Hollywood memoirs and history, behind the scenes and art books, comics and more

Quentin Tarantino Cinema speculation

Love him or hate him, Quentin Tarantino knows a thing or two about movies – and he’s not shy about sharing. Now Tarantino has channeled his film knowledge and love into a new book, ‘Cinema Speculation’. The book is very much in the vein of movie writers like J. Hoberman, and has Tarantino examining several films from the ’70s; movies like ‘Dirty Harry’ and ‘Taxi Driver’. As is always the case with Tarantino, some of his opinions are really well known (for example: he says the fantastic “The Friends of Eddie Coyle” is “overrated”, which is no). But Tarantino’s wild opinions are part of his mystique, and even if you disagree with him, he usually backs them up with his own reasoning. Those who can’t stand Tarantino and his whole aura probably won’t want to go near “Cinema Speculation,” but movie fans are in for a real treat here. (Chris Evangelista)

The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive Inside Story of the Epic Hit Series

Do you have a ‘Big Bang Theory’ fan in your life? Don’t worry, we won’t judge if you do. In fact, we have the perfect gift in mind. This “all-access” oral history of the hit comedy series features co-creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, and stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco and more as they look back at the show’s creation. This account is as official as it gets from the initial conception to the series finale after twelve seasons. There’s a lot to learn for fans and even regular TV buffs in this comprehensive deep dive, including plenty of details you’ve never heard before. While this book has some behind-the-scenes kicks, it ultimately serves as a love letter to a show that continues to exemplify just how influential a humble TV sitcom can become. (Erin Brady)

TCM Underground: Classic cult and late night

The streaming algorithms have been great at helping movies find their audience, but we’ve lost the magic of video stores and curated TV shows that often introduce viewers to all sorts of wild, weird, and wonderful movies they might not otherwise be looking for. were independent. For the cable cutters longing for the days of “TCM Underground,” the weekly nightly cult movie showcase that airs every Friday on Turner Classic Movies, you’re in luck. This holiday season welcomes the book “TCM Underground: 50 Must-See Films from the World of Classic Cult and Late-Night Cinema.” This book isn’t just a laundry list of recommendations, as it also includes reviews, behind-the-scenes retellings, and beautiful photography celebrating some of the most unique and infamous movies from around the world, such as “Ganja and Hess,” The Decline of Western Civilization’, ‘Hausu’, ‘Possession’, ‘Beyond the Valley of the Dolls’, ‘Xanadu’ and the works of John Waters. This is the perfect guide for movie buffs who want to experience the world of camp, kitsch, shock, schlock and want to discover unforgettable movies that have to be seen to be believed.(BJ Colangelo)

Hollywood: The Oral History

As much as filmmakers love to write “love letters to the cinema” every time awards season rolls around (which, by my calculations, it’s about right now!), no fictionalized story could ever rival the real history behind Hollywood. This industry has seen some incredible changes over the decades, to say the least, from trends and styles in filmmaking to storied, filmmaker-friendly studios bouncing up and down to the art form’s intrinsic relationship with contemporary social and political movements. Few industry figures can say they personally witnessed such an upheaval, but thankfully most of them teamed up to contribute to Hollywood: The Oral History. The American Film Institute opened its interview vaults so readers could take a fresh look at the film industry’s story — from famous figures past and present. Written by film scholar Jeanine Basinger and author Sam Wasson, the essential book collects the thoughts of no fewer than 400 industry titans to paint an unforgettable picture of Hollywood as a whole. Treat yourself (or a loved one) this holiday season and get a copy now! (Jeremy Mathai)

Masters of Makeup Effects: A Century of Practical Magic

There are few visual experiences quite as awe-inspiring as witnessing an actor’s transformation into an alien with the help of hands-on FX and a little elbow grease. With a foreword by Guillermo del Toro and an afterword by Seth MacFarlane, “Masters of Make-Up Effects: A Century of Practical Magic” is a stunning book that showcases the incredible talents of the movie’s makeup and makeup FX artists. – and television world celebrates. . Presented by authors Howard Berger and Marshall Julius, the book features hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos and first-hand accounts of how some of the most memorable makeup designs came about. The book covers a wide variety of genres, including movies like “Planet of the Apes,” “An American Werewolf in London,” “The Thing,” “Star Trek,” “Star Wars,” the “Harry Potter” franchise, “Dune,” and even the Marvel Cinematic Universe. More than 50 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 movie making. up industry ever is This is an absolute must-read for fans of hands-on FX and an appreciation for the artistry behind movie magic.(BJ Colangelo)

