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41. A Paper Life
by Tatum O'Neal
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At age ten, Tatum O'Neal became the youngest Oscar winner in history for her performance in the film classic Paper Moon. She was hailed as a new kind of child star -- sassy and precocious -- for a hip, cynical age. As the sidekick to her father, the flamboyant star and man-about-town Ryan O'Neal, she became a fixture at the most glamorous Hollywood parties and counted celebrities ranging from Cher to Stanley Kubrick among her childhood friends.

But behind the glittering facade of Tatum's life lay heartbreak: abandonment, abuse, and neglect. Her alcoholic mother, the actress Joanna Moore, drifted in and out of her life. Her father, saddled with both Tatum and her brother Griffin, grew increasingly punishing and distant, especially after moving in with his longtime love, Farrah Fawcett. By her late teens, Tatum -- though a working actress with ten movies to her credit -- had begun a perilous slide into self-destruction.

Then, just before her twenty-first birthday, Tatum met the man who would become her husband: the explosive tennis great John McEnroe. They had three children, Kevin, Sean, and Emily, in quick succession, followed by one of the messiest high-profile divorces on record. With the collapse of her marriage and no real family to turn to, Tatum succumbed to the demons of her past, which would nearly kill her.

Now she has emerged clean and sober, rediscovering herself as an actress, mother, and wonderfully vibrant woman in what she considers the prime of her life.

A Paper Life is a story of strength and courage: unflinchingly honest, yet poignant, often funny, and unfailingly uplifting. It is a tale of triumph steeped in Hollywood lore -- and an inspiring testament to the healing power of love.

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42. Finding Serenity : Anti-Heroes, Lost Shepherds and Space Hookers in Joss Whedon's Firefly (Smart Pop series)
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
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In this eclectic anthology of essays, former cast member Jewel Staite, "Kaylee," philosopher Lyle Zynda, sex therapist Joy Davidson, and noted science fiction and fantasy authors Mercedes Lackey, David Gerrold, and Lawrence Watt-Evans contribute to a clever and insightful analysis of the short-lived cult hit Firefly. From What went wrong with the pilot? to What's right about Reavers? and how the correspondence between the show's creator Joss Whedon and the network executives might have actually played out, the writers interrogate the show's complexity and speculate about what might have been if the show Firefly had not been cancelled.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A great addition to Firefly
I love Firefly and so I greatly enjoyed reading this book. Although there were a couple of essays I didn't really care for (what was the purpose of the one comparing Firefly to The Tick?), I liked seeing FIrefly from so many different points of view. One of my favorite essays was about how the music adds to the show. It makes me want to watch it all again right now so I can hear the music for myself. I also loved the essays about the relationship between Wash and Zoe and also about how freedom is used on the show and what it means for each character. I can't wait for the movie!

5-0 out of 5 stars Review from SFSite.com
For a brief period of time at the end of 2002, Joss Whedon, the man responsible for "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer," had a science fiction series on FOX television called "Firefly."Only eleven episodes aired before the show was unceremoniously cancelled, but the show lived on for its fans when all eleven episodes, plus three unaired shows, were released as a box set.In this way, the show kept its original fans and gained many more.The boxed set sold so well that Universal Studios acquired the rights to make a film based on "Firefly."

Jane Espenson, the "Firefly" writer who announced news of the film in 2003, has now edited Finding Serenity, a collection of essays about the television show, its universe, and characters.These essays run the gamut from larks, such as Glenn Yeffeth's attack on the FOX executives who cancelled the show to Keith R.A. DeCandido's well reasoned explanation for why the pilot-as-aired did not manage to attract an audience, to Lyle Zynda's complex look at the existential philosophy found in the series.

Many of the essays tend to focus on the same topics, although from different points of view.One of those topics is the strength and abilities of the women of the cast and crew.However, even as Tanya Huff describes the abilities of the second-in-command, Zoe Warren, or Robert Taylor lauds the women as the stronger portion of the crew, Nancy Holder sees them as weak and stereotypical.

One of the strengths of "Firefly" is that in just over a dozen shows (including the un-aired episodes), Whedon was able to create enough hooks and mysteries that the twenty authors represented in Finding Serenity are able to tackle a wide variety of topics, from the aforementioned question of the strength of characters to the existence of the Reavers, a bogeyman who the crew of the spaceship Serenity meet up with.Nevertheless, there are numerous other questions which are only touched upon in the essays, such as the mysterious history of Shepherd Book (played by Ron Glass) or the agenda of the equally mysterious Blue Sun corporation.

Several articles compare "Firefly" to other television shows, most notably Star Trek and its sequels, but also Don DeBrandt's comparison to the cult show "The Tick."These articles rely, to some extent on familiarity with not only "Firefly" but also the other show."Mirror/Mirror:A Parody" requires the reader to have some idea about the characters and situations of "Enterprise," as well as share Roxanne Longstreet Conrad's opinions of the two shows.

One of the high points of the anthology is the inclusion of an article by Jewel Staite, who portrayed the Serenity's mechanic Kaywinnet Lee Frye.Staite's essay looks at her five favorite moments from each of the episodes of "Firefly" and provides an adjunct actor's commentary to the various commentaries available on the DVD sets.It also serves to demonstrate that the actors, or at least one of them, is as big a fan of the show as the people who watched it.

While the essays in Finding Serenity can't provide a replacement for new episodes of the series or the upcoming film (scheduled for release in September, 2005), the book can help fans of the series scratch the itch to discuss the show and perhaps get a little more feeling for the various characters, secrets and subtexts, or at least the ideas of other fans of the show.

3-0 out of 5 stars Oh man oh man does my head hurt
Having never fallen in love with a TV show until I met Firefly, I bought this book hoping it would help me understand why I like the show so well.Unfortunately, the book hasn't helped much. I thought I liked the show in part because of the importance it placed on the value of freedom.However,the essay "Freedom and the Illusion of Freedom in Joss Whedon's Firefly" discussed how the characters aren't really free at all. I've watched my favorite episode, "Objects in Space," several times, sensing that there's many layers of meaning there, if only I could find them.There's a whole essay on "Objects in Space," but the arcane references to existentialism and post-modern subjective truth go right over my head.There's also about half a dozen long fairly academic essays about the mighty power of The Women of Firefly which don't really float my boat.What's missing are pieces that address the ship "Serenity" as a character, the interesting fusion of science fiction and the western genres, and even the basic question of why Firefly resonates with so many people.

What I like best are the less academic pieces.There's a funny essay that contrasts the three dimensional richness of Firefly to the dull flatness of the recent incarnations of Star Trek. There's a nice piece by Keith DeCandido in which he convinced me that the original Serenity pilot should have been limited to an hour because it truly is a little slow in parts.Best of all is Jewel Staite's piece combining her perspectives as an actress and a fan of the show to show us her favorite moments of each episode.

