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If You're Talking to Me, Your Career Must Be in Trouble: Movies, Mayhem, and Malice

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Now in paperback--the hilarious and scandalous book that skewered Hollywood. Infamous Tinsel Town journalist-"hatchetman" Joe Queenan presents the interviews and essays that made him persona non grata among Hollywood's stars and movie moguls.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 14th 1999 by Hyperion (first published February 1st 1994)
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Feb 26, 2015 John rated it really liked it
If you think current Hollywood is at an all time low, this book reminds you that multiplex selections were actually worse 25 years ago. Interesting how harsh Queenan is to Christopher Reeve and River Phoenix, as this predates their tragedies. Some essays are skippable, but the writings on Mickey Rourke, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and Hitchcock hold up.
Jan 18, 2015 Rebekkila rated it liked it
This book was a compilation of columns that the author has written for several publications. The first few were the best. My favorite was the one where he was Mickey Rourke for a day. There were several "Oh Sh*t" moments in the book. This was published in 1994, in the book he often wrote about how terrible Christopher Reeves was as an actor. In one part he said something to the effect that God needs to save us from him, how awful it must have been when a year later he was paralyzed in a horsebac ...more
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Sep 14, 2008 Leonard Pierce rated it really liked it
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The best distillation of Queenan's mean-spirited film writing. Includes his classic attempt to live 24 hours in the life of Mickey Rourke, his attempt to prove that movie tricks are stupid and don't work in real life, and some surprisingly insightful essays on Alfred Hitchcock and Woody Allen.
Gary Brim
Since this is a collection of articles written 20-25 years ago, its a bit dated. Plus, numerous articles by one humorous critic on one subject is a lot to digest in a short period of time.

My observation having finished this book is--anyone who thinks the movie industry is tacky now can read this book to find out it was about as bad two decades ago.

I heart him deeply. And I'm counting it as part of the great book res of 2011 even though I probably would've read him anyway.
He crystallizes a lot of my thoughts for me. And makes me want to watch movies even more. And I'm saddened how timely it all still is. Alas. I read and re-read parts of this book.
Jul 19, 2007 Jrobertus rated it really liked it
a series of movie articles and interviews from rolling stone. extremely funny with lots of info about movies i really enjoyed this book, but more on queenan later.
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Droll reviews of terrible crap from a bizarre and long-lost time when film was the dominant cultural medium (the 1980s).
Aug 21, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it
Read it before and laughed all the way through again. Even when you disagree with him, he is pretty hilarious.
May 11, 2008 Muriel rated it it was amazing
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A true gut-buster... had me laughing so hard that tears were rolling down my eyes.
Oct 08, 2007 Jim rated it liked it
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Extrememly sarcastic, yet funny, critical account of movies adn actors.
Sep 14, 2009 Ryan rated it liked it
Great writing, but rather dated now.
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if im reading this i must hv no life
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Joe Queenan is a humorist, critic and author from Philadelphia who graduated from Saint Joseph's University. He has written for numerous publications, such as Spy Magazine, TV Guide, Movieline, The Guardian and the New York Times Book Review. He has written eight books, including Balsamic Dreams, a scathing critique of the Baby Boomers, Red Lobster, White Trash, and the Blue Lagoon, a tour of low- ...more
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