The other review for this book is a travesty . This is a singularly brilliant and imensely intelligent insight into the form and functioning of the 'movie business' . As a source book for the fundemental and intrinsicly invaluable advice required by script and screen writers it has no equal . For anyone with a serious and investigative interest in the subject it is wholly stimulating and hugely enjoyable . Its a book that makes you think about the films youve seen and the world which shaped them . It is funny , sarcastically and cynically , but also sad in its frank revelation of decaying standards and aspirations . It is one of my books of the year .