What Are Your Favorite Books About Film?

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FILM
IT’S MY OBSESSION
IT’S YOUR OBSESSION

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Let’s talk about some of the greatest books written about the subject:

MAKING MOVIES By Sidney Lumet

  • One of the greatest directors of all time gives you an in depth look at the entire filmmaking process. It’s the closet any book as come to accurately depicting the mind of a director.

REBEL WITHOUT A CREW By Robert Rodriguez

  • This book details how an independent Mexican director became a major Hollywood player with just 7,000 dollars and a dream.
    Combining his production journals (How he raised the money is worth the cover price) and the complete El Mariachi shooting script.
    If this book doesn’t inspire you to create your own movies, nothing will.
MOVIE GUIDE (VARIOUS) By Leonard Maltin
  • THE. BIBLE.
AWAKE IN THE DARK By Roger Ebert
  • The world’s most renowned film critic collects his greatest reviews and offers insightful commentary on various topics.
  • An embarrassment of riches.
NIGHTMARE USA By Stephen Thrower
  • This 528 page beast is the most complete encyclopedia of exploitation cinema ever published.
    With 178 reviews and 21 interviews with some of the biggest names in the genre-this is the holy Grail of grindhouse cinema.

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ON WRITING By Stephen King

  • Not exactly about film but the greatest book about writing ever written.

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Let’s hear some of your favorite books on the subject.

  • Jooshua

    Oh yeah! That good old place.

  • Jooshua

    I’m always down for a re-discuss.

  • Joe Newman

    Making Movies and Rebel Without A Crew are essential reading for any one interested in film.

  • Joshua Martyniouk

    Any Stephen King book is amazing!

  • sailor monsoon

    That’s code for: “slow news day”

  • sailor monsoon

    Damn good movie

  • Schizo_Frog

    Love that movie.

  • Duke

    Sailor had so many great opinion articles in the archives, that they needed a light dusting and put back in the spotlight for another go

  • sailor monsoon

    The star of murder by death?
    He wrote a book?

  • Schizo_Frog

    Sorry I meant Capote.

  • sailor monsoon

    That’s a movie character dummy.
    He’s not real

  • Schizo_Frog

    lol So is the Autobiography of Malcolm X.

  • sailor monsoon

    It’s still a good book frog!

  • sailor monsoon

    It was written on the previous site

  • Duke

    I mean On Writing lol

  • Schizo_Frog

    Stephen King wrote a book about films?

    I know he wrote On Writing, which is about… writing novels lol… but nothing about films.

  • Jooshua

    Hmm. I thought we already did this? Must have been somewhere else. Anyways.. I’m always happy when I get a chance to reference my favorite book about film…

    All I Need Know About FILMMAKING I Learned from the Toxic Avenger, by Lloyd Kaufman and James Gunn

    It’s possible it’s my favorite book of all time. Period.

  • It’s narrower in focus than a general book on film, but William Tsutsui’s Godzilla on my Mind is a really great deep dive into the history of the franchise.

  • Duke

    Stephen King’s book is absolutely amazing!

  • TheDeadFellow

    I remember reading Sculpting In Time by Andrei Tarkovsky back in high school. One of my teachers gave it to me because she knew I was a freak about film and even allowed me to keep it. A wonderful book, I must say. I also read stuff like Roger Ebert’s book of Grant Movies and a nifty book on cult films from the UK.