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A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length: More Movies That Suck Paperback – March 6, 2012
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For those seeking the bilious hatred, biting wit & schadenfreude of Ebert's most condemning prose, there is little to enjoy in A Horrible Experience... The title of this book is rather misleading, for the majority of reviews here are 2-star reviews. Very few are "movies that suck", this book is more "meh" than outright critical. Even in the most critical of them, such as Transformers 3 whose review provided this book's title, Ebert's lacking the piss & vinegar of prior efforts. Here, he seems resigned & fatalistic.
I can't really recommend this to starters or seasoned Ebert fans (who may very well disagree with me). Rather than this book, I highly suggest you pick up a used copy of Ebert's first & best I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie. This suggestion also applies to fans of the classic Siskel & Ebert reviews.
The sub-title of this 2012 Andrews McMeel Publishing release is MORE MOVIES THAT SUCK and, as revealed in the book, the reasons for that are many and varied. Some of the movies are just bargain-basement gore feasts. Others are plotless wastes of time or needless remakes that can't lay a finger on the original. A fair number suffer from bad acting/directing/writing. And still others are pretentious to the max or just plain brain-dead or arrival.
What we're talking here are cinematic gems like STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, BAD TEACHER, JONAH HEX, THOR, G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, SEX AND THE CITY 2, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, JUST GO WITH IT, THE LOVELY BONES, ROBIN HOOD and so on.
Even if you don't agree with all of Ebert's ratings or comments, I think you'll find A HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE OF UNBEARABLE LENGTH a hoot. I know I did. Recommended.
Sadly, "A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length" proves that the third time is not always the charm. Indeed, this is his weakest bad-review collection yet, for a number of reasons.
The first reason is that, despite the subtitle of "More Movies That Suck," relatively few of the films in this book actually do suck. The majority of reviews are one-and-a-half to two stars, which means they're more mediocre than truly bad. There are a few genuine stinkers in this book -- "Battle: Los Angeles," "The Human Centipede" and its sequel, "Southland Tales," etc. -- but for the most part the films aren't bad so much as they're just lackluster. And since Ebert is at his scathing best when given truly execrable material to work with, his reviews of said mediocre movies turn out just as bland.
The second reason is probably simple overexposure to the reviews in question. While some of Ebert's older reviews can only be easily accessed via his older books, almost all of his reviews from 1985 onward can be easily viewed on his website.Read more ›
This brings me to his lasted book "A HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE OF UNBEARABLE LENGTH: MORE MOVIES THAT SUCKED", first let me say, great title Rog, I saw that movie too and felt exactly the same. Here within lies scathing reviews of some of the worst movies of the last few years, and as it so happens, a few of the best, as I said we don't/can't always agree. I hate seeing movies panned like KICK-ASS, FAST & FURIOUS, BATTLE: LOS ANGELES, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, ROBIN HOOD, CASANDRA'S DREAM, what is a Woody Allen movie doing in a book of this title. I feel Roger is mistaken, misguided, just plain wrong sometimes, but what of the horrors that are CONAN THE BARBARIAN, JONAH HEX, DRIVE ANGRY, COP OUT, THE GREEN HORNET, G.I.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Much like its predecesor, it's a hilarious, well-written and interesting book. Curiously enough, many of the movies exposed in here are merely mediocre (and not necessarily... Read morePublished 24 days ago by SebaZav
This title is accurate, about this book itself.. I used to appreciate his fights with Siskel (The Technical One) but now his decline has ruined his previous objectivity and big... Read morePublished 2 months ago by AlchemystAZ
The third book of Ebert's reviews of bad movies I have read. I wouldn't have watched most of these movies anyway, but his reviews are great.Published 2 months ago by steamduck43
I've read all of Roger Ebert's books about the bad movies he's reviewed and this one is just as entertaining as the others! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kelly
Got it for a cinephile in the family and she loves it. We certainly don't agree with it but it was one of Ebert's best books and sheds light on a lot of bad movie practices and how... Read morePublished 12 months ago by DMDean
Reading Ebert's reviews is always a delight and this book is no exception. It contains some delightful evicerations, but the flow is slowed down by the choice to include many... Read morePublished 14 months ago by morehumanthanhuman
Ebert's books/reviews are always fun and interesting. Even if we often don't agree with his opinions his reviews are always entertaining.Published 17 months ago by jackie
A treat. Ebert's reviews of even more movies that suck are often laugh out loud funny, always nuanced and fair. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Ran through it in a slow hour or two. If you liked the others in the series, it's worth the read. If you haven't read "I Hated, Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie," go back and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jason D. Schneiderman