A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length: More Movies That Suck

  • Title: A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length: More Movies That Suck
  • Author: Roger Ebert
  • ISBN: 9781449410254
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length More Movies That Suck Roger Ebert s I Hated Hated Hated This Movie and Your Movie Sucks which gathered some of his most scathing reviews were best sellers This new collection continues the tradition reviewing not only
    Roger Ebert s I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie and Your Movie Sucks, which gathered some of his most scathing reviews, were best sellers This new collection continues the tradition, reviewing not only movies that were at the bottom of the barrel, but also movies that he found underneath the barrel.A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length collects than 200 of his reRoger Ebert s I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie and Your Movie Sucks, which gathered some of his most scathing reviews, were best sellers This new collection continues the tradition, reviewing not only movies that were at the bottom of the barrel, but also movies that he found underneath the barrel.A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length collects than 200 of his reviews since 2006 in which he gave movies two stars or fewer Known for his fair minded and well written film reviews, Roger is at his razor sharp humorous best when skewering bad movies Consider this opener for the one star Your Highness Your Highness is a juvenile excrescence that feels like the work of 11 year old boys in love with dungeons, dragons, warrior women, pot, boobs, and four letter words That this is the work of David Gordon Green beggars the imagination One of its heroes wears the penis of a minotaur on a string around his neck I hate it when that happens And finally, the inspiration for the title of this book, the one star Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Transformers Revenge of the Fallen is a horrible experience of unbearable length, briefly punctuated by three or four amusing moments One of these involves a doglike robot humping the leg of the heroine If you want to save yourself the ticket price go, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together Then close your eyes and use your imagination Movie buffs and humor lovers alike will relish this treasury of movies so bad that you may just want to see them for a good laugh

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    About Roger Ebert


    1. Roger Joseph Ebert was a Pulitzer Prize winning American film critic and screenwriter.He was known for his weekly review column appearing in the Chicago Sun Times since 1967, and later online and for the television program Siskel Ebert at the Movies, which he co hosted for 23 years with Gene Siskel After Siskel s death in 1999, he auditioned several potential replacements, ultimately choosing Richard Roeper to fill the open chair The program was retitled Ebert Roeper and the Movies in 2000.Ebert s movie reviews were syndicated to than 200 newspapers in the United States and abroad He wrote than 15 books, including his annual movie yearbook In 1975, Ebert became the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism His television programs have also been widely syndicated, and have been nominated for Emmy awards In February 1995, a section of Chicago s Erie Street near the CBS Studios was given the honorary name Siskel Ebert Way Ebert was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in June 2005, the first professional film critic to receive one Roger Ebert was named as the most influential pundit in America by Forbes Magazine, beating the likes of Bill Maher, Lou Dobbs, and Bill O Reilly 2 He has honorary degrees from the University of Colorado, the American Film Institute, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.From 1994 until his death in 2013, he wrote a Great Movies series of individual reviews of what he deemed to be the most important films of all time He also hosted the annual Roger Ebert s Overlooked Film Festival in Champaign, Illinois from 1999 until his death.


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    1. Roger Ebert’s third collection of zero-star to two-star movie reviews. Delightful.“All About Steve . . . is billed as a comedy but more resembles a perplexing public display of irrational behavior.”Atlas Shrugged: Part 1: “The dialogue seems to have been ripped throbbing with passion from the pages of Investor’s Business Daily.”Battle: Los Angeles: “Here’s a science-fiction film that’s an insult to the words ‘science’ and ‘fiction,’ and the hyphen in between them.”Bur [...]

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    2. No need to go into a plot summary here as this book is a straight-forward as it gets. Film critic Ebert has collected over 200 of his reviews dating back to 2006 and published them in this fun book. The title comes from his review of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. I don't know if he purposely used this phrase or not, but I was immediately reminded of a movie and a book title fused together to come up with the phrase: the wonderfully cinematic The Unbearable Lightness of Being and the book [...]

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    3. I review this mainly to annouce to anyone who might not know but needs to: library patron Wayne Omura has written a book! It's called Movies and the meaning of life : the most profound films in cinematic history and I am tickled to death that he singled me out one night to let me know. It is not an option on , but if you're a DPL person, you can put it on hold. Reading this concurrently with Ebert, it turns out that Mr. Omura is not as funny as he is, but he nonetheless has some excellent insigh [...]

