Category: Book Reviews

Book Review: Twenty First Century Horror Films

Book Review: Twenty First Century Horror Films

| September 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

Sarah Cullen checks out Douglas Keesey’s examination of over 100 contemporary horror films. 

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Book Review: The Chaplin Machine: Slapstick, Fordism and the International Communist Avant-Garde

Book Review: The Chaplin Machine: Slapstick, Fordism and the International Communist Avant-Garde

| October 11, 2016 | Comments (0)

June Butler takes a look at Owen Hatherley’s ‘The Chaplin Machine: Slapstick, Fordism and the International Communist Avant-Garde.’

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Book Review: Alex Cox’s Introduction to Film – A Director’s Perspective

Book Review: Alex Cox’s Introduction to Film – A Director’s Perspective

| July 25, 2016 | Comments (0)

June Butler finds a lot to like in ‘Alex Cox’s Introduction to Film – A Director’s Perspective’.

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Book Review: Forgotten Dreams: Revisiting Romanticism in the Cinema of Werner Herzog

Book Review: Forgotten Dreams: Revisiting Romanticism in the Cinema of Werner Herzog

| April 4, 2016 | Comments (0)

Sarah Griffin enters Laurie Ruth Johnson’s ‘Forgotten Dreams: Revisiting Romanticism in the Cinema of Werner Herzog’.

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Book Review: Ireland and Cinema: Culture and Contexts

Book Review: Ireland and Cinema: Culture and Contexts

| November 25, 2015 | Comments (0)

Deirdre Molumby takes a look at ‘Ireland and Cinema: Culture and Contexts’, which offers a broad range of academic approaches to contemporary and historical Irish filmmaking and representations of nationality, national identity, and theoretical questions around the construction of Ireland and Irishness on the screen.

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Book Review: Directory of World Cinema: Russia 2

Book Review: Directory of World Cinema: Russia 2

| November 10, 2015 | Comments (0)

Deirdre Molumby takes a look at ‘Directory of World Cinema: Russia 2’, a companion to the filmic legacy of one of the world’s most storied countries.

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Book Review:  Fan Phenomena: James Bond

Book Review: Fan Phenomena: James Bond

| November 2, 2015 | Comments (0)

Richard Drumm drops his his guns and gadgets and picks up Fan Phenomena: James Bond.

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Book Review: Film and Games: Interactions

Book Review: Film and Games: Interactions

| September 28, 2015 | Comments (0)

Deirdre Molumby reviews ‘Films and Games. Interactions’, a descriptive dialogue between theory and practice.

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Book Review: Hollywood’s Second Sex The Treatment of Women in the Film Industry, 1900 – 1999

Book Review: Hollywood’s Second Sex The Treatment of Women in the Film Industry, 1900 – 1999

| August 24, 2015 | Comments (0)

June Butler reviews Irish author Aubrey Malone’s latest book, ‘Hollywood’s Second Sex The Treatment of Women in the Film Industry, 1900 – 1999’.

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Book Review: Fan Phenomena: The Lord of the Rings

Book Review: Fan Phenomena: The Lord of the Rings

| August 12, 2015 | Comments (0)

Ronan Daly relaxes in the Shire and leafs through ‘Fan Phenomena: The Lord of the Rings’

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Book + DVD Review: The Woman Who Married Clarke Gable

Book + DVD Review: The Woman Who Married Clarke Gable

| June 22, 2015 | Comments (0)

Cathy Butler takes a look at the Book + DVD ‘The Woman Who Married Clark Gable’ by Thaddeus O’Sullivan.

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Book Review: Rex Ingram: Visionary Director of the Silent Screen

Book Review: Rex Ingram: Visionary Director of the Silent Screen

| December 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

Stephen Totterdell takes a look at Ruth Barton’s latest book, ‘Rex Ingram: Visionary Director of the Silent Screen’.

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Book Review: The Films of Pixar Animation Studio

Book Review: The Films of Pixar Animation Studio

| February 11, 2014

David Prendeville delves into James Clarke’s book on the rise and rise of Pixar Animation Studio.

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Book Review: Alternative Movie Posters: Film Art from the Underground

Book Review: Alternative Movie Posters: Film Art from the Underground

| November 28, 2013 | Comments (0)

Rory Cashin eyes up the spectacular art of underground film posters in a new book, ‘Alternative Movie Posters: Film Art from the Underground’.

