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"Time Out" Film Guide ("Time Out" Guides) Paperback – 25 Sep 2003

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  • Paperback: 1618 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; 12th Revised edition edition (25 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141013540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141013541
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 5.3 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 795,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Time Out Film Guide is a collection of capsule reviews written originally for the Time Out magazine. Its commentary is more lengthy and detailed than that of most other guides and while some of its critics summarise too much of their movies' plots, their critical remarks are engaging and provocative. The Time Out Film Guide features contributions from scores of movie critics who sometimes spar with one another: compare the book's two assessments of Blade Runner. The reviewers cover many European and Asian movies you won't find in other movie guides. This is the only film book where you can find remarks on Casablanca, Gone with the Wind and Forrest Gump alongside reviews of non-Hollywood films such as Samuel Beckett and Buster Keaton's Film, Akira Kurosawa's Madadayo, and Michelangelo Antonioni's Identification of a Woman. The Time Out Film Guide also contains a great number of terrific appendices and indices. In fact, it is this book's listing of films by genre, major film-producing country, actor, director, and general subject that make it a necessary reference tool for movie lovers. --Jake Bond --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The 12th edition of the "Time Out Film Guide" (2004) has a totally new look. Gone is the drab unbleached paper of earlier editions, replaced now by glossy white paper printed in black with blue highlights. Many pages are in full colour. The "Time Out Film Guide" has always had classy contents, now it also has classy packaging. Another big change is the inclusion of 101 cinefile pages, each devoted to a long and fascinating review of a single film. Other changes are discussed below.
Of all the film guides, that by Time Out has certainly the best capsule reviews. They are longer and tell you much more about the artistic aspects of the film than either the Maltin or Halliwell guides, which are the main competition. Occasionally, because it gives you more detail on the plot, it sometimes makes small errors or tells too much. This is a small price to pay for analyses that are generally very incisive and right on the money. This is a great guide.
But it is not a perfect guide. No guide is.
THE DIRT:
Number of Reviews: The 2004 Time Out guide reviews slightly fewer films (about 15,700) than Maltin (about 19,000) or Halliwell (about 18,000). If you must have a guide that is likely to have a capsule review of every movie that comes up on cable, even if the reviews aren't nearly as detailed, then you had better get Maltin. (Note than Maltin has cross-references for UK titles, and sometimes even prefers them.
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A long awaited new 2001 edition of Time Out Film guide, by far the best film guide around. Films are listed alphabetically,there are a few different critics writing the reviews, which makes the reviews varied, interesting and extensive. It has unique features that no other film guide has which make it a great research tool for finding information on any aspect of a film. It's uniqueness lies in the different indexes at the back of the book, lists of directors works, of actors and all the films they have appeared in, of countries and which films they have produced. This makes it a great reference work,say goodbye to those evenings of arguing with friends about which actor was in which film and having the name of a film on 'the tip of your tongue', you can access most information you need easily and quickly. It is a must for anyone who loves film and should be on your bookshelf
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The best film guide because;
* layout
* organisation of text
* (largely) non-judgemental text - which relate to the film not the reviewer
* price
and most importantly
* the admirable refusal to give each film a crude rating (yep some will even give Battleship Ptolemkin an 'out of five stars'!
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Forgive me if you have read this paragraph before, but anyone considering this title has also to consider the other four major annual film review titles - "Halliwell's Film, Video and DVD Guide", "Leonard Maltin's 2005 Movie Guide", "Radio Times Guide to Films", "Time Out Film Guide", and "The Twelfth Virgin Film Guide". I've reviewed each, and have repeated this review across all five ... and hopefully encouraged you to take a look at all the possibilities. Please understand, I'm not trying to cheapen the process of review - my next paragraph makes an important and vital point about your choice.
A good film guide is an excellent resource to have within easy reach of your remote control: is it worth watching this movie, is it worth renting this video/DVD? The problem is, does the film guide in any way reflect your tastes in films? There are five very useful film guides. Each will give you a few lines of information about a film, and score. five stars, four stars, etc. If the book is to be useful to you, you need to know where its reviewer stands in relation to your own tastes.
If you think "Psycho" is worth five stars, you probably won't find many to disagree with you. But what of the 1937, "The Good Earth"? How would you rate that without seeing it? Giving five stars to a modern classic is not a problem. But think of a dozen films you've seen. Think of the ones you'd rate as five star. Think of the ones you'd rate as awful. Think of the ones you'd rate as average.
If you're buying a book like this, you're probably doing so because it will guide you in your choice of films to watch on TV, or rent on video or DVD, or watch at the local flea pit.
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The Time Out Film Guide is the best film guide around, offering the best coverage of world cinema as well as homegrown and Hollywood fare. What's especially good is that it's not standing still. As well as keeping up to date with all the new movies, its contributors head back into the darkness year after year to add reviews of old films that for whatever reason were missed first time around. It's put together by people with a passion for film.
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