ55L._SL500_AA300_.jpg
(http://www.amazon.com/Down-Dirty-Pictures-Sundance-Independent/dp/0684862581/ref=la_B000APL55E_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1340659954&sr=1-2)
And being a huge Warren Beatty fan, I found Star (http://www.amazon.com/Star-Warren-Beatty-Seduced-America/dp/B005FOIK5S/ref=la_B000APL55E_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1340659954&sr=1-3) fascinating, though it's pretty detailed and a little dry for the casual reader who isn't such a big Beatty fan. All three of those are done by the same author, Peter Biskind

Ditto on both!

chris_santucci
06-26-12, 08:40 AM
Final Cut http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&safe=active&sa=X&biw=792&bih=403&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=pgio361IgVMjzM:&imgrefurl=http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/542635.Final_Cut&docid=B3SZikeQxM8coM&imgurl=http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1328756283l/542635.jpg&w=317&h=475&ei=77rpT8SEJoaK8QTT0Z3lDQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=174&vpy=-7&dur=47&hovh=275&hovw=183&tx=99&ty=247&sig=109837851943539819393&page=1&tbnh=98&tbnw=65&start=0&ndsp=11&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0,i:78

http://www.amazon.com/Final-Cut-Making-Heavens-Artists/dp/1557043744/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340718125&sr=8-1&keywords=final+cut+ego


The Men Who Would Be King http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&safe=active&biw=792&bih=403&tbm=isch&tbnid=CyME7dKs4oU-5M:&imgrefurl=http://jimhillmedia.com/editor_in_chief1/b/jim_hill/archive/2010/05/12/the-men-who-would-be-king-recalls-the-bad-old-days-when-disney-dreamworks-pixar-used-to-battle.aspx&docid=jJZGvAnfhnVEgM&imgurl=http://www.jimhillmedia.com/mb/images/upload/mww-1-web.jpg&w=294&h=440&ei=nrvpT6DyL4uW8gSEt7n3DQ&zoom=1

http://www.amazon.com/The-Men-Who-Would-King/dp/B005OLAL5E/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1340718066&sr=8-2&keywords=men+who+would+be+king


Two interesting tales about the unraveling of United Artists and Dreamworks studios.

www.film-matters.net

Jaymole
06-26-12, 09:16 AM
One of my favorite writers is Danny Peary...he always finds something new and interesting to say about films. There are 4 books he has written that i constantly re-read over the years...

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_QwCt3eV28EA/TOojzC5f15I/AAAAAAAABOQ/vxTusnDajSE/s1600/51A7WyX4z1L._SS500_.jpg

This book is almost like a bible for me...I just wish he would update it one day as it is over 25 years old.


And his 3 books on Cult Films...again, I wish he would have added some more volumes as the last one was written in 1989:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/af/CultMoviesPeary.jpg/200px-CultMoviesPeary.jpghttp://covers.openlibrary.org/w/id/6452477-M.jpghttp://cd.pbsstatic.com/l/07/8107/9780671648107.jpg

mrhan
06-26-12, 09:39 AM
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61Qi6FbLJuL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51loOASp%2B6L._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Ky-Fi
06-26-12, 09:46 AM
This is a great one for Shaw Brothers movies:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/514mPbUAS4L._SL500_AA300_.jpg

...and some good ones on Japanese cinema:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51%2BUYxarX1L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51QgMfuk96L._SL500_AA300_.jpg

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51WN2YOpEYL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

story
06-26-12, 10:24 AM
The Art of Film and the History of Film by David Bordwell and Kristen Thompson are amazing and thorough.

Cabman Gray
06-26-12, 11:32 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v480/brovar/bookofdead.jpg

Norm de Plume
06-26-12, 01:38 PM
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_QwCt3eV28EA/TOojzC5f15I/AAAAAAAABOQ/vxTusnDajSE/s1600/51A7WyX4z1L._SS500_.jpg

:up:

Jules Winfield
06-26-12, 05:25 PM
:up:

Was coming in to say pretty much the same. One of my alltime favorite film books..

It is pretty great. Lumet doesn't get as much praise as other directors but he deserves it.

Tom Creo
06-26-12, 07:11 PM
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d138/scenters/th_sleazoid.jpg (http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d138/scenters/sleazoid.jpg) http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d138/scenters/th_GodzillaCompendiumPh.jpg (http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d138/scenters/GodzillaCompendiumPh.jpg) http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d138/scenters/th_393-1-Immoral_Tales_amp_Mondo_Macabro-original.jpg (http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d138/scenters/393-1-Immoral_Tales_amp_Mondo_Macabro-original.jpg)

Time Warrior
06-26-12, 11:32 PM
The best film books tend to be the biographies or autobiographies of directors. Here are a few of my favourites;


http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y206/huphan/EachMan.jpg

Quite possibly the best film autobiography ever, by one of the toughest men ever to stand behind a camera. Barely a word of truth in it but so entertaining that it doesn't matter. A genuine life-changer for me.


http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y206/huphan/Capra.jpg

A lot of film biographies are hagiography but this one tore Capra's reputation apart in immense detail. Perhaps a little unfair towards its subject but a great piece of sustained writing with a deep understanding of film.


http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y206/huphan/9780571164493.jpg

The subtitle is "A Revenge on Life" - a title as bitter and twisted as the subject matter of the book. A massive doorstop but a good one.


http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y206/huphan/5134XKsV6JL__SL500_AA300_.jpg


One of the first autobiographies by a film director and also truly illuminating. Early directors were essentially inventing the medium as well as the language of film and this book is a good illustration of how directors knew nothing but taught themselves everything. No film schools in those days.


http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y206/huphan/978-0-8166-4386-8-frontcover.jpg

Perhaps not the best written book but a bio of the most interesting director of his time cannot be dismissed.


http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y206/huphan/51RMQASQMML__SL500_AA300_.jpg


Like Raoul Walsh's book this is an exercise in mythmaking and as equally beyond criticism. Andre De Toth was a fascinating man who made gritty and interesting films.



http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y206/huphan/41sxiQ0TRlL__SL500_.jpg

Suffers a little by being translated into english from the original German. A worthy book though about an interesting figure in film history.

