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Monsters in the Movies
Monsters in the Movies
by John Landis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Pictures!, 16 Jan 2013
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This is essentially a picture book. It is not packed with facts or brilliant analysis. The author expresses some personal opinions and divides the monsters into interesting categories, but the wealth of information and excitement comes from the stills and posters used by the publishers. I expanded my list of films to stream to my computer greatly and may end up using the book as a basis for artwork, which prooves its worth as source material.
Great to flick through and rather surprising to see what has 'horrified' us over the past 100 years at the cinema.


Nude Men: From 1800 to the Present Day
Nude Men: From 1800 to the Present Day
by Tobias G. Natter
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.97

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The fig leaf falls?, 16 Jan 2013
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This is a catalogue published to accompany a supposedly groundbreaking exhibition in Vienna. That may well be the case, but it is not a totally isolated show. There are galleries in London and New York that cater to a certain rather kitsch gay taste. The choices of what to display were rather predictable and therefore the critique along with them similarly staid. The essays were not without merit, but contextually not that innovative, neither art historically, nor from the point of queer theory. The commentators were bland in praise and subdued in endorsement or novelty of exegesis. And so am I. The fig leaf limply falls between two stools - depth of research and pretty pictures to look at.
Nice for the coffee table, but not earth-shattering in content.


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