My Movie Reviewer’s Reading List

Zinsser, W. 1960. Seen Any Good Movies Lately? University of California: Hammond.

This book provides insight on what it is like to be a real movie critic. The book offers a personal perspective and covers everything a movie critic faces on day to day bases. The book is written in a light-hearted and easy to read manner, and will have you engaged and grinning from ear to ear.

Lyman, R. 2002. Watching Movies: The Biggest Names in Cinema Talk About Films That Matter Most. New York: Times Books.

Ever wandered what Quentin Tarantino’s favourite movie is? Or what Michael Bay thought of West Side Story? This book is actually a collection of interviews, where famous actors and directors talk about and review iconic movies that are not their own. This book offers an unusual perspective on movie reviews, seeing how famous celebrities react to famous movies.

Schneide, SJ. 2015. 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. 6th ed. United Kingdom: Media Source.

This wouldn’t be a movie blog reading list if there wasn’t something on what movies we should be watching. As an amateur movie blogger/reviewer it is impossible to know where to start. This book lists every great movie ever made since the dawn of films. It is a mammoth of a book, but it is truly a great guide for anyone looking for something spectacular to watch.

The Movie Blog. 2017. Available at:

Now I wouldn’t be a very good movie blogger if I didn’t check out other blogs first. This blog is one of the most popular in this sphere. Matthew Dandridge is somewhat confident in his reviews deeming them “the correct opinion”, but his posts are interesting and engaging. This blog gives a great insight on what a movie blog should be like. 2016. Become a Film Critic: Education and Career Roadmap. Available at:

I might aim to be a movie critic but in all honesty I have no idea how to actually get there. This website offers the most practical and realistic road to becoming a movie critic, so anyone thinking of heading down that career path should definitely read it. There is even a cute little animated clip in the beginning.


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