on 1 March 2013
+ Well written, with the some sort of awareness of the reader with the occasional anecdote or witty remark.
+ Contains all the basic information needed to grasp the critical analysis of film.
+ Good array of sources used, allowing to reader to pretend they're wider read than they actually are. Also gives you a starting point if you want to read more into the subject.
+ Films that ideas/theories are applied to are broad, interesting, and relatable. Makes the concepts easier to understand.
+ The author is a ledge. Lectures at my university.
- Little dated formatting.
- Quite dense in places. Walls of text with little in the way of headers/titles to help you refer to it quickly. You may end up reading half a chapter just to refer 'quickly' back to use a point you can't quite remember.
- The STOP and THINK recaps can be quite tedious. Obviously they're not obligatory, but in my opinion they're a waste of page space, sorry Andrew.
On the whole, a good book. Provides a lot of insight on an interesting topic. Has theoretical, and practical implications. Could do with an update. 3/5.