- Taschenbuch: 1632 Seiten
- Verlag: Signet (2. September 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 045146849X
- ISBN-13: 978-0451468499
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,8 x 5,7 x 17,8 cm
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Leonard Maltin's 2015 Movie Guide (Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. September 2014
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Praise for Leonard Maltin’s "four-star"* Movie Guide
“Head and shoulders above the rest.”—The New York Times
“Inch for inch, dollar for dollar, Maltin's book gives you the most.”—Boston Sunday Herald
“Easily the most comprehensive book of its kind anywhere. It belongs next to every TV...in every home."—*USA Today
“A book you must buy.”—Esquire
“Distinctive, authoritative and personal. Its prose is so spare, rarely betraying biases or eccentricities, but the book lives so long precisely because every page has Maltin's unmistakable presence.”—NPR
“The best of the bunch.”—San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle
“The best all-purpose video guide.”—New York Daily News
“The best organized…the most complete.”—Newsday
“Indispensible.”—The New York Post
“The mother of all video guides and the first to buy.” —Louisville Courier Journal
“The definitive source of information.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“I recommend Leonard Maltin's guide, which has become standard.”—Roger Ebert’s Video Companion
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Recognized as one of the leading authorities on movies and movie makers, Leonard Maltin has become a household name and media personality due to his regular appearances on the highly successful syndicated TV program Entertainment Tonight; his daily radio feature, “Leonard Maltin’s Video View;” his monthly reviews in Playboy magazine; and his popular weekend TV show, Hot Ticket.
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After 46 years of publications, Maltin is announcing that this is his last edition. In the "Introduction to 2015 Edition", he starts out this section by stating "This is the final edition of Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide. There's no way to soften or defect that news, although I can't pretend that it comes as a shock. With ready access to information on the Internet, our readership has diminished at an alarming rate. The book's loyal followers know that we strive to offer something one can't easily find online: curated information that is accurate and user-friendly, along with our own reviews and ratings. But when a growing number of people believe that everything should be free, it's impossible to support a reference book that requires a staff of contributors and editors." It's a shame, internet and new technology claims another victim which is this book.
Leonard Maltin is one of the best and most respected movie critics out there today even though I disagree with his negative reviews of The Shining, Caddyshack, Blade Runner and Scarface. Even with the cuts, I will miss this great reference book, unfortunately this version goes out with a whimper.
My gripe with Maltin's annual movie review book, and it's a big one, is I do not believe he and his associate critics (he calls them editors) have universally good taste when it comes to ranking films. I have been a paid critic for recordings so I know criticism is completely subjective; I don't argue with that. Still, I can't get over how regularly Maltin or one of his helpers either overrates bland films or underrates great one. Here are a few examples:
"American Hustle," the movie whose script revolves around the 1970s Abscam undercover project, was nominated for 11 Oscars and won numerous other awards for its staff chemistry. Most professional critics gave it 4 stars upon release. Maltin's book gives it 2 1/2 stars, says the film never quite comes together, and gives it the same ranking as thousands of ordinary films.
"Taxi Driver," a renowned masterpiece from DeNiro and Scorsese that visually depicts the declining morality, increasing crime and Vietnam-era alienation of the period (1976) is routinely ranked 4 stars by critics. Maltin's book gives it 2 stars and says it depicts too much violence and unsavory behavior.
It works the other way, too. "The Pope of Greenwich Village," a 1984 vehicle for Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah and Eric Roberts, is about small-time criminals in Little Italy. Nothing much ever happens, the acting is forgettable, the script even more bland, and it goes nowhere. This book gives it 3 stars, a better rating than "American Hustle," calling it a good character study.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, agreed, but I find these funky rankings throughout Maltin's book where I see he and his "editors" praising poor or forgettable films and downgrading great ones. I've owned many of these books and have never previously seen such inconsistency. It is only possible, of course, because Maltin and crew have outlasted the competition: they are the only game in town any longer.
In the days when people actually read hardcopy reference books there were better ones than this, the best coming from Steven Scheuer. But that's the past and today Maltin is all there is. So buy this as tribute to 40 years of adequate books covering feature films. But don't expect the ratings to be on target all the time.
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