The cinema of speculation by Quentin Tarantino
Whether you love him or hate him, Quentin Tarantino knows a thing or two about movies — and he’s not shy about sharing. Now Tarantino has channeled his film knowledge and love into a new book, “Cinema Speculation.” The book is very much in the style of film writers like J. Hoberman, and Tarantino examines several films from the 1970s; movies like “Dirty Harry” and “Taxi Driver”. As is always the case with Tarantino, some of his opinions are really off the mark (example: he says the fantastic “Friends of Eddie Coyle” is “overrated,” which it isn’t). But Tarantino’s wild opinions are part of his mystique, and even if you disagree with him, he usually backs them up with his own reasoning. Those who can’t stand Tarantino and all his aura probably won’t want to go near the movie “Cinema of Speculation”, but movie fans will get their money’s worth here. (Chris Evangelista)
The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive Inside Story of the Epic Hit Series
Got a ‘Big Bang Theory’ fan in your life? Don’t worry, we won’t judge if you do. In fact, we mean the perfect gift. This all-access oral history of the hit comedy series features co-creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady and stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco and more looking back on the show’s creation. This account is as official as it gets, from its initial conception to the series finale after twelve seasons. There’s a lot for fans and even casual TV buffs to learn in this extensive deep dive, including plenty of details you’ve never heard before. Although this book contains behind-the-scenes drama, it ultimately serves as a love letter to a show that continues to exemplify how influential a simple TV sitcom can become. (Erin Brady)
TCM Underground: cult classic and late night
Streaming algorithms have been fantastic for making sure movies find their audience, but we’ve lost the magic of video stores and curated TV shows that would often introduce viewers to all kinds of wild, weird and wonderful movies they might not otherwise seek out. On your own. For cord cutters longing for the days of “TCM Underground,” the weekly late-night showcase of cult films airing on Turner Classic Movies every Friday, you’re in luck. This holiday season welcomes “TCM Underground: 50 Must-See Films from the World of Classic Cult and Late-Night Cinema.” This book is not just a list of recommendations, as it also includes reviews, behind-the-scenes retellings and beautiful photographs to celebrate some of the most unique and iconic films from around the world, such as “Ganja and Hess,” “The Decline of Western Civilization,” “Haus,” ” Possession’, ‘Beyond the Valley of the Dolls’, ‘Xanadu’ and the works of John Waters. This is the perfect guide for movie lovers who want to explore the cinematic world of camp, kitsch, shock, schlock and unforgettable films that have to be seen to be believed. (BJ Colangelo)
Hollywood: An Oral History
While filmmakers like to make “love letters to cinema” every time it’s awards season (which, by my calculations, is right now!), no fictional story will ever compare to real Hollywood history. The industry has undergone incredible changes to say the least over the decades, from film trends and styles to legendary film studios rising and falling to the art form’s intrinsic relationship to current social and political movements. There are very few industry figures left who can say they witnessed such a coup in person, but fortunately most of them have come together to contribute to “Hollywood: The Oral History.” The American Film Institute has opened up its vaults of interviews to give readers a fresh look at the inside story of the movie business – from celebrities past and present. Written by film scholar Jeanine Basinger and author Sam Wasson, the seminal book gathers the thoughts of no fewer than 400 industry titans to create an unforgettable picture of Hollywood as a whole. Treat yourself (or someone you love) this holiday season and grab a copy now! (Jeremy Mathai)
Masters of Make-up Effects: A Century of Practical Magic
There are few visual experiences as awe-inspiring as witnessing an actor transform into an out-of-this-world creature using a practical effect and a little elbow grease. With a foreword by Guillermo del Toro and afterword by Seth MacFarlane, “Masters of Make-Up Effects: A Century of Practical Magic” is a stunning book that celebrates the incredible talent of make-up and FX artists from the worlds of film and television. . Introduced by authors Howard Berger and Marshall Julius, the book features hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos and first-hand accounts of how some of the most memorable makeup designs came to be. The book covers a wide range of genres, including films such as “Planet of the Apes”, “An American Werewolf in London”, “The Thing”, “Star Trek”, “Star Wars”, “Harry Potter” franchise, “Dune”. ,” and even the Marvel Cinematic Universe. More than 50 makeup effects legends and creature actors (such as Doug Jones, Robert Englund, and Doug Bradley) contributed to the book, making it one of the most in-depth looks at the movie makeup industry ever compiled. .This is an absolute must-read for lovers of practical effects and an appreciation of the art behind movie magic.(BJ Colangelo)
