Item description for Films to Go: 100 Memorable Movies for Travelers & Others (Capital Travels) by Jay Boyar...
Want to "see" a city before you travel there? Want to reminisce about your favorite stops on your last vacation? If you said yes to either question then this is the book for you! Film critic and travel writer Jay Boyar offers 100 of his all-time favorite films to inform and entertain you, or spark memories of your travels. For each of these great movies, read a synopsis highlighting its major features and why it is useful for travelers, as well as its MPAA rating, year of release, category (comedy, action-adventure, etc.), main actors, major awards, pithy quotes, and a list of other similar films. Thanks to laptops and portable DVD players, movies are no longer restricted to just being watched at home. Whether you are relaxing at home, preparing for a trip, traveling by car with kids who may need entertaining on the road, sitting on a plane flying to your destination, or relaxing in a hotel room--you can enjoy a great movie.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2007
Publisher Capital Books
ISBN 1933102306 ISBN13 9781933102306
Reviews - What do customers think about Films to Go: 100 Memorable Movies for Travelers & Others (Capital Travels)?
Great idea! Wish I'd thought of it. Jun 7, 2007
Veteran film critic Jay Boyar has written a bright and breezy book that will appeal to travelers and film buffs alike. The conceit, summed up in the subtitle "100 Memorable Movies for Travelers and Others," is devilishly clever.
Boyar has selected a very eclectic bunch of films and slotted them into 40 different categories. Part One is for broad, general categories like "Business Trips" and Travel with Friends," Part Two focuses on U.S. destinations, and Part Three goes on a whirlwind trip around the globe.
For each category, Boyar selects anywhere from one to four films that, in his estimation, reflect the essence of the theme or place. He makes the interesting choice to pick films that somehow capture the "soul" or the "idea" of the place rather than films that serve as travelogues.
So "The Maltese Falcon" (which, as Boyar notes, was shot on a backlot in Hollywood) typifies San Francisco, while "Sunset Boulevard" personifies Hollywood. And he's right on the money in both cases. Still, I was sorry to see that he omitted "Bullitt," with its thrilling, if somewhat discombobulating, San Francisco car chases.
I have quibbles about other choices as well. "Some Like It Hot" (one of my all-time faves) for South Florida? It might better exemplify Chicago. Or even train travel!
I was sorry that no foreign cities were included. ("Amalie" and "Breathless" for Paris?). And nothing says Japan to me like a Kurosawa film. I also thought the "The Snapper" (another fave) was a less than ideal choice for Ireland. What about "The Commitments," "The Field," "Into The West," or even "The Quiet Man"?
So if I have so many nits to pick, why did I give this book five stars? Because that's part of the fun of "Films To Go." This is a book to have a conversation with, a book to argue with, a book to inspire you to create your own list of favorite flicks for the categories Boyar provides.
I also enjoy Boyar's no-nonsense take on films. He used to be the movie critic for the "Orlando Sentinel" and on my frequent business trips there I always looked forward to his no b.s. opinions on the latest multiplex fare. Boyar is a fan, with none of the pretentiousness that big city movie reviewers too often fall prey to. Even if I quibbled with his choice of a film for a given category, I usually found his short review (another nice thing about the book) right on the money.
If you love films and like to travel, stick this one in your kit bag.