love him or hate him, Quentin Tarantino He knows a thing or two about movies – and he’s not shy about sharing. Now, Tarantino has turned his cinematic 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 has screened many films from the 1970s; Movies like “Dirty Harry” and “Taxi Driver”. As is always the case with Tarantino, some of his opinions are really out there (ex: he says the awesome “Friends of Eddie Coyle” is “overrated,” which it isn’t). But Tarantino’s wild opinions are part of his ambiguity, and even if you don’t agree with him, he usually backs them up with his own reasoning. Those who can’t stand Tarantino and his full halo probably won’t want to get too close to Speculation Cinema, but movie fans will get a real treat here. (Chris Evangelista)
Do you have a “Big Bang Theory” fan in your life? Don’t worry, we won’t judge if you do. In fact, we had the perfect gift in mind. This “comprehensive” oral history of the hit sitcom features co-creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Brady, and stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, and more as they look at the creation of the show. This account is as official as it gets, from its initial concept to its conclusion twelve seasons later. There’s a lot for fans and even casual TV fans to learn in this comprehensive deep dive, including plenty of details you’ve never heard of. Although this book has behind-the-scenes drama in spades, it ultimately serves as a love letter to a show that continues to be an example of just how impactful a simple TV series can be. (Erin Brady)
Streaming algorithms have been great at ensuring movies find their audience, but we’ve lost the magic provided by video stores and curated TV shows that often introduce viewers to all kinds of wild, weird, and wonderful movies they might not otherwise be looking for on their own. For cable-cutters longing for the days of “TCM Underground,” the weekly late-night movie show airing on Turner Classic Movies every Friday, you’re in luck. The holiday season welcomes the book “TCM Underground: 50 Must-See Movies from the World of Cult Classics and Night Cinema.” This book is not just a list of recommendations, as it also includes reviews, behind-the-scenes retellings, and gorgeous photography celebrating some of the most unique and iconic films from around the world, such as “Ganja and Hess,” “The Decline of Western Civilization,” “Hosso,” and ” Possession”, “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls”, “Xanadu” and the works of John Waters. This is the perfect guide for movie fans wanting to explore the cinematic world of camp, kitsch, shock, slash, and unforgettable films that have to be seen to be believed. (BJ Colangelo)
As much as filmmakers enjoy making “Love Letters to the Movies” every time award season rolls around (which, by my calculations, is now!), no fictional story can rival the real-world history behind Hollywood. The industry has gone through some amazing changes over the decades, to say the least, from filmmaking trends and styles to legendary filmmaker-friendly studios, to the ups and downs of the art form’s intrinsic relationship with contemporary social and political movements. There are only a few important figures left in the industry who can say they have personally witnessed such upheaval, but fortunately, most of them have banded together to contribute to it.Hollywood: Oral History. The American Film Institute has opened up its interview vaults so readers can take a fresh look at the inside story of the film business–from famous figures past and present. The seminal book, by film scholar Jeanine Basinger and author Sam Wasson, brings together the thoughts of no less than 400 titans. The industry to paint an unforgettable picture of Hollywood as a whole.Treat yourself (or a loved one) this holiday season and get your copy now!(Jeremy Mathai)
There are few visual experiences quite as stunning as watching an actor transform into an out-of-this-world creature with practically FX and a bit of elbow grease. Featuring an introduction by Guillermo del Toro and an epilogue by Seth MacFarlane, “Masters of Make-Up Effects: A Century of Practical Magic” is a stunning book that celebrates the incredible talents of make-up and makeup artists from the worlds of film and television. Presented by authors Howard Berger and Marshall Julius, the book includes hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos and first-hand accounts of how some of her 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,” and the “Dune” franchise. ,” and even the Marvel Cinematic Universe. More than 50 legendary makeup effects legends and creature actors (such as Doug Jones, Robert Englund, and Doug Bradley) contributed to the book, making this one of the most in-depth looks at the cinematic cosmetics industry ever assembled. This is a no-brainer. A must-read for fans of practical fx and an appreciation for the technical ingenuity behind the magic of movies.(BJ Colangelo)
The AT-AT’s father, the ED-209, the bugs from “Starship Troopers,” and the guy the internet likes to point out that he “only had one job, elephant” as the dinosaur superintendent in Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” is a legend in the movie effects community. Now Phil Tippett has released a deluxe, deluxe book full of behind-the-scenes photos and influences gained over the decades called “Crazy Dreams and Monsters” that covers everything from “Star Wars” to “RoboCop” to the latest surreal stop-motion feature, “Mad Gods.” This special hardcover edition written by Gilles Penso comes packed with thousands of never-before-seen images that audiences will surely make the day of any major movie nerd in your life. (Eric Visby)
As much as we film and TV buffs talk about film directors, we spend far less time discussing full-time TV helms. There are also some exceptionally skilled ones, including the legendary James Burroughs. The “Cheers” co-creator has been at the forefront of TV shows since the ’70s, starting with classic sitcoms like “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Taxi,” then moving on to “Frasier,” “Will & Grace,” and Mike and Molly. All in all, he has directed over 1,000 (!) episodes of television over the course of nearly 50 years. As you can imagine, he’s someone with a lot of ideas to offer in the entertainment business — not to mention the many, many behind-the-scenes stories that have never been made public. For more on that, you just have to check out his memoir, Directed by James Burroughs. Follow Favorite
In case you haven’t heard, “The Office” stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey hosted a hit soundtrack called “ladies office” The two actresses dive into every behind-the-scenes detail from their time as Pam and Angela on the hit comedy series. If the podcast wasn’t enough for you, the two have also collaborated on a book that digs further into the two stars’ real-life friendship beyond their time spent at the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. These two are an absolute joy, 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)
Park design is one of the great little-known art forms, and no one has done more to develop the medium and define it for the modern age than the visualizers at Disney theme parks. This group of designers, engineers, artists, and technicians represents an entirely unique group with an ambitious purpose: storytellers from dozens of diverse backgrounds who create worlds for people to explore and enjoy.
The story of Disney’s Imagineers has been chronicled in the illuminating documentary series “The Imagineering Story” on Disney+, and now, director Leslie Iwerks has turned her filmmaking into a book. And you’ll be happy to know it’s the kind of book that could be used in place of a big brick if push came to shove–at 752 pages, this is the kind of comprehensive book any Disney theme park fan needs on their shelves. .
Honestly, it’s long overdue for a book like this. While there have been plenty of books written by individual imaginers and tons of coffee table publications collecting concept and behind-the-scenes art, the full story of how park design matured and found its voice beginning in the 1950s has yet to be collected in one place. This is the kind of story that is not only essential for theme park fans, but essential to understanding the voice of Disney, and how our obsession with immersive experiences has taken root. (Jacob Hall)
It’s never too early to teach your kids real cinema, which is why Cinephile (The people behind the arcade game of the same name) has published three books aimed at educating them about a few distinct literary genres. My First Film is the first volume in a series of brilliantly colored books that cover themes and tropes of the French New Wave, film noir, and giallo horror.
If you need any further convincing, the book series’ official website features plenty of praise from the likes of Edgar Wright, David Lowery, and Alex Ross Perry, as well as a host of other pop culture critics and experts. Head to Cinephile To pick up the box set or just pick up one book at a time if you’re so inclined. There are even packages that include a print with artwork from the book. Enjoy! (Ethan Anderton)