Best Movie Guides & Reviews Books
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1. The Star Wars Archives. 1977–1983. 40th Ed.
Author: by Paul Duncan
Star Wars exploded onto our cinema screens in 1977, and the world has not been the same since. After watching depressing and cynical movies throughout the early 1970s, audiences enthusiastically embraced the positive energy of the Star Wars galaxy as they followed moisture farmer Luke Skywalker on his journey through a galaxy far, far away, meeting extraordinary characters like mysterious hermit Obi-Wan Kenobi, space pirates Han Solo and Chewbacca, loyal droids C-3PO and R2-D2, bold Princess Leia Organa and the horrific Darth Vader, servant of the dark, malevolent Emperor.
Writer, director, and producer George Lucas created the modern monomyth of our time, one that resonates with the child in us all. He formed Industrial Light & Magic to develop cutting-edge special effects technology, which he combined with innovative editing techniques and a heightened sense of sound to give audiences a unique sensory cinematic experience.
In this first volume, made with the full cooperation of Lucasfilm, Lucas narrates his own story, taking us through the making of the original trilogyEpisode IV A New Hope, Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, and Episode VI Return of the Jediand bringing fresh insights into the creation of a unique universe.
2. Bleeding Skull!: A 1990s Trash-Horror Odyssey
Author: by Annie Choi
Shapeshifting Hare Krishna demons who crash a BBQ, Mexican Freddy Kruegers, and two dinosaurs that dump body parts into a tiny swimming pool brought to you by the maniacs behind Bleeding Skull!: A 1980s Trash-Horror Odyssey and Destroy All Movies!!!
The Complete Guide to Punks on Film! A celebration of the most obscure, bizarre, and brain-busting movies ever made, this film guide features 250 in-depth reviews that have escaped the radar of people with taste and the tolerance of critics – Gorgasm!
I Was a Teenage Serial Killer!Satan Claus!Die Hard Dracula! Curated by the enthusiastic minds behind BleedingSkull. Com, this book gets deep into gutter-level, no-budget horror, from shot-on-VHS revelations (Eyes of the Werewolf) to forgotten outsider art hallucinations (Alien Beasts).
Jam-packed with rare photographs, advertisements, and VHS sleeves (most of which have never been seen before), Bleeding Skull is an edifying, laugh-out-loud guide to the dusty inventory of the greatest video store that never existed. Color illustrations.
3. Marvel's Black Widow: The Official Movie Special Book (Black Widow Official Movie Special)
Author: by Titan Comics
A guide to Marvel Studios’ Black Widow movie. Includes all-new interviews with the cast and talent behind the cameras! Experience the interviews with the stars and teams dedicated to bringing this brand new movie to life! Featuring interviews with the stars of the film: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz, this behind the scenes book includes stunning photos and imagery from Marvel Studios’ latest movie.
This title also includes interviews with the crew responsible for bringing Black Widow’s world of espionage to life along with an indepth look at the comic history of the iconic Marvel character.
4. This Was Hollywood: Forgotten Stars and Stories (Turner Classic Movies)
Author: by Carla Valderrama
In this one-of-a-kind Hollywood history, the creator of Instagram’s celebrated @ThisWasHollywood reveals the forgotten past of the film world in a dazzling visual package modeled on the classic fan magazines of yesteryear. From former screen legends who have faded into obscurity to new revelations about the biggest movie stars, Valderrama unearths the most fascinating little-known tales from the birth of Hollywood through its Golden Age.
The shocking fate of the world’s first movie star. Clark Gable’s secret love child. The film that nearly ended Paul Newman’s career. A former child star who, at ninety-three, reveals her #metoo story for the first time. Valderrama unfolds these stories, and many more, in a volume that is by turns riveting, maddening, hilarious, and shocking.
Drawing on new interviews, archival research, and an exhaustive library of photographs, This Was Hollywood is a compelling and visually stunning catalogue of the lost history of the movies.
5. The New York Times Book of Movies: The Essential 1,000 Films to See (UNIVERSE)
Author: by A.O. Scott
A collection of reviews for the 1,000 most important, popular, and influential movies of all time. While critiques of beloved Hollywood milestones from Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock, and Orson Welles are all included, this book is notably a resource for the modern cinema buff and student.
Nowhere else can one find this curated collection of reviews with such special features as lists of best films by category and year, as well as unique recommendations and sidebars for the modern viewer-including what to watch and how: from DVD and Blu-Ray to streaming platforms.
