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A Companion to Wong Kar-wai

by Martha P. Nochimson

With 25 essays that embrace a wide spectrum of topics and perspectives including intertextuality, transnationality, gender representation, repetition, the use of music, color, and sound, depiction of time and...

Yesterday is Forever: Nostalgia and Pixar Animation Studios

by Josh Spiegel

Since its first feature film in 1995, Pixar Animation Studios has often been treated, rightly, as a powerful, influential, and forward-thinking animation company. However, many of its films are incredibly besotted...

101 Essential Chinese Movies

by Simon Fowler

Explosive kung-fu epics, tragic leftist melodrama, chest-thumping propaganda films, and more are covered in this movie guide that explores a century of Chinese filmmaking, from the silent era to the present....

William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come

by James Curtis

He was the consummate designer of film architecture on a grand scale, influenced by German expressionism and the work of the great European directors. He was known for his visual flair and timeless innovation,...

How to Watch a Movie

by David Thomson

From one of the most admired critics of our time, brilliant insights into the act of watching movies and an enlightening discussion about how to derive more from any film experience.

Since first publishing his...

Star Wars on Trial: The Force Awakens Edition: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Debate the Most Popular Science Fiction Films of All Time

by David Brin & Matthew Woodring Stover

Order in the Court!

Star Wars: the most significant, powerful myth of the twenty-first century or morally bankrupt military fantasy?

Six films. Countless books. $20 billion in revenue. No one can question the...

The Ice Cream Blonde: The Whirlwind Life and Mysterious Death of Screwball Comedienne Thelma Todd

by Michelle Morgan

A detailed look at the charmed life and tragic death of one of Hollywood's earliest stars


A vibrant and beloved Golden Age film comedienne who worked alongside the Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, Ginger...

Agnès Varda

by Kelley Conway

An intimate consideration of one of the world's most exuberant and intriguing directors

Fantastic Planets, Forbidden Zones, and Lost Continents: The 100 Greatest Science-Fiction Films

by Douglas Brode

Whether you judge by box office receipts, industry awards, or critical accolades, science fiction films are the most popular movies now being produced and distributed around the world. Nor is this phenomenon...

Fellini: The Sixties (Turner Classic Movies)

by Manoah Bowman & Anita Ekberg

Style. Beauty. Passion. Vision.

These are just a few of the words often used to describe the films of the single most celebrated director in Italy, and one of the most important directors the world has ever known—Federico...

Melinda Camber Porter In Conversation With Wim Wenders: Paris, Texas 1983

by Melinda Camber Porter & Wim Wenders

The conversation between Wim Wenders and Melinda Camber Porter (1953-2008) took place on location in December 1983, while Mr. Wenders was shooting his first American Film, Paris Texas. America was a place of...

White Robes, Silver Screens: Movies and the Making of the Ku Klux Klan

by Tom Rice

The Ku Klux Klan was reestablished in Atlanta in 1915, barely a week before the Atlanta premiere of The Birth of a Nation, D. W. Griffith's paean to the original Klan. While this link between Griffith's film...

Sex Radical Cinema

by Carol Siegel

In this provocative study of cinematic and televisual representations of "sex radicalism," Carol Siegel explores how representations of sexually explicit content on film have shaped American cultural visions...

Facing Blackness: Media and Minstrelsy in Spike Lee's Bamboozled

by Ashley Clark

Spike Lee’s film Bamboozled, released in 2000 to controversy and mixed reviews, follows a frustrated black TV producer on his quest to create a show so offensive it will get him fired. The result is a modern-day...

The Life and Times of Mickey Rooney

by Richard A. Lertzman & William J. Birnes

A definitive biography of the iconic actor and Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney (1920-2014) and his extravagant, sometimes tawdry life, drawing on exclusive interviews, and with those who knew him best, including...

The Shape of Spectatorship: Art, Science, and Early Cinema in Germany

by Scott Curtis

In this exceptionally wide-ranging study, Scott Curtis draws our eye to the role of scientific, medical, educational, and aesthetic observation in shaping modern conceptions of spectatorship. Focusing on the...

The End of The World

by Maria Manuel Lisboa

Our fear of the world ending, like our fear of the dark, is ancient, deep-seated and perennial. It crosses boundaries of space and time, recurs in all human communities and finds expression in every aspect of...

Brazilian Cinema Today: Essays by Critics and Experts from across Brazil

by Oliver Kwon & Steve Solot

A unique collection of articles by leading film critics, spanning Brazil from Rio Grande do Sul to the northern state of Pernambuco, this volume offers a panorama of current trends and the evolving Brazilian...

Sidney J. Furie: Life and Films

by Daniel Kremer

Known for his visual style as well as for his experimentation in virtually every genre of narrative cinema, award-winning director Sidney J. Furie also has the distinction of having made Canada's first ever...

The Must List: Ranking the Best in 25 Years of Pop Culture

by The Editors of Entertainment Weekly

Get ready to obsess over the last twenty-five years of pop culture hits, misses, and cult classics. THE MUST LIST is an elegantly packaged, gift-worthy compilation of 100 top 25 lists celebrating the best in...