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  • 101 Action Movies You Must See Before You Die
    by Steven Jay Schneider
    ISBN 0764163507 (0-7641-6350-7)
    Softcover, Barron's Educational Series

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    Action movies can be called the purest form of cinema because they tell their stories visually, rather than through dialogue. Summarized in this entertaining book are 101 of the most famous action films of all time, from the early swashbucklers starring Douglas Fairbanks, to sci-fi panoramas like Star Wars and the Terminator series that was made famous by Arnold Schwarzenneger. With insights from critics, film historians, and academics, 101 Action Films You Must See Before You Die discusses the movies that made actors like Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, and Sean Connery into household names. This intensely readable book chronicles the history of action films by dividing them into separate chapters for each decade, starting in 1900 and concluding with films like The Bourne Identity with Matt Damon, and other major releases of the present decade. Each movie is profiled with a plot summary, a listing of cast and credits, and interesting notes about the production. Approximately 200 illustrations include reproductions of movie posters and stills from the films.

  • 101 Gangster Movies (101 Movies)
    by Steven Jay Schneider
    ISBN 1844036626 (1-84403-662-6)
    Softcover, Octopus Publishing Group

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    From the drug-fueled excesses to the punch-ups and knife fights, these films depict society's underbelly in action. Whether it's holding up the local liquor store or wheeling and dealing among the far-reaching tentacles of organized crime, the truth is never far from the fictional world on the big screen. The gangster genre kicked off with actors such as James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson. Their tough-guy looks set the trend to follow, and led to the devious, crazy, and charismatic crooks played by the likes of Al Pacino and Robert de Niro. But often these hard men are almost sympathetic characters: Marlon Brando's godfather turned bad to feed his family, after all - capisce? The one-line quips, the sharp suits, the sense of camaraderie, and the grisly killings have created some of the movies' most memorable moments. So get ready to take a walk on the wild side. With insight from critics, film historians, and academics, "101 Gangster Movies You Must See Before You Die" brings knowledge, insight, and passion to a wealth of dirty rats, horses' heads, colorful misters, dons, molls, triads, kingpins, hoods, yakuza, low-life scum, informers, shoot-outs, hold-ups, heists, gangs, shakedowns, drug deals, getaway cars, murders, kidnappings, and car chases. By the end, you'll be wondering just whose side you're on: the cops' or the robbers'?

  • 101 Horror Movies: You Must See Before You Die
    by Steven Jay Schneider
    ISBN 1844036731 (1-84403-673-1)
    Softcover, Cassell Illustrated

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    Whether it be internal demons, real-life vampires, anonymous serial killers, crazed spouses, vengeful ghosts, or Satan himself, horror films have gripped audiences and filmmakers alike since the very beginnings of cinema. This title gives you an appreciation of the horror film genres.

  • Dark Thoughts: Philosophic Reflections on Cinematic Horror
    by Daniel Shaw, Steven Jay Schneider
    ISBN 0810847922 (0-8108-4792-2)
    Hardcover, Scarecrow Press

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    Is horror a fundamentally nihilistic genre? Why are those of us who enjoy horror films so attracted to watching things on screen that in real life we would almost certainly find repellent? Do monster movies have a deleterious moral effect on their viewers? In seeking to answer such questions, as well as a host of related ones, Dark Thoughts reveals that our fascination with horror cinema, and the pleasure we take in it, is in the end simply a natural extension of a philosopher's inclination to wonder.

    This is a collection of highly engaging and provocative essays by top scholars in the increasingly interrelated fields of Philosophy, Film Studies, and Communication Arts that deal with the epistemology, aesthetics, ethics, metaphysics, and genre dynamics of horror cinema past and present. Contributors include Curtis Bowman, Noël Carroll, Elizabeth Cowie, Angela Curran, Cynthia Freeland, Michael Grant, Matt Hills, Deborah Knight, George McKnight, Ken Mogg, Aaron Smuts, Robert C. Solomon, and J.P. Telotte.

