By Rama Gaind
PS News Books
Leonard Maltin’s 2012 Movie Guide
Edited by Leonard Maltin (Plume, $24.95 softcover, 1643 pages)
Whether a movie is a success is quite subjective, so when it comes to evaluating a book that’s about reviewing films it does present its own set of challenges.
After more than four decades, film historian and critic Leonard Maltin has a world-wide following with his comprehensive handbook. It’s become an annual ritual to learn more about Leonard’s personal recommendations.
You may not always agree with his opinions, but invariably there’s an unknown film that’s worth viewing. Flick through his favourite films of the new millennium and you are sure to be surprised to find Juno, Pan’s Labyrinth and The Hangover in the eclectic mix.
He’s certainly not as conservative as many might believe.
One-star rankings were not prolific, but there were a number with BOMB ratings that were mostly B-grade films. Nearly 17,000 capsule reviews are featured in Leonard Maltin’s 2012 Movie Guide including more than 300 new entries.
It also has more than 12,000 DVD and 12,000 video listings; an updated index of leading performers and leading directors; old and new theatrical and video releases with star ratings to BOMB; reviews of little-known sleepers, foreign films, rarities, and camp classics; all-new personal recommendations for movie lovers; and sources for buying and renting DVDs.
Having exact running times are an invaluable guide for recording and for discovering which movies have been edited. Even though the reduced ‘reviews’ are not informative enough to draw definitive conclusions, at least this is one reference compilation that caters for everyone’s needs with a bonus IMDB-esque lead-actors index.
This is the collection for both film geeks and casual couch potatoes.
However, the small font may be a bit challenging to read, given the enormous amount of information and the space constraints to keep it all packed into one behemoth volume!
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