The Good, the Bad and the Godawful: 21st-Century Movie Reviews

Overview

The former Rolling Stone writer and MTV host takes off from classic Roger Ebert and sails boldly into the new millennium.

Millions grew up reading the author’s record reviews and watching him on MTV’s “The Week in Rock.” In this collection of more than 200 movie reviews from MTV.com and, more recently, the Reason magazine Website, plus sidebars exclusive to this volume, Loder demonstrates his characteristic wry voice and finely honed observations. The author shines when writing ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (32) from $1.99   
  • New (6) from $1.99   
  • Used (26) from $1.99   
The Good, the Bad and the Godawful: 21st-Century Movie Reviews

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$7.99
BN.com price

Overview

The former Rolling Stone writer and MTV host takes off from classic Roger Ebert and sails boldly into the new millennium.

Millions grew up reading the author’s record reviews and watching him on MTV’s “The Week in Rock.” In this collection of more than 200 movie reviews from MTV.com and, more recently, the Reason magazine Website, plus sidebars exclusive to this volume, Loder demonstrates his characteristic wry voice and finely honed observations. The author shines when writing on the best that Hollywood and indie filmmakers have to offer, and his negative reviews are sometimes more fun than his raves. This freewheeling survey of the wild, the wonderful and the altogether otherwise is an indispensable book for any film buff.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Loder, a former writer and editor for Rolling Stone in the 1980s and the “news” face of MTV’s “The Week in Rock” during the 1990s, shifted in 2004 to writing weekly movie reviews for MTV.com, and in this volume he selects the best of those reviews. As Loder admits up-front: “I wish I could say I’m a ‘film critic,’ but I’m not really. I’m a movie reviewer.” But the charm and success of the book is that Loder brings his substantial writing skills—and his keen understanding of pop culture and how it works—to discussing both serious and zombie movies in a way that sounds like your best friend intelligently ranting to you about a film in a bar. As such, he is free to comment about the execrable Hannibal Rising that “If this picture were a little more ludicrous, just a shade more inane, it might be fun to watch.” Or about Guy Richie’s “incomprehensible” mob movie Rockn­Rolla (“How bad can the world economy be if people are still giving Guy Richie money to make movies?”) or Loder’s take on the Twilight franchise (“You could count the minutes Lautner doesn’t spend topless in this picture on the hands of a cartoon character”). (Nov.)
From the Publisher
"The charm and success of the book is that Loder brings his substantial writing skills—and his keen understanding of pop culture and how it works—to discussing both serious and zombie movies in a way that sounds like your best friend intelligently ranting to you about a film in a bar."—Publishers Weekly

"If you love movies—even the bad ones—do yourself a favor and run to the nearest bookstore and buy this book. Keep it on your bedside table and I promise, you’ll be a better person for it."—Tucson Citizen

"Kurt Loder is an alien from outer space brought here to review movies. Enjoy his gift before we dissect him for research."—Sarah Silverman

"Every sentence [is] a witty, take-no-prisoners surprise."—Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"Reading this book is like sitting next to Kurt at the movies…only you get to laugh as loud as you want!"—Chris Connelly, ABC News contributing correspondent and former editor, Premiere Magazine

"Loder's thoughts on all the movies are interesting and he makes a good reviewer - hitting the high points of the movie and getting his point across without being too preachy. And movie lovers will enjoy reading about their favorites and most-hated."—Newsand Sentinel.com

“it's pure Loder through and through…if you're a fan of Loder's sharply irreverent views, you'll be happy to read he's applied it very well here on a wide variety of movies.”—David Konow, TGDaily.com

Kirkus Reviews
Lackluster collection of movie reviews from Loder (Bat Chain Puller: Rock and Roll in the Age of Celebrity, 1990). A presence on the music scene since the late '70s, the author is one of music and pop culture's most knowledgeable and likable writers. Best known for his print work with Rolling Stone and his small-screen work with MTV, Loder has proven to be both a trustworthy news reporter and an incisive rock tastemaker, so one would assume that when he turned to film criticism, his opinions would be sharp and compelling. Unfortunately, in this overlong collection, that's far from the case. Part of the problem is that the era of films on which he focuses is one of the most creatively feeble in showbiz history, so it's little wonder that the majority of the essays take a negative tone (hence the book's title). Loder relies on glib jibes that fail to provide illumination or insight--e.g., of the romantic comedy Valentine's Day, he writes, "It has the radiant glow of a Hollywood pitch meeting"; of the prehistoric comedy Year One: "the picture's desperate, teen-baiting assemblage of fart jokes, dick jokes...and urine inhalation are a dreary reminder that no matter how far removed the setting's supposed to be, the land of lame Hollywood japery is always near at hand." The author tries to justify his lightweight approach by explaining in the introduction that he's not a film critic, but rather a movie reviewer, but that's a cop-out. If you criticize something, you are, by definition, a critic; unfortunately, this talented and charismatic scribe isn't a particularly notable one. If Loder weren't Loder, this book would be exactly where it belongs: online, as part of a blog.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312641634
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/8/2011
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 1,487,803
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kurt Loder

KURT LODER currently writes about movies for REASON ONLINE. He was staff writer and senior editor at ROLLING STONE for nine years, where he remains a contributing editor; writer and host of MTV’s THE WEEK IN ROCK for more than a decade; and movie reviewer for MTV.com. He is the co-author of Tina Turner’s autobiography, I, TINA, a NEW YORK TIMES bestseller.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)