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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This ninth collection of her New Yorker reviews culls classic Kael criticism of more than 150 films released from 1985 to 1988. Refreshingly iconoclastic, Kael isn't afraid to revel in a lowbrow film (`` Little Shop of Horrors is jivey, senseless fun''). She can be accused of playing favorites (Brian De Palma and Bette Midler, for example), but on the whole, Kael's genuine excitement about film sustains the book, and her strong opinions and acute observations offer the film-goer much to ponder. A disquieting note, however, is the insensitive review of the Holocaust documentary Shoah. Writing about a film that considers the extermination of six million Jews, Kael seems disappointed that `` Shoah presents a world in which a Gentile rarely shows any human feeling toward a Jew'' and she dismisses the work as ``a long moan.'' (October)
Library Journal
In this, her ninth collection of reviews reprinted from The New Yorker , Kael assesses more than 150 movies released between mid-1985 and mid-1988. As usual, she is most attuned to nuances of performances and the fine points of plotting. She again directs her strongest scorn toward those overly self-conscious movies like Back to the Future and Stand By Me , and those constructed around empty technique like Top Gun , while praising the unpretentious charms of Pee-wee's Big Adventure , Re-Animator , and everything by Jonathan Demme. It is her willingness, finally, to argue the shortcomings of such popular films as Platoon, Hannah and Her Sisters, Fatal Attraction, and Broadcast News that gives the collection its lasting value. Recommended.-- Marshall Deutelbaum, Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, Ind.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525484295
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/15/1988
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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