Book Review: New Titles for Smart Moviegoers

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“Understanding Movies,” Louis Grannett’s essential student guide to the formula of filmmaking, hitting shelves this February with its 11th Edition. The Prentice-Hall Humanties/Social Science publication has been a staple in classrooms for generations and has been updated to include the newest films and techniques.

“There’s No Business Like Soul Business: a Spiritual Path to Enlightened Screenwriting, Filmmaking and the Performing Arts” will be available in bookstores this winter. Author Derek Rydell, a screenwriter and script “doctor” himself, promises this book with help the reader not just more purposeful, but also prosperous. Now that’s quite a promise, isn’t it?

“Buster Keaton, Tempest in a Flat Hat,” by Edward McPherson, makes its paperback debut in February. Other releases from Newmarket Films Books include the Shooting Scripts for DreamGirls, The Good Shepard, Little Children and United 93 and Little Miss Sunshine. Coming in March, to coordinate with the release of the film, The Namesake: A Portrait of the Film based on the Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri.

Joanna Langfield

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