Laura's Film Lovers Corner
Want to brush up on your film knowledge? Here's a great general treatment, available at Albert Wisner Public Library:
- Understanding Movies by Louis D. Giannetti (call # 791.43 Gia): Whether you’re cinema student or a film buff, “Understanding Movies” is a must-read that explains all the elements of a film in very detailed, yet easy-to-read chapters.
For film history buffs, we recommend:
- The Golden Age of Cinema: Hollywood, 1929-1945 by Richard B. Jewell (call # 791.43 Jew)
- Postwar Hollywood, 1946-1962 by Drew Casper (call # 791.43 Cas)
- Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction by Drew Casper (call # 791.43 Cas)
Film Recommendations Lists:
- Academy Award-winning Foreign Films
- Comedies on hoopla!
- Swinging Sixties
- Classic TV
- Great Movie Soundtracks, Part 1
- Scandinavian Films
- Great Movie Soundtracks, Part 2
- Ken Burns Documentaries
- The American Experience
- Cinema Italiano
- I Miss New York: 100 Films Set in NYC
Rather look online? Try these top five film websites:
IMDB: Find movies, TV shows, celebrities and more… More is right – this definitive site offers information on the directors, producers, screenwriters, crew, and even the most obscure actors. You can read about upcoming Film Festivals, award ceremonies, and find out who you share a birthday with!
Rotten Tomatoes: This site gathers together all of the reviews from top publications and then averages out their scores. By doing this you can see what has been given a ‘fresh’ rating of over 50% and a ‘rotten’ one of under 50%. Excellent source for current film releases, TV, DVD and streaming.
Roger Ebert: The late film critic (1942-2013) loved movies and wrote in-depth reviews on nearly every film released. His legacy continues with a site that offers intelligent reviews on current releases and has extensive back catalog on films as early as 1914 to the present.
Film Comment: If you are hungry for a more academic site, look no further. Founded in 1962 and published by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, this site features reviews and analysis of mainstream, art-house and avant-garde filmmaking from around the world. The site also has an archive of past issues and a blog.
MRQE: It stands for “Movie Review Query Engine” and is the internet's largest index of movie reviews. Find reviews for new and recent movies in theaters, DVD and Blu-Ray releases and film classics. The site holds over 100,000 reviews and over 900,000 articles. They have an extremely wide selection, as well as links to sites like the New York Times, Newsday and Time Out New York.