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"Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)" by David Sedaris
In one of the most anticipated books of 2017, David Sedaris tells a story that is, literally, a lifetime in the making. See more
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You may disagree with Ebert on how bad a movie is. (Is this really a hard science fiction movie where the bad science is a killer or is it almost a spoof of science fiction?) But he is articulate and explains why he feels it's a bad movie. And he can be a bit snarky when called for.
If nothing else this will be a list to check before getting a movie to see if I should be worried that I'm getting ready to waste two hours watching what an expert calls a really bad movie.
Reading anything by Roger Ebert is going to be enjoyable and these reviews are no exception. I enjoy his writing on classics (The Great Movies), but honestly enjoy his negative reviews more. They're witty and insightful and they're motivated by a true love of the movies rather than just an desire to be nasty for the sake of it. Some of the pieces collected here go beyond bad reviews to outline a larger theory of what movies could represent in our lives (the reviews for "Chaos" and Wolf Creek are great examples of this). Also on display is his fundamental fairness -- after savaging the initial cut of The Brown Bunny and getting into a war of words with the direction, he actually reevaluated it after it was recut and gave it three stars (both reviews are included in this book).
This book is for both fans of movies and for fans of excellent reviews.
I am a devoted fan of camp, and some of the films in this book sound as if they will definitely fall into that arena. For those of us who value movies so bad they're good, parts of this book read like a shopping list. I am embarrassed to admit that I have seen several of these features, and in each instance of encountering a film I had seen Ebert was both accurate and amusing: his edicts were unerring and frequently hilarious. Fortunately, Ebert not only displays wit, but also good judgment: some of the films in this book are so awful, despair laden, and dark (e.g. "Wolf Creek") as to inspire only genuine loathing. I appreciate that Ebert makes it clear that there some movies so bad as to not be enjoyable on any plane.
These reviews are informative in another way: they inspire critical thinking about films and specifically about what makes a film bad or good. To be sure there are times in the past that I have disagreed with Ebert, and I'm sure if I sat through all the refuse that is this subject of this book, I would find something to disagree with him about here too. Having said all that, regarding the movies I have seen, including the utterly wretched "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo" which serves as an introduction to the book in one of Ebert's strongest efforts, and "Corky Romano" which I saw in Iceland with Icelandic subtitles (the subtitles were by far more amusing than the movie) Ebert is squarely on target and more generous in his appraisal than I would have been.
This is a great book, and I encourage anyone who loves movies (bad or good) to read it and cherish it.
His body of work must be a wealth of instruction for anyone involved in making movies. As someone who simply loves to watch movies, I find reading his reviews every bit as pleasureable as chatting about films with a good friend. For the last six weeks I have limited myself to 2 or 3 reviews before turning off the lights and can relate to the reviewer who was worried about exhausting his friends by constantly pestering them with especially fit passages; my poor husband has been enduring this since I started the book, fortunately taking it all in good humor (how else to take it?).
Looking forward to many more years of this Good Stuff. Stay well, Roger!
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