Also, the book cover and the title make it look as if it's some sort of new age self help book on how to use crystals to achieving holistic healing.This book is possibly worth a look if you're a big fan of the show.You can always skip the parts that make your head hurt.

4-0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile addition to my Whedonverse Collection
As with any collection of essays, it varies with the author.I have not finished the book but am 2/3 through.I have found interesting insights, giggled, and just shared the love.I love that some of my fav scifi authors are just as big fan as I am.Even the few criticisms are tempered with love.If you like this type of book, definitely buy it. ... Read more


43. Producing Great Sound for Digital Video
by Jay Rose
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Make your video project sound as good as it looks with this complete audio training course. You get hundreds of professional, real-world techniques that you can employ from pre-production through the final mix. This is a solution-oriented guide with FAQs, how-tos, tips, and time savers. The audio CD features platform-independent diagnostics, demonstrations, and tutorial tracks that you can use to hone your skills.

You get a primer on how sound and digital audio work as well as technical setups, guidelines, and real solutions for: · budgeting, scheduling, and pre-production planning · microphones and room acoustics · recording dialog, voice-overs, ADR, and effects · postproduction hardware · levels and digitizing · working with music and sound effects · producing the final mix

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have book for audio production.
Jay Rose has put together an excellent resource for anyone working with audio, espcecially for those who are working with video or editing. Great audio is extremely important for the success of any production and can do more to set your work apart from the crowd, more so than video technique or any special effects. With that being said, audio is a tricky science unto itself (a technical and touchy science it seems to me, at least). This book will help, it is a terrific reference for those who are accomplished with audio production as well as an invaluable tool for those who may be skilled in other areas of video production, but may be new to audio production. This book explains all the terms and jargon, expains sound theory and digital audio theory, answers questions about common problems (the ones all of us have encountered on shoots), how to avoid them on future shoots and provides specific technical assistance with cleaning up bad audio, fixing problems, selecting and setting up mics, planning, getting good sound from the start, editing and sweetening audio on the computer, mixing, effects, etc... Lots of tips, techniques, finishing touches and other good stuff. You will gain a better understanding of all aspects of audio. This is a complete course! Better than the college course I took 20 years ago. You will learn a lot here and it will show in your work. This is a great book from an experienced working professional. You won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jay Rose delivers
I am convinced that audio is the biggest diference between professional productions and home video. People will "watch" anything, but if the audio is bad the whole project is bad. Jay Rose makes it clear how to get the best sound tracks you can get on video and how to make them better in post production. This book covers everything needed, and the CD is actually filled with useful sound clips. In just a few days I learned what I was doing wrong and how my projects could be much better. I found the book very well written as well. If you produce digital vidio, this book is a must.

5-0 out of 5 stars a gem
Jay Rose is an excellent audio engineer and in this book shares knowledge that can only come from years of professional experience. He delivers information on a very difficult topic in an easily accessible manner.

This book is a great resource. As an engineer with years of experience, I can honestly recommend this book to beginners and pros as well. There's a wealth of practical information. I reviewed this book for creative cow (production website) and gave it five stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book in the biz
If you are interested in using audio for anything from location sound to post, this book is a must read. Even if think you know enough already, Jay will teach some fun tricks, time savers, and just plain great techniques for gathering and editing sound.

Sound gathering is far from simple but Jay lays it all out for you in an easy to refer to manual.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not for MiniDV Camcorders
A disappointment. It is well written, very introductory, and not at all geared to those of us trying to get the best digital sound out of our MiniDV camcorders, which is what I was hoping for. My problems include mic questions, in-line mixers, return loops for headphone monitoring, in brief: how to bypass the internal preamps in the camera to get the best sound out of a MiniDV camcorder. I need practical examples. This is not in this book. I am not sending it back, but it goes on the shelf with the other not-enough-hands-on-examples books. ... Read more


44. The Great Movies II
by ROGER EBERT
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Catlog: Book (2005-02-01)
Publisher: Broadway
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4-0 out of 5 stars Publisher Weak(ly) Review
Roger Ebert isn't the only one to be accused of snarkiness.Attack the man, but judge the work by itself, Publishers Weekly. What the anonymous reviewer fails to take into account is that Ebert included a Japanese director OTHER than Kurasowa in "The Great Movies II": "Tokyo Story", directed by Yasujiro Ozu.Also, the two Anime films included in this collection did not include the usual suspects ("Akira", "Spirited Away") but rather "My Neighbor Totoro" (child's tale that is not at all child-like) and "Grave of the Fireflies", a sad, thoughtful story about two orphans in Japan at the close of WWII.And for what it's worth, Ebert included another director NOT named Kurasowa in "The Great Movies" (2002) with Hirokazu Koreeda, who directed "After Life" (1998).Publishers Weekly may take umbrage with Ebert's reviewing style, his writing, maybe even his politics.But his movie selection is top-notch (and in my experience, the people who find fault with someone for only dwelling on Kurasowa usually have difficulty in naming another Japanese director OTHER than the aforementioned genius).
That being said, on to the book.What I love about the two books in the "Great Movies" series is that it can spark debate over what is a "good" movie as opposed to a "great" movie.My complaint is that "Saving Private Ryan" is not among the list in the two books (though Ebert had written one of the best reviews that I have ever read about that film).But that is open to debate (as opposed to factual errors that are rife in Publishers Weekly's Amazon review).An interesting read, and one that can spark some great discussions about what makes a movie such a "great" movie.

2-0 out of 5 stars Roger Ebert and movies: a tainted relationship
I hate pop-culture nostalgia, the ossifying instinct that leads people to think that their fond memories of a TV show/rock band/movie/book render it a classic and that everything that came after that particular, rosy-in-memory TV show/rock band/movie/book is either inferior or a retread. Nostalgia closes the mind rather than opens it to new experiences.What qualifies a person to be a critic is an overabundance of nostalgia.They can never see a movie without comparing it to the groundbreaking movies of old, yet they don't seem to realize, that there is not a lot of ground left to break.Rather than watch a movie for what it is, a movie, created to entertain the people and nothing more, they would rather bash and destroy it.They rarely find the good in movies because they are so intent in finding the bad.

It also raises the question that has been floating on my mind for as long as I have been an avid viewer of movies and an appreciator: why is a movie being popular a setback?I constantly find that a movie can only get a good review if the public has never heard of it.Critics think that they can treat the public like fools.They think that they can trick people into falling out of the mainstream.I hear too many people complaining about no good movies coming out in the theaters.I work at a theater and I see nearly every movie, including the independent ones, with one to two showings a day/week.I can tell you from personal experience that the luster of movies is still fresh and alive and not dead as Roger Ebert and many other critics would have you believe.I watch independent films all the time.I don't know why I do, because I constantly find myself not liking them.Many of them have convoluted plots, weak acting, and very few redeaming qualities.There are of course movies that I love and always will, but I am constantly adding to that list.People have to realize that as our society advances, improvements are made, and movies will only get better over time.Take the Matrix for example.Is there really a reason for this movie not to be hailed among the likes of such classics as Indiana Jones.I definitely thought it was better than either of the Anime films that Roger Ebert chose for his list.The Matrix was extroardinary and replaced my all time favorite action movie, which was Goldfinger.It had memorable characters, an inventive and extremely well-executed plot, and thrillingly heart-pounding action.Ebert said it was excellent, except it "retreated to formula" at the end.But what is wrong with the formula?If someone liked a movie, you would recommend something similar.But critics hate anything that is similar to anything else.If every scene has never been done anywhere in history, it is a good movie.Other than that, a movie can never be better than good.

