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- Publisher: PublicAffairs; Later prt. edition (June 3, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 158648396X
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Not to be Missed: Fifty-four Favorites from a Lifetime of Film Hardcover – June 3, 2014
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Turan, film critic for the Los Angeles Times since 1991 and a regular contributor of reviews to NPR, approaches movies, as did the late Roger Ebert, on their own terms, trying to understand what a filmmaker is trying to do and assessing a movie’s success or failure in light of its maker’s intent. This book isn’t a collection of film reviews per se; it’s a look at Turan’s personal favorites, which range from the easily recognizable (The Godfather, All about Eve, Casablanca, Unforgiven, Vertigo) to the for-devoted-film-fans-only (The Dybbuk, Seven Men from Now, The Best of Youth). His comments about the movies are always insightful: he calls The Godfather, for example, “excessive but natural, larger than life yet always lifelike,” which nicely encapsulates the film’s dual nature, and his writing is fluid and accessible. Richly deserving of shelf space alongside Ebert’s The Great Movies (2002), Pauline Kael’s For Keeps (1994), and Turan’s own Never Coming to a Theater Near You (2004). --David Pitt
Kenneth Turan presents an enticing blend of Hollywood controversies, historical context, and crisp analysis in Not to be Missed Cinephiles will find plenty to devour and to debate.”Boston Globe
[Turan] offers up tidbits of Hollywood history and behind-the-scenes drama, as well as his critical analysis of some of the world's greatest movies some familiar, some obscure.”NPR's Morning Edition
The book's real value may lie in the oddities that Turan has unearthed over a lifetime of viewing: connections between films and cultures that showcase influences and enhance reputations.”Washington Post
"A collection full of surprises and Turan's great insight, Not to Be Missed is a treasure chestessential reading for anyone who loves movies."Susan Orlean, author of Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend and The Orchid Thief
What makes this book stand out is how each film is put into context of the time period it was made and Turan's reasons why each one sticks out as memorable and deserving of watching more than once. This collection is a worthwhile companion to similar books of the best in film,” e.g., Roger Ebert's The Great Movies and Gail Kinn and Jim Piazza's The Greatest Movies Ever. Recommended for the casual movie fan as well as the serious film student.”Library Journal
A veteran critic offers a decade-by-decade list of the films that have been like friends who've enriched my life.' Film lovers will eagerly swoop in to see if their favorites are present, and there are certainly some surprises. [Not to Be Missed] will surely ignite debate, disdain and delight.” Kirkus
[Turan's] comments about the movies are always insightful his writing is fluid and accessible. Richly deserving of shelf space alongside Ebert's The Great Movies (2002), Pauline Kael's For Keeps (1994), and Turan's own Never Coming to a Theater Near You (2004).”Booklist
Turan's thoughtful list will inspire readers to rent some of his all-time favorites, and they can have the utmost confidence in Turan's wise and enthusiastic recommendations.” Shelf Awareness
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The 54 films he selected for “Not to be Missed” include quite a few of our favorite sleepers but also fifteen that we had not seen (many we didn’t know existed). We’re busily catching up and are very happy with those we’ve seen thus far. His descriptions of the movies, the history behind them and his own relationship with them add depth and understanding in the watching.
This is a good book for those who love all genres and all eras of the movies – and for those who enjoy good writing about them.
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