    Over the past several years, one of the hottest topics in the realm of philosophical aesthetics has been cinematic horror. The emotional effects it has on audiences, the mysterious metaphysics of its impossible beings, the controversial ethics of its violent contents-these are just a few of the concerns to have drawn the attention of scholars and students alike. . .not to mention the genre's legions of fans. Since the publication of Noël Carroll's groundbreaking study, The Philosophy of Horror; or, Paradoxes of the Heart (1990), and including most recently Cynthia Freeland's The Naked and the Undead: Evil and the Appeal of Horror (2000), a plethora of articles have been authored by seemingly normal philosophers about the decidedly abnormal activities of the antagonists of fright flicks.

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  • Fear Without Frontiers: Horror Cinema Across the Globe
    by Steven Jay Schneider
    ISBN 1903254159 (1-903254-15-9)
    Softcover, Fab Press

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    Included in The Guardian's list of the top ten film books of 2003! (Guardian Guide, December 20-26, 2003) Horror movies have always found receptive audiences in their home countries. Finally, the genre's most colourful and least familiar directors and stars are given their due in editor Steven Schneider's wide-ranging collection of articles and interviews from a fine assembly of renowned world horror experts. Discover such hidden treasures of world cinematic horror as Singapore's pontianak cycle, 1930s Mexican vampire movies, Austrian serial killer flicks, Germany's Edgar Wallace krimis, Bollywood ghost stories, Indonesia's penanggalan tales, the Chinese take on Phantom of the Opera, and the Turkish versions of Dracula and The Exorcist. 24 pulse-pounding chapters with selected filmographies and scores of images from the movies under discussion, including a stunning 16-page full-colour section! Learn about the amazing horror films of: Austria, Brazil, Chile, China, Cuba, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Thailand, Mexico, The Philippines, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Turkey Meet fascinating and exotic horror filmmakers and monsters from every corner of the globe, including: Hideo Nakata, Paul Naschy, Anthony Wong, Wolfgang Preiss, Maria Menado, Sion Sono, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Nonzee Nimibutr, Jean Rollin, Maxu Weibang, Gallaga & Reyes, The Ramsay Brothers, Pupi Avati, Walerian Borowczyk, José ""Coffin Joe"" Mojica Marins, Jorge Molina, Kim Ki-Young, Takashi Miike and more! Fear Without Frontiers - Contents PART I: ARTISTS, ACTORS, AUTEURS * Madmen, visionaries and freaks: the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky * Coffin Joe and José Mojica Marins: strange men for strange times * Return of the phantom: Maxu Weibang's Midnight Song * Enfant terrible: the terrorful, wonderful world of Anthony Wong * The rain beneath the earth: an interview with Nonzee Nimibutr * Cinema of the doomed: the tragic horror of Paul Naschy * Sex and death, Cuban style: the dark vision of Jorge Molina PART II: FILMS, SERIES, CYCLES * Fantasmas del cine Mexicano: the 1930s horror film cycle of Mexico * The cosmic mill of Wolfgang Preiss: Giorgio Ferroni's Mill of the Stone Women * The ""lost"" horror film series: the Edgar Wallace krimis * The exotic pontianaks * Playing with genre: defining the Italian giallo * The Italian zombie film: from derivation to invention * Austrian psycho killers & home invaders: the horror-thrillers Angst & Funny Games PART III: GENRE HISTORIES AND STUDIES * Coming of age: the South Korean horror film * Between appropriation and innovation: Turkish horror cinema * Witches, spells and politics: the horror films of Indonesia * The unreliable narrator: subversive storytelling in Polish horror cinema * The Beast from Bollywood: a history of the Indian horror film * In a climate of terror: the Filipino monster movie * French revolution: the secret history of Gallic horror movies PART IV: CASE STUDY - JAPANESE HORROR CINEMA * Pain threshhold: the cinema of Takashi Miike * The Japanese horror film series: Ring and Eko Eko Azarak * The urban techno-alienation of Sion Sono's Suicide Club

