Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema by Lindy West
.ePUB, 220 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2020 by Hachette Books
About the Book:
New York Times opinion writer and bestselling author Lindy West was once the in-house movie critic for Seattle's alternative newsweekly The Stranger, where she covered film with brutal honesty and giddy irreverence. In Shit, Actually, Lindy returns to those roots, re-examining beloved and iconic movies from the past 40 years with an eye toward the big questions of our time: Is Twilight the horniest movie in history? Why do the zebras in The Lion King trust Mufasa-WHO IS A LION-to look out for their best interests? Why did anyone bother making any more movies after The Fugitive achieved perfection? And, my god, why don't any of the women in Love, Actually ever fucking talk?!?!
From Forrest Gump, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, and Bad Boys II, to Face/Off, Top Gun, and The Notebook, Lindy combines her razor-sharp wit and trademark humor with a genuine adoration for nostalgic trash to shed new critical light on some of our defining cultural touchstones-the stories we've long been telling ourselves about who we are. At once outrageously funny and piercingly incisive, Shit, Actually reminds us to pause and ask, "How does this movie hold up?", all while teaching us how to laugh at the things we love without ever letting them or ourselves off the hook.
Shit, Actually is a love letter and a break-up note all in one: to the films that shaped us and the ones that ruined us. More often than not, Lindy finds, they're one and the same.
I used to be a manager at Blockbuster Video. I am a huge film buff and when I saw My Friend, Roma's Review I just had to have this book. This book was a joy to read, funny, sarcastic and even though I don't agree with all her "reviews/opinions" I still found it wonderfully entertaining and was laughing A LOT.
Ms. West's insightful, witty prose takes us to a great many reviews of pop culture favourites. As I mentioned before I'm a movie buff myself and have watched a large portion of the movies she mentions here and I have to say she does write better than any movie critic that I have ever read. Therefore I give it four stars.
Thank you NetGalley, Lindy West and Hachette Books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.
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