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If I ever write a book, I’d like it to be like this one. I love movies, and I love the conversations surrounding what the best movies are.
The title of Goldman's newest collection of essays is deceptive. Unlike his expansive reflections in "Adventures in the Screen Trade, "these selections (most of which originally appeared in Premiere, the New York Daily News and New York magazine) narrowly focus on Goldman's once timely film reviews and his commentaries on the 1990-1999 Academy Awards. With two screenwriting Oscars under his belt (for "Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid" and "All the President's Men"), Goldman is a knowledgeable Ho...
A collection of old magazine articles, eg.. "Here's what I think about the big movies that came out in the last 3 months" - kinda tedious years later.
Someone said it was tedious. It could be called repetitive. He’s told at least one of these stories in his other books (Andre the Giant’s kindness, Eastwood’s humility). And you’ll see a couple stories/lines repeated multiple times throughout the book. I found myself wondering if I would finish it at times, what with the monotony of analyzing all the “big” movies of EVERY year of the 1990s. But just when I’m losing interest he reels me back in! Did you like Saving Private Ryan? Well read Goldman...
Fun, easy read for looking back at the 90s era of film making. William's wit shines through, especially when he's lambasting the picture industry on blowing money of non-stars. Its very entertaining, especially for those who are film nerds and like to get an idea of what people were think before and after each oscar season.
Picked this up after his recent passing. A respected legend with the passion of a fan and the honesty of someone with nothing to lose (which somehow meant he couldn’t). A gentle reminder that criticism doesn’t have to be obtuse to be good.
This was different than I expected and focused more on award shows than I anticipated.
This is a collection of essays legendary screenwriter William Goldman wrote for New York, the now-defunct (and greatly missed, at least by me) Premiere magazine, and a few other periodicals. It's a quick read -- like a well-written screenplay, the pages have lots of white space -- and Goldman is a first-rate raconteur (though I'm sure he'd shudder upon hearing himself described that way).One of the most refreshing things about Goldman's non-fiction work regarding Hollywood is the almost-complete...
What a treat! I was leafing through an old copy of Empire this weekend and came across an article about expectations for Summer 2012's box office. The Dark Knight Rises was tipped for the top spot, whilst The Avengers sat pretty in fourth. Funny how things work out. Anyway, it's great fun reading forecasts and comparing what actually happened, and so it was exceedingly enjoyable reading William Goldman's summary of the cinematic landscape of the 1990s.Mr Goldman pulled these essays into a book a...
This book had me rolling on the floor laughing. It contains some of Goldman's most pointed criticism of what he likes to call Hollywood bullshit. This is a collection of magazine pieces he wrote during the '90's, so it's like opening a time capsule, but it's worth it because Hollywood hasn't changed one iota since, and has only gotten worse. The highlights include an absolutely ruthless dissection of Saving Private Ryan that is one of the most hilarious things I've read; a mockery of Robin Willi...
A year-by-year autopsy of Hollywood's decline during the 90s. The book follows a very predictable format, which becomes a bit monotonous (the essays were originally published monthly as columns in Premiere magazine), but there's a lot of insight to be gleaned. Goldman's evisceration of Saving Private Ryan alone makes it worth a look.
Somewhat interesting essays on a look at the Oscars mostly in the 90s, though it would have been a lot better if they had been edited for the book. As they were there was A LOT of annoying repetition.
sure, a little repetitive. but it's really fun seeing how clueless Hollywood people are about what movie will hit it big. Plus Goldman makes an amusing curmudgeon when complaining about how movies were better back in the 50's-70's.
Definitely outdated and for hardcore cinephiles.
Collection of magazine articles revolving around Oscars. Lots of repetition, but still fun because the details change each year and because Goldman is an engaging writer.