Chadm
06-27-12, 02:03 AM
I've noticed a lot of filmmakers from the 40's and 50's had eye patches. It was a harder time I guess.

Jaymole
06-27-12, 07:11 AM
I've noticed a lot of filmmakers from the 40's and 50's had eye patches. It was a harder time I guess.

I know the ones in the 50's did it as a protest against 3-D.

Decker
06-27-12, 10:08 AM
Of course that was back in the days when they used to make clapboards out of nitroglycerine, so that explains a lot.

chris_santucci
06-27-12, 10:13 AM
Oh, I forgot to include a personal favorite (and one for the MST3K fans--you know who you are) "A Year at the Movies" http://www.amazon.com/Year-Movies-Mans-Filmgoing-Odyssey/dp/B0006ZRMFA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1340809890&sr=1-1&keywords=kevin+murphy+movies Quite a funny read as Kevin Murphy watches at least one film a day for an entire year and travels to Sundance, Cannes, an igloo theater and smuggles an entire Thanksgiving feast for a screening of "Monster's Inc".

www.film-matters.net

Solid Snake
06-27-12, 11:29 AM
Of course that was back in the days when they used to make clapboards out of nitroglycerine, so that explains a lot.

i'd like to see a movie based around that...kind of like this one:

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/UMof5PuQF7w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Mabuse
06-27-12, 11:31 AM
I've noticed a lot of filmmakers from the 40's and 50's had eye patches. It was a harder time I guess.

I've read the theory that the type of lights that were used in the silent era led them to lose their sight. Ray and Walsh and Fritz Lang all started in the silent era and ended up with eye patches. I think John Ford did too. But truthfully I think it's just a coincidence.

Mabuse
06-27-12, 11:34 AM
I know the ones in the 50's did it as a protest against 3-D.

It's funny but Andre de Toth directed House of Wax in 3D and he was another "eye patcher".

Solid Snake
06-27-12, 11:53 AM
I've read the theory that the type of lights that were used in the silent era led them to loose their sight. Ray and Walsh and Fritz Lang all started in the silent era and ended up with eye patches. I think John Ford did too. But truthfully I think it's just a coincidence.

he did. THOUGH I think he only wore it sometimes. i could never tell what year certain interviews were cuz he did at times have the eye patch on him.

Solid Snake
06-27-12, 11:58 AM
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d138/scenters/th_sleazoid.jpg (http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d138/scenters/sleazoid.jpg) http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d138/scenters/th_GodzillaCompendiumPh.jpg (http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d138/scenters/GodzillaCompendiumPh.jpg) http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d138/scenters/th_393-1-Immoral_Tales_amp_Mondo_Macabro-original.jpg (http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d138/scenters/393-1-Immoral_Tales_amp_Mondo_Macabro-original.jpg)

That Godzilla book is entertaining but I remember finding mistakes here and there.

JumpCutz
06-27-12, 12:09 PM
i'd like to see a movie based around that...kind of like this one:

:thumbsup: :lol:

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/UMof5PuQF7w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Awseome trailer.... someone's on a Sorcerer bender. Hell yes!! :banana:

Solid Snake
06-27-12, 12:27 PM
Yes. Yes, I am. I want Universal and Paramount to stop dicking around. Get the rights figured out. Get Criterion on this film. And release it in it's OAR and in 1080p w/ some great features...and none of this bullshit w/ changing the color, Friedkin. Don't give me that shit, motherfucker.

I'd also like a detailed book on the making of this film..cuz it has a very interesting production where a lot of stuff happened.

JumpCutz
06-27-12, 12:33 PM
Could not agree more. It's at the top of my wish list for the CC special treatment. They need to step up and get this done. It's just begging for it.

Jaymole
06-27-12, 12:38 PM
Could not agree more. It's at the top of my wish list for the CC special treatment. They need to step up and get this done. It's just begging for it.

Yes, and keep Friedkin as far away as possible when doing the transfer

Solid Snake
06-27-12, 12:45 PM
This would be one of those films where I can survive not having the director involved w/ the transfer.

Yep. Along those lines...CC needs to get Mann's debut feature film, Thief, out. Dunno if that was just a heavy rumor or a real thing.

Solid Snake
06-27-12, 03:36 PM
The manuals are all free. Right now I think I only have the Red One manual, but they have them for a lot, I'll try to get some links later. Also Kodak has a lot of good stuff, like articles on color theory, filming techniques, and articles on the science of it all.

Here's another cool thing (requires a quick registration), I skimmed through this (there are two parts):

http://www.oscars.org/science-technology/council/projects/digitaldilemma/

you ever get those links btw? Cuz i'd love to some free manuals to study.

kefrank
06-27-12, 05:07 PM
The Art of Film and the History of Film by David Bordwell and Kristen Thompson are amazing and thorough.
I think you mean Film Art: An Introduction (http://www.amazon.com/Film-Art-Introduction-David-Bordwell/dp/0073386162/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340834556&sr=8-1&keywords=film+art) and Film History: An Introduction (http://www.amazon.com/Film-History-Introduction-Kristin-Thompson/dp/0073386138/ref=pd_sim_b_1). And yes, those are essentials.

The next edition of Film Art features online examples from films in the Criterion Collection (http://www.criterion.com/current/posts/2201-criterion-goes-to-film-school-finally).