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    4. This is the 3rd (and final, sadly) collection of Ebert's takedown reviews of movies he hated. As a fan of his wit and style - as well as his previous two similar collections - it was nigh impossible this book would get less than 4 stars for me.Unfortunately, the 5th star has to be withheld. There are two primary reasons for this. The first and much lesser of the two is that I grew tired of the late Mr. Ebert's political invective. I mean, party politics. I loathe gratuitous political jabs and Mr [...]

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    5. It's a decent read. I think the major issue is that a book like this is best when talking about really bad films, and too many of the films he deals with in this book are just mediocre. Generally speaking, reviews of 2 star movies are not terribly interesting.

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    6. Great fun had at the expense of really bad movies. Lots of amusing, creative metaphors, and I even accidentally learned a few things about movie-making.

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    7. This book was fun. Roger Ebert got it.

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    8. Ebert was a genius and I am so grateful he was such a prolific writer so I can continue to discover and love his reviews

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    9. I just read parts of the book the author save me from a title or two I had wondered about he saved me. The man performs a public service.

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    10. What I love about Roger Ebert's reviews are that they are more like mini personal essays than straight-up reviews. Thy get you where you need to go, you will have a pretty good idea of the movie's content and quality by the end, but Ebert will take you on a meandering journey to reach that point (for instance, quoting former teachers). Read if you enjoy any of the following: Roger Ebert's writing; bad movies; learning about movies; and sarcasm.

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    11. There's nothing better than a bad review

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    12. I finally sat down to read, cover-to-cover, A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length: More Movies That Suck, the third and final collection of legend Roger Ebert's reviews of movies he considers terrible. Well . . . not exactly completely terrible, as you'll see below.Ebert comes right out in his introduction and says explicitly that while it's great to watch a quality movie, it's sometime more fun to watch a lousy one. And Ebert delivers on the promise of dozens of reviews of lousy movies. So [...]

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    13. A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length: More Movies that Suck is a collection of critiques by film critic Roger Ebert of fatally flawed films. Using a system of stars -- half-star, star, star-and-a-half, two stars -- plus the "NOT" symbol (a circle overlain by a slash, to indicate "don't go there," to indicate films nobody should see, e.g The Human Centipede and The Human Centipede 2), he delivers dissections of his prey that are witty, insightful, frequently hilarious, and occasionally deva [...]

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    14. On the one hand, any collection of Roger Ebert's work is worth reading. But on the other, this book has a rather low (or high, depending on how you look at it) threshold of suck. Many of these are two star reviews. So on a scale of zero to four stars, anything two or less sucks? Since he gives half stars, that's four possible ratings that don't suck out of nine total. Assuming a Bell curve distribution, that's an awful lot of sucking. Since this is the third volume of such films, I suspect that [...]

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    15. An amusing diversion that's perfect for when you don't have a large chunk of time to sit down and read. Ebert's collection of reviews of movies he thought sucked is a pretty funny trashing of mostly bad movies.Ebert does show some of his biases here: don't be surprised to see a bunch of action movies that you probably saw and enjoyed. It's pretty clear that's not a genre he likes very much, and he struggles mightily with suspension of disbelief when it comes to many sci-fi movies. (I think he wa [...]

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    16. This one isn't as good as the other two in the series. There's less of the lovable attitude that a bad movie is a learning experience and more that it's just a waste of time. Hollywood is making fewer truly big films and turning to formula more often as they try to get back the profits they've lost to piracy and video games and such. Crap film just isn't what it used to be. Nowadays it feels like a blessing for something jaw-droppingly crazy-bad like Southland Tales to come along once every two [...]

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    17. Ebert was unusual amongst film critics in that his star rating did not necessarily reflect his opinion of a film's worth, particularly in his two-star and below reviews - in fact, the subeading of this book is a little misleading as there are many films contained in this excellent book that he did not consider sucky. As usual Ebert includes personal ruminations and memory-jolts in his reviews, adding the human touch whilst still containing technical considerations - it is these technical conside [...]

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    18. A really nice collection of Ebert's movie reviews for movies he felt were on the failing side. He and I almost always have the same opinion on movies so I enjoy both his opinion and the seemingly effortless way he writes them. I've read his first two collections of bad movie reviews (I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie and Your Movie Sucks), would love to read the next.We disagreed on THOR (I had so much fun at this movie but he only gave it 1.5 stars - did we watch the same thing?) and YOUR HIGHNE [...]

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    19. First, I'd just like to say that this book doesn't live up to it's title. :)As for the contents of the book, if you like Ebert's reviews, especially at his snarkyist, you will probably like this book.It does, however, share a problem I had with his earlier Your Movie Sucks. The first book of bad reviews, I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie, seems to be a cherry picked collection of two-star and under reviews, ranging from the beginning of his career to the point when the collection was assembled. T [...]