Roger Ebert should realize this.He is a very influential critic, and he should set the precedent from which all movie critics should try to adhere.Yet he doesn't take risks.He likes what everyone else likes.He hates what everybody else hates.That is why this list is so similar to every top 100 list ever created by an esteemed critic.While the critics agree, it seems that the people don't.Why can't we all just get along?Why do reviewers hold spite for what is popular, and why do people not watch what critics love?The answer is simple: people love movies, critics hate them.

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid opinions from an expert
Movie reviews are a subjective business.When looking for a night's entertainment it is not unsafe to give a little less weight to a professional reviewer.When a person spends all their time seeing movies something ordinary and pleasant may not rank.

When evaluating the greatest of movies however a professional reviewer is the person to read (for basically the same reasons) and Roger Ebert is the professional reviewer most familiar to most Americans.

His judgments in THE GREAT MOVIES II are honest, insightful and unforgiving not only of the material but of himself (read the review of THE BIRTH OF A NATION to see what I mean.)

From THE PRODUCERS, THE LEOPARD , INDIANA JONES , to MY DINNER WITH ANDRE and more his insight fills the volume confirming what you may know about some movies and informing you on other gems you likely never heard of.

I enjoyed this book, I don't know if I'd buy it as my own.If movies are your thing, I'd say yes.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ebert's Second 100 Favorites...Idiosyncratic But Credible
Writing a critique of a critic's work seems somewhat redundant, but world-renowned film critic Roger Ebert's latest compendium of his favorite films is worth discussion. In fact, this volume is more interesting for his selections than his first, which contained essays on the more predictable classics, such as "Citizen Kane", "2001: A Space Odyssey", "La Dolce Vita" and "Metropolis". One can find any number of cinema books that praise those movies, but what I like about Ebert's approach with his second hundred films is that it is at once pompous and everyman in his perspective on how these films - most classics of some genre, some idiosyncratic - have impacted him. The usual suspects still persist here - "King Kong", "West Side Story", "Rules of the Game", etc. He constantly acknowledges this to be a personal list of favorites, an unnecessary admission given he includes some oddball choices, such as Cameron Crowe's "Say Anything" and John Hughes' "Planes, Trains and Automobiles". I like both movies, but putting them in the top 200 certainly attests to Ebert's subjectivity.

What offsets the inclusion of such outliers is his genuine enthusiasm for movies overall. He is truly the film projectionist nerd you remember from junior high, who can actually write ebullient, thoughtful analyses and convince you that you are indeed lacking for the experience of viewing his must-see film selections. I particularly like his essays on some of the more unusual choices, such as Bob Clark's "A Christmas Story", a minor family comedy save for the fact that it has such an empathetic view of its young protagonist that it is hard to resist regardless of how unctuous Jean Shepherd's voiceover gets. Or F.W. Murnau's "Sunrise", which really took silent pictures to a new emotional level just as they were made irrelevant by the introduction of sound. Or even John Ford's "The Searchers", which took the Western form into deeper psychological territory without sacrificing the genre's adventuresome appeal. Without apology, he also includes such arguable classics as "Goldfinger", "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "My Dinner With Andre". For movie lovers who lap up the details only an aficionado like Ebert can provide, this seems like a must-have.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific read for any fan of film
While Ebert's annual collection of reviews make for an enjoyable read, this second collection of "great" movies, like the first, is an essential for the movie fan.

One of the reasons I enjoy Ebert's film criticism is that he's open to finding something good in movies from all genres, never showing the bias that I see from too many critics.That range shows in his choices here, which run from classics like "The Grapes of Wrath" to brilliant works of anime like "Grave of the Fireflies."I've always thought of Ebert as the "common man" among movie critics, and this book furthers that reputation.

Each entry is given 3-4 pages of discussion, and a picture is also included from each film.More than just a review, these entries explain what makes each film "great" in Ebert's view.While I might not agree with every selection, it's difficult to argue with his reasoning for their inclusion.For all films, he looks beyond the obvious reasons for greatness, focusing on cinematography in individual scenes, music selection, and other items that are often overlooked by those of us who have only seen the film once.

I get the feeling Ebert has hundreds more of such films on his list, so I'll forward to the next collection.With excellent writing and strong arguments, I'd highly recommend this volume for any movie fan. ... Read more


45. Documentary Storytelling for Video and Filmmakers
by Sheila Curran Bernard
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Catlog: Book (2003-10-31)
Publisher: Focal Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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As the market for documentaries expands, so does the challenge to create memorable, compelling films. Story and structure are the most important (and least expensive) tools available. This guide shows how to make stronger, more compelling documentaries through improved storytelling techniques. It offers a writerly perspective to filmmakers at every stage of production, from concept and treatment to shooting and postproduction. It is intended for the novice as well as the experienced filmmaker and is applicable to a wide variety of documentary styles and forms.

Documentary Storytelling fills a critical void on the bookshelf, offering an in-depth guide to story and structure as they apply not to Hollywood screenplays but to documentary films. Story is what turns a subject or an idea into a film; it's what keeps an audience watching a topic they might never have thought would interest them. Written for anyone working in documentary, this book offers practical advice for all stages of production. It's filled with real-world examples drawn from the author's own career and from the experiences of some of today's top documentarians.

*Offers in-depth analysis and tools for applying concepts of story and structure to documentary material
*Interviews with well-known filmmakers give unique perspectives on nonfiction filmmaking
*Covers a wide range of documentary styles
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5-0 out of 5 stars If you make documentaries
...then this book's for you. Geared toward directors, producers, editors, and anyone (including writers), the book talks about story and structure as basic to any kind of film. Also has interviews with experts on archival use, historical films, cinema verite and more. Useful and straightforward.