JumpCutz
06-27-12, 05:14 PM
Yes, and keep Friedkin as far away as possible when doing the transfer

:lol:

I can't say I disagree with that sentiment.

bluetoast
06-27-12, 06:04 PM
you ever get those links btw? Cuz i'd love to some free manuals to study.

Yeah I'll put together a post here tomorrow with the links, as well as the Kodak stuff.

Cardiac161
06-27-12, 07:13 PM
I particularly loved these:

The Emperor and the Wolf (The Lives & Films of Akira Kurosawa & Toshiro Mifune) by Stuart Galbraith IV
The Godfather Family Album by Steve Shapiro (from Taschen)
Akira Kurosawa - Master of Cinema by Peter Cowie (from Rizzoli)

dhmac
06-27-12, 07:48 PM
Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner
http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/oo33/dhmacg/DVDTalk/Futurenoir.jpg

Yeah, that one is great! My only wish about it is for the author to put out a new edition to also cover the "The Final Cut" version.

Time Warrior
06-27-12, 10:01 PM
http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/oo33/dhmacg/DVDTalk/Futurenoir.jpg

Yeah, that one is great! My only wish about it is for the author to put out a new edition to also cover the "The Final Cut" version.

Oh yes. Completely forgot about this. Probably the best "Making Of" book of all time.

bluetoast
06-28-12, 10:47 AM
Okay here is the stuff for manuals and all the other online resources:

For Camera operation manuals:

Go under "Film and Video" and all the cameras have manuals.

https://www.schneideroptics.com/

All the Red operations guides:

https://www.red.com/downloads


Assorted Guides for lots of things:



A whole bunch of camera, display, projector brochures. Go to the products section, click on an individual item and go to the "downloads" section:

http://www.panasonic.com/business/provideo/AG-AF100-demo.asp?cm_mmc=PSCI-_-Vanities-_-Pro-Video-_-AF100.asp

More assorted brochures:

http://tiffen.com/tiffen_product_literature.html




Brocures for Lighting Equipment:


Brochures for lighting systems and stands:

http://lowel.com/instructions.html
Manuals for lighting systems:
http://kinoflo.com/

And if you're interested in very bright lights:

http://nila.com/




Interesting Stuff:


Technical documents related to the DI process (the rest of the site has some interesting things as well):

http://efilm.com/techdocs/


This lighting business has a section for students. (I'll highlight the ones that I like in a minute):

http://barger-lite.com/students.htm

This site is cool to just look at all the products for various professionals:

http://www.filmtools.com/



Resources section has a ton of info:

http://www.abelcine.com/store/home.php

A buch of stuff in Spanish:

http://www.congofilms.tv/alquiler/epic.html




Other assorted brochures:

Operations guides for editing systems (converters, etc):

http://www.aja.com/en/support/downloads/

Glidecam manuals (camera stabilizing equipment):

http://glidecam.com/support.php



This stuff down here is pretty awesome:

This is from the "Students" section from the link above. Pretty much every single link in this one is useful (also take a look at the publications tab):

http://motion.kodak.com/motion/Education/index.htm

And I think that about covers it. If you can also get the 2 PDFs in my earlier post those are cool too.

Just in case any of the Kodak stuff didn't cover this I will provide links below because these are cool:

Sensitometry:

Basics:
http://motion.kodak.com/motion/uploadedFiles/US_plugins_acrobat_en_motion_newsletters_filmEss_06_Characteristics_of_Film.pdf

Workbook:
http://motion.kodak.com/motion/uploadedFiles/US_plugins_acrobat_en_motion_education_sensitometry_workbook.pdf

Color Theory:
http://motion.kodak.com/motion/uploadedFiles/US_plugins_acrobat_en_motion_education_colorTheory.pdf

And going away from the technical side, here is a Final Draft user guide:

http://www.finaldraft.com/support/software/final-draft-8.php#manuals

And finally, if you want a free Blu-ray demonstrating the Tessive Time Filter, it is below. It's this device that aims to correct the weird backwards spinning motion that you see in 24 FPS, for like a car wheel or other similar things. I sent away for it and looked at the demos, but honestly I can't see the difference.

http://www.tessive.com/home/demo-footage

Okay, that should do it. Go nuts!

Solid Snake
06-28-12, 11:16 AM
Jesus H. Fuck...this will take a bit of time to grasp.

golden_rod
06-28-12, 12:52 PM
Cinematic Storytelling by Jennifer Van Sijll

Nicole Kidman by David Thomson (there are no words to describe how truly bizarre and addictive it is)

Somewhere in the Night by Nicholas Christopher (great book on noir)

Anything by Pauline Kael (also the new-ish biography on her by Brian Kellow)

dugan
07-07-12, 04:07 PM
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bluetoast
12-23-12, 08:06 PM
Pushing this up for more suggestions.

Solid Snake
02-16-13, 12:08 PM
alright. Over time SINCE I made this thread I've gotten some of those books mentioned and some suggested by Ash Ketchum (via pm).

These are ones I've gotten, some are out of print so I was lucky to find some at the recycled book store here in town. How I fucking love living in this mini Austin that Denton is.

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Ash Ketchum:
"The Phantom Empire: Movies in the Mind of the 20th Century," by Geoffrey O'Brien, is a great journey through the history of moviegoing, especially from the perspective of genres and local theaters.
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There are some that have been mentioned that I've already had before this thread as well:

Rebel Without a Crew (pretty much got this one after I saw Sin City and RR stamped himself as a filmmaker that I wanted to learn more about his methodology)
Making Movies by Sidney Lumet
On Directing Film by David Mamet
Something Like an Autobiography by Akira Kurosawa, which is really interesting and great while teasing as well. It ends where you don't want it to end but at the same time it doesn't hurt the book. The man was the master for sure.
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls
Hitchcock/Truffaut by Truffaut, HOLY FUCK. This book is almost too much. It's a masterpiece of information on the man. It's DEFINITIVE as fuck when it comes to Hitch. You'll find NOTHING as informative on the man as this. This is THE book for Hitch fans.
Cahiers du Cinema: The 1950s-Neo-Realism, Hollywood, New Wave is a collection of reviews/criticism from the people at CdC during that film journal's era. Great stuff.
Crime Movies: An Illustrated History by Carlos Clarens, rather detailed look at crime films and it's standing as a genre from the start up to 1979. Good book.
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Yeah, that one is great! My only wish about it is for the author to put out a new edition to also cover the "The Final Cut" version.

