Books ó Books For Film Lovers


Books For Film Lovers

By Amy Diaz

Books for film lovers. You can read about movies, too

Here are a few more books to keep the film lover busy between new movie release dates.

The Lord of the Rings Complete Visual Companion, by Jude Fisher, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004.

There is a difference between liking The Lord of the Rings and being a fan. This book is clearly for the fan with its glossy pictures and loving treatment of the movieís scenes.

Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters, by William Tsutsui, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

Born of Japanese anxieties about nuclear destruction, Godzilla has become one heck of a prolific actor. From B-movie battles with other giant turtle/bug/monster things to the occasional major feature film, this book looks at the life and filmology of, no kidding, Japanís third most recognized celebrity (in the U.S.).

The Rocklopedia Fakebandica, by T. Mike Childs, St. Martinís Griffin, 2004.

The definitive source for all the most accurate information on fake bandsófrom Eddie and the Cruisers to Hey, Thatís My Bike to the greatest nonexistent rock band of all time, Spinal Tap. Thatís right, definitive Tap information from a serious scholar of phony performance groups. Want a taste? Check out the authorís website,

Hollywood Creative Directory 52nd Edition. by Staff, Hollywood Creative Directory, 2004

Thatís right, only $64.95 stands between you and selling the script for your student film that will surely lead to stardom and unimaginable wealth. This is the resource for everybody with some thing (or someone) to hawk to studios, directors and other kingmakers. This is the perfect gift for someone you feel is a talent waiting to be discovered or for the younger relative who is ready to have his dreams crushed into tiny humiliating pieces. Merry Christmas!

A Field Guide to Monsters: This Book Could Save Your Life, by Dave Elliott, CJ Henderson, Rick Leider, Hylas Publishing, 2004.

Think about itówhat if you tried to kill the Wolfman with a wooden stake or a vampire with a silver bullet? The result would be a more pissed off monster and a less-likely-to-survive you. Luckily, A Field Guide to Monsters has you covered. It catalogs more than 100 monsters and describes when they first appeared on the movie screens, their monster tendencies (brain-eating versus, say, blood-sucking) and method of killing them.

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Expanded and Updated, by David Thomson , Knopf, 2004.

Think Internet Movie Database but with attitude. Thomson gives us profiles of more than a thousand stars of the movie world, each containing terse but often damning summations of a performerís career or style.

Twentieth Century Fox: Inside the Photo Archives Forward by Martin Scorsese, Harry N. Abrams, 2004.

Pretty pretty pictures of pretty pretty peopleófrom The Grapes of Wrath to the studioís latest blockbusters. The photographs include head shots and movie stills but also a more candid look at one of Hollywoodís most prolific movie-making machines.

Mr. Skinís Skincyclopedia: The A to Z Guide of Finding Your Favorite Actress Naked, by Mr. Skin, St. Martinís Griffin, 2005.

If your favorite nudity-loving movie-goer doesnít mind waiting until January for his gift, the Skincyclopedia might be the perfect find. Here, helpfully catalogued, are profiles of more than 2,000 actresses of all star quality levels and which movies feature them naked (as well as which parts get their close-up).

Cinema Treasures: A New Look At Classic Movie Theaters, by Ross Melnick, Andreas Fuchs, Motorbooks International, 2004.

If movies are your religion, here is a look at some of its most elaborate cathedrals. The book looks at not just the great but sadly late movie palaces of the 1920s and 1930s (when a movie theater looked less like a multiplex and more like a mansion) but also at the very first venues to show moving pictures as well as the current 20-plus-screen movie-marts.

The Art of The Incredibles, by Brad Bird, Mark Cotta Vaz, John Lassater, Chronicle Books, 2004

The very best animated film of the year gets the big glossy treatment. This book explores, with geek precision, the science and design of this impressive use of digital animation. Eschewing the desire to make things look real, The Incredibles went the way of makeing things look comic-booky. The result is a movie that pops in a way that other digitally animated features (The Polar Express, Shark Tale) simply donít.

- Amy Diaz

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