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    I wished to read about the first Harry Potter film last night, for reasons of my own, and realised that it didn´t feature in my battered 2000 Time Out film guide.

    Time for an update, but I don´t know what to order. I like the Time Out guide because it´s got a good selection of films including foreign stuff and trash; and their main reviewer (then - don´t know about now) , Geoff Andrew, knows his stuff. I also like the subject index that helps you find films featuring reform schools or dead dogs.

    I was looking at a recent Halliwell´s over Christmas, and that also seems to have upped its game, and is now much less sniffy about every film released after 1960.

    Of course, I can use Imdb, but that suffers from the internet curse of amateur reviews. Rotten Tomatoes has links to professional reviews, but I rarely go there because it hurts my eyes.

    What guides do you have? What other resources do you use a lot?
    Vardy.....¡¡¡PELIGRO!!!

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    Originally posted by babycart View Post
    I wished to read about the first Harry Potter film last night, for reasons of my own, and realised that it didn´t feature in my battered 2000 Time Out film guide.

    Time for an update, but I don´t know what to order. I like the Time Out guide because it´s got a good selection of films including foreign stuff and trash; and their main reviewer (then - don´t know about now) , Geoff Andrew, knows his stuff. I also like the subject index that helps you find films featuring reform schools or dead dogs.

    I was looking at a recent Halliwell´s over Christmas, and that also seems to have upped its game, and is now much less sniffy about every film released after 1960.

    Of course, I can use Imdb, but that suffers from the internet curse of amateur reviews. Rotten Tomatoes has links to professional reviews, but I rarely go there because it hurts my eyes.

    What guides do you have? What other resources do you use a lot?
    I have a Leonard Maltin film guide from the early 90s - it has been well used in the pre-internet days.

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    • #3
      Here's a few books I rate - all "must watch" list expanders, chock full of info. Obviously all about a certain type of film:


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      • #4
        Originally posted by pencilface View Post
        Here's a few books I rate - all "must watch" list expanders, chock full of info. Obviously all about a certain type of film:


        You need the Psychotronic Video Guide, too, if you don't already have it
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        • #5
          Thank you Pencilface. An impressive spread. They are, however, rather more specialised volumes than what I had in mind.

          I doubt any of them would tell me how charming Marisa Tomei is in the underrated 1994 ouija-board romcom Only You, for example.
          Vardy.....¡¡¡PELIGRO!!!

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          • #6
            Halliwell pissed me right off by giving away the ending of All The Right Noises.

            IMDB overall ratings are almost entirely useless. For mainstream stuff it very much follows an N distribution with almost every second film getting seven stars. It only needs a few *s to plummet. So even good trashy movies struggle to get more than 4 stars as there's always a few haters and they get few enough votes that the haters bring it down. And arty stuff like Tarkovsky rarely gets much more than 8. It is useful if you look through the specific reviews. It's nice where they give you a headline that summarises why they hated or liked something.
            Enthusiastic vagueness passes for scholarship in the twilight world of the disc-jockey.

            John Peel

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            • #7
              Originally posted by emperor tomato ketchup View Post
              Halliwell pissed me right off by giving away the ending of All The Right Noises.

              IMDB overall ratings are almost entirely useless. For mainstream stuff it very much follows an N distribution with almost every second film getting seven stars. It only needs a few *s to plummet. So even good trashy movies struggle to get more than 4 stars as there's always a few haters and they get few enough votes that the haters bring it down. And arty stuff like Tarkovsky rarely gets much more than 8. It is useful if you look through the specific reviews. It's nice where they give you a headline that summarises why they hated or liked something.
              Personally, I don´t like star ratings for anything.The only exception is that I almost always enjoy films that the Guardian´s Peter Bradshaw awards two stars.
              Vardy.....¡¡¡PELIGRO!!!

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              • #8
                Nice esoteric tip there. Any examples?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by eine View Post
                  Nice esoteric tip there. Any examples?
                  Repo Men
                  Antichrist
                  Taken 2

                  If it´s a romcom, a one star rating is recommendation enough. He hasn´t the faintest idea about the genre.
                  Vardy.....¡¡¡PELIGRO!!!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by babycart View Post
                    Personally, I don´t like star ratings for anything.The only exception is that I almost always enjoy films that the Guardian´s Peter Bradshaw awards two stars.
                    What about if it was ticks or little boxes of popcorn. Is it the essentially numeric rating or the symbol used?

                    In a sense I agree, I don't object in principle but I dislike them as they aren't useful to me.
                    Enthusiastic vagueness passes for scholarship in the twilight world of the disc-jockey.

                    John Peel

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by emperor tomato ketchup View Post
                      What about if it was ticks or little boxes of popcorn. Is it the essentially numeric rating or the symbol used?
                      .
                      It´s judging a work of art by quantative means.
                      At school I once finished an essay on Great Expectations by writing "All in all, a long but entertaining novel by Charles Dickens. 7/10". The teacher gave me a red pen bollocking and I learnt my lesson.
                      Vardy.....¡¡¡PELIGRO!!!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by babycart View Post
                        It´s judging a work of art by quantative means.
                        At school I once finished an essay on Great Expectations by writing "All in all, a long but entertaining novel by Charles Dickens. 7/10". The teacher gave me a red pen bollocking and I learnt my lesson.
                        But what mark did you get?
                        You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Rich Hero View Post
                          But what mark did you get?
                          I dont remember, but I bet it stifled me as a creative being.

                          A similar exercise with writing science reports in a more interesting flowery style was also greeted with teacherly disdain.

                          A brooding cloud glowered on the football pitch as we gazed out of the lab window, listlessly waiting while Mr Cooper fetched the apparatus that would allow us to perform hydrolysis on a solution of copper sulphate...
                          Vardy.....¡¡¡PELIGRO!!!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by babycart View Post
                            I dont remember, but I bet it stifled me as a creative being.

                            A similar exercise with writing science reports in a more interesting flowery style was also greeted with teacherly disdain.

                            A brooding cloud glowered on the football pitch as we gazed out of the lab window, listlessly waiting while Mr Cooper fetched the apparatus that would allow us to perform hydrolysis on a solution of copper sulphate...
                            That sounds like an excerpt from 'Philip Marlowe's School Days'.

                            'I turned to my left and looked at Jenny Smith, the sweetest dame in the fourth form. The sun reflected on her retainer and I bathed in its golden light. There were better places than this classroom and I went there. 'Right, you herberts' said Mr Cooper, adjusting the retort stand, 'let's get this over with'.
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                            • #15
                              "A brooding cloud glowered on the football pitch as we gazed out of the lab window, listlessly waiting while Mr Cooper fetched the apparatus that would allow us to perform hydrolysis on a solution of copper sulphate..."
                              Made me laugh.

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