From what I've read on some reviews on Amazon...seems like The Final Cut was added onto this. I REALLY want to get this but also some reviews suggest that it's kind of a mess as well. Could some of you guys get further into the nitty gritty of the book itself for me? Is it sloppily written or what? Too fanboyish on the author's part possibly? etc. etc.

RagingBull80
02-16-13, 12:13 PM
From what I've read on some reviews on Amazon...seems like The Final Cut was added onto this. I REALLY want to get this but also some reviews suggest that it's kind of a mess as well. Could some of you guys get further into the nitty gritty of the book itself for me? Is it sloppily written or what? Too fanboyish on the author's part possibly? etc. etc.

Go ahead and grab it Snake. I just finished reading it and it's pretty great. Some of it is a little sloppy but it's not as bad as the Amazon reviews suggest.

It's pretty exhaustive and covers every aspect of making the flick. It goes into a ton of detail about the various versions and how they originated. This guy definitely knows his shit when it comes to Blade Runner.

If you love Blade Runner this book is a must-have.

Solid Snake
02-16-13, 12:27 PM
Alright. I'll get it.

RagingBull80
02-16-13, 12:36 PM
:thumbsup:

You won't regret it.

bluetoast
02-16-13, 04:41 PM
Thanks for the update. Will have to look at some (or all) of these books.

Giles
02-16-13, 04:57 PM
well the subject is so vast, here's some that are in my collection:

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story
02-17-13, 01:29 PM
While it's nice having the covers pictured, it may be a nice courtesy to also type out the titles and even a little bit about why they're recommended for both informational purposes and in case the image links don't work eventually.

Solid Snake
02-17-13, 03:35 PM
I do kind of agree w/ you on this one. I do want to know WHY this or that is recommended. Some of them are very obvious while others we might need more info on to decide on it.

For example, I've looked at that John Landis book before on Amazon but why is important? How detailed is it? Can it give me something I can't find somewhere else etc etc.

Giles
02-17-13, 11:02 PM
yeah, sorry I'm the culprit ... I'll reedit my post and give some explanations ... later ... :)

hanshotfirst1138
02-18-13, 09:44 PM
If you're into kaiju eiga, I'd recommend Steve Ryfle's Japan's Favorite Mon-Star: The Unauthorized Biography of "The Big G" and DVD Talk's own Stuart Galbriath IV's Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo: The Incredible World of Japanese Fantasy Films. Unfortunately, they're both out of print now and as obscenely expensive as Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters: Defending the Earth with Ultraman and Godzilla and The Outer Limits Companion. Seriously, it's ridiculous how much they cost.

Norm de Plume
02-19-13, 01:07 PM
I am a sucker for review guides and own about 150 of them, but a couple of film-theory books I like are "Planks of Reason", a fascinating collection of essays about the Horror genre, and "Hollywood from Vietnam to Reagan" by Robin Wood, a superb writer. Deceased now, he was a local professor, and he was retired when he gave a lecture in a film class I took over a decade ago. Interesting guy, but somewhat strange.

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My favourite review guides, in no particular order (spoilerized so they don't take up too much space):

Time Out Film Guide (annual). I don't know why this year's edition hasn't appeared:
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The Critics' Film Guide by Christopher Tookey. This book is just immensely enjoyable, probably more so than any other review book. The author took the unique approach of compiling ratings for hundreds of films from as many different review sources as he could find. For each film he averaged the score and converted it into a 1-10 scale. Next to that he put his own rating. He reviewed each film included, and below his review are review quotes from multiple sources, some "pro", some "mixed', some "anti".
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Bloomsbury Foreign Film Guide by Ronald Bergen and Robyn Karney. An indispensible guide to foreign films. I wish it would be updated:
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A Century of Canadian Cinema by Gerald Pratley. Effectively the only review guide for Canadian cinema that is worth a damn, this covers over 2000 films. The reviews aren't outstanding, but the book's expansiveness hasn't and won't come close to being matched:
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Guide for the Film Fanatic by Danny Peary. Compulsively readable and re-readable:
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The Aurum/Overlook Horror Encyclopedia by Phil Hardy. Probably the best review guide for Horror films.
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Terror on Tape by James O'Neill. Not as erudite as Aurum's book, but a fun, informative read.
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Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Again by John Stanley. A cheaply designed book, but it covers almost every Horror film ever made, with a few notable exceptions. More than 5,500 entries.
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Cinebooks's The Horror Film. No cover available. Culled from the massive Cinebooks volumes.

