Halliwell's Film and Video Guide 2000 (Halliwell's: The Movies That Matter)

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9780062736925: Halliwell's Film and Video Guide 2000 (Halliwell's: The Movies That Matter)

The Classic Guide to More than 23,000 Films

For over twenty years, Halliwell's Film and Video Guide has provided the most comprehensive information available on your favorite films--from the classics of the silver screen to the latest blockbusters, and everything in between. Each entry in this completely revised and expanded edition tells you everything you'd ever want to know about a movie, Including:

Plot synopses and critical evaluations

Cast members, writers, directors, and producers

Quotes from contemporary reviews, alternative titles, and original publicity tags

Video cassette, laser disc, and DVD availability

Easy-to-interpret icons denoting suitable for family viewing, Academy Award winners and nominees, soundtrack availability, computer-colorized versions, and video format compatibility

Plus, lists of four-star and three-star films by title and year, and a list of all the Academy Award winners for best picture and director, best actor and, best supporting actor and actress, and best original and adapted screenplays.

Upholding the outstanding tradition of Leslie Halliwell, editor John Walker delivers the breadth, detail, succinctness, knowledge, and wit that have always been the hallmarks of Halliwell's.

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This monster is quite simply the king of video guides. Halliwell's Film and Video Guide 2000 contains more than 23,000 entries, creating a competition for space that allows most films only a quick-and-dirty single sentence review. Which is not to say that the book is in any way less than thorough--the terse sentences manage to be enormously telling. ( How I Got into College is quietly damned with the description, "Mildly amusing teenage comedy"; Rabbit Test is scorched with "Dreary and tasteless film, the nadir of comedy"; and Strictly Ballroom is lauded with "Exuberant, charming, witty romance acted and directed with style and verve.") As its tendency toward clipped writing may suggest, Halliwell's is no Santa Claus film guide--movies must earn each star awarded. Four stars go only to groundbreaking masterpieces like Rashomon, and one can flip for pages without seeing a three-star movie. Most of the two-star films are pretty good, just not quite up to this guide's refreshingly exacting standards. For those who want only the best, Halliwell's handily provides lists of three- and four-star films, sorted by both title and year, in the back. One could get an excellent film education simply by working through both lists: the four-star category includes movies as diverse as Pelle the Conqueror, Alien, and Duck Soup. Halliwell's pulls no punches with either criticism or praise. It's a must-have for movie lovers. --Ali Davis

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