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225 × 145 × 30 mm
312 pages
16 Sep 2019

Second Sight The Selected Film Writing of Adam Mars-Jones Adam Mars-Jones

The film review can be a little art form, not just a consumer guide, as this collection shows. Covering more than 30 years of film releases, celebrated critic Adam Mars-Jones guides us through the most entertaining, most appalling, most fantastic films of his viewing lifetime, interleaving his original film reviews with new insights and reflections.

Mars-Jones answers the questions that no other book has even bothered to ask. What is Twister really about? How many Steven Spielbergs are there? (Spoiler: he counts thirteen). How many of them are worth anything? Who had the greatest slow-burn career in the movies. (Clue: he taught Montgomery Clift how to roll a cigarette.) Which science-fiction film features the most haunting use of slime? Funny, combative and revealing, Second Sight is a celebration of the art form that maintains the strongest hold on the modern imagination.

Adam Mars-Jones is Research Professor in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. He was the first film reviewer for the Independent (1986-1997) and currently writes on film for the Times Literary Supplement. His books include the novels Pilcrow (2008) and Cedilla (2011), and the 2015 memoir Kid Gloves (2015).