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Double Vision: Hollywood vs. Hollywood Paperback – December 18, 2015
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About the Author
Mitch Lovell is the proprietor of The Video Vacuum, a website that specializes in reviewing every kind of movie known to man. He has also contributed to Exploitation Retrospect and Rupert Pupkin Speaks.
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Nevertheless, the book has a number of shortcomings. First, the reviews are culled from Lovell's website, The Video Vacuum, with very little editing. This doesn't mean that the writing is technically flawed; it means that visitors to the site will find little new information from the book. This relates to the second drawback: there is very little discussion of the coupled movies. Aside from the starred ratings that are similar more often than not, Lovell usually--but not always--adds a brief line to indicate why one movie was superior to the other. For example, on p. 85 he writes "Overall, Battleship is a 'Miss' (I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself), but at least it's slightly better than American Warships." This is where data from aggregate review sites or box office records would either help support his conclusions or give him an opportunity to make an effective counterargument...as well as give valuable information to the reader.
Some intriguing examples of "Double Vision" were conspicuously absent, most glaringly _Dominion-Prequel to the Exorcist_ vs. _Exorcist: The Beginning_ (both even cast the same principal actor). Granted it's unfair to criticize the book based on omissions, but it was odd that his site contains a page just for the Exorcist movies.
In sum, one is amazed with the number of cases throughout recent cinematic history where Hollywood indeed has "Double Vision," and this is where the book excels.