Mad Dreams and Monsters: The Art of Phil Tippett and Tippett Studio
The father of the AT-AT, ED-209, the bugs from “Starship Troopers” and the man the Internet likes to point out, he had “only one job, Phil,” as the dinosaur warden in Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park.” a legend in the film effects community. Now Phil Tippett has released a fantastic, cutting-edge book brimming with behind-the-scenes footage and decades of effects knowledge called “Mad Dreams and Monsters,” covering everything from “Star Wars” to “RoboCop” to his recent surreal stop-motion feature “Mad Gods”. Packed with thousands of never-before-seen images, this special hardcover edition by Gilles Pens is sure to make the day of any major film geek in your life. (Eric Vespe)
Directed by: James Burrows: Five Decades of Stories from the legendary director of Taxi, Cheers, Frasier, Friends, Will & Grace and more
As much as we film and TV fans talk about movie directors, we spend far less time discussing full-time TV helmers. There are also some exceptionally skilled ones, including the legendary James Burrows. The “Cheers” co-creator has been involved in television shows since the 1970s, starting with classic sitcoms like “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Taxi” and continuing on to “Frasier,” “Will & Grace.” and “Mike & Molly.” In total, he directed more than 1000 (!) TV episodes in almost 50 years. As you can imagine, he’s someone who can provide a wealth of insight into the entertainment industry – not to mention plenty of behind-the-scenes stories that have never been published before. If you want to learn more, you’ll have to check out his memoir, “Directed by James Burrows.” (Sandy Schaefer)
The Office BFFs: Tales of the Office from the two best friends who were there
If you haven’t heard, “The Office” stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey hosted a podcast called “The Office Ladies,” where the two actresses dive into all the behind-the-scenes details from their Pam days. and Angela in the hit comedy series. If the podcast isn’t enough for you, the two have also teamed up for a book that delves even further into the two stars’ real-life friendship alongside their time at Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. These two are an absolute delight and you can feel the love they had for their co-stars and characters, so this will be a treat for any “The Office” fan in your life. (Ethan Anderton)
Imagineering Story: The Official Biography of Walt Disney Imagineering
Theme park design is one of the great unsung art forms, and no one has done more to advance the medium and define it for the modern era than the Imagineers of Disney theme parks. This group of designers, engineers, artists and technicians is a truly unique collective with an ambitious goal: storytellers from dozens of different backgrounds, creating worlds for people to explore and enjoy.
The story of Disney’s Imagineers has been chronicled in the compelling documentary series “The Imagineering Story” on Disney+, and now filmmaker Leslie Iwerks has turned her filmmaking into a book. And you’ll be pleased to know that it’s the kind of book that could be used in place of a large brick if it were pushed—at 752 pages, it’s the kind of comprehensive book that every Disney theme park fan needs to have on their shelf. .
Honestly, a book like this is long overdue. Although there are numerous books written by individual Imagineers and numerous coffee table publications that collect behind-the-scenes concepts and art, the entire story of how theme park design matured and found its voice since the 50s is one place. This is the kind of story that is not only essential for theme park fans, but essential to understanding Disney’s voice and how our obsession with the immersive experience has taken root. (Jacob Hall)
My first film St. 1 (My first film noir, my first Giallo horror, my first French New Wave)
It’s never too early to teach your kids about real cinema, which is why Cinephile (the people behind the card game of the same name) is releasing a trio of books aimed at educating them on several prestigious genres. “My First Film” is the first in a series of brilliantly colored books that cover the traits and tropes of French New Wave, film noir and giallo horror.
If you need more convincing, the book series’ official website has plenty of praise from the likes of Edgar Wright, David Lowery, and Alex Ross Perry, as well as many other critics and pop culture experts. Head over to Cinephile to pick up the box set, or pick up just one of the books individually if you’re interested. There are even volumes that include prints with artwork from the book. Have a good time! (Ethan Anderton)