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Leonard Maltin's 2011 Movie Guide (Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide) Paperback – July 27, 2010
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As anyone familiar with Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide series can tell you, Leonard Maltin's preference for traditionalism in film has always meant that "golden age" films (films produced circa silent era-1965) tend to be somewhat overpraised; the same can be said of his reviews for standard Hollywood "Oscar-bait" dramas, self-consciously quirky "indies" and certain types of foreign films. As a result, it is not unexpected that well-made but problematic films such as "The Reader", "Troy" and "The Blind Side" receive an overly-enthusiastic response by Mr. Maltin.
In spite of this, Mr. Maltin's Movie guide has always been a perennial must-own for me, as it is a true standard bearer for film reference guides, in terms of both its construction and execution: film reviews are smartly written, unpretentious and thoughtful; the book's physical size is convenient; the layout of the book is intuitive; and his passion for (and knowledge of) film comes through loud and clear. However, Mr. Maltin's classicist stodginess is becoming more and more pronounced in his film reviews, and for the first time in twenty years of reading his guides, his biases are starting to grate on me.
It has become obvious to me over time that Mr.Read more ›
I have been reading Leonard Maltin's Movie Guides for years. My 2000 Movie Guide by Maltin needed replacing so I just got the 2001 Movie Guide. I don't mind a separate guide for Classic movies, OK, but what about made for cable/TV movies?
I have been buying Leonard Maltin's movie guide for about the past decade, deciding it was the better bet among those that are available. The best one I've known was published under Stephen Scheuer Movies on TV and Videocassette, 1993-1994, a critic that got out of the film rating business in the mid-1990s. I preferred his opinions over those I get from this book but have come to conclude Maltin's guide is the most reliable among the books available now including those by Roger Ebert Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2010 and older editions by various people who tried to publish a film review book consistently but couldn't such as this one DVD & Video Guide 2007 (Video and DVD Guide).
Part of the reason Maltin's book perseveres while others fade is his name recognition; another reason, perhaps not so obvious, is the heavy lifting in the book -- watching the movies and writing the reviews -- is done by a team of reviewers and editors. They don't just watch new movies, either.Read more ›
But considering there are relatively few new entries each year, why does the whole book have to be entirely reprinted? If yearly supplements could be issued it could be at lower cost to the customer and far less cost to the publisher. Every 5 or so years put out a whole new book! As it is now I can't afford to be up to date each year so there are 2 or 3 year gaps in my coverage.
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Good reference for older movies that you don't have a clue what their about or who's in them.Published 13 months ago by CZ
Sometimes I don't want to turn on the computer to look up a movie, or see what a certain actor has been in. Read morePublished on July 5, 2014 by Beading by the Lake
Every home needs one of these, so that you don't waste your time viewing terrible movies, or so you can look up who the star, thee director, etc., was in a particular picture.Published on July 2, 2014 by Roxy Fairdeal
Everyone who watches films should have this concise book. I think that this edition left out the old classic movies, but that book is available also.Published on April 13, 2014 by Beatrice
Every few years I need a new copy of this book. I always give older copies to friends. I guess you can find the reviews and info on the Internet now, but how convenient to just... Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Sunny Frazier