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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Main Street Books; 1st edition (March 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385478372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385478373
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From undeniable Classics to mind-grating Bad Seeds. From elusive UnsungHeroes to risky Risky Calls. Complete with an easy-to-use five-pot-leaf ratingsystem, incisive self-indulgent babble, troubleshooting procedures for the BadSeeds gone berserk, and much much more, Baked Potatoes arrives in ablaze of glory, rating and reviewing over 150 films and videos for thediscerning high.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Blade Runner,Bambi, Repo Man, Superfly, Time Bandits,Highlander, 2001, Evil Dead II, Ganjasaurus Rex,Freaks, Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke, The MalteseFalcon, Ronald Reagan's 1984 State of the Union Address, Gates ofHeaven, Story of Ricky, The Blizzard of Aahhhs, Meet theFeebles!

Why say "No" when you can just say "Fine, I have a problem" and be done withit? Why read fiction when you can read strange but easily digestible sound-bitereviews written by marijuana users? There is no reason.

Join us for a picnic on the fried cinematic playground.

John Hulme and Michael Wexler are the editors of Voices of the Exiledand creators of the nationally syndicated radio drama Vanishing Point.Writers, filmmakers, and radio producers, they have been friends since highschool.

Copyright © 1996 by John Hulme and Michael Wexler.

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From undeniable Classics to mind-grating Bad Seeds. From elusive Unsung Heroes to risky Risky Calls. Complete with an easy-to-use five-pot-leaf rating system, incisive self-indulgent babble, troubleshooting procedures for the Bad Seeds gone berserk, and much much more, Baked Potatoes arrives in a blaze of glory, rating and reviewing over 150 films and videos for the discerning high.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Blade Runner, Bambi, Repo Man, Superfly, Time Bandits, Highlander, 2001, Evil Dead II, Ganjasaurus Rex, Freaks, Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke, The Maltese Falcon, Ronald Reagan's 1984 State of the Union Address, Gates of Heaven, Story of Ricky, The Blizzard of Aahhhs, Meet the Feebles!

Why say "No" when you can just say "Fine, I have a problem" and be done with it? Why read fiction when you can read strange but easily digestible sound-bite reviews written by marijuana users? There is no reason.

Join us for a picnic on the fried cinematic playground.

John Hulme and Michael Wexler are the editors of Voices of the Exiled and creators of the nationally syndicated radio drama Vanishing Point. Writers, filmmakers, and radio producers, they have been friends since high school.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
If you buy this book and you're a pot smoker: 1. Read the book sober first. It's extremely funny and generally accurate descriptions of films will make you want to see stuff you've probably forgotten by now. 2. Get stoned. Read it again. Mark the films that, when reviewed, make you laugh the most. 3. Rent those films. 4. Recommend book to all your friends. If you're not a stoner: All rules apply except the first part of #2.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1998
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OK, Yes I'm just another stoner from Portland, OR, and I cannot say enough about this book's merits along the lines of: "Great Movie Reviews," "Great Stoner Humor," et all. And yet for me, it was so much more than that.
This book, almost more than any other, manages to capture the ineffable subjectivity of the movie-viewing-stoner with almost Proustian elan. From personal memories which have an almost universal ring, to completely off the wall tangents that yet bear the ring of truth, this book exposes the act of movie watching for the intensely personal experience that it is for all of us, and brings us together in that fragile realization.
And it's very, very funny. Read it. Now. Thank you for your time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nathaniel Woods on June 17, 2003
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This is the single best guide to film ever made; and the biggest flaw is that they've never made another sequel for recent movies.
This book can be enjoyed on two levels; on one hand, it is a film review book that has rated many different movies out there, and it is also excellent satire. I've actually bought movies that were recommended by this book.
In short, if you like movies, get this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 1998
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Finally! A book by a couple of guys just like us. Only these guys know what they're talking about, and have the attention span to put it on paper. Not only is this book a must have for stoner film junkies, but also a great find for the rare heads who actually enjoy reading baked.
The movie reviews are humorous, insightful, pretty darn accurate, and easy to read. And what other book can talk you down when you stumble unexpectedly onto an Akira Kurasawa film festival and can't get out? There's a lot of humor, helpful hints, little-known cinematic gems and even a dab of common sense tucked into this soon-to-be classic.
Do you dread being the one picked to go to the video store and choose the night's entertainment while all your friends wait expectantly for your return? Can't handle the pressure? Or everyone at the video store STARING at you? (Just staring. Right at you. And the guys behind the counter - they're staring too) Fear no more, my friends. Grab a copy of Baked Potatoes and head to the video store with confidence. Your friends will thank you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 1999
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This book is so damn funny, it's sick. Wait, this is a video guide! This is the perfect companion for the pot smoker, but equally enjoyable to the non-smoker. In fact, if your an LSD user, this book MUST be in your possession! This book will introduce many old standbys while introducing new flicks you probably never new existed. Buy it if you can't borrow it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 20, 2003
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This is it. Better than the bible. Read and BELIEVE.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 1996
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This book is so dead on. Even though it's written to be a video guide it's an equally entertaining read. Regardless of the taboo subject matter anyone can appriciate the hilarious reviews. These authors may be young, but they stay true to their medium
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Very insightful reference for the ameteur movie fan, particularly those with a short atention span. The pot-leaf ratings system along with the miscellaneous symbols indicating suggestions such as "watch with a friend" or "danger-hazardous material" are right on target.
Most of all, this book reminded me of many great films that I had seen years before, many of which I went out and rented. You will find that many scenarios (presumably derived from the authors' personal experiences) really hit home, such as the "let's-just-get-in-the-car-and-drive" urges inspired by "Easy Rider."
Here's hoping this book is updated regularly to include recent films.
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