compilation of critical guidance to nearly a century of feature
Time Out Film Guide 2006
offers unrivalled coverage of international cinema, Hollywood
and Bollywood, blockbusters, forgotten marvels, silent films,
documentary and esoterica. This annual, essential for any
cinephile, is packed with objective, concise and informed
comment on the very widest range of movies, all written by
knowledgeable critics with a genuine love of film...
14th Edition of Time Out's Film Guide
is a monster of a publication. There are a total of 1768 pages
devoted to just about every movie ever made. This years (2006's)
edition includes more than 800 movie additions; an expanded
actors' directory; and enriched coverage of European, Asian
and documentary cinema.
you can probably imagine, there isn't much space devoted to
each film. All you get is a brief synopsis and then a middle-of-the-road
critique (although occasionally there is short feature dedicated
to the odd film). While this is fine for checking out whether
a movie's worth watching when it's repeated on TV, it's not
going to be overly useful to film students, or anyone who
wants a deep and probing publication. This is more likely
to be used in order to discover what other films an actor/director
has been involved with and then using some other source to
find more detailed information.
summing up, this is about the most authoritative printed guide
to cinema on the planet. As long as you're happy to make do
with just a synopsis and a very short critique on each movie,
you'll find this to be an essential guide for any movie buff.
However, bearing in mind that websites like IMDB provide an
exhaustible supply of constantly updated information for free,
you do have to ask yourself whether you've got room on your
shelf for a publication that provides inferior information
to that which can be found for free on the Internet.
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