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The A List: The National Society of Film Critics' 100 Essential Films
by Jay Carr, National Society of Film Critics
The ritual of list making in our entertainment media has yielded few definitive surveys, but The A List is the genuine article. Written with conviction, authority, and a refreshing diversity of styles by 41 members of the esteemed National Society of Film Critics, this compilation of 100 mini-essays endeavors to explain why these 107 films (accounting for a few appropriate couplings and trilogies) are required viewing for anyone to be "film literate." Debate is inevitable (Enter the Dragon and Jailhouse Rock created Bruce Lee and Elvis as icons--does that make them "essential" films?), but the inclusions are eloquently justified through personal anecdote, engaging analysis, and astute reassessment. International scope (the rise of Iranian cinema) and historical breadth (from Birth of a Nation to L.A. Confidential) prevent esoteric favoritism, but this enlightening collection remains idiosyncratic and, yes, essential. Reading these essays before and after seeing each film is encouraged; having them around for future reference is nothing less than a privilege. --Jeff Shannon -
Paperback from DaCapo Press

The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917
by Jonathan Clements, Helen McCarthy
(Paperback -- September 1, )

Cinematherapy: The Girl's Guide to Movies for Every Mood
by Nancy K. Peske, Beverly West
Paperback: 258 pages
Dell Books
(Paperbacks); ISBN: 0440508509; (March 9, )

Cinematherapy for the Soul : The Girl's Guide to Finding Inspiration One Movie at a Time
by Nancy Peske, Beverly West
Paperback from Delta


Count Dracula Goes to the Movies: Stoker's Novel Adapted, 1922-1995
Count Dracula Goes to the Movies: Stoker's Novel Adapted, 1922-1995
by Lyndon W. Joslin
Hardcover from McFarland & Company
Magical Reels: A History of Cinema in Latin America
by John King
(Paperback -- October 4, )

The Art of the Fellowship of the Ring
by Gary Russell
(Hardcover -- June 12, )

Leonard Maltins Movie Guide 2005
Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide
by Leonard Maltin, Cathleen Anderson, Luke Sader, Mike Clark, Rob Edelman, Spencer Green, Alvin H. Marill, Michael Scheinfeld, Bill Warren, Casey St. Charnez
Mass Market Paperback from Signet Book
DVD  Video Guide 2005 (Video and DVD Guide)
DVD & Video Guide
Paperback from Ballantine Books
Videohound's Golden Movie Retriever
by Jim Craddock
Paperback from Gale Group

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Visual Companion
by Jude Fisher, J.R.R. Tolkien
(Hardcover -- November 6, )

The Lord of the Rings Official Movie Guide
by Brian Sibley, J.R.R. Tolkien
(Hardcover -- November 6, )

The Film Encyclopedia: The Most Comprehensive Encyclopedia of World Cinema in a Single Volume (Film Encyclopedia, 4th Ed)
by Ephraim Katz, et al
This is the basic reference guide to the international cinema. Put it next to your TV and VCR and you'll be able to answer the questions that inevitably arise when you watch a movie: "What other films has she been in?"; "Haven't I heard that director's name before?"; and "What in tarnation is a gaffer?" The Film Encyclopedia contains biographies and filmographies of actors, directors, producers, and cinematographers, as well as screenwriters, editors, musical directors, production designers, and critics. You can look up films by nationality and find a history of a given country's contribution to the art. Technical data is also indexed, so you can read not only about film stock and the apparatus of the camera, but also about the duties of the gaffer, the key grip, and the best boy. The book's introduction states that Ephraim Katz, who died in 1992, set out to write "the most comprehensive one-volume encyclopedia of world cinema ever published in the English language." The Film Encyclopedia contains more information than any other single-volume film reference and is also the best written movie guide of its kind. Because most of the entries were written by Katz himself, reading this book is like talking to a witty and learned film historian who has devoted his life to understanding--and loving--the cinema.
(Paperback -- March 20, )

The Great Movies
by Roger Ebert
Paperback from Broadway

Halliwell's Film Guide 2004
by Leslie Halliwell
Paperback from HarperResource


Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide 2004
Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide
by Leonard Maltin
Mass Market Paperback from Signet
Mike Nelson's Movie Megacheese
by Michael J. Nelson
(Paperback -- June 20, )

