Several of the best TV series sadly took this year off such as “Fargo,” “Master of None,” and “Homeland,” but 2016 turned out to be a surprising year as several great new series appeared from out of nowhere like “Easy,” “The Night Of,” and, of course, “Stranger Things.” On top of that, there were plenty of returning favorites that continue to flourish ala “Star Wars Rebels,” “Black Mirror,” and “The Flash.” Below I have listed my top 10 personal favorite TV and web series of 2016 along with many notables. Also included is a top 5 worst TV series of 2016 list (Thankfully, I managed to avoid most of the worst series). On with the list! Continue reading
Author Thomas C. Foster’s “Reading The Silver Screen” (AKA “Reading The Silver Screen: A Film Lover’s Guide To Decoding The Art Form That Moves”) is tailor made for people interested in learning more about cinema. The Harper Perennial book is an educational read that covers how to read and interpret a film, a film’s construction, the role of the camera, scenes, shots, sequences, silent films, film genres, lighting, B&W films, point of view, reading between the lines, screenplay structure, framing, novel to film adaptations, remakes, music, symbolism, visual styles, and more. The author also uses numerous films to illustrate points such as “Citizen Kane” and “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
For film critics (like myself), film buffs, and filmmakers, “Reading The Silver Screen” is pretty much preaching to the choir. It’s all fairly basic stuff that you probably know like the back of your hand. For those not involved with the film world, however, this book might come in handy as author Thomas C. Foster essentially constructs it like a class curriculum. That makes sense given the fact that he is a Professor and that the book even comes with assignments! Some may find that the 348 page book overstates the obvious quite a bit, but it should be noted that there’s still a lot of value here as Foster does a commendable job of breaking down the visual art form of cinema.
“Reading The Silver Screen” is now available at your local bookstores or online booksellers.
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