5-0 out of 5 stars ESSENTIAL!
Practical and inspiring, this is the best book on documentary scriptwriting I've ever seen. Bernard is a thorough and knowledgeable guide, with a warm but no-nonsense approach to her audience. A must for the reference shelf -- it's full to brimming with information ranging from the technical to the spiritual, and yet it is extremely readable, like listening to a wise friend who wishes you well. Not "textbooky" at all! ... Read more


46. Guru : My Days with Del Close
by Jeff Griggs
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Jeff Griggs gives the reader the essentials of Close's biography: his childhood in Kansas, early years as an actor, countercultural exploits in the 1960's, years with the Compass Players and then with Second City, experimentation with every drug imaginable, which cost him his health and ultimately his life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great portrayal of Del, and of Improvisers in general
What impressed me most about this book was not Griggs' compelling portrayal of Del Close (although I loved it), nor the way that it filled in gaps in Close's biography that I only had to guess at before.What I liked most about it was Griggs' descriptions of what it's like to be an improviser in the scene; taking classes, being in ensembles and learning from giants.I certainly can relate, and that's what helped make this book such an essential read for me.This book is a must for disciples of Close.It's funny, touching, wonderfully human, highly informative.It made me feel like I had gotten to know Close well.After reading this book, I truly wish I had that honor.

5-0 out of 5 stars Something Wonderful Right Away...
I couldn't put the book down.I loved Mr. Griggs' invocation of Del Close.

For improvisers it's a must-read:you witness Del's clarity and passion regarding the craft.
For you pop-culture buffs, it's a must read:you get to learn of Del's impact on American comedy, and his intersections with 1960s counterculture.
For those who love a good story, it's a must read:I loved how seemingly innocuous errands became adrenaline rushing adventures, and was fascinated by the reflections of a man who lived a tremendously full life.

With his book, Mr. Griggs took me back to when I studied under Del in 1998.Seven years later, his teaching is very much vital and relevant to us as we are building a longform improv community in Houston, TX.Thanks for your work, Jeff.Well done!

5-0 out of 5 stars Read it, Loved it.
This book is such a good read, you'll be hard pressed to put it down once you pick it up. The essence of Del is so meticulously laid in front of you, that you truly feel you knew him by the book's end. All of the true life stories presented by Griggs hit home and give insight into the fearless, crazy, and sometimes lonely world of an incredible genius. If you have enjoyed any comedian or comedic actor in the past 35 years, then you must read this book, as Del has been noted by nearly every one as a person of influence and inspiration. Kudos to Griggs for bringing this to us. ... Read more


47. Never Coming To A Theater Near You: A Celebration of a certain kind of movie
by Kenneth Turan
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It is in the nature of today's movie business that while Hollywood blockbusters invade every megaplex, smaller, quality films often don't get screen time. Fans of these films have to count on catching up to them on video and DVD, but even the most hard-core devotees have trouble remembering what sounded good when a film was originally released. Never Coming to a Theater Near You will remedy that situation.

This collection of renowned film critic Kenneth Turan's absorbing and illuminating reviews, now revised and updated to factor in the tests of time, point viewers toward the films they can't quite remember, but should not miss.

Moviegoers know they can trust Turan's impeccable taste. His eclectic selection represents the kind of sophisticated, adult, and entertaining films intelligent viewers are hungry for. More importantly, Turan shows readers what makes these unusual films so great, revealing how talented filmmakers and actors have managed to create the wonderful highs we experience in front of the silver screen. ... Read more


48. Screenplay : The Foundations of Screenwriting; A step-by-step guide from concept to finishedscript
by SYD FIELD
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From concept to character, from opening scene to finished script..

Here are easily understood guidelines to make film-writing accessible to novices and to help practiced writers improve their scripts. Syd Field pinpoints the structural and stylistic elements essential to every good screenplay. He presents a step-by-step, comprehensive technique for writing the script that will succeed.

-Why are the first ten pages of your script crucially important?

- How do you collaborate successfully with someone else?

-How do you adapt a novel, a play, or an article into a screenplay?

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2-0 out of 5 stars Please read this before you buy the book
In one section of this book, Field discusses the necessity for "ten pages and a whammy." Meaning, every ten pages in your script you need to have a "whammy," defined in the book as violent occurence such as an explosion, car chase, etc. that will excite the audience.

Anyhow, a friend of Field's once said to him, When you're writing a script, ten pages and a whammy. And then Field says to us, when you're writing a script, ten pages and a whammy. Don't let ten pages get past you without making a whammy happen.

What the hell is he talking about? Seriously, folks...

I NOT to write a screenplay. Eight years ago, when I first picked up this book -- and it was my first book on screenwriting -- I was thrilled, surprised, utterly charmed. But then I realized that Field had designed a system that is tepid and forumulaic to the worst extreme.

Fine. Read the book. Ignore completely all of the other authors whose efforts discuss in far more detail aspects of character development, myth, storyline, etc.

One more example, and then I'm done.

Field slobbers over the film, Chinatown, written by Robert Towne. Granted, the film is a wonderfully written masterpiece, but Field reduces its entire meaning to WHICH PAGE THE PLOT POINT IS ON.

In fact, in one section he discusses how he's told his seminar students for years that the plot point for Chinatown happened on page 27, when finally, one of his "enterprising" students pointed out that the plot point did, in fact, happen on page 33, and that Field contested it, but later realized that the student was right. And then he writes, in a kind of amazement, Here I was, telling them for years that the wrong plot point was the plot point!

5-0 out of 5 stars A most worthy contribution to the craft
Reading reader reviews of books on writing for the screen is about like reading reviews of movies: There's a lot of disagreement between the eyes of beholders. I sometimes think I should ask the reviewers at Mr. Showbiz what I should get high on before going to see what they consider a masterpiece.

"Screenplay" was sent to me by a movie producer who asked me to write a screenplay for a book I wrote. When I lamented that I knew nothing about writing screenplays, he said the book he'd just read proved to him I could write; all I needed was to understand some important aspects of the screenplay vs. the book.

I've learned a lot from Syd Field. "Screenplay" clearly showed me the visual aspects of film, "It's all about pictures," Field stresses over and over. If I learned nothing else from him, how to put a screenplay into professional format would make "Screenplay" worth the trip.

Sure, I had to study the book, go back over it several times before I got this, or that. But gosh, diving into writing screenplays isn't like a lesson in Microsoft Windows -- click here, drag that over there.

There's a lot to learn, and Syd Field offers a lot of guidance for the serious student. I don't care if he's never written a screenplay. Some of the very best book editors wrote nothing except editorial marks on others' works. The fabled Scribner's editor of old, Max Perkins, who brought some of their best out of Scott Fitzgerald, Hemingway, James Jones, Marjorie Kennan Rawlings, etc. etc., never wrote a book.

I'll say this: If you want to read a book on screenplays and put it down with the feeling you're ready to roll, don't bother with anybody's book on the subject. But if you really want to learn, if you have the requisite creativity -- AND gritty energy -- you'll get your money's worth from Syd Field's "Screenplay."

Also, his "Four Screenplays" has been very helpful to me. Field has a way of reinforcing things by saying them a different way, in a different setting. I really didn't get his advice to "get into a scene late and get out early" until I read this book. And didn't he pick some dandies? "Thelma and Louise" and "The Silence of the Lambs" are the two I studied most diligently, and what a ride it's been. Two great, great movies, to my mind, both demonstrating what Syd Field repeatedy shows us are important elements of fine screenplays.

