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  • 101 MARVELLOUS MOVIES
    101 MARVELLOUS MOVIES
    STRATTON DAVID
    ISBN: 9781760632120
    Title: 101 MARVELLOUS MOVIES
    Author: STRATTON DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: December 2018 New Release

    Avoid spending hours trawling Netflix for the perfect film to watch, and take the recommendation of one of the world's most experienced film critics.

    Are you tired of trawling through movies you don't recognise on Netflix? Sick of reading short film descriptions that sound boring? Don't know what to watch next?

    Let leading film critic David Stratton introduce you to 101 movies that you probably haven't heard of, and tell you why they are worth seeing.

    David Stratton's selection of overlooked gems includes movies from such well-known directors as David Lynch, Ang Lee and Sydney Lumet. They star popular actors such as Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Sean Connery, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, Reese Witherspoon, Paul Newman, Emma Thompson and Jake Gyllenhaal. They include comedies, thrillers, westerns, musicals and romances, and were produced from the 1980s through to the past few years.

    A perfect gift for anyone who relishes a cosy night at home with a good movie.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 101 WAR MOVIES YOU MUST SEE BEFORE YOU DIE
    101 WAR MOVIES YOU MUST SEE BEFORE YOU DIE
    SCHNEIDER STEVEN JAY [ED]
    ISBN: 9780733324963
    Title: 101 WAR MOVIES YOU MUST SEE BEFORE YOU DIE
    Author: SCHNEIDER STEVEN JAY [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Whether you know every line from The Great Escape or could watch The Bridge on the River Kwai again and again, 101 War Movies You Must See Before You Die is the book for you. Take a war, any war, from the beginning of time to the present day, throw in some amazing heroes, antiheroes and a whole lot of action and you have a classic war film. From Billy Wilder's Stalag 17 to The Deer Hunter, this is the perfect guide. War films have spanned several worlds of film-making. Discover movies filled with jingoistic propaganda made during wartime, as well as those that look back and ask the huge, burning questions that governments still refuse to answer. With insight from critics, film historians and academics, this book offers a breadth of knowledge and passion for a celluloid century of tanks and trenches, guns and grenades, heart-rending deaths and heroic leadership.

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 11 BILLION YEAR : FROM SUNDANCE TO THE OSCARS AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE CHANGING HOLLYWOOD SYSTEM
    11 BILLION YEAR : FROM SUNDANCE TO THE OSCARS AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE CHANGING HOLLYWOOD SYSTEM
    THOMPSON ANNE
    ISBN: 9780062218018
    Title: 11 BILLION YEAR : FROM SUNDANCE TO THE OSCARS AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE CHANGING HOLLYWOOD SYSTEM
    Author: THOMPSON ANNE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "This chronicle of 2012 is a slice of what happened during a watershed year for the Hollywood movie industry. It's not the whole story, but it's a mosaic of what went on, and why, and of where things are heading."What changed in one Hollywood year to produce a record-breaking box office after two years of decline? How can the Sundance Festival influence a film's fate, as it did for Beasts of the Southern Wild and Searching for Sugar Man, which both went all the way to the Oscars? Why did John Carter misfire and The Hunger Games succeed? How did maneuvers at festivals such as South by Southwest (SXSW), Cannes, Telluride, Toronto, and New York and at conventions such as CinemaCon and Comic-Con benefit Amour, Django Unchained, Moonrise Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook, Les Miserables, The Life of Pi, The Avengers, Lincoln, and Argo? What jeopardized Zero Dark Thirty's launch? What role does gender bias still play in the industry? What are the ten things that changed the 2012 Oscar race?When it comes to film, Anne Thompson, a seasoned reporter and critic, addresses these questions and more on her respected daily blog, Thompson on Hollywood. Each year, she observes the Hollywood machine at work: the indies at Sundance, the exhibitors' jockeying at CinemaCon, the international scene at Cannes, the summer tentpoles, the fall's "smart" films and festivals, the family-friendly and big films of the holiday season, and the glamour of the Oscars(R). Inspired by William Goldman's classic book The Season, which examined the overall Broadway scene through a production-by-production analysis of one theatrical season, Thompson had long wanted to apply a similar lens to the movie business. When she chose 2012 as "the year" to track, she knew that box-office and DVD sales were declining, production costs were soaring, and the digital revolution was making big waves, but she had no idea that events would converge to bring radical structural movement, record-setting box-office revenues, and what she calls "sublime moviemaking."Though impossible to mention all 670-plus films released in 2012, Thompson includes many in this book, while focusing on the nine Best Picture nominees and the personalities and powers behind them. Reflecting on the year, Thompson concludes, "The best movies get made because filmmakers, financiers, champions, and a great many gifted creative people stubbornly ignore the obstacles. The question going forward is how adaptive these people are, and how flexible is the industry itself?"

