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Outer Limits: The Filmgoers' Guide to the Great Science-fiction Films [Paperback]

Howard Hughes
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30 April 2014
Science Fiction is probably the most popular box office genre in movie history and has given filmgoers some of their most memorable cinematic experiences. Outer Limits takes its readers on a tour of the sci-fi cinema universe in all its fantastical, celestial glory. The milestone films of sci-fi cinema from Metropolis to Avatar are discussed in this Filmgoers' Guide for anyone who enjoys a cinema that has pleased and amazed filmgoers since the dawn of cinema. Illustrated with fine examples of sci-fi film poster-art, Outer Limits goes deep into the most interesting and popular movies across sci-fi cinema's many forms, with core chapters used as launch pads to discuss lesser-known influential movies and follow-on sequels. Howard Hughes tells the stories from pre-production to box office returns of The War of the Worlds, Independence Day, Tarantula, Godzilla, The Time Machine, The Thing, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Forbidden Planet, Barbarella, Galaxy Quest, Minority Report, Planet of the Apes, Mad Max 2, Back to the Future, Alien, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Matrix, Star Trek, Apollo 13, Blade Runner and many more.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris (30 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178076166X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780761664
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 675,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Howard Hughes is the writer-researcher of a dozen books, including CRIME WAVE, STAGECOACH TO TOMBSTONE, SPAGHETTI WESTERNS, MARIO BAVA: DESTINATION TERROR, WHEN EAGLES DARED, CINEMA ITALIANO, ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE ITALIAN WEST and AIM FOR THE HEART: THE FILMS OF CLINT EASTWOOD. He is a regular columnist and reviewer for film magazine 'Cinema Retro' and contributed to THE JAMES BOND ARCHIVES, Taschen's official 50th anniversary celebration of 007.

His latest book, OUTER LIMITS: THE FILMGOERS' GUIDE TO THE GREAT SCIENCE-FICTION FILMS (I.B.Tauris) looks at 26 sci-fi classics, from 'Metropolis' to 'Avatar', via 'The War of the Worlds', 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers', '2001', 'The Thing', 'Alien', 'The Terminator', 'Star Wars', 'Galaxy Quest', 'Star Trek', 'Blade Runner' and many more.


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Film writer and historian Howard Hughes is the author of Aim for the Heart: The Films of Clint Eastwood (I.B. Tauris) and of the Filmgoers' Guide series, When Eagles Dared, Crime Wave, Once Upon a Time in the Italian West and Stagecoach to Tombstone (all from I.B. Tauris). He is contributor to 'The James Bond Archives', the official fiftieth anniversary celebration of 007, and writes regularly for film magazine 'Cinema Retro'

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3.0 out of 5 stars "Hasta la vista, baby" 19 July 2014
By Roochak
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It's hard to know what to make of this book. Howard Hughes isn't a critic or a historian, but a passionate film fan (and, apparently, poster collector) who seems to have seen everything. This book, ostensibly about 26 major science fiction films from METROPOLIS (1927) to AVATAR (2009), consists of detailed plot descriptions, including spoilers, around which Hughes weaves descriptions of dozens of other movies, including sequels, knockoffs, precursors, and movies thematically similar to whichever one happens to be in the chapter heading.

Hughes writes with a fan's idea of aesthetic judgment: nostalgia/reverence for the movies he likes, snarky dismissal for those he doesn't. For those compiling a list of old movies they haven't yet seen, this book is valuable, if they don't mind the spoilers. If you're expecting a critical analysis of these films as complex works of popular art, situated in history, that takes in their political, sexual, and purely visual dimensions of meaning -- well, look elsewhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi Flicks Smorgasbord! 25 July 2014
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Howard Hughes' OUTER LIMITS, THE FILMGOERS' GUIDE TO THE GREAT SCIENCE-FICTION FILMS is an affectionate tribute to 26 classic sci-fi films. A 2014 I.B. Tauris release, it showcases assorted fan favorites from METROPOLIS to AVATAR.

Hughes, who has penned other volumes in the 'Filmgoers' Guide' series, examines the aforementioned films plus others such as E.T., WAR OF THE WORLDS, THE THING, ALIEN, STAR WARS, BACK TO THE FUTURE, FORBIDDEN PLANET, GALAXY QUEST, MAD MAX 2, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, APOLLO 13, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, etc. Each flick rates its own chapter though Hughes interweaves various other, related films within the section. Photographs and lobby posters illustrate many of the films.

Though many of the films have been dissected in previous books, OUTER LIMITS is, nevertheless, entertaining and informative. I don't know that I'd agree with the back-cover blurb that it's 'The Indispensable Guide to Sci-Fi Cinema' but it is a fun read. Sci-fi fans should enjoy. Recommended.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Hasta la vista, baby" 18 July 2014
By Roochak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It's hard to know what to make of this book. Howard Hughes isn't a critic or a historian, but a passionate film fan (and, apparently, poster collector) who seems to have seen everything. This book, ostensibly about 26 major science fiction films from METROPOLIS (1927) to AVATAR (2009), consists of detailed plot descriptions, including spoilers, around which Hughes weaves descriptions of dozens of other movies, including sequels, knockoffs, precursors, and movies thematically similar to whichever one happens to be in the chapter heading.

Hughes writes with a fan's idea of aesthetic judgment: nostalgia/reverence for the movies he likes, snarky dismissal for those he doesn't. For those compiling a list of old movies they haven't yet seen, this book is valuable, if they don't mind the spoilers. If you're expecting a critical analysis of these films as complex works of popular art, situated in history, that takes in their political, sexual, and purely visual dimensions of meaning -- well, look elsewhere.
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