One other thing, Field's coaching has put a tiny new edge on my writing skills as regards books, too, a benefit he probably didn't expect a writer would obtain.

4-0 out of 5 stars A WUNDERFUL BOOK FOR SCREENPLAY RIGHTERS!
I red SCREENPLAY many years ago before righting my own movie, BILLY 'N' BILLIE. Iliked the book. It was reel good at showing you what elimints are need in construkting a movie that will cell.There was only one thing that buged me and that was he says that all good movies follow a certin pairadime. But then on page 118 he says "What about NASHVILLE? Is that an exception?" He then shows how it doesnt seem like it but NASHVILLE reely does follow the pattern. Then he winds it up by saying "Robert Altman...films may look randomly composed but in reality they are executed with sculpted finesse. NASHVILLE fits the paradigm to a tee." (It seems I mispelled paradigm earlyer but you knew what I ment right?) But what bugs me is that NASHVILLE reely doesnt fit the paradigm to a tee at all and SYD FIELD didnt have the curage of his conviktions to come out and say so. and ferthermore NASHVILLE is not a good movie at all. I tryed to watch it three times and never made it. But the rest of this book is good. My movie BILLY 'N' BILLIE nobody bought but even tho that happened to me I still think this book is good and I wreckamend it. My copy is totaly dogeared! I still dont no why my movie didnt cell but I might re-right it today on my lunch brake and try it again. Goodluck everyone!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to the frustrated reviewers
Enough with the negative reviews. Syd Field writes from the perspective of a reader who makes decisions to recommend movies to be made. It would be foolish to totally dismiss his advice on structure just because a few movies were successful (e.g. Pulp Fiction) in flouting the 3 act structure turning on 2 plot points. Read your Aristotle. It is a tested formula for a dramatic structure that will help keep an audience's interest.

The difficulty that most people will have with Syd Field's writing is that he is not writing from the perspective of a writer, but of a consumer of writing. He is not going to give you advice on how to invent your story - to express your soul - so to speak. There are other texts you can use to help you put your thoughts on the page.

After reading this book, I would recommend reading his Screenwriter's Workbook. It will flesh out the three act structure even further.

Note: You will need a style guide to help actually format your document correctly.

4-0 out of 5 stars Start here . . .
Syd Field's SCREENPLAY is a great book for a beginner. The author takes the reader through the basic steps of writing a screenplay, from the first idea to fleshing out the characters to the structure of the entire piece. He explains what a set-up is (and what it needs to be) and tips for beginning and ending the screenplay, two of the more difficult tasks a writer will face. Perhaps most importantly for those who have never written a script before, he devotes a chapter to the screenplay format, showing indentation and capitalization rules, defining terms used within the script, and explaining abbreviations.

Novices to the form should start with this book before moving to more advanced books. I also recommend studying actual professional screenplays in their entirety. ... Read more


49. Sight, Sound, Motion: Applied Media Aesthetics
by Herbert Zettl
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This book describes the major aesthetic image elementslight and color, space, time-motion, and soundand how they are used in television and film. Zettls comprehensive coverage of aesthetic theory and his inclusion of effective visuals and examples place this text in a class by itself. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars motion graphics professor
"Sight, Sound, Motion: Applied Media Aesthetics explains the WHY of film and video production. If you're looking for HOW then turn to another book."

I would disagree with the above review. Only by learning WHY first, can we learn HOW later. This book is more than a cookie cutter approach to film and video. If you want to "click and drag" your way through an editing program, then true, this book is not for you. Add this to your collection if you want a book that teaches how to see and create film. Sight, Sound, Motion: Applied Media Aesthetics has staying power.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fundamental book on the theory of the moving image
This was the assigned textbook for my digital video 2 class, and it is simply wonderful. Zettl is a very knowledgable man on the subject of creating images for film, video, and even new media. (Zettl's text Video Basics 3 was used in my digital video 1 class as well) This book lays a solid foundation for the theory behind how and why the viewer perceives the moving image, and how the filmmaker and video producer can create more pleasing and coherent productions.

While the biggest complaint I've heard about this book is it's over-reliance on theory, it still does a good job of contextualizing theory into practical application. Thus the title of the book: APPLIED Media Aesthetics. Although I haven't read any of Eisentien's theories behind filmmaking, I suspect that Zettl's treatment would compete rather well, and is probably more accessible for a modern reader.

This book covers all the bases from color and light, time and space and structuring audio to image. Zettl succintcly deconstructs the intelligent mind behind the images and sound of our cultures film and television productions.

Sight, Sound, Motion: Applied Media Aesthetics explains the WHY of film and video production. If you're looking for HOW then turn to another book.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Filmmaker's Bible of Aesthetics or What Works and Why
This is probably the most important textbook a film production student can have on his/her shelf. NOT for how to work with actors or how to light a scene, but for understanding the underlying reasons of why things work due to our learned aesthetics and Western sensibilities.

Professor Herbert Zettl has written the most concise manual on why we has film viewers percieve things the way we do. He explains in detail (and layman's terms) how our aesthetics have been formed to interpret the dynamic medium of film and television.

How editing of action from shot to shot creates the illusion of continuous motion. How stagelines work so not to give the effect that your actor is jumping around from one side of the scene to the other. How to crop your shot BETWEEN the bodies natural cut-off points (i.e. neck, elbow, waist) to prevent the actor from looking like a disembodied head or torso.

This book is cover-to-cover insights into what we as viewers take for granted when we watch a good filmmaker's work, but may not consider when faced with the daunting task of mounting a film production and the on-set "reality" problems that dominate the filmmaker's mind when shooting a film.

I first read this book when I was in film school twenty years ago. Since then I have directed many professional film productions and I still review it before starting a new one to refresh myself.

Just as Syd Field's book "Screenplay" is the bible for screenwriting, "Sight Sound Motion" is the bible on understanding what works in film/video and why. ... Read more


50. Directing the Documentary
by Michael Rabiger
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Tens of thousands of readers have benefited from Michael Rabiger's classic text on documentary filmmaking, now updated to reflect the revolutionary switch to digital video equipment and software. You will learn how to research and focus a documentary film or video idea, develop a crew, direct the crew, maintain control during shooting, and oversee postproduction. Practical work is emphasized, with dozens of exercises and questionnaires to help focus your ideas and give you hands-on practice. The documentary is treated as an important genre in its own right, as well as a useful prelude to directing feature films.

The fourth edition is a significant update. The book's emphasis has always been on concrete steps you can take to become a documentary filmmaker, and there are loads of new projects to help, along with assessment tables that allow you to gauge your progress. In addition, there is new material on location sound, the reality TV trend, top documentaries to see, and more.

