The Jaws Log (expanded edition), by Carl Gottlieb

My Copy: 9780062229281 (image from goodreads.com) I actually finished this book a few days ago, but I was stewing about how you can think of it. Jaws has been my fave movie for ages, so to read a book about the background of the movie? Why the hell not?! Well, this book doesn't have as broad … Continue reading The Jaws Log (expanded edition), by Carl Gottlieb

#079–What’s the Big Deal about the film “Apocalypse Now” (1979)?

I've seen it probably a couple dozen times by now. Hell, for some reason I've watched Apocalypse Now every night for a week, I'm guessing as some morbid therapy to show me some people arguably having a far worse month than I. Except for Kilgore (Robert Duvall), of course. I know I like the film, … Continue reading #079–What’s the Big Deal about the film “Apocalypse Now” (1979)?

Rebel Without a Crew, or, How a 23-Year-Old Film-maker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player, by Robert Rodriguez

My Copy: 057117891X (image from austinchronicle.com, differs from mine because I got a British copy) I have to thank Werner Herzog for pointing this book in my direction, and it's so worth it. You could apply the labels of autobiography, shooting diary, and how-to to this book and it'd all be accurate. Rebel Without A … Continue reading Rebel Without a Crew, or, How a 23-Year-Old Film-maker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player, by Robert Rodriguez

In the Blink of An Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing (2nd ed.), by Walter Murch

My Copy: 9781879505629 (image from bn.com) I've read about Walter Murch before, and just refreshed my memory of some of the things he talks about in this book by watching Apocalypse Now (and it's documentaries) again. In The Blink of An Eye is not an autobiography or technical guide, but very much a perspective on … Continue reading In the Blink of An Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing (2nd ed.), by Walter Murch

#022–How did 19th Century people NOT get lost in the American West?

If you're anything like me--someone who grew up watching too many Western films on VCR or classic movie channels--then you know what I'm talking about here. The lone rider is on his horse, looking over the vast expanse with a few bushes, rocks and scattered little trees (or cacti, if it's the desert). The sun rises and he sets off (or it sets and he makes camp)...