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Nobody's Perfect: Writings from the New Yorker

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Publisher Comments:

In an aside that reads like a declaration of intent, Anthony Lane writes that he "never quite thrilled to the battle pitched between mainstream and art cinema" — which is to say that he glories in highbrow and lowbrow alike, and respectfully suggests that "the ideal literary diet consists of trash and classics...books you can read without thinking, and books you have to read if you want to think at all."

In almost ten years as a critic for The New Yorker, Lane has not only written an indispensable column on the latest movie releases, great and small. He has also turned his gaze upon subjects as various as Evelyn Waugh, Shakespeare, the glory of cookbooks, and the fine art of the obituary. Whether he is examining Alfred Hitchcock or astronauts, to read him is to be carried along on a current of urgent inquiry ("What is the point of Demi Moore?"), wry reflection, and penetrating wit. An essay on The Sound of Music leads him to consider not only singing nuns but the comedy of our cultural memories ("For all our searchings and suppressings, the past comes unbidden or not at all"); his now infamous pieces on the best-seller lists both celebrate the exultantly bad prose of Judith Krantz and deride the "marshes of the middlebrow, where serious novelists lumber around with too many ideas on their back." His writings on the poetry of Matthew Arnold, A. E. Housman, and especially T. S. Eliot showcase his erudition, dispensed with a piercing insight into human folly. In his survey of events as disparate as Oscar night, a Walker Evans retrospective, and the craziness of a Chanel show in Paris, the acuity of Lane's intellect is matched by a quality of heart that is hisalone, and by a willingness to be carried away. His writings remind us of what criticism can achieve at its best.

Arguably the most gifted reviewer at work today, Anthony Lane sets the standard — as a reader, as a critic, and as an observer of life. Nobody's Perfect is a must for fans old and new.

Review:

"For those who look forward to Lane's pieces, and for the many who should, this weighty tome is as delightful as watching Marilyn Monroe doing the shimmy." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"His prose is an amalgam of humor, intelligence, discernment, and style....Truly, this is a book to savor — to take a long, luscious time in getting through its many entertaining, profound pages." Brad Hooper, Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"Given the grumpy disarray of film criticism, it should come as little surprise that its dominant figure is The New Yorker's Anthony Lane, who invariably manages to convey delight at having such a cushy gig....His new collection of reviews, Nobody's Perfect (great title), exhibits him at his most enjoyable..." John Powers, L.A. Weekly

Review:

"752 pages of wall-to-wall pleasantry....The most frequent complaint of Lane is that he is too amiable, too nonconfrontational; even when he is deriding a film, he still sounds like some well-groomed scamp in a Noel Coward play....[Lane] tempers [his] exquisite prose with a breeziness that makes for an engaging, easy read." Kimberley Jones, The Austin Chronicle

Review:

"Those who have long awaited this compilation of Lane's most memorable pieces will not be disappointed. He is intellectual, witty, entertaining, and, without a doubt, one of the finest reviewers of our time....For critic-at-large wannabes, this collection will serve as a de facto guide for years to come." Library Journal

Review:

"I'm a critic, too, and here's my criticism: Lane writes so well and is so highly situated that he owes us, like Kael, something more. By gracing us with more supercilious style than trenchant analysis, he treats movies as being trivial and beneath him — and as a result, that's what they become." Brian Miller, Seattle Weekly

Review:

"With savage wit and keen intellect, Lane can cut a film to pieces like an Iron Chef slicing a salmon....If there is a drawback to Lane's writing, it's that he is awfully reluctant to be as forthright when he likes something as when he dislikes it — but that's a common critic's sin....That said, you'd be hard-pressed to find a contemporary American film critic more deserving of a collection." Brian Libby, Willamette Week (Portland, OR.)

Synopsis:

A collection of Lane's reviews from The New Yorker.

Synopsis:

US

About the Author

Anthony Lane has been a film critic for The New Yorker since 1993. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Introduction