The Official Splatter Movie Guide, Vol. 1 and 2, by John McCarty. Fun reading.
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Ten Years of Terror: British Horror Films of the 1970s by Harvey Fenton and David Flint. A gorgeously designed, high-quality book with a well-written collection of reviews. Narrow subject matter, though.
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TLA Film, Video, and DVD Guide by David Bleiler.
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TV Guide Film & Video Companion. Selections from the Cinebooks volumes, which TV Guide now owns.
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Radio Times Guide to Films. Another huge, worthwhile review volume for film lovers.
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TV Times Film and Video Guide by David Quinlan.
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Elliot's Guide to Home Entertainment by John Elliot.
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5001 Nights at the Movies by Pauline Kael.
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Movies on TV and Videocassette by Steven Scheuer. Very similar to Maltin's annual, but I preferred Scheuer's guide because it contained more foreign films and TV films. Too bad he stopped producing it in '94.
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DVD & Video Guide by Mick Martin and Marsha Porter. Another huge annual. The long-time publisher unfortunately dumped it in '07.
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Blockbuster Guide to Movies and Videos. Despite the hated brand, I actually found this a good, quite exhaustive complement to the other main annuals. It has been out of circulation since '99.
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Asian Cult Cinema and Japanese Cinema: Essential Handbook by Thomas Weisser. I enjoy both of these.
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The Hong Kong Filmography, 1977-1997 by John Charles.
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Solid Snake
02-19-13, 01:59 PM
Went to the same recycled bookstore I frequent found a couple of books.

One was Spaghetti Westerns: Cowboys and Europeans from Karl May to Sergio Leone by Sir Christopher Frayling, which was suggested. This one is from 1998, there is a 2006 edition that just added an additional preface by Frayling. I LOVE Frayling. The man can talk about Leone all day and I'd still go nuts about the info he's got.

The other book was Notes by Eleanor Coppola. Essentially her notes on the whole production of Apocalypse Now. I was just browsing the same film book aisle and I saw ELEANOR Coppola instead of the usual FFC one would see. It's from 1979, got it for 5 bucks. This is probably a good companion piece to probably the greatest documentary on the production of a film, Eleanor Coppola's Hearts of Darkness. Looking at the cover I saw the palm trees that AN has in it. I knew exactly wtf the notes were on. Goddamn is that film such an interesting thing on the production alone. The production to me is more interesting than the film and I fucking LOVE the film. Great BD, you guys should pick up the one w/ the documentary. Great set.

Now if only I could get a dream book about Sorcerer or a damn fine feature length documentary on it. That film is an amazing directorial achievement and totally deserves to have it's production told w/ the finest of detail. On paper or on film.

filmerp
02-19-13, 02:18 PM
Phenomenal read on the personality and career of James Cameron. I tore through the book in one sitting.

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http://www.amazon.com/The-Futurist-Films-James-Cameron/dp/B005ZO8D00

Ash Ketchum
02-19-13, 02:38 PM
If you're into kaiju eiga, I'd recommend Steve Ryfle's Japan's Favorite Mon-Star: The Unauthorized Biography of "The Big G" and DVD Talk's own Stuart Galbriath IV's Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo: The Incredible World of Japanese Fantasy Films. Unfortunately, they're both out of print now and as obscenely expensive as Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters: Defending the Earth with Ultraman and Godzilla and The Outer Limits Companion. Seriously, it's ridiculous how much they cost.

I have three of the four you mention (minus The Outer Limits Companion) and I'm lucky I got them before they went out of print.

Solid Snake
02-19-13, 03:01 PM
Yeah...that Tsuburaya one cost $400+ from what I could find. Goddamn. How good was that book?

Ash Ketchum
02-19-13, 03:31 PM
Yeah...that Tsuburaya one cost $400+ from what I could find. Goddamn. How good was that book?

It's great if you want lots and lots of pictures, but the text is very erratic, with detailed plot synopses of things that never got made and little useful info about things that DID get made. It needed a shrewd editor.

moviefan2k4
02-20-13, 05:05 AM
I'd recommend all of Timothy Zahn's "Star Wars" books, especially those dealing with Grand Admiral Thrawn. James Luceno's "Labyrinth of Evil" and "The Rise of Darth Vader" are good bookends for Episode III, too.

Solid Snake
02-20-13, 10:33 AM
Sarcasm?

If not:
....no. I don't think you understood what this thread is about.

hanshotfirst1138
02-20-13, 12:07 PM
I have Galbriath and Ryfle's books, I'm not so lucky to own the others.

Solid Snake
02-20-13, 12:47 PM
Someone here mention a book about the making of King Kong, the original. All I remember is it was pretty fucking definitive w/ the material gathered for it. Anyone know which one it was? I think the book is OOP, sadly.

Solid Snake
04-09-13, 07:17 AM
About a month ago I bought The African Queen on BD. And from the documentary or possibly my own personal searching of it's filmmaking, it led me to a book by Hepburn.

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It's OOP from what I can see.

JCWBobC
04-25-13, 11:21 PM
I have the hardcover book The Making of King Kong: The Story Behind a Film Classic. Their are a quite a few copies on Amazon so it isn't hard to find. I have the 3 Cult Movie Danny Peary books mentioned as well as another called Cult Movie Stars.

Some other good movie reference books in my collection are:
Filmmaking on the Fringe
Cult Flicks & Trash Pics
The Horror Encyclopedia
Nightmare Theater
Splatter Movies
The Psychotronic Film Guide
Asian Cult Cinema
Hong Kong Babylon
Sex & Zen and a Bullet in the Head
The Fabulous Fantasy Films
Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein Script
Rock & Roll the Movies
Making of Citizen Kane

I have more but that all I remember off the top of my head.

Solid Snake
04-26-13, 04:07 AM
How many pages is it and which version do you have? I see one with an image of Kong, paperback from what i can see, and the other with an illustrated image of him fighting some kind of serpent. I'm assuming the latter is the image used for HC only?

JCWBobC
04-26-13, 07:34 AM
This is the one I have or had as I might have sold it.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Making-King-Kong-Classic/dp/B0010KHM2S/ref=sr_1_29?ie=UTF8&qid=1366979562&sr=8-29&keywords=making+of+king+kong

Last night their were a bunch of copies so it might have more than one selling page. Amazon is bad about having multiple selling pages for the same item.

godzilla rules
04-27-13, 11:41 AM
The new William Freidkin book is amazing. So many great stories about his movies with little personal backstory. I wish more actors, directors, etc would write a book like this.

