There will be no arguing that David Stratton has probably seen more films and knows more about the film industry in Australia than you do. His book “101 Marvellous Movies You May Have Missed” might be the perfect gift for your film-loving friend or yourself.
The book is packed with lots of under-rated and sometimes obscure films. His reviews are guaranteed to open a door to some unhidden movie gems.
This is David’s fourth book. After a short introduction, you’ll see the film reviews. Each film review has the country of origin, year made, a paragraph blurb about the team behind the film including the total running time. Then David explains his thoughts about the film over mostly two pages.
These films will hopefully make you explore some new genres or cultures or beliefs by discovering some movies that you might have missed or overlooked when they were originally released.
This is a book to be read from cover to cover. Alternatively, you might like to refer to it gradually by placing it next to your remote control or on a close bookshelf in the living room.
There are only a handful of colour illustrations in the middle of the book. You might prefer to look up the film’s title on your mobile phone to confirm whether you have watched it or not.
You might notice that the film industry loves calling films by one to three-word long titles.
Don’t neglect the back of the book – there is a handy list of where you can find the films via streaming sites, online DVD shops and rental websites, and libraries.
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101 Marvellous Movies is a great book to pass around at Christmas or a group party. You can talk about the films you have watched over the last 12 months and your lifetime. I passed it around the car on a road trip to spark the conversation with my family.
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
About David Stratton
David Stratton AM is an award-winning film critic, film historian and lecturer. He is a television personality and producer. He has served as President of the International Critics Jury for the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals and was for 28 years co-host with Margaret Pomeranz of SBS’s The Movie Show and ABC’s At the Movies. David was a former critic for international film industry magazine Variety, he currently writes for The Australian. He is the author of two books about