Category: BOOK REVIEWS

Book: Dear Guelda – The Death and Life of Pioneering Canadian Filmmaker Julian Roffman (2017)

Book: Dear Guelda – The Death and Life of Pioneering Canadian Filmmaker Julian Roffman (2017)

February 9, 2018 | By

To fans of 3D cinema, especially its pre-1980s renaissance, Julian Roffman is recognizable as the director-producer of what was in 1961 Canada’s first 3D feature and feature-length horror film. The Mask was also one of the most financially successful productions and the first Canadian film to be distributed stateside by a major studio…

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Book: Adventures in VHS (2016)

Book: Adventures in VHS (2016)

June 25, 2016 | By

From a rare 1980s photograph of his old corner video shop, author and podcaster Noel Mellor imposed a unique challenge on his viewing habits: find the actual VHS tapes in that photo of long-gone Video World, re-experience exploitation classics on a VCR and old tube TV…

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Book: I Lost It at the Video Store: A Filmmaker’s Oral History of a Vanished Era (2015)

Book: I Lost It at the Video Store: A Filmmaker’s Oral History of a Vanished Era (2015)

May 12, 2016 | By

The current state of the classic home video store as an endangered species has inspired a variety of authors to pen curated histories of an era that’s either vanished wholeheartedly in towns and cities, or still survives as feisty mom & pop, bricks and mortar shops…

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Book: Cult Cinema – An Arrow Video Companion (2016)

Book: Cult Cinema – An Arrow Video Companion (2016)

April 8, 2016 | By

Arrow Video’s first venture in publishing is this limited hardcover book that gathers many of the essays, intros, and preambles designed to not only accompany selected Blu-ray & DVD releases in England and America, but contextualize the films and series…

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Book: Composer’s Guide to Game Music, A (2014)

Book: Composer’s Guide to Game Music, A (2014)

May 22, 2014 | By

Winifred Phillips’ decision to start her composing career exclusively in video games isn’t unique, but she may be one of the most dedicated and articulate composers working today, and her latest work – a book-length intro guide to the highly specialized craft of game music – is a meticulously written tome…

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Book: Q – The Autobiography of Quincy Jones (2003)

Book: Q – The Autobiography of Quincy Jones (2003)

November 15, 2010 | By

Return to: Home / Book Reviews . Rating: Excellent Publisher: Doubleday / ISBN: 0-385-48896-3 / Format: Hardcover / Date: 2002 Author: Quincy Jones . Special Notes:  This review also compares the audiobook, read by Quincy Jones, and published by Simon & Schuster Audio (2003), ISBN 0-7435-00601 . . Review: 2001 was a busy year for legendary composer, musician, producer, and humanitarian […]

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Book: Fiddler’s Tale, A (2003)

Book: Fiddler’s Tale, A (2003)

November 15, 2010 | By

Return to: Home / Book Reviews . Rating: Very Good Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press / ISBN: 0-299-18380-7 / Format: Hardcover/ Pages: 394 / Date: 2003 Author: Louis Kaufman . . Review: During his enormously vivacious career as a concert violinist, Louis Kaufman traveled the world and regularly indulged in his favourite pleasures: music, art, food, and friendship. His […]

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Book: Film Musings – A Selected Anthology from Fanfare Magazine (2007)

Book: Film Musings – A Selected Anthology from Fanfare Magazine (2007)

November 15, 2010 | By

Return to: Home / Book Reviews . Rating: Excellent Publisher: Scarecrow Press/ ISBN: 0-8108-5856-8 / Format: Trade Paperback/ Pages: 380 / Date: 2007 Author: Royal S. Brown . . Review: Between 1983-2001, Royal S. Brown wrote a meaty column on film music for the classical-oriented Fanfare magazine, and he remains part of a select group of film music […]

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Book: Louis and Bebe Barron’s Forbidden Planet (2005)

Book: Louis and Bebe Barron’s Forbidden Planet (2005)

November 15, 2010 | By

Return to: Home / Book Reviews . Rating: Excellent Publisher: Scarecrow Press / ISBN: 0-8108-5670-0 / Format: Trade Paperback / Date: 2005 Author:  James Wierzbicki . . Review: It took the influence of Kate Daubney, editor of the Scarecrow Press Film Score Guide, to convince author James Wierzbicki that he was the best person to tackle an examination of the first […]

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Book: Ennio Morricone’s The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (2004)

Book: Ennio Morricone’s The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (2004)

November 15, 2010 | By

Return to: Home / Book Reviews . Rating: Excellent Publisher: Scarecrow Press / ISBN: 0-8108-5132-6/ Format: Trade Paperback / Date: 2004 Author:  Charles Leinberger . . Review: While taking a research seminar on the films of Clint Eastwood, Arizona University graduate Charles Leinberger got hooked on Ennio Morricone’s western scores for Sergio Leone’s westerns, and the music major never quite […]

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