FRwL
04-27-13, 12:30 PM
Something to do with Death-
Biography of Sergio Leone

Solid Snake
04-27-13, 12:54 PM
The new William Freidkin book is amazing. So many great stories about his movies with little personal backstory. I wish more actors, directors, etc would write a book like this.

For those of you interested, it is called The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir. I didn't know he released this book. I'm so game to read what he has to say.

When the hell do we get Sorcerer?! I'm still dreading to see what "recolored" meant from his tweet.

Jules Winfield
04-27-13, 01:22 PM
For those of you interested, it is called The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir. I didn't know he released this book. I'm so game to read what he has to say.

When the hell do we get Sorcerer?! I'm still dreading to see what "recolored" meant from his tweet.

Sounds fantastic. Gonna buy the shit out of that right now.

Neeb
04-27-13, 05:33 PM
One of my favorite writers is Danny Peary...he always finds something new and interesting to say about films. There are 4 books he has written that i constantly re-read over the years...

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This book is almost like a bible for me...I just wish he would update it one day as it is over 25 years old.


And his 3 books on Cult Films...again, I wish he would have added some more volumes as the last one was written in 1989:

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And I'd throw in ALTERNATE OSCARS. It only goes to 1991 (not a problem in 1993), but the essaies are very insightful and brief enough to enjoy in a quick sit. I wish Peary would do an updated version (and CULT MOVIES 4), but there's a lot to enjoy as is.

bluetoast
07-13-13, 01:11 PM
Considering checking out some Pauline Kael books but I guess it would make more sense to see the movies she writes about before reading the reviews.

Jon2
07-13-13, 06:00 PM
Someone here mention a book about the making of King Kong, the original. All I remember is it was pretty fucking definitive w/ the material gathered for it. Anyone know which one it was? I think the book is OOP, sadly.

Are you referring to the Making of King Kong by Orville Goldner and George Turner? Terrific book for an original Kong enthusiast. I have an early edition copy in large size paperback format. The book was originally written by just one of the two men. I think it was Goldner, but I don't recall. I don't have access to my library right now to check it out. A later edition was expanded and is co-authored.

Solid Snake
07-13-13, 06:29 PM
Are you referring to the Making of King Kong by Orville Goldner and George Turner? Terrific book for an original Kong enthusiast. I have an early edition copy in large size paperback format. The book was originally written by just one of the two men. I think it was Goldner, but I don't recall. I don't have access to my library right now to check it out. A later edition was expanded and is co-authored.

I was.

I love seeing this thread of mine get a bump. Always fun to see what other books people bring up.

Paul_SD
07-13-13, 09:07 PM
Didn't see anyone mention this one yet

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Great book that uses the context of the 1968 AA Best Picture nominees to explore the birth of the new Hollywood (auteurs, more adult subject matter, rising stars, etc) and the death of the old Hollywood (bloated big budget studio driven films with established stars).
These five films cover the full spectrum in every possible way.
Picked this up cheap last year and found it absolutely fascinating, despite only being interested in one of the five films.
And in light of Lucas and Spielberg's recent prognostication on the impending implosion- it gains even more relevance. It really does feel like we are in a similar point in time where the established MO's aren't going to keep cutting it much longer.

BTW, I've owned that Making Of Kong book since I was 10 years old. It was a gold mine of rare, never before seen photos from the film when every other book you would find used the same couple dozen oft seen publicity stills over and over. In those long ago pre VCR days, this kind of book was manna from heaven.

N2DVD
07-13-13, 10:47 PM
Ray Harryhausen: an Animated Life.
Film Fantasy Scrapbook

Decker
11-03-13, 02:10 PM
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Well, it's not exactly a movie-making book (at least in the traditional sense), but I'm having a blast reading Raiders!, which is a fun non-fiction book about two boys in Missippi who decide at ages 10 and 11 to remake Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1982. These two amazing young men then set out to actually recreate the film themselves : every shot, every stunt, every set, every special effect. Despite having no experience with film-making and no money. It took them seven years. What a cool story and what a tribute to the ingenuity of youth and our universal love of cinema. It's a wel-written and entertaining book. I first heard about it recently when the producer of Napoleon Dynamite optioned the film rights. While I think it could make for an entertaining coming-of-age movie, it would require the full cooperation of both Spielberg and Lucas to make a movie of this book and I just don't see that fat slug Lucas being on board with the project so I seriously doubt a film version ever gets made.

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Mike86
11-03-13, 02:28 PM
It's not the most in depth book or anything but You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story is a pretty cool coffee table book that serves as a nice companion piece to the documentary of the same name from 2008.

JumpCutz
11-03-13, 02:54 PM
This is a great read for anyone who is a big fan of the original film. Written by leatherface himself.

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Solid Snake
11-03-13, 03:26 PM
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I love GDT a lot. It is JAMMMED with as much materal as one could want out of those damn journals he has. I got this this past Tuesday and I love it. Even a small section on his Bleak House, his orgasmic nerd house of imagination. Talks about all his works, history of influences, Even a small bit on his At The Mountains of Madness. Oddly enough there is NOTHING about The Hobbit. I wonder if that's a whole publishing issue thing or whatever. Either way it's 262 pages of imagination essentially. Most of it is more for Pan's Labyrinth and the Hellboy films cuz it seems like he went crazy on designing on those. Not to say the others aren't in this but it seems he just went heavy into those for his journals. Pacific Rim isn't too much in this but I'd say that's more cuz there is also a cool book on that film's designs.

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It's a book on the production and designs for the film. Which is pretty damn cool. 156 pages of awesome.

Boths book are pretty big, which is nice.

