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150 Movies You Should Die Before You See Paperback – November 18, 2010
Top Customer Reviews
Dissing financial flops like Ishtar and 1941 is hardly creative either.
Whenever someone writes a book like this I am compelled to question who it is being written for. The same pinheads who go to Ed Wood screenings to giggle contemptuously and make obnoxious comments to get attention? Miller is the kind of writer who is unable to understand the affection and appreciation these films receive and his textbook response is to heap scorn upon them with poorly thought out arguments.
In short, film fans savvy enough to look at this tome before purchasing it will likely think twice. Mr. Miller deserves a place next to Michael Medved in the annals of critical shortsightedness and has insulted this film lover.
There were parts that I enjoyed reading here, and some that I found ridiculous. On the second part of that, I include the section of each review titled "They Really Said It!" There were several entries that I thought the author was stretching it just to find ANYTHING to put in that column. Admittedly some of those may require watching the movie to get the humor the author saw in them, but the good (read: funny) ones of them didn't require that.
I also found much of the "Betcha Didn't Know" facts to be more of the Who The Hell Cares variety. Here again, I'm not a fan of the genre or a geek from the convention circuit, so some of this stuff may be too esoteric for me, but just right up their alley for the avid fan.
Still, all in all, I found the book entertaining, and have added a few movies that I'm going to check out just to see if they really are that bad.
Steve Miller is someone who clearly just hates the horror genre, and takes on the usual arrogant, snide attitude such writers usually take. In doing so he, ironically, has written a book that can easily be labeled one of the worst film books ever written. Indeed, if you hate the horror genre, you may enjoy it. You can laugh along with Mr. Miller about how stupid all we horror fans are.Read more ›
First and most important: It reflects just the author's personal taste. And I'm not sure if he actually watched all of these movies. I was hoping for some insightful, maybe even funny reviews of movie disasters, but it's nothing but "I don't like this movie. It is stupid. They say stupid things. I don't like this movie." The "reviews" are way to short, not pointing out anything of particular meaning and get dull after like three.
Just to make my point:
Whoever fails to recognize "Birdemic" as one of the worst movie made to date should not write about "bad" movies.
Bad Taste and Plan 9 from outer space both get a trashing in this book.
Hello? These are prime examples for "bad" movies you ACTUALLY HAVE TO WATCH, because they will show you that "bad'" does not mean "without value".
So, instead of paying money for this publication, go to any internet forum and start a thread titled "Worst movie ever". You will most likely get better answers and more entertainment out of it. And if you like movie trivia, imdb has loads of that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm not certain what traumatic childhood event is required but there are some of us who grow up with a decided love for bad cinema. Read morePublished on December 25, 2010 by Sigfried Trent
I found this book quite fun It looks like a sour-grape review here. The author has some laugh-out-loud comments and seems to be frank, and fair. Read morePublished on November 10, 2010 by BluntReview
Poorly written, poorly argued, and all attempts at being funny fall completely flat. This book was a bore and a chore to get through. Read morePublished on November 9, 2010 by Thebooksbrother
I received a copy from a friend as a gift. The chapters titles were funny on there own. The authors reviews of the movies kept me laughing and groaning. Read morePublished on November 3, 2010 by Safetydave