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A veteran film critic offers a lively, opinionated guide to thinking and talking about movies -- from Casablanca to Clueless

Whether we are trying to impress a date after an art house film screening or discussing Oscar nominations among friends, we all need ways to look at and talk about movies. But with so much variety between an Alfred Hitchcock thriller and a Nora Ephron romantic comedy, how can everyday viewers determine what makes a good movie?

In Talking Pictures, veteran film critic Ann Hornaday walks us through the production of a typical movie -- from script and casting to final sound edit -- and explains how to evaluate each piece of the process. How do we know if a film has been well-written, above and beyond snappy dialogue? What constitutes a great screen performance? What goes into praiseworthy cinematography, editing, and sound design? And what does a director really do? In a new epilogue, Hornaday addresses important questions of representation in film and the industry and how this can, and should, effect a movie-watching experience. Full of engaging anecdotes and interviews with actors and filmmakers, Talking Pictures will help us see movies in a whole new light-not just as fans, but as film critics in our own right.

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"Hornaday, a movie critic for The Washington Post and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, offers a primer on everything about filmmaking, from casting to sound edits to production design. Along the way, she includes tidbits from her interviews with actors and directors, helpful questions to keep in mind when watching films and recommended viewing lists. The resulting book is a sensible, middle-of-the-road guide for amateurs and movie buffs alike."― New York Times Book Review

"[An] illuminating new book for anyone who wants more from the movies than popcorn and thrills." ― Washington Post

"Hornaday has written a highly readable treatise on the sinew and bones of filmmaking.... If you really are serious about the films you take time and money to see, Talking Pictures will make your celluloid education an ongoing pleasure."― Providence Journal

"[Hornaday] offers her insights, opinions and finely tuned observations on actors and acting, camera work, editing, sound and music, and the other elements of film--and how they can all combine to truly make a movie good, bad or just so-so."― Parade


"Ann Hornaday provides a pleasantly calm, eminently sensible, down-the-middle primer for the movie lover--amateur, professional or Twitter centric orator--who would like to acquire and sharpen basic viewing skills." ― New York Times Book Review

"For people who go to the movies and (even better) like talking about them afterward, Talking Pictures is a must-have. For those of us who study and write about the movies, it''s a reminder of why we bother."― Popmatters

" Talking Pictures is like enrolling in a master class on the art of cinematic parsing--and is a lot cheaper than signing up for a college course. It is also more fun since Hornaday wisely employs quotes and anecdotes from a wide range of major talents both in front of and behind the camera, many taken from interviews she has done over the years."― Buffalo News

"A master class in filmmaking and a celebration of why we love movies."― Booklist

"Ann Hornaday knows movies, but more importantly, she knows how to write about movies for a diverse readership. This book is an extension of that essential talent, a clear-eyed assessment of what makes this art form so engaging and how to ask hard questions of it. Anyone remotely intrigued by the filmmaking process will learn something new about it--I know I did--and come away with a fresh toolkit for debating movies old and new. Hornaday''s book is a quintessential reminder that movies are a major art form, and it''s a must-read for anyone who feels the same way."― Eric Kohn, chief critic, Indiewire

"In this essential book Ann Hornaday explores the unique alchemy of filmmaking through its various disciplines, and manages to explain the unexplainable. With clarity and compassion she demystifies the brilliance of Groundhog Day, breaks down how the editor on a film is the audience''s chief surrogate, and ultimately puts her finger on what we crave every time the lights go down in a movie theater: ''the singular joy that comes from authentic human connection.'' This book is a true gift to all filmmakers and film lovers."
Albert Berger, Academy Award-nominated producer of Nebraska, Cold Mountain, and Little Miss Sunshine, among others

About the Author

Ann Hornaday is a film critic at the Washington Post and was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in criticism. Hornaday lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Brady
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Enjoyable and changed how I saw films immediately
Reviewed in the United States on August 26, 2017
I was interested in the book because I have read the author’s reviews in the “Washington Post” for years and the reviews in both the “Post” and “Time” were positive. However, you never know how these “guides for the lay person” types of books will turn out--with them being... See more
I was interested in the book because I have read the author’s reviews in the “Washington Post” for years and the reviews in both the “Post” and “Time” were positive. However, you never know how these “guides for the lay person” types of books will turn out--with them being slogs often enough.

