Home Movie Vault Disc Vault Coming Soon Local Scene Articles Partners About Us Contest Soundtrack Books


David Kamp and Lawrence Levi
114 Pages
Publisher: Broadway Books (February 2006)
ISBN: 0767918762
Price: S$23.95 (Available in Borders)






The Film Snob’s Dictionary would like to paint the world as a place where only two types of people exist: the film snob and the non-snob. But I tell you there can only be two reasonable reactions to this book: mild interest or disinterest, depending on whether you are a Monday-Wednesday moviegoer or a Thursday-Sunday moviegoer. Get it? No? It just means that this book is, in a very apt Singlish term, slightly “extra”.

Fans of this book will thump their sofa and shout their glee at finally finding the tome that justifies their time spent in Video-Ezy looking for Tom Laughlin’s 1971 movie “Billy Jack”. Don’t know what movie I am talking about? Welcome to the world of normal human beings. Say bye-bye to becoming the next Quentin Tarantino and Peter Jackson.

The fact is; I wonder how a book explicating on directors and movies that only about 20 Singaporeans (myself not included) really know about would sell here. Unless this book is trying to do a “The Cook the thief his wife and her lover”-style Miramax-dun-watch-it campaign here. Don’t know what I am talking about? Well, this is how I felt for about 70% of the book. Apparently there is a class difference between “movie” and “film” as well. Huh?

Well, even though I enjoy the movie “Castaway” and no I don’t want to watch the film “I am curious – Yellow” just so that I can show off to my friends, this book still manages to be adequately funny and wildly informative.


“Meditation on. Stock hack-crit phrase used to bestow an air of erudition and gravitas on both the critic and the film he is reviewing. Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation is an affecting meditation on cultural and temporal dislocation; the Matrix series is the Wachowski brothers’ mediation on the intersection of technology and spirituality.”


Full of information for fans – others call it trivia or in-jokes. Nonetheless, a sharply-written diversion that would not take too much of your time.

Review by Lim Mun Pong



. Movie Poster



This review is made possible with the kind sponsor of BORDERS


DISCLAIMER: Images, Textual, Copyrights and trademarks for the film and related entertainment properties mentioned
herein are held by their respective owners and are solely for the promotional purposes of said properties.
All other logo and design Copyright©2004-2006, movieXclusive.com™
All Rights Reserved.