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  • Horror Cinema
    by Jonathan Penner, Steven Jay Schneider
    ISBN 3822831522 (3-8228-3152-2)
    Hardcover, Taschen

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    Horror is both the most perennially popular and geographically diverse of all film genres; arguably, every country that makes movies makes horror movies of one kind or another. Depicting deep-rooted, even archetypal fears, while at the same time exploiting socially and culturally specific anxieties, cinematic horror is at once timeless and utterly of its time and place. This exciting visual history, which includes unique images from the David Del Valle archive, examines the genre in thematic, historical, and aesthetic terms, breaking it down into the following fundamental categories: Slashers & Serial Killers; Cannibals, Freaks & Hillbillys; Revenge of Nature & Environmental Horror; Sci-fi Horror; The Living Dead; Ghosts & Haunted Houses; Possession, Demons & Evil Tricksters; Voodoo, Cults & Satanists; Vampires & Werewolves; and The Monstrous-Feminine. Among the many films featured are classics such as Psycho, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Alien, The Exorcist, Dracula, and The Wicker Man.

  • Horror Cinema (25)
    by Steven Jay Schneider , Jonathan Penner
    ISBN 3836534576 (3-8365-3457-6)
    Hardcover, Taschen

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    Film frights: The best scary movies of all time   Horror is both the most perennially popular and geographically diverse of all film genres; arguably, every country that makes movies makes horror movies of one kind or another. Depicting deep-rooted, even archetypal fears, while at the same time exploiting socially and culturally specific anxieties, cinematic horror is at once timeless and utterly of its time and place. This exciting visual history, which includes unique images from the David Del Valle archive, examines the genre in thematic, historical, and aesthetic terms.

  • Pathways: With Starry Nights Pro CD 3.1 and Aris: An Introduction to Astronomy
    by Steven Jay Schneider
    ISBN 0071108475 (0-07-110847-5)
    Hardcover, McGraw-Hill Europe

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    The great writing style and art program of Tom Arny's book is now available in a Brief version focusing on the very basic essentials of astronomy. This new version of Arny continues to offer the most complete technology/new media support package available. That technology/new media package includes: 6 new interactives, PowerWeb, Online Learning Center, and a CD-ROM that offers new and different text material/animations/links to even further enhance student comprehension.

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  • Traditions in World Cinema
    by Ms. Linda R Badley, R. Barton Palmer, Steven Jay Schneider
    ISBN 0813538734 (0-8135-3873-4)
    Hardcover, Rutgers University Press

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    Traditions in World Cinema brings together a colorful and wide ranging collection of world cinematic traditionsnational, regional, and globalall of which are in need of introduction, investigation and, in some cases, critical reassessment. The movements described range from well-known traditions such as German expressionism, Italian neorealism, French, British, and Czech new wave, and new Hollywood cinema to those of emerging significance, such as Danish Dogma, postcommunist cinema, Brazilian postCinema Novo, new Argentine cinema, pre-independence African film traditions, Israeli persecution films, new Iranian cinema, Hindi film songs, Chinese wenyi pian melodrama, Japanese horror, and global found-footage cinema.

    The essays, all written by recognized experts in the field, are jargon free and accessible to both general readers and students. In addition, each chapter is followed by a list of suggested films and readings, offering readers pathways to further viewing and study.

    Bringing fresh insights to those movements that have provided significant and noteworthy alternatives to Hollywood, this book is an essential introduction to the rich diversity of world cinema.

     

  • Tom Pendergast: Understanding Film Genres
    Understanding Film Genres
    by Tom Pendergast, Sara Pendergast, Steven Jay Schneider
    ISBN 0072563699 (0-07-256369-9)
    Softcover, Mcgraw-Hill College

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