Yes. I love GDT. Now if only I could get his book on Hitchcock at much cheaper price. Damn thing is out of print. It would be interesting to read about Hitchcock in Spanish.

Why So Blu?
11-03-13, 03:54 PM
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I love GDT a lot. It is JAMMMED with as much materal as one could want out of those damn journals he has. I got this this past Tuesday and I love it. Even a small section on his Bleak House, his orgasmic nerd house of imagination. Talks about all his works, history of influences, Even a small bit on his At The Mountains of Madness. Oddly enough there is NOTHING about The Hobbit. I wonder if that's a whole publishing issue thing or whatever. Either way it's 262 pages of imagination essentially. Most of it is more for Pan's Labyrinth and the Hellboy films cuz it seems like he went crazy on designing on those. Not to say the others aren't in this but it seems he just went heavy into those for his journals. Pacific Rim isn't too much in this but I'd say that's more cuz there is also a cool book on that film's designs.

http://ii.wbshop.com/fcgi-bin/iipsrv.fcgi?FIF=/images/warnerbros//source/warnerbros/priefilmbk.tif&wid=370&cvt=jpeg

It's a book on the production and designs for the film. Which is pretty damn cool. 156 pages of awesome.

Boths book are pretty big, which is nice.

Yes. I love GDT. Now if only I could get his book on Hitchcock at much cheaper price. Damn thing is out of print. It would be interesting to read about Hitchcock in Spanish.

Yep, that del Toro book is stellar. They show you more of the Bleak House than what was in Cronos, too.

I've got that Pacific Rim book on my wishlist.

Solid Snake
11-03-13, 04:10 PM
Yeah. That Bleak House is just amazing. I wonder if he finally got in that water in there. Damn. I'd love a tour of that place.

Why So Blu?
11-03-13, 04:13 PM
Yeah. That Bleak House is just amazing. I wonder if he finally got in that water in there. Damn. I'd love a tour of that place.

There's a picture of the rain room but I don't think he installed a sprinkler device like I had originally imagined. I think he installed a sound system that plays rain falling in a loop. I noticed he had satellite speakers in the room.

I also like how he had a custom H.P. Lovecraft life size statue of him guarding the "horror room."

Brack
11-03-13, 04:20 PM
http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1172877413l/227474.jpg

;)

Jaymole
08-20-14, 07:54 AM
Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide is ending publication after 45 years.

I have not bought or read it in years, but back when I was kid, it was my go to guide for films.

Ash Ketchum
08-20-14, 08:44 AM
Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide is ending publication after 45 years.

I have not bought or read it in years, but back when I was kid, it was my go to guide for films.

I buy it every year except I think I missed last year--is that why they're ending publication? Because I missed one lousy year?!
I've been getting annual copies regularly for almost the entire 45 year run. I think my first copy was the 1969 edition. I generally used to give them away at the end of the year when the new one came out, but then I realized that the older editions list more TV movies and old movies than the newer ones do, so I scrambled to find what few older copies I had left buried around the house and I keep those handy--just in case.

I find this guide very helpful when I don't want to turn on the computer to look up on IMDB the year of release, running time or director or cast member.

Norm de Plume
08-20-14, 04:21 PM
Shit! His is one of the last annuals still around. First Scheuer's annual in the early '90s, then DVD Movie Guide a decade ago, then Time Out, and now Maltin. Terrible news.

Jory
08-20-14, 04:22 PM
I've limited this post to books I actually own, because I have too goddamned many to bother with listing ones that I've heard are good but haven't actually picked up.

I've posted more in-depth reviews for some of these on Amazon, and I've included links to those after the titles where relevant.


Sherlock Holmes On Screen: The Complete Film and TV History by Alan Barnes (My Amazon Review (http://www.amazon.com/review/R15LFYMQ4DAJI/))
Starring Sherlock Holmes: A Century of the Master Detective on Screen by David Stuart Davies (My Amazon Review (http://www.amazon.com/review/RN2ZJZCPZ50NH/))

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Only one of these I would consider "must-have," and that's the first. It's the most recently updated of the two and has better writing. (It's much less expensive, too.) The second is physically better but the writing rubbed me the wrong way. See reviews linked above for more on that.


Hollywood Gothic: The Tangled Web of Dracula from Novel to Stage to Screen by David J. Skal (My Amazon Review (http://www.amazon.com/review/RS5ZR5GEGSBC1/))

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The one and only book you need regarding Dracula on film, as long as you only care about Bram Stoker's novel, the early stage adaptations, Nosferatu, and the Bela Lugosi film. Dracula film history from 1931 to the present is blown through pretty quickly. Still, excellent book overall.


Future Imperfect: Philip K. Dick at the Movies by Jason P. Vest (My Amazon Review (http://www.amazon.com/review/R157ZTZF00KZC5/))
Counterfeit Worlds: Philip K. Dick on Film by Brian J. Robb (My Amazon Review (http://www.amazon.com/review/R1X3EWEH3MKOP3/))

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These two were published around the same time, but there isn't much overlap. The first book is more of a critical analysis of the films while the second is focused more on production history. I love them both and would recommend them to anyone interested in Blade Runner, Total Recall, Screamers, Minority Report, Impostor, Paycheck, etc.


Lurker in the Lobby: A Guide to the Cinema of H. P. Lovecraft by Andrew Migliore and John Strysik (My Amazon Review (http://www.amazon.com/review/R3OA68QJT7526C/))

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The writing is a bit amateurish in this one, but for the most part it's solid. It not only focuses on official Lovecraft adaptations like The Haunted Palace, The Dunwich Horror, and Re-Animator, but also films that were directly inspired by him but not officially based on him, like Alien, The Thing, and In the Mouth of Madness. The second half of the book is all interviews with the filmmakers involved with the movies, like Roger Corman, John Carpenter, Stuart Gordon, and Jeffrey Combs.


