Deep Focus: A Series of Pocket-Sized Film Criticism

If you love the 33 1/3 series of pocket-sized book — you know, the ones analyzing/detailing classic albums — then chances are you’ll also love the new series of pocket-sized books focused on movie criticism aptly named Deep Focus.

Soft Skull Press has only released two books in the series to date, author Jonathan Lethem digs into the John Carpenter alien-actioner They Live and Christopher Sorrentino tackles the Charles Bronson revenge flick, Death Wish.

According to Soft Skull, the aim of the series is to “take the smartest, liveliest writers in contemporary letters and let them loose on the most vital and popular corners of cinema history: midnight movies, the New Hollywood of the sixties and seventies, film noir, screwball comedies, international cult classics, and more. Passionate and idiosyncratic, each volume of Deep Focus is long-form criticism that’s relentlessly provocative and entertaining.”

The world needs more of this please.  Each book retails for $14 and the next two releases on the horizon examines The Sting and Lethal Weapon. I’m also a bit surprised that the publishing group behind the 33 1/3 series didnt’ branch out into movies and other forms of culture.

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