Books - Christmas Film Book Gift List Thingy

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With only two weeks to go until Christmas and that shopping panic starting to set in, Susan Omand has a few ideas to help...

We all have at least one in the family, don’t we? That movie fiend that knows all the release dates of all the films for the next 15 years, has every new DVD on automatic pre-order and owns every TV series they ever watched on box set. Which makes them kinda difficult to buy for at Christmas doesn’t it? I mean, you want to get them something that they’ll enjoy, something around this area of films or TV that they are so passionate about but they haven’t left you any present buying options as what they want they’ve already bought for themselves.

What about buying them a book? Before you laugh derisively at the idea of your favourite film fanatic actually READING instead of watching, I’d like to suggest, in no particular order, some of the best film and TV related books that we’ve come across from Titan Books this year that may just tear their eyes away from the screen and onto the printed page.

Mad Max

THE ART OF MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

"The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road is the official companion book to the fourth much acclaimed movie of the Mad Max series. George Miller’s original post-apocalyptic vision subtly entered the popular consciousness and influenced a subsequent generation of writers and film makers. In this book one finally gets to chance to see how this seminal sci-fi vision was created and put on film."

Read the rest of Ren Zelen's review HERE


Star Wars

STAR WARS IMPERIAL HANDBOOK: A COMMANDER'S GUIDE

"Laid out in the format of a proper handbook or manual, there are pages of facts, history and rules to learn, and mission reports from important battles, all of which are, of course, written from the Imperial point of view, managing to put a marvellous skew on the facts as we already know them,"

Read the rest of my review HERE


BTTF

BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE ULTIMATE VISUAL HISTORY

"I have seen the driving force behind one of my favourite movie trilogies, I have read the opinions of various cast members, I have been better informed about the movie making process and, most importantly, I have a small piece of history…. It’s not the dollar, it’s the written chronicle of 2 men, hundreds of staff, thousands of man hours and one amazing car."

Read the rest of the Defective Inspector's review HERE


JOhn Carpenter

ON SET WITH JOHN CARPENTER

"On Set with John Carpenter contains, as it says, photographs taken on the sets of five of John Carpenter’s films all taken by one photographer, Kim Gottlieb-Walker. As well as Escape from New York, the book also covers Hallowe’en I and II, The Fog and Christine and provides both candid and staged shots of the actors and crew involved in the making of each film."

Read the rest of my review HERE


adventure time


ADVENTURE TIME: THE ORIGINAL TITLE CARDS (SEASONS 3 & 4)

"This is an incredible collection for any Adventure Time fan, as the cards only show on the screen for a moment in each show. The title card books, are a great way to relive your favourite episodes and enjoy the fantastic art from a truly special cartoon series."

Read the rest of Romeo Kennedy's review HERE


Spectre

SPECTRE, THE COMPLETE COMIC STRIP COLLECTION

"Digitally reproduced and gathered together for the first time, this book contains the [1960's] comic strips that serialise four of the best known James Bond novels, all of which chart the rise of the SPECTRE organisation and the work of Bond’s nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld."

Read the rest of my review HERE


Hannibal

THE ART AND MAKING OF HANNIBAL: THE TELEVISION SERIES

"Jesse McLean’s book The Art & Making of Hannibal: The Television Series (Titan Books) features a comprehensive look behind-the-scenes of the first two seasons of Hannibal. The first thing one notices about the book is that it is designed to be as informative as it is collectible."

Read the rest of Ren Zelen's review HERE


Penny Dreadful

THE ART AND MAKING OF PENNY DREADFUL

"What a beautiful and informative book! What author Sharon Gosling has done is managed to make a companion book that also stands alone as study of both the era in which the show is set, the characters from the literary classics and the problems involved in bringing all of that to life for the modern television audience."

Read the rest of my review HERE


So, there you have it. Something for just about everyone in this list I think or, at least, enough to give Santa a few ideas when he's stuck (as in unable to think of ideas not as in wedged up the chimney).

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