Crazy Dreams and Monsters: The Art of Phil Tippett and Tippett Studio

The father of the AT-AT, ED-209, the bugs from “Starship Troopers”, and the man the internet likes to point out that he “only had one job, Phil”, as the Dinosaur Supervisor in Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park is a legend in the movie effects community. Now, Phil Tippett has released a swanky, high-end book chock full of behind-the-scenes photos and decades of hard-earned effects knowledge called “Mad Dreams and Monsters,” which covers everything from “Star Wars” to “RoboCop” all the way to his recent surreal shutdown. motion feature, “Mad Gods.” Packed with thousands of images never before seen by the public, this hardback special edition, written by Gilles Penso, is sure to make the day of any major movie nerd in your life. (Eric Vespe)

Directed by James Burrows: Five Decades of Storytelling from the Legendary Director of Taxi, Cheers, Frasier, Friends, Will & Grace and More

As much as we movie and TV aficionados talk about movie directors, we spend far less time discussing full-time TV helmets. There are also some exceptionally skilled people, including the legendary James Burrows. The ‘Cheers’ co-creator has been in the running for TV shows since the 1970s, starting with classic sitcoms like ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ and ‘Taxi’, continuing with ‘Frasier’, ‘Will & Grace ‘, and “Mike & Molly.” All in all, he has directed more than 1,000 (!) TV episodes in almost 50 years. As you can imagine, he’s someone with a lot of insights into the entertainment industry – not to mention the many, many behind-the-scenes stories that have never been made public before. For more on that, all you have to do is read his memoir, “Directed by James Burrows.” (Sandy Schaefer)

The Office BFFs: Tales of The Office from two best friends who were there

In case you haven’t heard, “The Office” stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey host a popular podcast called “The Office Ladies,” where the two actresses dive into all the behind-the-scenes details from their days as Pam and Angela in the popular comedy series. If the podcast isn’t enough for you, the two have also teamed up for a book that goes even further into the two stars’ real-life friendship alongside their time spent at Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. These two are an absolute delight, and you can feel the love they had for their co-stars and characters, so this will be a treat for any “The Office” fans in your life. (Ethan Anderson)

The Imagineering Story: The Official Biography of Walt Disney Imagineering

Theme park design is one of the great unsung art forms, and no one did more to advance the medium and define it for the modern era than the Disney theme park Imagineers. This group of designers, engineers, artists and technicians represents an entirely unique collective with an ambitious goal: storytellers from dozens of different backgrounds who create worlds for people to discover and enjoy.

The story of Disney’s Imagineers was chronicled in the enlightening documentary series “The Imagineering Story” on Disney+, and now filmmaker Leslie Iwerks has turned her filmmaking into a book. And you’ll be glad to know that this is the kind of book that can be used instead of a big rock when it comes down to it – at 752 pages, it’s the kind of comprehensive tome every Disney theme park fan needs on their bookshelf .

Honestly, a book like this is long overdue. While there are plenty of books written by individual Imagineers and tons of coffee table publications collecting behind-the-scenes concepts and art, the full story of how theme park design came of age and found its voice from the 1950s has yet to be collected in one place. This is the kind of story that’s not only essential for theme park fans, but essential to understanding the voice of the Disney company and how our obsession with immersive experiences took root. (Jacob Hall)

My First Movie Vol. 1 (My first film noir, my first Giallo horror, my first French New Wave)

It’s never too early to teach your kids about real cinema, which is why Cinephile (the folks behind the eponymous card game) are releasing a trio of books aimed at teaching them some prestigious genres. “My First Movie” is the first in a series of brilliantly colored books that explore the characteristics and tropes of the French New Wave, Film Noir and Giallo Horror.

If you need even more convincing, the official website for the book series has loads of praise from the likes of Edgar Wright, David Lowery, and Alex Ross Perry, as well as a number of other critics and pop culture experts. Head over to Cinephile to grab the box set or pick up just one of the books individually if you’re into that. There are even bundles with a print with illustrations from the book. Enjoying! (Ethan Anderson)

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