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The Great Showdowns Hardcover – October 30, 2012
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" a brand new art book every film fan must own" – Film.com
“This book’s whimsical illustrations will appeal to any illiterate, movie lover on your Christmas list.” – Cool and Collected
“A great coffee table book for conversation starters at parties!” – Beyond the Marquee
“The Great Showdowns is a wonderful little magical tome to include in your art library, pop culture collection, or keep out on your coffee table.” – Nerds in Babeland
“It’s freaking delightful. There’s no more enjoyable way to recall some of pop culture’s most raucous and contentious encounters than The Great Showdowns. What fun.” – San Francisco Book Review
"A great gift for couch potatoes." - Stimulant
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Top Customer Reviews
Clearly, Scott C is a film nerd, much like so, so many of us today. His particular obsession - even highlighted in his brief `intro' in this small coffee-table-style book - is conflict as depicted in film ... because, after all, what would the art of storytelling be without conflict? There's no film to be had without it, and Scott C - in all his grace - has latched on to some wonderful metaphors in his watercolor illustrations here. Quite a bit of his inspiration is drawn from truly great motion pictures - THE SHINING, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, DR. STRANGELOVE to name but a few - but one can see by perusing his illustrations here that he genuinely loves good film. And who doesn't?
It's his style that's immediately accessible that makes THE GREAT SHOWDOWNS such a winner as a collection. There's absolutely nothing highbrow about any of it. In fact, it's refreshing uncomplicated - almost crude scrawling, in some cases - given life through basic watercolors. And even though he's given new life and examination to moments of conflict, everyone - even inanimate objects - are brought to life with a slim smile.Read more ›
This is an excellent coffee table art book.
An introduction by Neil Patrick Harris follows and Neil basically fanboys over Scott C. as much as I did. Except he some how makes it sound way cooler. After which we get a brief introduction by the author before we’re immediately thrown into a whirlwind of pop culture nostalgia.
Going into this book my only real concern was that I wouldn’t recognize a lot of the drawings. Online Scott C. includes a quote from every movie with each drawing so if you don’t immediately recocgnize them you can always google the quote and generall figure it out. Sadly, the book does not do this – possibly for copyright reasons? Who knows. But that was my main concern and it was completely unfounded. Some of the highlights of this book include drawings of the Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones, Planet of the Apes, Aliens, the Shining, Starship Troopers, Jurassic Park, Tron, Star Wars, and the Wizard of Oz among so many more.
Some of the pieces are a little more diluted or raw than some of the stuff you’ll find on the Tumblr. That’s likely because this book seems to include a good amount of his earlier work from the beginning of the Great Showdowns series. They are still as awesome as any other and this book get a solid five stars from me. It’s fun, adorable, and its the kind of book you can share with anyone. I mean, seriously. It makes Se7en some how adorable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wish it had the subtitles/legend of which movies the showdowns refer to. I got most of them but some are a mystery. The work is fantastic though.Published 14 months ago by Frank Abignale
This book is great, high quality drawings in a high quality material. I highly recommend this book to everyone interested in clever art and joy.Published on June 17, 2014 by Rafael Bandeira