Friday, 27 April 2012

5 film guides to make me feel deficient as a moviegoer...in the best way possible

"There are only three ages for women in Hollywood - Babe, District Attorney, and Driving Miss Daisy."
- Goldie Hawn

Title:A horrible experience of unbearable length : more movies that suck
Author: Roger Ebert
Year: c2012
Summary: Ebert's I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie and Your Movie Sucks, which gathered some of his most scathing reviews, were bestsellers. This new collection continues the tradition, reviewing not only movies that were at the bottom of the barrel, but also movies that he found underneath the barrel.

I am kinda bad at choosing movies. Well, no, I'm *really* bad at choosing movies to watch. This is no secret. While it's not something I would say I wear as a point of pride, it isn't something I'm embarrassed about. I figure there are worse things that could populate that particular list. When we have a bad movie night my nephews cringe AND rejoice when it's my turn to pick something. I could, I suppose, get huffy about it and be all hurt. But there's no fun in that. How can I torture my nephews with terrible-to-them films that are wonderful-to-me? THIS IS HOW! I feel like I need to increase the likelihood of my finding stuff that only I will like, which is where these film guides come in handy. Ordinarily, these things brass me off. They all feature films that are deep and meaningful and full of great dialogue and Oscar nominated films. You know the kind of thing I mean: worthy :/ Guides like that make me feel like I'm lacking and yes, I know, that says more about ME than it does about the BOOK *blows raspberry* I was playing in the catalogue looking for something-or-other and came across Ebert's book A horrible experience of unbearable length : more movies that suck, which sounded like MY KIND OF THING *places request* It also made me wonder what else we had sitting undiscovered in our libraries that offered something a bit different, something alone the lines of what I'm after - a little bit of quirk factor, a dash of off-kilter, and a sprinkling of what-the-heck. And came up with THIS: 5 film guides to make me feel deficient as a moviegoer...in the best way possible. My nephews won't know what hit them. Roll on bad/strange/mad/crazy movie nights!



Four word film reviews / Benj Clews and Michael Onesi
In four words or less, this book brings together movies from across the multiplex. So whether you like the Coen brothers (Fargo: Chipper cop; chipped criminal) or the Farrelly brothers (Dumb & Dumber: Two guys, zero brains), you'll get a laugh from these online critics' witty review reductions.

Tosca's comment: Dear book that can review films in four words,

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE? And can we elope right now?

Sincerely,
- tosca

What isn't to love about a book that can sum up movies in four words? As someone who is incapable of doing so ever in a month of Sundays, DO LIKE! As an example of their book reviews:
  • Jaws (1975), Eat ship and die
  • Jurassic Park, (1993) Visitors feed the animals
  • Crash (2004), Sandra not racist? Bullocks!

    Stranded at the drive-in : the 100 best teen movies / Gary Mulholland
    Everyone undergoes some kind of teenage trauma, and a fundamental way of coping, or rite of passage, is the teen movie. Yet until now there has been no book that explores this successful movie sub-genre with any depth. Step forward Garry Mulholland, who, taking his cue from his previous, hugely acclaimed pop culture list books (This is Uncool and Fear of Music) , seeks to create a pantheon of the very finest teen movies, or in Garry Mulholland's words: 'I'll be doing what film critics have been loathe to do since the 1950s, and taking the entire subculture of teen movies seriously, making a constant and compelling argument that Grease and A Nightmare on Elm Street tell us a great deal more about modern life and human nature than Citizen Kane and The Godfather.' From Kes to Fame, Badlands to the Breakfast Club, and National Lampoon's Animal House to Twilight, Garry Mulholland re-evaluates a much maligned genre, and brings it all back again: the good, the bad and the traumatic

    Chick flicks : movies women love / Jo Berry and Angie Errigo
    Women know what they want-weepies such as Now Voyager; love stories such as Dirty Dancing, where the heroine dances cheek-to-cheek with the hunk; and sweet, funny romances typified by When Harry Met Sally. And now chicks have a place to check out their flicks, because more than 600 of them are reviewed right here, organized by the likely categories: romantic comedies, period dramas, musicals, even Jane Austen adaptations. The reviews get right to the point, answering such questions as: Will it make me cry? Does the girl get the guy? How are the clothes? The sassy, smart coverage will delight every woman who has ever curled up with a good movie.

    Tosca's comment: You will not regret this guide! Contains a great mix of lists and movies from the sappy omg-I'm-dying-of-some-horrible-wasting-disease to you-may-now-kiss-the-bride-happy-ever-after kinda thing. And humour! So much humour.

    Best movies of the 80s / editor, Jürgen Müller
    Step right up and get your fill of 80s nostalgia with the movie bible to end all movie bibles. We've dilligently compiled a list of 140 of the most influential movies of the 1980s that's sure to please popcorn gobblers and highbrow chin-strokers alike.

    Tosca's comment: If you sit still long enough, and let's face it even if you *don't* sit still long enough, I'll talk at you about how wonderful the 80s were until the cows come home. And if you're unfortunate enough to last that long, I'll even wax lyrical about banana clips (and why I had to have one), leg warmers (and the various colours I owned - and own still), and the awesomeness of blue eye shadow (and why everyone hates it) and and and (yes, deserving of three ands) why the 80s had such a wonderfulmadcrazy selection of films. The likes of which I could never have seen all of, by the way. So YAY for books like this. (With hindsight, maybe you had to have lived through the 80s to share my love of them, I'm not sure).

    Movie lists / Paul Simpson
    These lists, arranged by genre, director, or actor, answer that most difficult of questions: what DVD should you rent for the night? Fabulously quirky and enjoyable, this book is both a celebration of movies and a handy, entertaining guide to films guaranteed to deliver. Oddly enough, most movie guides are not full of recommendations. But Movie Lists is-and you don’t have to watch them all before you die! Paul Simpson is the author of the best-selling The Rough Guide to Cult Movies . He is a man you should go to any lengths to have on your side in a trivia quiz.

    Tosca's comment: FTW! Simpson has a Best Bogart list and this, in my excitable mind, is the best find of today. For today, I win at life. I seriously do.
  • 4 comments:

    mj said...

    Gonna get me a look at some of these books - esp. the four word review one. Thanks for sharing!

    breve711 said...

    I've never read so much non-fiction (that wasn't for homework) in my life. Thanks, these blogs are great for discovering books I wouldn't normally read.

    I finally got my request list down to ten or less...not anymore :)

    tosca said...

    mj: I'm now on the hunt for more nonfic in this vein :)

    breve711: I'm glad you wrote that because I often think I don't do nonfic enough justice on our blogs and it makes me feel guilty. My life's mission is to make the world read more :P

    breve711 said...

    I just started reading #2. 500 pages. Page 2 he talks about the greatest tv show ever made: Buffy the Vampire Slayer :)