*The definitive guide to making a documentary
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*A fully updated 4th edition of the classic textbook
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5-0 out of 5 stars An in-depth resource that spares no detail

Now in its fourth edition, Directing The Documentary is a no-nonsense guide by veteran documentary director Michael Rabinger, who has directed or edited more than 35 films including many documentaires for the BBC. A comprehensive resource, Directing The Documentary covers issues of aesthetics and authorship, how to develop one's artistic identity while staying true to the source material, skills of screencraft, issues to keep a close eye on in preproduction, production, and postproduction, the educational background needed to direct documentaries and how to go about getting work in one's chosen field, and more. From knowing when to use narration and when to be aware of its drawbacks, to being acutely aware of schedule logistics with respect to different types and lengths of documentaries, to important legal issues to remain aware of - not the least of which is the personal release form in which signatory individuals allow one to make public the material that has been shot - Directing The Documentary is an absolute "must-have" for any would-be nonfiction movie director. An in-depth resource that spares no detail, positive or negative, about the highlights (and headaches) of documentary direction.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't bother underlining because every sentence is important
This book is the most comprehensive book I've seen in this field.The author begins with a basic coverage of camera operation, lighting, sound, etc. Then, he goes in depth to documentary idea, organization, planning, budgeting, dealing with the crew, dealing with the "talent".The editing section was a surprise bonus for me.I've learned more about editing from this book than from any other book I've read.The author is obviously a great filmmaker and a great teacher.Many other books about filmmaking or video production contain a lot of extraneous words that are entertaining at best and insulting at worst.This author treats the reader as an intelligent person with a serious desire to learn about making documentaries.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for every serious documentarist
Rabiger is simply one of the basics for any willing filmaker. His insigth and the way he handdles documentaries goes beyond anything that I have seen before. I belive the most impotant thing on the book is his emphasis on the human side of this kind of films.
The last chappters of the book really fall a little, but I belive it is an excusable flaw because of the high quality of the rest of the book. Thanks to Mr. Rabiger I am very ahead of the rest of my documentary class in production, language and structure.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a book!
Yeah! This book rocked! Get this book! Go Documentary Institute! ;) Yeah!

5-0 out of 5 stars Directing the Documentary
An excellent book, especially for those who are new in the field. Amongother things, Michael Rabiger guides you through a brief history of thedocumentary genre, helps you discover your creative identity, acquaintesyou with the film vocabulary, and introduces you to the genre through avariety of projects that you are encouraged to undertake. Directing theDocumentary is definitely a textbook (no wonder it's one of the "mustread" books at the Department of TV Documentary in Goldsmith's Collegein London) and Michael Rabiger is an excellent teacher. Lacking thepretentiousness of many other teachers, he uses simple language to describevarious aspects of the documentary and never underestimates his reader /student. A lover of the genre himself, he knows how to make you feelconfident for having chosen the documentary as a career. He neverpatronizes you and all the advice that he gives is given with a friendlyand generous tone. Mr Rabiger is a thoughtful and sensitive teacher, butalso an excellent author, or "storyteller," as he prefers to callthe documentarist. His words flow, like in a good novel, making you want toread on and on, while at the same time they are so pregnant with meaningthat they make you stop and think about them. Having read his book, andbeing a student myself, I would like to say a warm "thank you" toMr Rabiger for his sensitivity and generosity as a teacher. ... Read more


51. Film Art: An Introduction and Film Viewers Guide
by David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson
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2-0 out of 5 stars I do not recommend this book.
Run, do not walk, away from this book unless you are an advanced film student. If you simply want to learn about film, this book is way too full of itself. This was the book my department head chose as a requirement for a general ed, beginning film class and I could not even subject my students to it. I actually want them to learn, rather than being so put off by pretentiousness that they tune out of the class altogether. Terrible book for beginning or intermediate students. I don't recommend it. ... Read more


52. The Other Hollywood : The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry
by Legs McNeil, Jennifer Osborne
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53. Red Star over Hollywood: The Film Colony's Long Romance With the Left
by Ronald Radosh, Allis Radosh
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54. Setting Up Your Shots: Great Camera Moves Every Filmmaker Should Know
by Jeremy Vineyard, Jose Cruz
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Setting Up Your Shots is a complete visual encyclopedia of creative camera set ups and moves every filmmaker and cinema fan will want to own.

Over 100 storyboards with simple descriptions have been especially designed for this book. They show filmmakers, home video buffs and cinema fans how to achieve an incredible number of effects, images and compositions.

This book is presented in an elegant horizontal format to create the proper cinematic perspecitve. It also provides over 135 references to great shots from classic movies, including:
- Titanic
- Blade Runner
- Star Wars
- Vertigo

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* Features over 300 original illustrations and storyboards
* Draws examples from many classic films, eg Titanic, Blade and Star Wars ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good but not essential for novice filmmakers & film buffs
I purchased Setting up your shots basically because it tells and gives you a storyboard shot of differnt camera techniques, Crane shots and editing techniques. For these things I found this bok to be a blessing because it explained a lot of different shots that i didn't know. It also explains them in a very straightforward manner and sites several movie as examples. So why three stars? Mainly for two reasons. One problem with this bookm is that it doesn't tell you how to get some shots. ex. various crane shots. What kind of crane? Another problem is the fact that the author suggests you go out buy book on certain subjects say, composition but he doesn't mention any by name. Overall I did like the very straightforward explanation of different shots. This is a decent book( not essential) that film buffs may appreciate more than fimmakers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says
This book is intended for new filmmakers, film buffs and as reference for experienced filmmakers. It introduces the reader to many types of shots and opens one's eyes to many possibilities. Unfortunately, it seems that the negative reviews about this book are centered around it being too simplistic or basic. I believe those reviewers did not understand the intent behind this book and missed the point entirely. I think all subjects should start with the very basics and describe what the goal is first, then one can address how to achieve it technically (which is not what this book is necessarily about). If I had any complaints, it would only be a couple of minor points. The first is that there are a few technical words used, but are not defined for the reader, who has to then look elsewhere to understand them. Next, although the authors clearly state that they had to invent many terms to describe certain shots, there is no way to distinguish which are the standard terms and which are the made-up ones. Otherwise, this is an excellent first step for any new filmmaker and also a great reference for finding the perfect shot for any scene you need help coming up with. And most certainly, I am not going to complain that is was too simple to read and clearly illustrated! I wish all books were written this straight forward!

1-0 out of 5 stars Setting Up Your Ignorance
This is without a doubt one of the most worst books I have ever read. It is written for a child and has a tone which will be insulting to anyone who is intersted in professional film making.

In some cases the author is simply incorrect in his terminology. The author is a wannabe film maker who has a snowball's chance in hell of ever doing anything other than to write this innane piece of crap.

This book was obviously not written by a professional film maker, but by an amateur for amateurs.

The illustrator claims to be a "professional". The illustrations for this book are equally bad.

Don't waste your time or money on this waste of paper.

5-0 out of 5 stars When you're trying to explain what you want for a shot...
...open this book and point to the page.

A previous reviewer complained that all this book does is show the shot. Presumably that person wanted a to-do list of which knobs to turn, what equipment to set up, how much the rentals should be, etc etc etc.

