Rough Guide to 21st Century Cinema

This is a good book but not a comprehensive film guide.  It only covers about 101 movies.  The reviews are usually interesting.  The critic/author is British.

The real appeal of the book might be the side features.  Some of these are a lot of fun to read.  They include mini-biographies and career overviews, and essays.

mini biographies include

  • Matt Damon
  • Mark Wahlberg
  • Ryan Gosling
  • Andrea Arnold
  • Peter Jackson
  • Michael Fassbender
  • Mark Ruffalo
  • David Fincher
  • Natalie Portman
  • Carey Mulligan

Essays include

  • Tights Camera Action the unstoppable rise of the comic- book movie
  • Breaking the Celluloid Ceiling 10 Women Directors who scored hits in the millennium
  • Ten Little Movies that Could ten American Indies that punched way above their weight
  • Long Live the new Flesh (one about directors, one about actors, and one about actresses who got their big break in the millennium)

It is a good book.


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