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Film Critic: A Decade Behind the Scenes in the Movie Industry

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"Film Critic: A Decade Behind the Scenes in the Movies Industry" is an insider look at the world of criticism, celebrity interviews, and movies. Ever wanted to know how a professional critic goes about his or her job? "Film Critic" alternates between hilarious and serious, offering something for writers and movie fans alike!
ebook, 250 pages
Published May 8th 2013 by Smashwords Edition (first published February 5th 2013)
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Justin Smith
Nov 30, 2013 Justin Smith rated it really liked it
Laremy Legel uses his decade of experience to bring us a book that is not only essential reading for any aspiring film critic, but also an insightful and inspiring read for film fans in general. As someone who has been an editor and writer for a movie review site, I feel some areas didn't get a close enough look, but that is a small criticism of an otherwise entertaining and informative work. In the meantime, we can hope that Laremy will provide these details in his planned sequel Film Critic 2: ...more
Chris Williams
Sep 21, 2014 Chris Williams rated it did not like it
Laremy is an engaging reviewer on podcasts, but this "memoir" is nothing more than a collection of badly written (and poorly edited ) ramblings that feels like a stitched together Xanga journal. feels less like the work of a passionate critic and more like message board opining from a fanboy who lucked his way into the job. Legel IS a decent film critic, and I have liked his appearances on the /Filmcast. I'm confused how he thought this boon was ready to go.
I bought it out of curiosity, knowing the author from Ropes of Silicon. The book reads in fact as a memoir, about Legel's struggles to succeed in a field he loves so much, with bits of previously unpublished materials. As I am interested in the way how this whole film criticism works, I thought it would be an interesting read. And it was - I would definitely recommend it to any lover of the motion pictures and everything related to them.
Chrystian Harris
Mar 18, 2014 Chrystian Harris rated it it was amazing
A wonderful look into the mind of an esteemed film critic. A must-read for anyone with interest in not only film criticism, but film in general. The book provides wonderful insight and advice for any aspiring writer or critic. Informative, interesting, and funny; Legel's charming personality really shines through his words, and leaves us with a product that feels genuine and sincere.
Brandon Isaacson
Loved this book! Filled with interesting and engaging insights about the industry. He shows you his perspective, not trying to be "the" authoritative source. Very fair, very funny, very worthwhile read.
Claire Herting
Oct 29, 2015 Claire Herting rated it it was ok
I really enjoy listening to Laremy on podcasts and usually like his sense of humor, but for some reason his writing voice just rubbed me the wrong way in this book. Maybe it's because I was expecting a less colloquial novel?

It's a quick and easy read.
Jul 20, 2014 Rob rated it liked it
More autobiography than how-to, this book still has a lot to offer aspiring writers of all stripes, and is a helpful documenting of the progression of film criticism in general.
May 17, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
A great and humorous take on the world of film criticism. Some fun stories on interviews as well. I hear a follow up is on the way which I will be sure to read as well.
Derek Ambrose
Mar 17, 2013 Derek Ambrose rated it really liked it
Shelves: 52-in-2013
Essays and film reviews combine into a great chronicle of what it means to be a film critic in the age of blogs, twitter and anonymous forums. Looking forward to a sequel.
Feb 28, 2014 Andy rated it it was ok
Essentially a series of blog entries, each mediocre at best. I enjoy Laremy on podcasts, but this is some weak, unfocused writing. The formatting and layout are especially irritating, as well.
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