In an era when most students and fans of film simply rely on the Internet for information, this category killer will prove its worth as a relevant and indispensable gift and reference.
6. Back to the Future Revised and Expanded Edition: The Ultimate Visual History
Author: by Michael Klastorin
Foreword by Michael J. Fox Preface by Christopher LloydGreat Scott! Go Back to the Future with Doc Brown and Marty McFly and celebrate the film’s 35th anniversary with this visually stunning look at the creation of one of the most beloved movie trilogies of all time.
Few films have made an impact on popular culture like the Back to the Future trilogy. This revised and expanded edition with officially licensed content goes behind the scenes to tell the complete story of the making of these hugely popular movies and how the adventures of Marty McFly and Doc Brown became an international phenomenon.
Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History Revised and Expanded Edition is a stunning journey into the creation of this beloved time-traveling saga and features hundreds of never-before-seen images from all three movies, along with rare concept art, storyboards, and other visual treasures.
The revised and expanded 35th anniversary edition includes incredible new features such as:16 additional pages of new behind-the-scenes contentUSA Today front page insert from the original movieThe book also features exclusive interviews with key cast and crew membersincluding Michael J.
7. Star Wars: Complete Locations
Author: by DK
Packed with more than 50 intricate full-color cross-section artwork and 3-D maps, this visual guide will take you into the incredible worlds and locations in the Star Wars galaxy. From the towering skyscrapers of Coruscant to the terrifying technology of the Death Star, Star Wars: Complete Locations lets you see in astonishing detail the numerous worlds, bases, cities, landscapes, and battle sites from the Star Wars galaxy.
Discover the secrets of the Jedi Temple Complex and tour Maz’s Castle on Takodana. With brand-new cross-section artwork from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Complete Locations is the definitive collection that takes you inside the world of the Star Wars saga.
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8. The Filmmaker's Handbook, 2013 Edition
Author: by Steven Ascher
THIS IS ACTUALLY THE NEWEST 2019 EDITION (FIFTH) – the date above is wrong. The Filmmaker’s Handbook is the authoritative guide to producing, directing, shooting, editing, and distributing your video or film. Whether you aspire to be a great filmmaker or are looking for a gift, this comprehensive guide is the first step in turning a hobby into a career.
Widely acknowledged as the bible of video and film production, and used in courses around the world, The Filmmaker’s Handbook is now completely updated with the latest advances. For students and teachers, professionals and novices, this indispensable handbook covers all aspects of movie making.
Techniques for making dramatic features, documentaries, and short videos and films. Shooting with DSLRs, video, film, and digital cinema cameras. In-depth coverage of lenses, lighting, sound recording, editing, and mixing. Understanding HDR, RAW, Log, 4K, UHD, and other formats. Learning the business aspects of funding and producing your project.
9. The Movie Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained
Author: by DK
DK (January 5, 2016)
January 5, 2016
Stand by for hours of blissful immersion in the world of film – the world’s “seventh art”. The Movie Book is your detailed guide to 100 seismic films, from Intolerance (1916) to the groundbreaking Boyhood (2014). Part of the Big Ideas series, The Movie Book is your perfect companion and reference with infographics to explain swift-moving plots and complicated relationships.
It shows The Godfather’s complicated web of family and associates, for example, and gives minute-by-minute plot lines to iconic movies such as Taxi Driver or Blade Runner. One film can influence another and this indispensable and crystal clear guide explains what inspired Quentin Tarantino to use a glowing briefcase in Pulp Fiction, for example, or how Jaws triggered decades of summer action blockbusters.
Liberally sprinkled with gorgeous stills, pithy quotes, and trivia detail, The Movie Book brings you new insights into your favorites and introduces you to little-known masterpieces from around the world. Series Overview: Big Ideas Simply Explained series uses creative design and innovative graphics along with straightforward and engaging writing to make complex subjects easier to understand.
10. VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever 2021: The Complete Guide to Movies on VHS, DVD, and Hi-Def Formats
Author: by Gale Research Inc
Gale Research Inc
Containing the most extensive listing of movies available on home video and DVD – more than 29,000 in all – and a multitude of cross-referencing within its seven primary indexes and two guides, each new edition includes 1,000 new movies, expanded indexing, a fresh new introduction and more of the beloved categories.