The Godfather Legacy
by Harlan Lebo
(Paperback -- March )

Hollywood Horror: From Gothic to Cosmic
Hollywood Horror: From Gothic to Cosmic
by Mark A. Vieira
Hardcover from Harry N. Abrams
Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films With Wisdom & Discernment
by Brian Godawa
(Paperback -- July )

History Goes to the Movies: A Viewer's Guide to the Best (And Some of the Worst) Historical Films Ever Made
by Joseph H. Roquemore
(Paperback -- November 9, )

Dinosaur Field Guide: Jurassic Park Institute
by Thomas R., Jr. Holtz, et al
(Paperback -- June 12, )

The Encyclopedia of Fantasy
by John Clute (Editor), John Grant (Editor)
(Paperback -- February )

The Complete James Bond Movie Encyclopedia
by Steven Jay Rubin
Paperback: 512 pages
Contemporary Books; ISBN: 0809232685; Revised edition (September 1, )

The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons
by Jeff Lenburg, et al
(Paperback -- July )

Fangoria's 101 Best Horror Movies You've Never Seen : A Celebration of the World's Most Unheralded Fright Flicks
by Adam Lukeman
Paperback from Three Rivers Press
Immoral Tales : European Sex & Horror Movies, 1956-1984
by Cathal Tohill, Pete Tombs
Paperback from St. Martin's Press
Four-Star Movies: The 101 Greatest Films of All Time
by Gail Kinn, Jim Piazza
Hardcover from Black Dog & Leventhal Pub

Hispanics in Hollywood
by Luis Reyes, et al
(Paperback -- October )

James Bond: The Legacy
James Bond: The Legacy
by Bruce John/Scivally Cork
Hardcover from Harry N. Abrams
Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia: Career Profiles of More Than 2,000 Actors and Filmmakers, Past and Present
by Leonard Maltin, et al
(Paperback -- November )
Film Noir: An Encyclopedia Reference to the American Style
by Alain Silver (Editor), Elizabeth Ward (Editor)
Paperback: 479 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.50 x 11.00 x 8.25 
Publisher: Overlook Press; 3rd edition (March 1993) 
ISBN: 0879514795

The Encyclopedia of Stanley Kubrick (Library of Great Filmmakers)
by Rodney Hill, Gene D. Phillips
Listed under Stanley Kubrick

The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
by Vincent Canby, Janet Maslin, Peter M. Nichols
Paperback from Three Rivers Press