When I write a shooting script, I use the camera terms here as *verbs*. "Dolly past [character] and Spin Around" Anybody in the crew who does not understand is handed the book. Quickly I get "Oh, THAT's what you mean."

In fact I bought more books for that purpose alone.

Gee, what a shame it's not in color photographs. Gosh it might even be better in 3D. How about virtual camera moves holographiclly jumping off the page?

Get real. This is an idea book. Look. Get the idea. Get to work.

Got it?

4-0 out of 5 stars Movie Shots
"An illustrated quick-read overview of all the basic shots and camera movements that will help any director design a visually exciting movie." --RMS ... Read more


55. Michael Moore Is A Big Fat Stupid White Man
by David T. Hardy, Jason Clarke
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Someone was bound to go after Michael Moore eventually and this book holds nothing back. An immensely popular figure to political left-wingers, Michael Moore presents himself as a regular working-class guy in a baseball cap with the courage to take some rich and powerful folks to task for their corrupt and deceitful ways. David T. Hardy and Jason Clarke say this populist, muckraker image is pure whitewash. Believing that this charade has gone on for too long, and done too much damage to the U.S., they have written this book to expose Moore as narcissistic and irresponsible and his body of work "as manipulative as totalitarian propaganda." To prove their point, they pick apart Moore's books and movies to illustrate how he is consistently manipulative, dishonest, and, at times, simply absurd. They show how he altered the timeline of Roger and Me in order to unfairly blame things on General Motors that happened before their layoffs, not as a result of them. Regarding Bowling for Columbine, the authors explain how he took quotes out of context and reassembled them to give the impression that people made speeches they did not make---most famously his interview with Charlton Heston, then president of the NRA. They also illustrate how Moore manipulated statistics in his books Dude, Where’s My Country and Stupid White Men to fit his theories, making some truly outrageous claims in the process. The authors have certainly done their homework, and it's impossible to view Moore's work the same way after reading this book. "How does a man with so many contradictions manage to blind his enormous trove of followers to how hypocritical he really is? How does he get away with it?" they ask.If the authors have their way, he won't much longer. Now that Moore has joined the ranks of the rich and powerful, Hardy and Clarke have engaged in bit of muckraking of their own. --Shawn Carkonen ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Dissecting two-faced Moore
First of all, I'd like to thank the Barnes and Noble store on 18th street and Union Square in NYC for not only REFUSING to carry the book but somehow mixing it up with Michael Moore's fictitious STUPID WHITE MEN title when I clearly asked for the former. With J&R also refusing to carry the book (their playing of NPR radio should have been an indication,) it was up to Border's bookstore in NYC to save the day. Ironically, in the first few pages of the book, it is revealed that Moore has a personal vendetta with Borders, thus the connection was made. The book so far is a solid read, disssecting the lies and distortions that Moore has perfected, as well as illustrating how phoney he is, charging 5 figure numbers for public speeches, not to mention his two mansions and so forth. Not exactly a working class man (especially since he was fired from alot of jobs for being late as well as being lazy,) a man who claims to fight against the rich when he himself is a pompous, lying rich man. As a matter of fact, Moore took millions from corporate conglomerate Disney to make his film FARENHEIT 9/11. Now why would a man who claims to be against big corporations and capitalism take money from a corporation lke Disney? Then again, according to the book, this is the same man who defamed one of his "actors" in ROGER & ME and got sued successfully by the man, but had Warner Brothers bail him out with the fees and damages.

5-0 out of 5 stars Facts Deflate Moore
Michael Moore used the victims families of the Columbine
attacks to bolster his movie. Michael Moore did get his
interview with Roger, but didn't want to use in his film.
He used a frail and sick Charlton Heston to mock him. He
has admitted in print and on tv that the new mockumentary
is full of falsehoods, not necessarily true parts, and yes,
lacks a lot of facts. Other than that, the 'documentary'
is very truthful. It's an opinion piece, well done for those
who want to believe it. But, considering the man has said
repeatedly that Americans are stupid and dumb and ignorant,
he made a movie aimed at that mentality. I applaud him on
his capitalistic success.

But, the book only points out the verified truth about Michael
and his multi-corporate ties, millionaire profits, and his
use and misuse of facts and truth to make a buck. Jackass the
movie made more money than Michaels movie, even after the 24/7
public relations campaign the media lovingly gave him for over
a month. That doesn't say much for Michael does it? He won
an award in France not because the movie was good or great, but
because it hated George W. Bush. Prize for that. Good. He's
had best selling books, but then so has Millie the dog, and
Garfield the Cat and Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity and every
diet expert in the world. What does it mean?

The book is reasonable, fact packed, and truthful. If that's
hard to take, then so be it. Michael Moore is entitled to his

political opinion, but so is Mr. Hardy. The only difference is
that Hardy gives facts, and Michael Moore ignores them. If it
sells his opinion, he tosses the facts aside. Anyway, why can't
the opposition allow the freedom of speech to take place...or is
that only a one way street? Guess George Soros didn't buy out
Amazon just yet....we'll give that time. Billionaires and
millionaires whining about corporate greed, kind of funny isn't it?

As Michael gets on a private jet, or a private limo, and
sends his kids to private school, and lives in a multi-million
dollar home in New York...the average man alright. The book
tackles all of his work with a lot of humor and truth. Two things Michael seems devoid of these days.

I recommend the book for anyone who wants to know more about
Michael Moore's work, and his motivations, and also what he's
willing to do to make his point: avoid the truth.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book says what I've thought for a long time!!
To say it's easy to take potshots at Michael Moore is to state the obvious. He makes it almost too easy, but what potshots often lack is substance. With that said, this book makes up for the lack of substance that hurts many criticisms of Michael Moore. A few of the reviews on this site claim that there are no facts in this book, no references or accounts of events to back up the authors' claims. That simply isn't true. Almost everything is backed up. (I say "almost everything" because there are some op-ed pieces included, and op-ed pieces don't have to be based in fact. Hence the reason they're called op-ed.) I know that the primary audience for this book is people who hate Moore, but I think people who love and adore the director would be the ones best served by this book. They could read how their icon really lives and how he manipulates the medium that has made him famous. They may not like what they read, but they would at least see that "the emperor has no clothes." Of course, people who despise Moore and his "work" (yes, I am one of them) will find themselves pumping their fists in the air, saying "I told you so" a lot. It will also give them ammunition to hurl at Moore's admirers. The best thing about this book is that it covers his entire career; it wasn't something just thrown together to combat Farenheit 9/11. That lends it even more weight because there is as much criticism of Roger and Me as there is of Bowling for Columbine or his books. In all honesty, this book didn't make me think less of Moore, but I didn't expect that to happen. It just helped me justify my dislike of him and what he calls "art."

