A new book review from The Movie Snob.
Warning Shadows: Home Alone with Classic Cinema, by Gary Giddins (2010). I had never heard of Giddins before, but I received an offer to buy this ebook for $2 and thought I would give it a chance. I’m not one for reading books on my iPad, but this collection of short essays on various movies, genres, directors, and actors was a good fit for the format. The book itself was okay but not great. It focuses on movies Giddins watched on DVD, and he watched lots and lots and lots of movies I have never heard of before. His treatments of directors and actors were too short to be terribly useful or informative. And I’m not too interested in some of the genres he is, like film noir and movies about jazz. But I liked his writing style fine, and I did learn a few things—like I should buy the four-DVD collector’s edition of Blade Runner because the later five-DVD version adds nothing of interest.