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BACK TO THE FUTURE : THE ULTIMATE VISUAL HISTORY
    BACK TO THE FUTURE : THE ULTIMATE VISUAL HISTORY
    KLASTORIN MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780062419149
    Title: BACK TO THE FUTURE : THE ULTIMATE VISUAL HISTORY
    Author: KLASTORIN MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Great Scott! Go Back to the Future with Doc Brown and Marty McFly in this visually stunning look at the creation of one of the most beloved movie trilogies of all time.


    Few films have made an impact on popular culture like the Back to the Future trilogy. This deluxe, officially licensed book goes behind the scenes to tell the complete story of the making of these hugely popular movies and how the adventures of Marty McFly and Doc Brown became an international phenomenon.

    Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History is a stunning journey into the creation of this beloved time-traveling saga and features hundreds of never-before-seen images from all three movies, along with rare concept art, storyboards, and other visual treasures.

    The book also features exclusive interviews with key cast and crew members—including Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, and more—and tells the complete story of the production of the movies, from the initial concept to the staging of iconic scenes such as the “Enchantment Under the Sea” dance and the hoverboard sequence. The book also delves into the wider Back to the Future universe, exploring the animated television show and Back to the Future: The Ride.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $64.99

    Price: $64.99
  • BARFLY : The Movie
    BARFLY : The Movie
    BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780876857076
    Title: BARFLY : The Movie
    Author: BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The screenplay of the 1987 movie, as written by Charles Bukowski.

    Imprint: ECCO
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • BROADSWORD CALLING DANNY BOY : On Where Eagles Dare
    BROADSWORD CALLING DANNY BOY : On Where Eagles Dare
    DYER GEOFF
    ISBN: 9780141987620
    Title: BROADSWORD CALLING DANNY BOY : On Where Eagles Dare
    Author: DYER GEOFF
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Where Eagles Dare is both a thrillingly realized Alpine Second World War adventure with tough, compelling acting from its two great stars, Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood, and a flippant travesty, infantilizing the central disaster in Europe's modern history in favour of huge explosions and camp SS officers.

    Geoff Dyer has loved Where Eagles Dare since childhood and in 'Broadsword Calling Danny Boy' he twists and turns very entertainingly to both extoll and denigrate the acme of the late 1960s action movie. Like his earlier Zona - on Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker - this is a scene-by-scene reaction to watching the film. The book might have as an ideal reader somebody who has not even seen Where Eagles Dare, but who will enjoy it simply as a comic tour-de-force. But for the film's legions of fans, whose hearts will always belong to Ron Goodwin's theme tune and the opening shots of a snow-camouflaged Junkers Ju-52, this book will be the fulfilment of a dream.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CLOUDSTREET - THE SCREENPLAY
    CLOUDSTREET - THE SCREENPLAY
    WINTON TIM / FONTANA ELLEN
    ISBN: 9781926428314
    Title: CLOUDSTREET - THE SCREENPLAY
    Author: WINTON TIM / FONTANA ELLEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From separate catastrophes two rural families flee to the city and find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives again from scratch. For twenty years they roister and rankle, laugh and curse until the roof over their heads becomes a home for their hearts.

    Author Tim Winton has worked with Ellen Fontana to translate this funny, sprawling saga into a brilliantly written TV mini-series. The show, like the Miles Franklin Award-winning book, is a celebration of people, places and rhythms, and will touch a new generation of readers.



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • COEN BROTHERS
    COEN BROTHERS
    BERGAN RONALD
    ISBN: 9781628725667
    Title: COEN BROTHERS
    Author: BERGAN RONALD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This fully updated edition of the first biography of the Coen Brothers includes their complete work so far, from Blood Simple to Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), with a reassessment of their remarkable career as a whole. Joel and Ethan Coen have pulled off the ultimate balancing act. Despite having their movies financed and distributed by major studios, they have managed to remain true independents, rejecting commercial clichés and never giving up on their own fiercely idiosyncratic vision. While doing so, they have established themselves among the world's leading filmmakers.

    From their startling debut, Blood Simple (1984), all of their movies reveal a distinctive stamp: a flamboyant visual style, richly conceived characters, crisp dialogue, and brilliant casting. They have revitalized old Hollywood genres such as noir, screwball, and the western, giving them a contemporary sensibility. In this biography, Ronald Bergan traces the brothers' Jewish roots, their beginnings as film geeks in suburban Minneapolis, their battle to get their first feature made and released, through their early features and the movies of their maturity. He gives blow-by-blow accounts of the making of each movie. New chapters cover all those released since O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), with which the first edition of this book ended.