The Complete Mission: Impossible Dossier by Patrick J. White

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This thing is the size of a phone book, and I read every page. Every episode (171 total) gets a plot summary and review (both critical and production-wise) and the history of the show is covered in chapters before and after each of the seven seasons. My only gripe is that the 1988 series is skimmed over and dismissed in a couple of pages, but otherwise it's stellar.


The Hammer Story: The Authorized History of Hammer Films by Marcus Hearn and Alan Barnes

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Not as complete as I'd like it to be, but it's pretty damn nice for what it does cover.


King Kong: The History of a Movie Icon from Fay Wray to Peter Jackson by Ray Morton

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Brand new copies of this can be found dirt cheap. I grabbed it for $10 in a brick and mortar store, but I see it going for less than $5 online. Luckily it was published too soon for there to be any significant amount of space wasted on Peter Jackson's awful remake; it's skimmed over in a few pages at the back. It mostly focuses on the 1933 and 1976 versions, Son of Kong, and King Kong vs. Godzilla, with some space also devoted to stuff like King Kong Escapes and the cartoon TV shows. Very well-done.


A Year at the Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odyssey by Kevin Murphy

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This is one of my favorites. Tom Servo decides to watch at least one movie every day for a year. Anyone expecting individual movie reviews will be disappointed, since it's more about the experience than individual films, although he does tear into crap like Town & Country. He watches films in the biggest theatres in the world, the smallest, and a theatre made completely of ice. My favorite part is when he sneaks an entire Thanksgiving dinner into a movie. Anyone with even a passing interest in Mystery Science Theater 3000 should have this.


Alien Vault: The Definitive Story of the Making of the Film by Ian Nathan
Terminator Vault: The Complete Story Behind the Making of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day by Ian Nathan

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These two are awesome. The books come out of a giant thick cardboard slipcase and are filled with production history, interviews, and photos relevant to Alien, Aliens, The Terminator, and Terminator 2. Other stuff is briefly covered (Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, Alien vs. Predator, Terminator 3, Terminator Salvation), but it mostly sticks with the stuff that matters. (My only gripe is that Terminator Vault doesn't cover The Sarah Connor Chronicles, a much more worthy follow-up to the first two films than the last two, in any real length.) They also come with pull-out posters and maps and little stuff like that. They sell for about $25 each and are worth every penny.


Star Trek: The Original Series 365 by Paula Block, Terry Erdmann

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I guess you could call this a Calendar Book: you've got 365 small chapters filled with photos and production history on the show, so that you can read it little by little, a chapter a day for a year. There's also a Next Generation version if you're into that, but I'm not, so I haven't bought that one. Nice to have sitting out on a living room table.


Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters by William M. Tsutsui

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This one isn't a "film book" per se; it's more of a personal memoir of the author's history with the Godzilla films and what they meant to him. I blew through it in three days, which is lightning fast for me.


The Three Stooges Scrapbook by Jeff Lenburg, Joan Howard Maurer, Greg Lenburg

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Awesome history of the Stooges told by those who were there. I also have Moe Howard's I Stooged to Conquer: The Autobiography of the Leader of the Three Stooges, but I enjoyed this one more.


Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror by Michael Mallory
Universal Horrors: The Studio's Classic Films, 1931-1946 by Tom Weaver, Michael Brunas, John Brunas

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I have to admit I haven't read a single page of either of these, although I've had them sitting on a shelf for quite a while. I mention them here because they both came highly recommended to me, and I can at least say that they're both physically nice books, particularly the first. I'm assuming that at least one of them is the definitive look at the Universal Horror films, but like I said, I can't personally comment on the matter.


And I think I'll end this ridiculously long post here. I've got at least half a dozen other film-related books on my shelves, but they either aren't good enough for a full recommendation or they cover fictional characters in more mediums than just film (Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration, Frankenstein: A Cultural History). The above recommendations should be enough to keep anyone busy for a very long time.

Solid Snake
08-20-14, 05:42 PM
Dude. I have been trying to guess which one is more definitive for me to buy out those two horror ones. They look nice.

Jory
10-09-14, 10:13 PM
A few more to add:


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I wasn't expecting this one to be much more than a big coffee table book collection of concept art, but there's actually quite a bit of text that covers the production of the film from start to finish. It also comes with a reproduction poster in a little pouch in the back. My only real complaint is that there's a big centerfold in the middle that feels gimmicky and the photos on them should have been on regular pages. Other than that, I love it.


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Chris Marker's 1962 short film La Jetée, probably best known these days as the basis for 12 Monkeys, is basically a slideshow of still photos overlaid with narration. This is basically just the movie in book form: every still picture with the narration as text (in both English and French) at the bottom. Arguably the better version of the story, but I still own the Blu-ray of the movie. I love both.


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Brand new copies of this typically go for less than $10 online. I picked it up not expecting much, but it won me over when I opened it and saw a picture of Tom Cruise sitting on top of the Burj Khalifa, barefoot and without a harness, smiling at the helicopter that's photographing him. None of the other pictures in the photo diary are quite that impressive, but it was still worth every penny.

dhmac
10-11-14, 10:26 AM
And I'd throw in ALTERNATE OSCARS. It only goes to 1991 (not a problem in 1993), but the essaies are very insightful and brief enough to enjoy in a quick sit. I wish Peary would do an updated version (and CULT MOVIES 4), but there's a lot to enjoy as is.
This webpage ( LINK (http://filmfanatic.org/reviews/wp-static/AlternateOscars.html) ) lists Danny Peary's picks for his alternate Oscars for anyone curious. (Note that the link only lists his picks and runner-ups, but is missing his write-ups on why he picked each one.)