Now Showing: Unforgettable Moments From The Movies
Now Showing: Unforgettable Moments From The Movies
by Joe Garner
Hardcover from Andrews McMeel Publishing
The Official Three Stooges Encyclopedia : The Ultimate Knucklehead's Guide to Stoogedom--from Amalgamated Association of Morons to Ziller...
by Robert Kurson
(Paperback -- May 1, )
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
by Steven Jay Schneider
Book Description: "You played it for her, Sam. Now, play it for me." Everybody loves a good movie, and Casablanca is just one of the classics described in this, the ultimate book about movies! This volume's expert team of authors spans a full century of production, concisely describing 1001 of the best films from around the world. The listings are dramatically augmented with memorable photos, both in color and black and white. The book is a chrono-logical survey covering the best cinematic dramas, comedies, westerns, musicals, suspense and horror films, gangster classics, films noir, sci-fi epics, documentaries, and adaptations of novels and stage plays. Starting in 1902 with the French production, Le voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon) and the famous 1903 American short, The Great Train Robbery, this immensely enjoyable read moves forward chronologically. Film fans review the 1920s silent classics of D. W. Griffith and the comedies of Chaplin and Keaton, then go on to the era of sound films, beginning in 1927 with Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer. Soon to follow were von Sternberg's 1931 classic with Marlene Dietrich, Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel), the Bela Lugosi portrayal of Dracula, and the inimitable King Kong. Other highlights from the 1930s include screwball comedies like It Happened One Night and Bringing Up Baby, the elegant song-and-dance fests that paired Astaire and Rogers, the crazy antics of the Marx Brothers, and the classic Warner Brothers gangster films where James Cagney, George Raft, and Edward G. Robinson were brought to justice in the final reel. In the 1940s, The Maltese Falconand Casablanca made Humphrey Bogart a household name--and spanning nearly a half-century, from the 1930s to the '80s, Alfred Hitchcock's suspense classics thrilled millions. Also well represented are the post-World War II European New Wave directors, including Pasolini, Fellini, and Antonioni from Italy, Resnais and Truffaut from France, and many others. Here too in words and photos are the classic westerns, from epics starring John Wayne and Gary Cooper to those in which Clint Eastwood shot it out with the bad and the ugly. --And certainly not to be overlooked are the great musicals, from Singin' in the Rain to Chicago.Readers who open this book to any page will find a major film described with a complete list of credits, an essay summarizing its story line and screen-history, and still shots of some of the film's memorable scenes. At the back of the book, both an alpha-betical index and a genre index will help readers find any film they're looking for in a hurry. Collectors of DVDs and video tapes will find this volume a must for their bookshelf, but even casual moviegoers will enjoy browsing through this big, entertaining reference book. For students of cinema, for discerning film buffs, for general moviegoers, and for readers who enjoy reminiscing over unforgettable lines of dialogue, here's the best place to start. 
Hardcover from Barrons Educational Series
Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2004
Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook
by Roger Ebert
Paperback from Andrews McMeel Publishing
The St. James Women Filmmakers Encyclopedia: The Women on the Other Side of the Camera
by Amy Unterburger (Editor)
(Paperback -- June )

Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
by Bill Smith, et al
Listed under Star Wars Books

365 Four-Star Videos You (Probably) Haven't Seen
by Leslie Hamilton
Paperback from McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Books


Time Out Film Guide (Time Out Film Guide, 12th Ed)
Time Out Film Guide (Time Out Film Guide, 12th Ed)
by John Pym, Penguin Books
Paperback from Penguin USA (Paper)
TLA Video & DVD Guide 2004 : The Discerning Film Lover's Guide
by David Bleiler
Paperback from Griffin Trade Paperback
24 October, 2003

Understanding Movies
by Louis Giannetti
Paperback from Prentice Hall College Div

Videohound's Golden Movie Retriever 2003
by Jim Craddock (Editor)
(Paperback -- August )

Video & DVD Guide 2003
by Mick Martin, Marsha Porter
(Mass Market Paperback -- August 27, )

A Year at the Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odyssey
by Kevin Murphy
(Paperback -- September )

What's That From?: The Ultimate Quiz Book of Contemporary Movie Lines
by Jai Nanda
Paperback from St. Martin's Press


VideoHound's Horror Show: 999 Hair-Raising, Hellish and Humorous Movies
by Mike Mayo, William Lustig
Paperback from Visible Ink Pr
Legacy of Blood : A Comprehensive Guide to Slasher Movies
by Jim Harper
Paperback from Headpress
The Essential Stephen King : A Ranking of the Greatest Novels, Short Stories, Movies, and Other Creations of the World's Most Popular Writer
by Stephen J. Spignesi
Hardcover from New Page Books
B-Movie Survival Guide: A Comprehensive Guide to the In's and Out's of Finding A Way to Live Till the Final Credits
by Gary Cook, Debbie Rochon, Peter Schmideg, Dave Gatzmer, Dave Gatzmer
Paperback from Wild Things
Cult Movies
by Philip French, Karl French
Paperback from Watson-Guptill Pubns
Screen Sirens Scream!: Interviews With 20 Actresses from Science Fiction, Horror, Film Noir and Mystery Movies, 1930s to 1960s
by Paul Parla, Charles P. Mitchell
Hardcover from McFarland & Company
Sleaze Creatures: An Illustrated Guide To Obscure Hollywood Horror Movies, 1956-1959
by Chas Balon, D. Earl Worth
Paperback from Fantasma Books

The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia
by Peter Dendle
(Hardcover -- December )

Science Fiction (The Overlook Film Encyclopedia Series)
by Phil Hardy (Editor)
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