    Imprint: ARCADE PUBLISHERS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • COEN BROTHERS : This Book Really Ties the Films Together
    COEN BROTHERS : This Book Really Ties the Films Together
    NAYMAN ADAM
    ISBN: 9781419727405
    Title: COEN BROTHERS : This Book Really Ties the Films Together
    Author: NAYMAN ADAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From such cult hits as Raising Arizona (1987) and The Big Lebowski (1998) to major critical darlings Fargo (1996), No Country for Old Men (2007), and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), Ethan and Joel Coen have cultivated a bleakly comical, instantly recognizable voice in modern American cinema. In The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together, film critic Adam Nayman carefully sifts through their complex cinematic universe in an effort to plot, as he puts it, “some Grand Unified Theory of Coen-ness.” The book combines critical text—biography, close film analysis, and enlightening interviews with key Coen collaborators—with a visual aesthetic that honors the Coens’ singular mix of darkness and levity. Featuring film stills, beautiful and evocative illustrations, punchy infographics, and hard insight, this book will be the definitive exploration of the Coen brothers’ oeuvre.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • DAVID HARE : COLLECTED SCREENPLAYS 1   %%
    DAVID HARE : COLLECTED SCREENPLAYS 1 %%
    HARE DAVID
    ISBN: 9780571214518
    Title: DAVID HARE : COLLECTED SCREENPLAYS 1 %%
    Author: HARE DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $32.00
    Price: $32.00
  • DAVID LYNCH
    DAVID LYNCH
    ODELL COLIN
    ISBN: 9781842432259
    Title: DAVID LYNCH
    Author: ODELL COLIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: KAMERA BOOKS
    RRP: $29.95
    Price: $29.99
  • FABER BOOK OF FRENCH CINEMA
    FABER BOOK OF FRENCH CINEMA
    DRAZIN CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780571349289
    Title: FABER BOOK OF FRENCH CINEMA
    Author: DRAZIN CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: November 2018 New Release

    In The Faber Book of French Cinema, Charles Drazin explores the rich film culture and history of the country that first established the cinema as the most important mass medium of the twentieth century.

    Offering portraits of such key figures as the Lumiere brothers, Georges Melies, Charles Pathe and Leon Gaumont, he looks at the early pioneers who transformed a fairground novelty into a global industry.
    The crisis caused by the First World War led France to surrender her position as the world's dominant film-making power, but French cinema forged a new role for itself as a beacon of cinematic possibility and achievement.

    Suggesting a Gallic attitude that has always considered the cinema to be as much a cause as a business, Drazin looks at the extraordinary resilience of the French film industry during the Second World War when, in spite of the national catastrophe of defeat and occupation, it was still able to produce such classics as Le Corbeau and Les Enfants du Paradis.

    Finally, he traces its remarkable post-war regeneration. He looks at the seminal impact of the New Wave of film-makers - typified by Truffaut and Godard - but also at the other waves that have followed since. As he brings the story into the twenty-first century - with Jacques Audaird's award-winning A Prophet - he seeks to capture the essence of the French film tradition and why it continues to matter to anyone who cares about the cinema.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • FABER BOOK OF NEW SOUTH AMERICAN CINEMA
    FABER BOOK OF NEW SOUTH AMERICAN CINEMA
    MATHEOU DEMETRIOS
    ISBN: 9780571231799
    Title: FABER BOOK OF NEW SOUTH AMERICAN CINEMA
    Author: MATHEOU DEMETRIOS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $45.00
    Price: $45.00
  • FILMS OF JOSEPH LOSEY
    FILMS OF JOSEPH LOSEY
    PALMER JAMES
    ISBN: 9780521387804
    Title: FILMS OF JOSEPH LOSEY
    Author: PALMER JAMES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $39.95
    Price: $39.95
  • FRANCE ON FILM : REFLECTIONS ON POPULAR FRENCH CINEMA   %%
    FRANCE ON FILM : REFLECTIONS ON POPULAR FRENCH CINEMA %%
    MAZDON LUCY [ED]
    ISBN: 9781903364086
    Title: FRANCE ON FILM : REFLECTIONS ON POPULAR FRENCH CINEMA %%
    Author: MAZDON LUCY [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: WALLFLOWER PRESS
    RRP: $39.95
    Price: $39.95
  • GERMAN NATIONAL CINEMA
    GERMAN NATIONAL CINEMA
    HAKE SABINE
    ISBN: 9780415089029
    Title: GERMAN NATIONAL CINEMA
    Author: HAKE SABINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $58.00
    Price: $58.00
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