Books on Film

All of the Emperor’s Men: Kurosawa’s Pearl Harbor

All of the Emperor’s Men: Kurosawa’s Pearl Harbor

| September 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

There have been many occasion’s where a film director has been replaced on a project because it has spiraled out of control. From Richard Donner’s firing on Superman II to Anthony Mann’s Spartacus, which eventually was handed over Stanley Kubrick, there have been plenty of times in film history where filmmakers and producers have clashed […]

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An Askew View 2: The Films of Kevin Smith by John Kenneth Muir

An Askew View 2: The Films of Kevin Smith by John Kenneth Muir

| September 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

John Kenneth Muir had the right idea when he decided to update his previous book on Kevin Smith’s work called An Askew View.  While the first book covered Smith’s first five films, this sequel extends the coverage to include Smith’s second five films.  With the first edition salvaged as the first half of the book, […]

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Leonard Maltin’s 2013 Movie Guide

Leonard Maltin’s 2013 Movie Guide

| August 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

Leonard Maltin’s 2013 Movie Guide is a whimsical tale about a loveably quixotic old man who quests to see every movie ever made in all the land.  Also, there’s probably a dragon or something he has to slay… Seriously though, Leonard Maltin is an American institution.  He’s been putting out his movie guide every year […]

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Prometheus: The Art of the Film

Prometheus: The Art of the Film

| July 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Arguably the best part of Ridley Scott’s latest film Prometheus is its production design, and a great sampling of that particular aspect of the film can take its place on your coffee table or your book shelf right next to the reissued The Book of Alien, Alien: The Illustrated Story and Colonial Marines Technical Manual […]

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Now a Terrifying Motion Picture: Twenty-Five Classic Works of Horror Adapted from Book to Film by James F. Broderick

Now a Terrifying Motion Picture: Twenty-Five Classic Works of Horror Adapted from Book to Film by James F. Broderick

| July 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

If you’ve ever watched a classic adapted horror film and wondered about its source material, you’ll immediately grasp the concept behind James F. Broderick’s Now a Terrifying Motion Picture. Broderick chooses twenty-five horror/sci-fi classics that were based on literary sources and offers a profile on the source material as well as the film adaptation. This […]

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If You Like The Terminator…

If You Like The Terminator…

| June 29, 2012 | 2 Comments

In his new book If You Like The Terminator…, author Scott Von Doviak provides a fun and illuminating time-travel journey of sorts as he takes his readers through film, TV, literature, and comic book history in order to chart the relatives, past and present, of the Terminator franchise.  The book is broken up into multiple […]

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Hollywood Movie Stills

Hollywood Movie Stills

| June 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

Joel W. Finler’s book, Hollywood Movie Stills: Art and Technique in the Golden Age of the Studios, is something of a rarity in that it ably serves two completely disparate functions simultaneously, acting as both an academically useful historical study and an easily-perusable coffee table book. As a historical text, Finler offers a surprisingly thorough […]

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The FilmCraft Series: Directing

The FilmCraft Series: Directing

| June 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

The newest addition to the FilmCraft series library focuses squarely on what is perhaps the most challenging of cinematic roles: the director. However, despite the complexity of its subject matter, the esteemed Mike Goodridge is able to provide an indelible portrait of the nature of the profession through a diverse array of interviews and profiles of […]

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Star Trek FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the First Voyages of the Starship Enterprise

Star Trek FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the First Voyages of the Starship Enterprise

| June 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Mark Clark’s Star Trek FAQ is no episode guide. It does not provide you with blueprints and schematics of the Starship Enterprise or the equipment therein, and it certainly will not teach you to speak Klingon. It does, however, offer you something far more useful and culturally-relevant. Clark’s FAQ provides a chronicle of the original […]

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Music on Film Series: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Music on Film Series: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

| May 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

If you thought you knew everything about the phenomenon that is The Rocky Horror Picture Show, you’re probably wrong, and even if you’ve been performing with the film for the last thirty-seven years, there are probably at least a few new tidbits of information in Dave Thompson’s well-researched, breezily written book on the subject, part […]

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