August 23, 2006

It's Alive! It's Alive!

THE FILM FREAK CENTRAL 2006 ANNUAL is now on sale @ Lulu!

Just to recap, the 328-page trade paperback includes:

  • Foreword by filmmaker Lodge Kerrigan
  • Introduction by Bill Chambers
  • "Overture" by Walter Chaw
  • Reviews of 240 2006 theatrical releases, including previously-unpublished pieces on The Future of Food, The Intruder (L'Intrus), Joyeux Noël, 9 Songs, Prozac Nation, and Reel Paradise
  • Top 10 of 2005 lists
  • Bottom 10 of 2005 lists
  • "The Black Hole: United 93 and the New Nihilism", an exclusive essay by Alex Jackson

For $20.00, I don't think you'll be disappointed. Lulu has also increased the speed of their services, so the book will get there lickety-split. Please remember that every purchase helps keep FILM FREAK CENTRAL online.

My thanks to everyone here at the blog for their input. By all means, let us know what you think of THE FILM FREAK CENTRAL 2006 ANNUAL, and be sure to rate/review it at Lulu if you get a moment.



Moviezzz said...
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Vikram said...

Congrats guys, look forward to reading this year's book.

Bill C said...

Thanks, guys. The book should be available on Amazon within the next few weeks. We'll let you know when it 'expands.'

James Allen said...

Great, I'll probably pick up the book when I do my Amazon Christmas shopping (gotta do something for myself, after all... ho ho ho.)

Anyway, I'm also dropping a line to say I saw Once Upon a Time in China for the first time this morning (yeah, yeah, some movie buff I am), and I was fucking blown away. And it's not like I popped in a DVD in anticipation, it was just on one of my movie channels (subtitled thankfully, which is unusual for these channels), and thought, "what the heck, let me give this a shot, I got time to kill." Needless to say, my eyes never left the screen. What a film. Not only action, of course (the fight scene amoung the ladders was incredible, to put it mildly), but a depth of story and characters that drew me in. Wow.

I know this is probably not big news to a lot of you around here, but I just felt like saying something, I was so struck.

I must admit I've never been the biggest martial arts film fan, maybe because I was only exposed to half-asses american ones. Or maybe it was because the few "genuine" ones I've seen, like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon struck me more as curiosities that an awesome experience (regardless of the skill of execution), but OUATIC may finally convert me and get me searching.

Anyone out there ever come upon some overlooked nugget you'd never seen before in a similar fashion?

Alex Jackson said...

Anyone out there ever come upon some overlooked nugget you'd never seen before in a similar fashion?

The Dark Backward! Saw it in a hotel in Reno when I went down for the Burning Man festival. Contains the consumate Bill Paxton performance. You know that movie show on the radio "Max and Mike"? They were talking about favorite comedic performances and I brought up Paxton in this one. When I described the plot and what Paxton does in it, I somehow got the impression that they we're giving out "Loony caller" vibes.

Great movie though. Really takes a bite out of you.

jer fairall said...

Anyone out there ever come upon some overlooked nugget you'd never seen before in a similar fashion?

Hal Hartley's Trust was a totally random discovery for me. Found it on cable one summer afternoon when I was about 13 and quickly became mezmerized. I couldn't put my finger on what about the movie appealed to me at the time, but it did. Like, it was weird, but *good* weird.

Speaking of Hartley, I just found out that his Henry Fool sequel Fay Grim is playing at the Toronto Film Festival. Soooo there...

Bill C said...

For me it would have to be my oft-mentioned Targets. That and Proof (the awesome Australian film, not the Gwyneth Paltrow boondoggle), each of which I taped accidentally by setting my timer record for the wrong channel. I think fate intervened there, as both have become an essential part of my makeup.

As a side note--and I hope this doesn't come off as a guilt trip--if you buy our book through Lulu, we actually make $7, whereas a standard retail purchase nets us $1. As Amazon is cheaper and more convenient for most (especially Canadian customers), I'm completely sympathetic to waiting (and I'm not one to believe in disposable income besides), but if you're picking up the Annual less for reading pleasure than to donate to the cause, buying the book at Lulu is ultimately a bigger pledge.

Justin said...

I ended up buying it on Lulu--because BILL MADE ME. ;)

Amazon doesn't discount Lulu books, does it? So even if you're Amazon Prime you'll only end up saving a few bucks--I picked Lulu's cheapest shipping rate, media mail, which was $2 and change. It's not a bad loss considering all the reviews I look up on FFC per year.

Of course--now that I am a paying customer, I DEMAND! an Idlewild review. Muscials are rare enough these days that I want to read anything I can about them, though it's getting lukewarm reviews.

Bill C said...

Thanks, Justin. We'll do our best to review Idlewild; in the meantime, here's a sneak peek at the latest issue of iViews, which goes live later tonight -