Like to read about the movies?
by Phil Boatwright

Like to read about the movies? Here are a few books I suggest.

PAULINE KAEL: A Life in the Dark
By Brian Kellow

A decade after her death, former New Yorker Film critic Pauline Kael remains a pivotal figure in film criticism, due to her inimitable style and power within the film community, as well as the enormous influence she’s exerted over the subsequent generation of film critics. (Examine her work and you’ll discover why some of Phil Boatwright’s critiques read more like essays.)

In the first biography of the legendary film critic now in paperback, PAULINE KAEL: a Life in the Dark (Penguin Books) author Brian Kellow gives us a richly detailed look into the life of this powerful film reporter.

“This affectionate biography makes her life and her passion for movies inseparable – and she could be difficult in both arenas.” The Wall Street Journal

“Reading this in-depth biography helps give insight into the make-up of people who write about movies. Along with this work, I would suggest FOR KEEPS: 30 Years at the Movies, a collection of essay-like critiques by Pauline Kael. Though I didn’t agree with her on many a subject (she didn’t like Westerns), still she was always an engrossing read. I learned a great deal about my profession by grasping her love of movies.” Phil Boatwright, The Movie Reporter


(Plume; On-Sale September 2012) is fully updated with over 16,000 reviews, including over 200 new entries—and remains the most complete and reliable movie resource guide there is. From movies that rate a “BOMB” to four-star classics, LEONARD MALTIN’S 2013 MOVIE GUIDE is both a guide to what to watch and a fascinating journey through cinematic history, all in a convenient paperback form.

“I’ve been reading Leonard Maltin’s guide ever since collage – and that’s a gang of years ago. He knows more about movies than anybody…Next to me.” - Phil Boatwright, The Movie Reporter

(Forgive the self promotion)…

Everything a Christian Needs to Know About Movie-Going!
By Phil Boatwright
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Secrets of the Motion Picture Business
DVD alternatives for each family member - even your mother
How to counter Hollywood's influence
How to help teens make wise movie choices
How to pick a great date movie
Too often after first reading a book, it stands unused in your home library. Not so with MOVIES: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE REALLY, REALLY BAD. Along with 21 chapters that guide you safely through the maze of Hollywood mediocrity and the spiritually unrewarding, MOVIES offers countless references to films, plus spotlights on classics and soon to be classics. It's a useful tool for parents and concerned moviegoers, one you'll find yourself coming back to over and over.
Paperback - C. C. Publications - 224 pages. Want a signed copy by the author? Send your check for $15.95 to Central Christian Publications, 492 E. 12th Street, Tonganoxie, KS 66086.