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About the Author

Benj Clews created the Four Word Film Review website in 1999. Clews, who has a degree in math and computing from Sheffield University, is a part-time stand-up comedian, a full-time web developer, and an occasional banjo player. Michael Onesi is now a public relations officer after working as a newspaper reporter and editor for over thirteen years. Michael is also a major contributor to www.fwfr.com, having written more than 4,000 reviews.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (August 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440505659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440505652
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,080,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A friend of mine told me about the website, and I saw the book advertised there. THIS BOOK IS A RIOT! It has the flavor of a coffee table book -- one that you don't have to read in a single sitting; a book that lends itself to periodic enjoyment. But it's the size of a compact novel. Bigger than its boundaries, the Four Word Film Reviews book is a wonderful and witty compendium of concise thought on the films of today and yesteryear. Hours of enjoyment here. My favorite review? For Pinocchio: "Knotty boy." It's a treasure.
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I am amazed at this labor of love. From a little website brainchild comes the collective genius of a world of four-word film reviewing enthusiasts. The brilliant Messrs. Clews and Onesi have produced a modern classic. I've been a long-time website enthusiast and know many of the reviews there, but I find myself repeatedly going back to the book to get a chuckle, and it never fails me. I'm already wearing out the covers! This one is a must have.
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Snort out loud funny! Laughed so hard I nearly peed my pants. Definitely the next coffee table read. A must have, especially for parties, get togethers, long car rides, and ahem the lavatory. Can't stop laughing or finding 4 words to describe things.
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The editors of this book apparently have a website where they allow people to submit these pithy reviews of movies, four words or less. The book consists of a list of movies in a particular genre, with each movie generally having four revies, each four words or less. A few of the movies, generally ones that everyone's familiar with, have more than four reviews listed.

This is a clever idea, especially since the editors here have chosen the more humorous entries for this book. So Jaws, among other things, is "Eat Ship and Die" while The Bourne Identity is "One Bourne, Many Die". There's about 170 pages of this. It makes for a good bathroom book, something you sit and flip through for a few minutes.

I had two major issues with the book. One is that the people who composed the reviews often fell back on referencing another role by a particular actor, and while I always got the reference, sometimes it wasn't the role the actor is most closely identified with...it was just something that fit in some way. The other quibble is more serious, in that some of the movies here are so obscure that no one's ever heard of them. I get why Gone With the Wind and Star Wars are here, but some slasher flick no one's ever seen is a bit much, and a short student film that not even no one's seen? Come on...

Other than that, it was a fun book. Recommended.
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