However I found “Talking Pictures well written and it added dimensions to my understanding of not only movies, but television series and to an extent literature as well. Very readable and it went quickly. The films used to illustrate concepts were well chosen and one benefit of the book has been to see (or re-see) films recommended.

One caveat: many of the descriptive passages were structured along the lines of “it could be either this or that, or this other thing or that other thing, or this or that...it wasn’t annoying but as the book progressed it did have kind of an “ear worm” effect to it.
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A great primer to learn why you like what you like
Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2017
An excellent discussion of introductory film appreciation. The author does a very good job of making a potentially pretentious subject more accessible to those who want to explore why they like one movie more than another, without diving into which independent art house... See more
An excellent discussion of introductory film appreciation. The author does a very good job of making a potentially pretentious subject more accessible to those who want to explore why they like one movie more than another, without diving into which independent art house film goes best with a sense of smugness and some avocado toast. The book is broken into the essential building blocks of the film-making process and provides a list at the end of each chapter of both classic and contemporary movies that excel at that particular element.
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Wandering Traveler
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And what the heck is sound editing anyway?
Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2017
With this book you will learn the answer to that question and many others. I love movies but I never realized just how complex it is to get the final product on the screen and get it right... until now. Great book. Well written with examples and explanations for each aspect... See more
With this book you will learn the answer to that question and many others. I love movies but I never realized just how complex it is to get the final product on the screen and get it right... until now. Great book. Well written with examples and explanations for each aspect of movies Ms Hornaday presents. It was interesting to consider just why it is I really liked one movie but found another just kind of "meh." Each chapter covers one of the Oscar categories and concludes with a list of 4 or 5 movies that represent best examples of the discussed category. Want to learn how to discuss movies like a pro ? This book is a great start!
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JF
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An invigorating, informative and entertaining primer on watching films
Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2017
In the knowledgeable and insightful writing style that readers of The Washington Post have come to know and respect, Ms Hornaday offers a way to look at films that is beneficial to casual film fans and also to professional filmmakers. She exhibits a deep understanding of... See more
In the knowledgeable and insightful writing style that readers of The Washington Post have come to know and respect, Ms Hornaday offers a way to look at films that is beneficial to casual film fans and also to professional filmmakers. She exhibits a deep understanding of the mechanics behind the art of filmmaking as she analyzes the various components of the process. And she draws on a vast bank of interviews she''s conducted over her career with leading figures in the industry to add enlightening color to her analyses. This book is an invigorating read -- entertaining as well as informative.
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Ann can write
Reviewed in the United States on November 15, 2018
Ann''s first chapter captivated me with her richly-styled prose. Never florid, however - every word serves a purpose, supporting and illuminating her ideas. Overall, the book is a great introduction for movie buffs as to who does what in movie-making, and how you can better... See more
Ann''s first chapter captivated me with her richly-styled prose. Never florid, however - every word serves a purpose, supporting and illuminating her ideas. Overall, the book is a great introduction for movie buffs as to who does what in movie-making, and how you can better understand the artistic choices made and more fully appreciate the performances given. It will enhance your enjoyment of the movies. And if you like more, this "Extra" encourages you to check out her podcast with Arch Campbell and Marc Sterne, At the Movies with Arch and Ann.
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Reviewing one of my favorite reviewers
Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2018
For those of you unfamiliar, Ann Hornaday’s movie reviews for my local Washington Post are exquisite——Hornaday is hyper-literate, empathic, and wise. Unlike most critics, she is not afraid to express her love for Gravity and a Bourne flick as well as the typical indie... See more
For those of you unfamiliar, Ann Hornaday’s movie reviews for my local Washington Post are exquisite——Hornaday is hyper-literate, empathic, and wise. Unlike most critics, she is not afraid to express her love for Gravity and a Bourne flick as well as the typical indie faire.

