I needed a book that explained the practice of film criticism to me in detail, but I was mortified at the prospect of reading this book cover to cover. A book interpreting the process of interpretation? Get out of here. Flicking through the pages beforehand, I struggled to locate a single recognizable word: 'schemata', 'heuristics' - it looked like a foreign language to me. However, I have to say that when I started reading, things became clear. The book details the mechanics of the entire critical process, and focuses on the manner in which the 'meaning(s)' of film text(s) are constructed. Bordwell's prose is concise, on the dry side of humorous, and extremely insightful. At times the new terms and concepts can be overwhelming, and you may begin to think that Bordwell's seeing things that really aren't there, but at other times a single line can contain a revelation. Look out for the cartoon by The Simpsons' Matt Groening, included near the beginning. It's about film critics, and, ultimately, their pretentiousness and/or uselessness. It made me laugh out loud, and that doesn't happen all that often. There's also an interesting chapter on the various meanings that critics have ascribed to Hitchcock's Psycho. I would strongly recommend Making Meaning to other academics seeking to understand their own practices. Invaluable before undertaking any critical work on film.