11. Summer Movies: 30 Sun-Drenched Classics (Turner Classic Movies)
Author: by John Malahy
Turner Classic Movies presents a festival of sunshine classicsmovies that capture the spirit of the most carefree season of the yearcomplete with behind-the-scenes stories, reviews, vacation inspiration, and a trove of photos. Summer Movies is your guide to 30 sun-drenched classics thatthrough beach parties, road trips, outdoor sports, summer camp, or some intangible mood that brings the heatmanage to keep summer alive year-round.
Packed with production details, stories from the set, and more than 150 color and black-and-white photos, the book takes an in-depth look at films from the silent era to the present that reflect the full range of how summer has been depicted on screen, both by Hollywood and by international filmmakers.
Featured titles include Moon Over Miami (1941), State Fair (1945), Key Largo (1948), Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (1953), The Seven Year Itch (1955), The Parent Trap (1961), The Endless Summer (1964), Jaws (1975), Caddyshack (1980), Dirty Dancing (1987), Do the Right Thing (1989), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), Call Me by Your Name (2017), and many more.
12. Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
Author: by Adam Bray
Covering more than 2,500 characters, creatures, planets, vehicles, Droids, weapons, technology, and more from the Star Wars universe, this visual tour is the ultimate compendium for the epic saga and beyond. Take a stunning visual tour of Star Wars with DK’s comprehensive pictorial guide to the galaxy far, far away!
From lightsabers to beasts to food and clothing, Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia is a virtual museum in a book. Explore beautiful galleries with more than 2,500 images, and discover facts about Star Wars culture, science, and geography. With a full history of the galactic politics, the Jedi Council, and the Empire, Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia walks fans through the entire timeline of Star Wars.
See the blasters of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, look at the stormtroopers of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and study the geography of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Each section of the book focuses on different topics to dedicate special attention and detail to every part of the universe, no matter how small.
13. The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter (Turner Classic Movies)
Author: by Jeremy Arnold
Running Press Adult
Showcasing 52 Essential films from the silent era through the 1980s, Turner Classic Movies invites you into a world filled with stirring performances, dazzling musical numbers, and bold directorial visions that mark the greatest moments in film history. Since its inception on Turner Classic Movies in 2001, The Essentials has become the ultimate series for movie lovers to expand their knowledge of must-see cinema and discover or revisit landmark films that have had a lasting impact on audiences everywhere.
Based on the TCM series, The Essentials book showcases fifty-two must-see movies from the silent era through the early 1980s. Readers can enjoy one film per week, for a year of stellar viewing, or indulge in their own classic movie festival.
Some long-championed classics appear within these pages; other selections may surprise you. Each film is profiled with insightful notes on why it’s an Essential, a guide to must-see moments, and running commentary from TCM’s Robert Osborne and Essentials guest hosts past and present, including Sally Field, Drew Barrymore, Alec Baldwin, Rose McGowan, Carrie Fisher, Molly Haskell, Peter Bogdanovich, Sydney Pollack, and Rob Reiner.
14. The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook
Author: by Alan Lee
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Alan Lee, the Oscar-winning conceptual designer for the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, discusses his approach to depicting Tolkien’s imaginary world. The book presents more than 150 of Lee’s celebrated illustrations to show how his imagery for both the illustrated Lord of the Rings and the films progressed from concept to finished art.
In addition, the book contains 20 full-color plates and numerous examples of the conceptual art produced for Peter Jackson’s film adaptation. The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook provides a wealth of background information and will be of interest to those who know and love Tolkien’s work, from books to films to DVDs, as well as to budding artists and illustrators interested in how to approach book illustration.
15. Hollywood Black: The Stars, the Films, the Filmmakers (Turner Classic Movies)
Author: by Donald Bogle
Running Press Adult
The films, the stars, the filmmakers-all get their due in Hollywood Black, a sweeping overview of blacks in film from the silent era through Black Panther, with striking photos and an engrossing history by award-winning author Donald Bogle. The story opens in the silent film era, when white actors in blackface often played black characters, but also saw the rise of independent African American filmmakers, including the remarkable Oscar Micheaux.
It follows the changes in the film industry with the arrival of sound motion pictures and the Great Depression, when black performers such as Stepin Fetchit and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson began finding a place in Hollywood. More often than not, they were saddled with rigidly stereotyped roles, but some gifted performers, most notably Hattie McDaniel in Gone With the Wind (1939), were able to turn in significant performances.
In the coming decades, more black talents would light up the screen. Dorothy Dandridge became the first African American to earn a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Carmen Jones (1954), and Sidney Poitier broke ground in films like The Defiant Ones and1963’s Lilies of the Field.