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    20. This is fun! It isn't always enjoyable to read negative criticism of things but Ebert has a knack for keeping them light, rarely if ever mean-spirited, and posing interesting questions that are often much more interesting than he movies sound. He has a couple of tells though! 80% or more of these reviews include the words "I dunno" (you can tell he's disappointed when his grammar slips), probably 30% or better include an outright dismissal of some kind ("But you don't need to worry about that"), [...]

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    21. If I had to recommend one book of the "Movies that Suck" series it would be the first one: Ebert was both witty and angry. Here, Ebert just seems kind of resigned. On the one hand, I suppose it is a mark of maturity that he's not so angry now. On the other hand, you'll struggle to remember that many of these movies even existed and that extra bit of vitriol gave you a reason to be a bit more vested in the reviews themselves.I can still recommend this because Ebert was a brilliant writer, but if [...]

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    22. Solid compilation of 2 and 1 star reviews. He even had a zero star in there. I was hoping for more caustic prose- I really wanted him to stick it to some of these movies- but of course he takes the high road even for these films. He definitely took his craft seriously. Some of his comparisons and metaphors were pretty sophisticated. He likes to throw his film and world knowledge around. He elevated his reviews with solid word craft. I suggest going to rogerebert and reading the last entry of his [...]

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    23. Ebert skewers about 200 more bad movies!Eagle Eye: "The film contains not a single plausible moment." I kind of liked it for it's implausibility. Maybe one day it could be plausible, with advances in technology?Eat Pray Love: "A Harlequin novel crossed with a mystic travelogue."The Green Hornet: "An almost unendurable demonstration of a movie with nothing to be about."Quantum os Solace: "Worst title of a James Bond movie, except for Never Say Never Again. Bond is not an action hero!"Twilight Sag [...]

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    24. This is a collection of Roger Ebert's reviews of recent movies earning two stars or fewer. There's some hilarious bits here and it's a great deal of fun. Ebert is also occasionally spot-on in questioning the deeper social implications of some of the films; I thought his review of the remake of "I Spit on Your Grave" was particularly good, and gets right to the heart of what makes the film troubling. This is a great book to have lying around to dip into occasionally, or as a reference, and I also [...]

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    25. Continuing the tradition that began with "I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie", this book is a collection of Roger Ebert's most scathing reviews for films released from 2006 to the present. The title references his review of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the Michael Bay explosion-fest that I readily admit I enjoyed. He also savages films that audiences expected more from, like M. Night Shayamalan's adaptation of the animated series, The Last Airbender. If you like snark (fans of MST3K and Ri [...]

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    26. The earlier collections of Ebert's reviews of bad movies were able to cherry-pick the most awful films; this edition seems limited to reviews of films released between 2006 until 2011. As a result some films are included which don't necessarily "suck" (as per the title) but are just 2-star efforts, mediocre and middling and probably not deserving to be in here. But I should stop complaining, because even when he's wrong (e.g. The Mist [2 stars smh], Sunshine Cleaning) he proves a delight to read [...]

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    27. I read only the movies that I was familiar with, Atlas Shrugged, Thor, Fanboys, Basic Instinct 2, yadda yadda. Entertaining but not particularly enlightening, which is to be expected I suppose. But I did expect funny, passionate "I hate this movie, so so much" reviews instead of like, grumpy get-off-my-lawn rants. Instead of "A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length" the title should be like, "Meh. I don't get why you kids like these things."

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    28. Roger Ebert has an interesting way of writing. All of his sentences seem to be about the same length. There's something plainspoken and simplistic about it, without being condescending. I'm reminded of Isaac Asimov for some reason. He also has a deep and insightful understanding of cinema. Helpfully broken down into small digestible bites. Bottom line, I'd recommend this quick and easy read.

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    29. Even if one does not always agree with Roger Ebert's assessments of any given movie, it is hard not to acquiesce to/with his reasoning and innate wisdom. And I found myself bursting into helpless laughter again and again. I liked that the author could re-focus my own summations and make me see them in a different light.

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    30. Two-star reviews (of which there were many in this book) just don't inspire the level of vitriol necessary for a really entertaining review. In fact, I found myself wanting to see a lot of those movies and finding that I'd seen a lot of two-star movies that were pretty good. (Granted, I am fairly artless these days when it comes to choosing films.) That said, I was mostly entertained.

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