This book was very interesting. I learned some new lingo and to appreciate movies on a deeper level—-I can’t say I’d never HEARD of these approaches before; the categories in the book make up the syllabus of a typical Film Theory class. It is Hornaday’s application of these questions and ideals to specific examples which make this book such a fun read.

I made a long list of movies to watch whilst reading each chapter and I can’t wait to dig in.
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I have read several books in this category and this is one of the best at citing examples from movies that most movie goers ...
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2017
Ann has written an extremely entertaining and enjoyable book for the average movie buff. I have read several books in this category and this is one of the best at citing examples from movies that most movie goers have seen, rather than referencing predominately artsy or... See more
Ann has written an extremely entertaining and enjoyable book for the average movie buff. I have read several books in this category and this is one of the best at citing examples from movies that most movie goers have seen, rather than referencing predominately artsy or foreign films that I do not have time to watch (yet). She clearly enjoys movie realism (verisimilitude) and that is apparent in most of her favorites and examples, but she does not ignore others genres (like her discussion on all the sounds Lucas created in Star Wars). This truly is a great read for film lovers and it will have you wanting to go back and re-watch some outstanding films with a greater appreciation and enjoyment.
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olingerstories
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Wish I could rate it higher
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2018
Ann Hornaday is a such a likable movie critic that I felt bad about my 3 star rating affecting the overall scoring of her book. It is a solid analysis of movies with helpful tidbits. But, the truth is that the book lacks the punch that you would fine in Pauline Kael''s... See more
Ann Hornaday is a such a likable movie critic that I felt bad about my 3 star rating affecting the overall scoring of her book. It is a solid analysis of movies with helpful tidbits. But, the truth is that the book lacks the punch that you would fine in Pauline Kael''s classic treatments on movies, or even more recently Hornaday''s former colleague Stephen Hunter. What would really be fun is to have Hornaday really cut loose like she does at times with her appearances on the Tony Kornheiser Show. But, more so, I would have liked her to go into depth with a particular movie each chapter rather than picking from here and there with multiple movies. She has the movie-chops to do that. Perhaps its coming in a future book.
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A Davin
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Ann is Great!!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 31, 2018
Ann Hornaday is wonderful. Having listened to her on the Tony Kornheiser Show over the last few years I very interested in purchasing this book. Great to get it in the UK.
Ann Hornaday is wonderful. Having listened to her on the Tony Kornheiser Show over the last few years I very interested in purchasing this book.
Great to get it in the UK.
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Robert D. Harris
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brilliant!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 27, 2018
brilliant insight into how movies are made and how to enjoy the artistry.
brilliant insight into how movies are made and how to enjoy the artistry.
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This book will help towards proper conversations with others
Reviewed in Canada on July 25, 2020
I find it easier to enjoy this book on what I like first. So, I''m into cinematography and I started that chapter firsthand and I will work back to the beginning chapter. I''m very happy with this purchase because now I can actually say I like cinematography to another person...See more
I find it easier to enjoy this book on what I like first. So, I''m into cinematography and I started that chapter firsthand and I will work back to the beginning chapter. I''m very happy with this purchase because now I can actually say I like cinematography to another person and really go into a proper conversation about it.
I find it easier to enjoy this book on what I like first. So, I''m into cinematography and I started that chapter firsthand and I will work back to the beginning chapter. I''m very happy with this purchase because now I can actually say I like cinematography to another person and really go into a proper conversation about it.
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Esencial, si te gusta el cine...
Reviewed in Spain on August 5, 2017
Ameno, didáctico. Con ejemplos y recomendaciones. Hay otros libros que prometen enseñarte a ver el cine. Con este seguro que lo harás. Es estupendo.
Ameno, didáctico. Con ejemplos y recomendaciones. Hay otros libros que prometen enseñarte a ver el cine. Con este seguro que lo harás. Es estupendo.
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