Monday, 16 February 2015

Review: Modern Sci-Fi Films FAQ by Tom DeMichael

Publisher: Applause
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: November 20th, 2014
Rating: 8.5/10

Amazon summary:

This FAQ travels to a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... visits a theme park where DNA-created dinosaurs roam... watches as aliens come to Earth, hunting humans for sport... and much, much more. Filled with biographies, synopses, production stories, and images and illustrations many seldom seen in print the book focuses on films that give audiences two hours where they can forget about their troubles, sit back, crunch some popcorn, and visit worlds never before seen... worlds of robots, time travel, aliens, space exploration, and other far-out ideas.


Modern Sci-Fi Films FAQ is a veritable treasure trove of sci-fi cinema facts, trivia and opinion pieces that will be a worthy addition to any cinephile's book collection. Written in an easy, casual style, it covers films from 1970 onwards, including gems (and personal favourites) such as The Matrix, Alien, Deep Impact and Starship Troopers. There are hundreds of films included in this book and to list them all would be impossible, but I think it's fair to say that if it's classed as sci-fi you'll find it here!

Beginning with a foreword by Dennis Muren, an academy award-winning special effects artist, Modern Sci-Fi Films FAQ then goes on to introduce sci-fi before diving straight into the literary roots of modern SF films. There are twelve chapters in total, all equally enjoyable, covering topics like spaceships, magicians, robots, aliens, alternate worlds and time travel. Everything is covered here, whenever your interest, though my favourite sections have to be fiends and friends from another world. Aliens do it for me every time!

Modern Sci-Fi Films FAQ is a great read that benefits from short but succinct film entries, making it incredibly easy to just dip in and out of whenever the fancy takes you. It's varied in the films it covers, fun and extremely enjoyable - in fact, it's one of the best recent film books I've come across. Tom DeMichael has created a fantastic sci-fi compendium that I loved reading, and I hope there will be more titles like this in the future. Horror films, please!

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