Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

A quick lament for the reference book.

The new edition of The Time Out Film Guide has just popped through my spacious letter box. If you’re interested, this is, by some margin, the best such guide available. Okay, it’s not as comprehensive as Leonard Maltin or as …

Sun, Sep 26, 2010, 22:01

   

The new edition of The Time Out Film Guide has just popped through my spacious letter box. If you’re interested, this is, by some margin, the best such guide available. Okay, it’s not as comprehensive as Leonard Maltin or as venerable as Leslie Halliwell, but the reviews are considerably tastier and the presentation that bit nicer.

But here’s the thing. Does anybody care? Surely, the internet has entirely done away with the reference book. If you need to know who snuggled up to James Bond in Moonraker (Maud Adams, I think) then just tap that IMDb app on your iPhone. Whither the heavy, bulky encyclopedia in the era of weightless, flexible reference works? It’s all a bit sad.