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A Year at the Movies : One Man's Filmgoing Odyssey Paperback – Bargain Price, September 1, 2002
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A YEAR AT THE MOVIES is a collection of essays written during that year-long adventure. Fifty-two chapters, one per week, detail everything that he felt worth mentioning. Murphy engages in several gimmicks during the course of his book. He attempts to find the smallest theatre in the world (apparently it's squeezed into some guy's house, and is an actual licensed and legal cinema). He brings six different women to the same date movie on consecutive days (his wife is described on the back cover as "long-suffering"). He smuggles in an entire turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day (the man fits a table under his coat - if there was an Academy Award for table-sneaking, he'd deserve it). He attempts spending a week eating nothing but concession stand food (again, his wife is described as "long-suffering").
However, as entertaining as these exploits are, I was more interested in the day-to-day things that Murphy picked up on during the year.Read more ›
Murphy divides his epic, sensibly, into 52 week-long essays. The films he sees that week inform the topic of his essays, but seldom *are* the topic. Instead, we get interesting, and highly personal, looks at all different aspects of the filmgoing experience, ranging from travelogues to Italy, Finland, or Australia, to a few hours working at a multiplex theater, to meditations on genres like kung fu, fantasy, or horror films. There are also insightful and well-informed meditations on the state of American filmgoing, the impact of the multiplex and the near-demise of arthouse cinemas, and a useful chapter on the difference between film reviewers and film critics. There's an awful lot in this book, and it's nearly all good stuff.
Kevin Murphy clearly knows and loves films, and he is a fine writer. A comparison with the two books by his former MST3K colleague Michael J. Nelson (who makes a brief cameo in this book) might be in order: I found both of Mike's books really funny, but frankly haven't found myself in a big hurry (yet?) to go back and re-read them. Kevin's, on the other hand, isn't intentionally funny "humor writing," but still has a lot of entertaining stories, asides, and turns of phrases. And I could see myself re-reading it a lot more easily.
I waited impatiently to get a copy of this book (in part -- I'm obliged to say it -- because I loved Tom Servo), and it definitely paid off the wait. Film fans and MST fans both will, I think, come to the same conclusion.
It is funny, yet has serious points. One whole chapter is on September 11. It so happens I was reading this while on the bus to the Pentagon. This chapter was so powerful that I started to cry.
The book reminds me of the greatest movie I ever saw. Star Wars. My family saw it when it first came out in a drive-in theater. My brother and I sat on top of the car, a station-wagon, and watched this great sci-fi flick on a background of real stars. AND it will never happen again. Drive-ins are few and far between. The movie itself has been CHANGED and even cars are different. I don't trust any of this tiny models to hold up my own weight (or even that of my brother's young kids).
Each chapter is a week, with the list of the films he saw and where he saw them (which makes a nice list of movies you might wish to rent or buy in the future).
Flip open the book, get a bucket of butter-flavored popcorn and ENJOY!
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How great is Kevin Murphy? His voice really comes through in this book. He keeps it light, and you really feel like you're going along for the ride.Published 8 months ago by Big McLargehuge
As a MST3K fan I was looking forward to reading this book. Murphy's writing was humorous. I was somewhat disappointed though. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tim Williams
Funny, nice written book. Great quality, great price. AAA+++Published 10 months ago by John W. Mccracken
Just a fun read. Bit of a road trip. Anyone that likes movies will like this. Lots of stories that you will hear nowhere else.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
A truly thought provoking and humorous tale of one man's journey to decipher what it is that makes good movies good and bad movies suck out loud. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Beverly Averill
If you love good movies, are annoyed by lazy film-making, and enjoy a good old movie house, you will relate to this. Read morePublished 19 months ago by John Emm
I loved Kevin Murphy on MST3K, and I am so glad that he, Mike and Bill are back together doing Rifftrax. I somehow came across this book and just had to read it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by sassy lashes
Such a fun book from one of MST3k's top performers. The ever likable Kevin Murphy in a very enjoyable and personable book.Published on February 9, 2014 by Morgan Painter