Books on Film

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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Screenwriter’s Compass: Character as True North

Screenwriter’s Compass: Character as True North

| April 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

Reading Guy Gallo’s guide to screenplays, Screenwriter’s Compass: Character as True North, I felt I needed a map around the literary fat. Gallo goes on overlong tangents where he tries to debunk the theories of Aristotle, dramaturgy teachers, and books before him. A lot of what he says in these passages—although sound and somewhat tied […]

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Make Your Movie: What You Need to Know About the Business and Politics of Filmmaking

Make Your Movie: What You Need to Know About the Business and Politics of Filmmaking

| April 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

Barbara Freedman Doyle’s Make Your Movie: What You Need to Know About the Business and Politics of Filmmaking is essential reading for a film student or anyone that wishes to make films for a living. No matter what concentration you had in school or what particular field you wish to enter in the film business, […]

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The Cabin In The Woods – The Official Movie Novelization and The Official Visual Companion

The Cabin In The Woods – The Official Movie Novelization and The Official Visual Companion

| April 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Cabin In The Woods, the “official movie novelization,” is available now from Titan Books. I admit I have little interest in the film, even though I am a big Joss Whedon fan and a fan of horror. But something about this film did not pique my interest. I thought I would look inside the […]

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Film Noir: The Directors

Film Noir: The Directors

| April 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

While every film genre strikes a chord, Film Noir is one that can strike very distinct images in one’s mind. To those familiar with it, it calls upon images of dark alleys, shadows, sexy femme fatales that give the Film Noir genre its flair. Film Noir: The Directors is a compilation of essays, biographies and […]

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Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House (Expanded Edition)

Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House (Expanded Edition)

| January 25, 2012

I first came across Steve Stoliar’s Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House on a lonely day nearly six years ago. It had been gifted to me by a family member aware of my admiration for the bespectacled comic legend, and that familiar craving for a non-fiction book found its fix within these pages. Reading […]

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