1-0 out of 5 stars piss poor
Poorly Written with little factual evidence to back up their story. An obvious personal attack based on opinions presented by the right. Even though Moore is a fat stupid white man he does provide documented facts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very funny
It's too bad this movie hasn't been exposed as devious by the mainstream media. The Bin Ladens flew out of the country AFTER Sept. 13th? So did everyone else! ... Read more


56. Kingdom of Heaven: The Making of the Ridley Scott Epic (Newmarket Pictorial Moviebook)
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5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING BOOK!!!!!!!!!
I already saw this movie three times. It's sooooo amazing. The book has lots of beautiful pictures and interesting information about the movie.
For everybody who loves the movie, this book is a must have. And of course the screenplay which is coming out in june. ... Read more


57. The Dharma of Star Wars
by Matthew Bortolin
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Asin: 0861714970
Catlog: Book (2005-04-25)
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Sales Rank: 10799
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Brings together the phenomenon of 'Star Wars with humanity's profound hunger for the spiritual. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars entertaining and wise
I really enjoyed this book. Matthew Bortolin uses the story of Star Wars (across all six movies) to illustrate Buddhist concepts and uses Buddhist concepts to highlight deeper themes in the Star Wars saga. The result makes Star Wars more profound and moving and Buddhism more accessible. Avid fans of Star Wars will appreciate all the detailed references provided by a true fan devoted to the series, while more casual Star Wars viewers will find the movies much more compelling after reading this book. Those new to Buddhism will learn a lot from Bortolin's accessible, human way of presenting these ideas, while those with more familiarity will likely experience new insights from Bortolin's novel approach. It's nice to read something that is funny and entertaining yet also contains real wisdom and insight. I find myself thinking about things mentioned in the book as I'm dealing with various situations in my life. And now I'm really looking forward to seeing Episode 3! ... Read more


58. Cary Grant : A Biography
by MARC ELIOT
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Asin: 140005026X
Catlog: Book (2004-09-21)
Publisher: Harmony
Sales Rank: 771
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59. The World of the Dark Crystal: The Collector's Edition
by Brian Froud
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Asin: 0810945797
Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
Publisher: Harry N Abrams
Sales Rank: 9757
Average Customer Review: 4.91 out of 5 stars
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Now 20 years old, Jim Henson's classic fantasy film The Dark Crystal--featuring the breathtaking concept design of renowned fantasy artist Brian Froud--is a soaring work of the imagination. This mystical adventure has such a huge cult following that when the film was recently re-released on video and DVD, it quickly sold a million copies. Just as remarkable is the cult status of The World of The Dark Crystal, Froud's book on the film. Originally published in 1982 and long out of print, this definitive volume--packed with brilliant artwork--has been in such demand that used copies can sell for well over $400.

Abrams is now proudly reissuing this sought-after book in a brand new collector's edition. This beautifully printed reproduction of the original volume contains all of its stunning art and text--plus a new essay by Froud, illustrated with never-before-published paintings, drawings, and sculptures from the film's archives. And this new edition features a facsimile of a 20-page booklet Froud and Henson created to present the film to backers--a gorgeous overview of the story so rare only a few copies are known to exist. This collector's edition of The World of The Dark Crystal, like the re-released film, will truly be a must-have for Henson and Froud fans. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Jim Henson's most unknown masterpiece!
This book is out of print and very hard to come by, hence its largely inflated "collector's" price, but well worth every penny! Much of the book contains the conceptual design artwork Brian Froud did for the Henson production "The Dark Crystal". Considered Henson's biggest box-office failure, it has gained much more appreciation in recent years since its recent DVD Release packed with extra features (which I also highly recommend). The World of the Dark Crystal contains the memoirs of Aughra, one of the film's main characters and follows her first-person account of what the world was like before the Crystal was shattered and the events leading up to its healing. Froud's dark and cryptic, yet elegant and beautifully mysterious, illustrations bring much depth and life to Aughra's story, and were carried over into memorable creatures seen in the film itself. Highly recommended for fans of The Dark Crystal, Henson puppetry, Froud artwork or just wonderful aestethically pleasing pictures.

5-0 out of 5 stars World of the Dark Crystal Reprint
The Dark Crystal... one of the most beautiful films created by two of the most talented artists our culture has ever seen- Jim Henson and Brian Froud. I collect Froud's books, and receieved the orginal edition of The World of the Dark Crystal last year for my Winter Solstice gift. If you are a Froud or Dark Crystal collector, but you aren't quite obsessed enough to search for months for this book, and then pay [dollar amount] for it (coughcoughME)--- this book is your salvation! Not only is the artwork brighter, and the paper of better quality, but the new cover is stunning, it features a lovely new forward and the fascinating promo book in the back. However--- If you already own the orginal copy of this book, and are looking forward to the 15 new artworks that the new version promises, I must warn you: THERE IS NO NEW MATERIAL IN THIS BOOK ASIDE FROM THE PROMO BOOK. I don't know how this happened, especially since it says right in the jacket that there ARE 15 new artworks. There is work that wasn't in the book before in the forward, but the only image no one's ever seen is the photo of Jen and Kira. While the new book is certainly exquisite, I was disappointed at this. I don't regret having purchased the book, however- for I'm very adement in my Froud collecting and seek to own every bit of Froud merchandise that comes my way. :) :) :) I hope this was helpful to all of you! Blessed Be!

5-0 out of 5 stars A rare beauty
I just happen to own the original 1985 copy of The Dark Crystal. To be honest I never knew it's value for content and that it went right out of print. I would say if you appreciate Brian Froud or if you are a collector, I would snatch up this book for it's Brian Foud artwork and it ability to only be in print a short time the second time around too

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, absolutely
I went to the San Diego comicon this year(first time ever and was suprised by the absense of trekkies.lol) and saw some older books with his designs stating that he had worked on Labyrinth and Dark Crystal which are my two fav movies... I had never known that he worked on them.
While I was walking around I spotted a huge booth with prints from the movies designs and this book.
I picked it up and was in awe, it is so awesome and the little add-in the back is great! He was there and I got it signed. Sooo happy!

4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful... Simply beautiful...
This covers every aspect of The World of the Dark Crystal.

The beggining of the book has beautiful artwork and explains how the Crystal was broken and how the skeksis came to be. The story itself is pretty short, but the sidenotes are great.

The sidenotes go into detail on the timelines, the meaning of the trines, the suns, the moons, the seoeration of the skeksis, everything. It even has an additional booklet in the back that depicts the origanal story and artwork.

If you love the Dark Crystal, this book should be high up on your list. ... Read more


60. Introduction to Documentary:
by Bill Nichols
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Asin: 0253214696
Catlog: Book (2001-11-15)
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Sales Rank: 44971
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Noted film scholar Bill Nichols provides a one-of-a-kind overview of the most important topics and issues in documentary history and criticism. Designed for students in any field that makes use of visual evidence and persuasive strategies, from the law to anthropology, and from history to journalism, this book spells out the issues and concepts that characterize documentary film and video production and provides the foundational key to furhter explorations in this exceptionally vital area of filmmaking today. ... Read more


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