Prepare yourself for a great, sprawling epic history of and commentary on the art, science and commerce of motion pictures and their impact on our culture. The Big Screen is Thomson's best work and the most comprehensive artistic, political and cultural analysis to date of what the medium was, its present state and where it's going. There's so much to absorb between and all of it delivered with Thomson's trademark insight and wit. This is the book you're sure to lose yourself in the same as you would watching a great film. I can't recommend this book enough!
In his latest book, the iconoclastic film critic picks his favorite bits of cinema history. Some you will probably know: the climax of "Casablanca", the diner scene in "When Harry Met Sally", the plane chase in "North by Northwest" etc.; others-like the murder in Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Conformist" or the C.I.A. wrap-up in "Burn After Reading" are worth checking out! Movies have always been the sum of their parts but Thomson's superb prose and keen analysis of these scenes will inspire you to seek out and experience these feature-length masterpieces! This book is a gorgeous art book as well as a handy, detailed reference that no website can touch for quality and insight.
Guillermo Del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities allows the reader to not only take a trip into the esteemed filmmaker's imagination, but to also see the world through his eyes. In this book you get a guided photographic tour of his fantastic mansion 'Bleak House', as well as a look at Del Toro's famed notebooks where he outlines the astounding creatures and ideas that populate his films. Additionally, this book features extensive interviews with the man himself, profiles of his films and the numerous luminaries who have shaped his life and work, as well as tributes from friends and collaborators. This book truly is a must-have for fans of Del Toro, fantasy and horror, the artistic process or who just want to be inspired!