Halliwell's Film and Video Guide 2000

 
9780006531654: Halliwell's Film and Video Guide 2000

Halliwell’s – over one hundred years of cinema information and entertainment at your fingertips.

Halliwell’s Film & Video Guide is widely recognised as the biggest and the best film guide available. The 2000 edition is fully updated and revised to include over 22,000 movies.

It contains:
• A concise synopsis of every film’s plot • Critics’ quotes and reviews • Quick reference guide to the best films ever • Fascinating behind-the-scenes gossip and facts • New easy-to-use symbols for family viewing suitability, video availability and format, soundtrack and laser disk availability, Oscar awards and nominations.

Now in its fourteenth edition, it is the most comprehensive and entertaining guide ever.

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This monster is quite simply the king of movie guides. Halliwell's Film and Video Guide 2000 contains more than 23,000 entries, creating a competition for space that allows most films a single-sentence review. Which is not to say that the book is in any way less than thorough--the terse sentences manage to be enormously telling. ( How I Got into College is quietly damned with the description, "Mildly amusing teenage comedy"; Rabbit Test is scorched with "Dreary and tasteless film, the nadir of comedy"; and Strictly Ballroom is lauded with "Exuberant, charming, witty romance acted and directed with style and verve.") As its tendency toward clipped writing may suggest, Halliwell's is no stocking filler--movies must earn each star awarded. Four stars go only to groundbreaking masterpieces like Rashomon, and one can flip for pages without seeing a three-star movie. Most of the two-star films are pretty good, just not quite up to this guide's refreshingly exacting standards. For those who want only the best, Halliwell's handily provides lists of three- and four-star films, sorted by both title and year, in the back. One could get an excellent film education simply by working through both lists: the four-star category includes movies as diverse as Pelle the Conqueror, Alien and Duck Soup. Halliwell's pulls no punches with either criticism or praise. It's a must-have for movie lovers. -- Ali Davis, Amazon.com

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‘Worth its weight in gold’
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‘By any criteria, there’s still no beating Halliwell’s’
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