George Lucas’s Blockbusting: A Decade-by-Decade Survey of Timeless Movies Including Untold Secrets of Their Financial and Cultural Success edited by Alex Ben Block and Lucy Autrey Wilson

This is a review for one of my many “project” books that I don’t read straight through cover to cover (and hence otherwise don’t review), but have nonetheless read several times out of order while researching specific subjects.

I love movies, don’t you?  There are many authorities out there on films.  If any one of them comes up with a list of the top movies ever made, you’d be curious, am I right?  Well, that’s what happened here.  Maverick independent filmmaker George Lucas (whom I greatly respect and admire) compiled a list of what he considers to be the top 300 films of all time back in 2010, and with the help of a couple of editors, he breaks them down by decade as only a true film geek can.  That’s when the real fun begins.  Each film is data tracked, so you’ve got financial merits, critical honors and awards, critically-acclaimed acting leads, top directors, decade-by-decade statistical comparisons, cultural trends (such as disaster films), technology spotlights, principle cast and crew, filming locations, running times, initial release dates, and a plethora of other statistics for each film presented in the book.  From there, each of the films is discussed in terms of plot, production history, and distribution.

Just for grins, there is also a list of the big feature films for each and every month from the silent era to 2005 when this book stops.

One of my big goals in life is to see every film in this book.  Just the very nature of being who I am, I’ve seen most of them without trying, many of them multiple times.  As with any other form of art, it helps to know something of the work to more readily appreciate it.  This book is a great reference for that.

4 stars

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