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Book review: The Black Irish Onscreen: Representing Black and Mixed-Race Identities on Irish Film and Television

Book review: The Black Irish Onscreen: Representing Black and Mixed-Race Identities on Irish Film and Television

| November 19, 2013 | Comments (4)

Sarah Griffin welcomes Zélie Asava’s book that applys divergent theoretical concepts of Irishness, whiteness, gender and the particular place of the ‘other’ to the ‘conceptual whiteness of Irishness itself’.

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Book Review: Alfred Hitchcock’s America

Book Review: Alfred Hitchcock’s America

| April 29, 2013 | Comments (0)

Ciara O’Brien on Murray Pomerance’s book that focuses on the cultural critique inherent to Hitchcock’s work, while aso managing to provide great insight into the man himself.

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Book Review: The Filmmaker’s Handbook – A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age

Book Review: The Filmmaker’s Handbook – A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age

| April 10, 2013 | Comments (0)

Stephen McNeice takes a look at ‘The Filmmaker’s Handbook – A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age’

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Book Review: Watching the World: Screen Documentary and Audiences‏

Book Review: Watching the World: Screen Documentary and Audiences‏

| August 8, 2012 | Comments (0)

Nicola Marzano checks out one of the most up-to-date works on the documentary rise both among cinema goers and TV audiences.

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Book Review: World Film Locations: Dublin

Book Review: World Film Locations: Dublin

| March 27, 2012 | Comments (0)

Providing an insight into how Dublin has both shaped and been shaped by filmmakers, World Film Locations:Dublin is an engaging journey through Dublin and its representation on screen.

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The Naked Brando: An Intimate Friendship

Book Review: The Naked Brando: An Intimate Friendship

| January 23, 2012 | Comments (0)

Nicola Marzano reviews George Englund’s captivating, crafty and insightful account of the life of a screen legend.

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Censoring Hollywood: Sex and Violence in Film and on the Cutting Room Floor

Book Review: Censoring Hollywood: Sex and Violence in Film and on the Cutting Room Floor

| January 19, 2012 | Comments (0)

Martin Cusack reviews Aubrey Malone’s daringly ambitious and panoramic overview of the history of film censorship.

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Book Review: Hergé: The Man Who Created Tintin

Book Review: Hergé: The Man Who Created Tintin

| November 23, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ciara O’Brien recommends Pierre Assouline’s stunning biography ‘Hergé: The Man Who Created Tintin’ – a must for all comic fans.

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Book Review: Maurice Pialat (French Film Directors)

| November 21, 2011 | Comments (0)

Nicola Marzano finds a lot to admire in Marja Warehime’s accomplished study of the life and career of the anti-conformist director.

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Anthony Asquith (British Film Makers)

Book Review: Anthony Asquith (British Film Makers)

| October 24, 2011 | Comments (0)

Tom Ryall’s indispensable study of Anthony Asquith’s career, which seemed to run in a sort of strange, reverse parallel with the development of film form itself.

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Ken Loach: The Politics of Film and Television

Book Review: Ken Loach: The Politics of Film and Television

| October 6, 2011 | Comments (0)

John Hill explores the crossing of the boundaries between Loach, the television director, and Loach, the film director.

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Book Review: Humphrey Jennings (British Film Makers)

Book Review: Humphrey Jennings (British Film Makers)

| October 4, 2011 | Comments (0)

Keith Beattie examines the work of one of the great innovators of documentary.

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A Divided World: Hollywood Cinema and Emigré Directors in the Era of Roosevelt and Hitler 1933-1948

| May 25, 2011 | Comments (0)

Examines some of the important programs of the Roosevelt’s New Deal of the 1930s and the subsequent response of the Hollywood film community with a focus on three European directors in particular – Billy Wilder, Ernst Lubitsch, and Fritz Lang, whose works are compared and contrasted with the products of mainstream Hollywood.

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New Irish Storytellers: Narrative Strategies in Film

New Irish Storytellers: Narrative Strategies in Film

| March 5, 2011 | Comments (0)

Díóg O’Connell’s exemplery study positions Irish film as an integral part of our storytelling traditions and an inescapable part of our culture.

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French Costume Drama of the 1950s: Fashioning Politics in Film

French Costume Drama of the 1950s: Fashioning Politics in Film

| January 20, 2011 | Comments (0)

Susan Hayward throws light on an overlooked genre of French cinema and its significance in terms of political cultural history.

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The Reality of Film: Theories of Filmic Reality

The Reality of Film: Theories of Filmic Reality

| January 17, 2011 | Comments (0)

Rushton’s lively work argues that film is not merely a representational art, passively holding a mirror to our reality, but is, in fact, a reality in and of itself.

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