+ 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.
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