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by Joe Leydon

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If you need a to-do list for movies (Netflix newbies, I'm looking at you) or feel like you're a little uninformed when it comes to modern American culture, this is the book for you. If you're looking for content guidance ("don't have your kids watch this if you hate profanity") or film ratings more generally, this is probably not your best bet; the author really does believe that each and every one of these films is a must see, for one reason or another (including for the sake of experiencing dialog gleefully described as "ingeniously foul-mouthed.") The author gives good reasons for each film's inclusion most of the time, and does a great job giving suggestions for related works, but the list of films seems a little shopping-list like (we need westerns, and don't forget the martial arts films, and then there's the independent films to consider...) and there's no real sense of what films are the most important, versus next-most important.

Worthwhile, especially if you really do want to make films, or review them, or have decided to join the ranks of very-well informed film buffs. If I were homeschooling a teenager who wanted to be the next George Lucas, I'd make this one of my textbooks. But it really is a list of individual films with short descriptions/discussion after each: don't expect something more coherent. ( )
  lloannna | Feb 5, 2009 |
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Veteran film critic Joe Leydon analyzes 100 movies that have defined genres, influenced filmmakers--and serve as standards by which other films are measured.

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