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 Posted:   Aug 21, 2014 - 10:04 AM   
 By:   msmith   (Member)

I've been buying his book since the mid 1970's. It's such a handy source of information.
I especially like how it tells what kind of widescreen format each film is presented in since todays film credits don't tell if it was shot in HD Widescreen, System 35, Panavision, etc.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2014 - 11:05 AM   
 By:   Doug Raynes   (Member)

What a shame. I've been buying Maltin's guides since he first started writing them and always looked forward to getting each new volume. Prior to the internet they were essential but in recent years I haven't been buying every new edition annually as I used to do. My latest is the 2010 edition but I also have his "Classic Movie Guide" which I find even more useful.

I'm surprised at some of the negative comments about his reviews because, for me, they are far better and more in tune with my own opinions than most of the other similar guides (Halliwell anyone?) which have come and gone. His guide certainly had staying power... which must mean something.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2014 - 12:07 PM   
 By:   arthur grant   (Member)



The only complaint I've had over Maltin's guide is that the person reviewing the film is not identified. All it would take is the initials giving credit to who wrote what and I never understood why not. Various other print guides like Time Out and Radio Times did this making it fair to the contributors instead of looking like one person did it all.

The "classic" film guide (pre 1960) was a great idea (Maltin's daughter apparently) but some titles cross over and it can get a little confusing as to which guide to use when looking up some titles.

It will be interesting to see if or how he approaches an internet sourced guide.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2014 - 1:19 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Many years ago when I first met Leonard, I recommended that he reconsider his book's three-star rating and faint praise -- "Laughton's sole directing effort is quite good" -- for THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, and he agreed to look into it. The very next edition upped the rating to three and a half stars, with a re-written blurb. More recently, when my book on HUNTER was published, he gave it a nice plug at his website. So I'll always be grateful to Leonard, and admiring of his achievements. Who else has ever been nearly as successful at parlaying our childhood love affair with movies into a flourishing career? I've pre-ordered the 2015 GUIDE, and as soon as the new CLASSIC book becomes order-able I'll do the same.

 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2014 - 1:50 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Damn!

I just visited my local BOOK store to see if the 2015 volume arrived.

I didn't buy it every year but I always had a copy handy.

Damn internet!
brm

 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2014 - 1:52 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)



I'm surprised at some of the negative comments about his reviews because, for me, they are far better and more in tune with my own opinions than most of the other similar guides (Halliwell anyone?) which have come and gone. His guide certainly had staying power... which must mean something.


Halliwell>
Oh god what a curmudgeon!
brm

 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2014 - 1:55 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Probably the ONLY guide that singles out music scores for praise!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2014 - 4:00 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Halliwell>
Oh god what a curmudgeon!
brm



About 40% of the films in the Halliwell guide get zero stars, and one star from Halliwell generally equals 2 1/2 stars from Maltin.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2014 - 4:54 PM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

Probably the ONLY guide that singles out music scores for praise!

Yeah, I was impressed when Maltin talked about the Goldsmith score to ST TMP.
I thought, this is a good dude.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2014 - 10:05 PM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

Probably the ONLY guide that singles out music scores for praise!

Yeah, I was impressed when Maltin talked about the Goldsmith score to ST TMP.
I thought, this is a good dude.



But on the other hand he did NOT like Joel Goldsmith`s score to Kull The Conqueror (which I like though).

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2014 - 6:10 AM   
 By:   Doug Raynes   (Member)

Another film guide I liked very much was Elkin Allan's "Guide to Movies on Television" published during the 70s and 80s. Anyone in the UK remember that?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2014 - 9:27 AM   
 By:   arthur grant   (Member)

Probably the ONLY guide that singles out music scores for praise!

Maltin is a huge film MUSIC lover!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2014 - 9:31 AM   
 By:   arthur grant   (Member)




I met him too. His passion was and is undeniable. Because we were in a video store I challenged him on numerous films he hadn't seen but I'm still sure he could have buried me if he had done the choosing.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2014 - 12:59 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Just watching Sopranos series 5 episode 3. The one where steve buscemi Tony B comes out of prison.

Carmela and tony are living apart and Carmela is having the girls over for a film club evening, Rosie aprilia, Janice, and sexy adriana, etc. Theyve chosen Citizen Kane and Carmela says " To give us some background, lets see what Leonard Maltin has to say..." and reads out the Kane blurb.

 
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