MOVIES

Indecent Proposal

Un Coeur en Hiver

Sleepless in Seattle

Poetic Justice

The Fugitive

Tito and Me

The Age of Innocence

Divertimento

Dazed and Confused

Its All True

The Remains of the Day

Three Colors: Blue

Naked

Heaven and Earth

Thirty Two Short Films about Glenn Gould

The Blue Kite

Speed

Wolf

Forrest Gump

Pulp Fiction

The Last Seduction

Bullets Over Broadway

Three Colors: Red

Tom and Viv

Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle

The Madness of King George

Before Sunrise

Shallow Grave

Priest

Don Juan DeMarco

Burnt by the Sun

Braveheart

The Bridges of Madison County

First Knight

Nine Months

The Usual Suspects

Persuasion

Showgirls

The Scarlet Letter

French Twist

Sgt. Bilko

Stealing Beauty

Emma and Kingpin

Beyond the Clouds

The English Patient

Star Trek: First Contact

Crash

The Saint

Con Air

Men in Black, Batman & Robin, and Speed 2

Contact

Mrs. Brown

L.A. Confidential

Titanic

Nil by Mouth

Lolita

Twilight

The Spanish Prisoner

Deep Impact

Godzilla

The Truman Show

Out of Sight

The Thief

Saving Private Ryan

Halloween H2O

Ronin

Love Is the Devil

Gods and Monsters

Celebrity

Meet Joe Black

Rushmore

The Thin Red Line

The Prince of Egypt

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

The Dreamlife of Angels

The Mummy

The Phantom Menace

Notting Hill

Bowfinger

West Beirut

Anywhere but Here

The World Is not Enough

Liberty Heights

The Talented Mr. Ripley

American Psycho

Gladiator

Mission: Impossible 2

Time Regained

The Nutty Professor 2

Dancer in the Dark

The Yards

Charlies Angels

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Snatch

Hannibal

Pollock

Under the Sand

Pearl Harbor

Apocalypse Now Redux

Together

BOOKS

Best-sellers I

Sex Books

Edward Lear

Best-sellers II

Vladimir Nabokov

Cookbooks

Cyril Connolly

Ian Fleming

T. S. Eliot

Thomas Pynchon

Bloom on Shakespeare

Matthew Arnold

André Gide

Evelyn Waugh

W. G. Sebald

John Ruskin

A. E. Housman

PROFILES

The Sound of Music

Eugène Atget

ˇ Svankmajer

Karl Lagerfeld

Buster Keaton

The Oscars

Shakespeare on Film

Cannes

Lego

Obituaries

Preston Sturges

Robert Bresson

Ernest Shackleton

Alfred Hitchcock

Museum of Sex

The New Yorker at 75

Walker Evans

Astronauts

Jacques Tati

Luis Buñuel

Julia Roberts

William Klein

Billy Wilder

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375714344
Author:
Lane, Anthony
Publisher:
Vintage
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film - Guides & Reviews
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film & Video - Guides & Reviews
Subject:
Film and Television-Film Guides
Subject:
essays;film;criticism;movies;non-fiction;film criticism;cinema;new yorker;journalism;literary criticism;film reviews;anthology;humor
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
September 9, 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
784
Dimensions:
8 x 5.19 x 1.38 in 1.25 lb

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"Review" by , "For those who look forward to Lane's pieces, and for the many who should, this weighty tome is as delightful as watching Marilyn Monroe doing the shimmy."
"Review" by , "His prose is an amalgam of humor, intelligence, discernment, and style....Truly, this is a book to savor — to take a long, luscious time in getting through its many entertaining, profound pages."
"Review" by , "Given the grumpy disarray of film criticism, it should come as little surprise that its dominant figure is The New Yorker's Anthony Lane, who invariably manages to convey delight at having such a cushy gig....His new collection of reviews, Nobody's Perfect (great title), exhibits him at his most enjoyable..."
"Review" by , "752 pages of wall-to-wall pleasantry....The most frequent complaint of Lane is that he is too amiable, too nonconfrontational; even when he is deriding a film, he still sounds like some well-groomed scamp in a Noel Coward play....[Lane] tempers [his] exquisite prose with a breeziness that makes for an engaging, easy read."
"Review" by , "Those who have long awaited this compilation of Lane's most memorable pieces will not be disappointed. He is intellectual, witty, entertaining, and, without a doubt, one of the finest reviewers of our time....For critic-at-large wannabes, this collection will serve as a de facto guide for years to come."
"Review" by , "I'm a critic, too, and here's my criticism: Lane writes so well and is so highly situated that he owes us, like Kael, something more. By gracing us with more supercilious style than trenchant analysis, he treats movies as being trivial and beneath him — and as a result, that's what they become."
"Review" by , "With savage wit and keen intellect, Lane can cut a film to pieces like an Iron Chef slicing a salmon....If there is a drawback to Lane's writing, it's that he is awfully reluctant to be as forthright when he likes something as when he dislikes it — but that's a common critic's sin....That said, you'd be hard-pressed to find a contemporary American film critic more deserving of a collection."
"Synopsis" by , A collection of Lane's reviews from The New Yorker.
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