Andrew DeGraff, A.D. Jameson
Quirk Books, 2017
Audience: Adults, Older Teens
Acclaimed artist Andrew DeGraff has created beautiful hand-painted maps of all your favorite films, from King Kong and North by Northwest to The Princess Bride, Fargo, Pulp Fiction, even The Breakfast Club--with the routes of major characters charted in meticulous cartographic detail. Follow Marty McFly through the Hill Valley of 1985, 1955, and 1985 once again as he races Back to the Future. Trail Jack Torrance as he navigates the corridors of the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. And join Indiana Jones on a globe-spanning journey from Nepal to Cairo to London on his quest for the famed Lost Ark. Each map is presented in an 11-by-14-inch format, with key details enlarged for closer inspection, and is accompanied by illuminating essays by film critic A. D. Jameson, who speaks to the unique geographies of each film. This beautifully designed atlas is an essential reference for anyone who loves great art and great films.
Well, Cinemaps wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. I thought the art would be amazing and the writing would be interesting. Unfortunately, I couldn’t read the headings of what movie was being drawn and discussed. I know that the authors were using the mapping path technique to draw the movie titles, but I honestly could not read them for the life of me. The maps were well-done, but not as engrossing as I thought they would be. As for the descriptions of the movies, I quickly learned that spoilers were everywhere, and only read about the movies that I had already seen. Overall, it was good - just not my favorite.