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

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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 and, more recently, the Reason magazine Website, plus sidebars exclusive to this volume, Lod
Paperback, 560 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Jan 04, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, film
A nice series of snapshots of movies released in the last 10 years or so. I don't always agree with Loder, and he sometimes hits way the far off the mark, but he is never boring. He also has separate sections that cover foreign films and documentaries, subjects usually ignored by the mainstream movie-going audience. In addition, the book concludes with a section devoted just to the awful films that Nicholas Cage has made recently, which was a nice comedic touch/tribute.

The book is well worth th
Nov 25, 2013 Jess rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Film buffs
Shelves: nonfiction, film
I really enjoyed this collection of Kurt Loder's film reviews from the past ten years for a few reasons--mainly because I just love movies, but also largely because of Loder's lack of pretension in his reviews. He's almost humble about his incredibly extensive movie knowledge--he claims he's no film critic or film student, yet he makes comparisons to Fellini, Kurosawa, and Benigni easily and swiftly without coming off as trite. The films he reviews cover the whole gamut, from Sex and the City 2 ...more
May 03, 2012 Jwm rated it really liked it

Witty, clever and fun. Got a lot of great ideas for what to watch and will use as a guide when building up the Netflix queue again. He seems to have similar tastes to rational people, and even during harsh reviews is intelligent and kind about it. As he says in the intro, he approaches with the mindset that no one tries to make a bad movie. I agree. You can dislike the result but respect that effort still went into it.

The best part is that his reviews are inclusive of all genres, he's respectfu
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Dec 26, 2012 Todd Johnson rated it it was ok
A good review book should do one of three things. Either be really funny (i.e. Baked Potatoes), cover movies that are new to the reader or be really well written. It's not that these reviews aren't well written, it's just not that compelling to read recaps of movies you mostly know when they aren't particularly funny. The best part of this book for me was in the documentary section where he covers off on movies that I wasn't familiar with. Finally, I did appreciate a section dedicated to Nic ...more
Jul 19, 2013 Cathy rated it did not like it
I gleaned nothing from this book. I had hoped to find some new cinematic gems. What I found instead were reviews of movies that I had already established having no interest in when they hit theaters. Sprinkled among them were movies that I had already seen and whose reviews TOTAL CONTRADICTED my opinion of the movies. The ones I loved Loder hated and vice versa. Plus he has a vast underestimation of Guy Ritchie, and that, my friends, will not stand. In fact, let's just forgo the above text and ...more
Dec 22, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing
Kurt Loder, a writer for "Rolling Stone" for decades, turns his hand to movie reviews and his collection is truly "the good, the bad and the godawful" (that last category? Think "The Dukes of Hazzard" dreck). His reviews are funny (especially the bad & godawful ones) and he offers up an eclectic selections of subject matters. You won't find "Citizen Kane" in here but a diversity of 21st century cinematic offerings. Totally enjoyable and boasting Loder's trademark erudition and high quality ...more
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Mar 25, 2013 Natalie (Natflix&Books) rated it really liked it
How do you write a review about a book of reviews? I'm not even going to try. Suffice it to say that I love Kurt Loder's writing style. I found this book immensely readable. I would pick it up occasionally over the month or so in which I was "reading" it to read one or two reviews and would end up ending, like, ten to fifteen. The book focuses on movies that have come out in the past 10 years or so and I'm slightly embarrased, slightly proud to say that I've seen roughly 85% of the movies he ...more
Dec 29, 2011 Nesie rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Great reviews, and an easy, enjoyable read. Recommended for movie fans, folks that want to see how the review thing is done (and done well), and anyone who typically doesn't like nonfiction but wants to. Cause hey, it's cool and fun *and* nonfiction.

Bump up your brain cred with something fun! Then make a list of the stuff you want to see (and what you want to avoid) based on these reviews.
Jan 06, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
Recommended to Melissa by: Jessica Robinson
Shelves: books-and-movies
Lots of fun. Five hundred pages of movie reviews - some good movies, some bad, some really Godawful (like Nicholas Cage movies - the last chapter is devoted to bad Nic Cage movies from the 2000s) - and all of them in Kurt Loder's very readable style.

And we have almost exactly similar taste. Go figure.
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Dec 22, 2015 Eugenia Doran rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
There are some entertaining reviews, and this book alerted me to several interesting movies I wouldn't have heard of otherwise, but it's just that bit too long.
Jun 01, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it
Really interesting reviews. I agreed with some and disagreed with others. I do have a list of movies I want to see now.
Dec 08, 2012 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Excellent. I've always loved the dryness of Kurt Loder's voice, and current popular cinema provides plenty of fodder for it.
Dec 22, 2013 Pewterbreath rated it it was ok
This book is just ok. I like reading review books because sometimes they can have much more to say than whether the movie was ok or not. This book does not however.
Jun 26, 2014 Ninja rated it liked it
Nice witty amusing bite sized reviews of dozens of movies made between 2000 and 2010. Fun to read and since I'll never see all of them, at least I know what some of them were about.
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Kurt Loder is an American film critic, author, columnist, and television personality. He served in the 1980s as editor at Rolling Stone, during a tenure that Reason later called "legendary". He has contributed to articles in Esquire, Details, New York, and Time. He has also made cameos on several films and television series. Prior to Rolling Stone, Loder had worked for Circus magazine and had been ...more
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