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A hilarious collection of essays, riffs, and lists that celebrate the insanity of Hollywood--for anyone who loves the movies.

Richard Roeper, like the rest of us, adores the movies. In this uproarious, off-beat book, he gives us a whole new set of critical lenses for assessing the movies and the people and the industry that make them. With his characteristic acerbic wit, he weaves short essays with lists that work together to explain where Hollywood succeeds--and where it so often frustrates, disappoints, and fails us. But while Roeper devotes most of the book to mockery and ridicule, this book is, in the end, a love letter to film.

Some of the essays and lists included in Schlock Value:

  • Comical statistical breakdowns, including career batting averages of actors
  • Reviews of Hollywood finances, including budgets, salaries, and ticket prices
  • A proposed moratorium on pet projects, e.g., Kevin Costner's The Postman or John Travolta's Battlefield Earth
  • The age differences between Woody Allen and his various leading ladies
  • Actors appearing around the world in television commercials, including a list of the biggest stars that do overseas commercials--and the products they push
Schlock Value is the perfect book for anyone who loves grumbling and complaining about the movies--but still can't help spending their weekends and evenings in front of the screen.

Review:

"Chicago Sun-Times columnist Roeper goes for the trifecta in this paean to Hollywood schlock, as short, opinionated essays; addictive lists; and a trashy-but-utterly-compelling subject combine to make an entertaining look at one aspect of the movies. Roeper's lists cover everything from inflated concession stand prices (a theater in suburban Chicago sells bottled water for $3.99) to 'Bizarre Moments in the History of the Golden Globes' (in 1957, Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack hijacked the stage to speed things up) to 'Things That Can Be Done to Improve the Academy Awards.' ('Memo to all nominees: Prepare a friggin' speech!') to 'Wobbly Accents' (Brad Pitt as an Austrian explorer in Seven Years in Tibet). Some lists expand into essays, and vice versa (e.g., an Oscars overview prompts a list of 'Most Disappointing Careers after Winning the Academy Award'). Opening with an insightful contrast of Chris Rock as a stand-up comic ('just might be the funniest person on the planet') with his movies ('they sucked'), Roeper moves on to such topics as actors' political comments, cast members replaced during filming, overhyped stars, one-hit wonders, pet projects, film clichs and anachronisms. Roeper's relaxed writing style, informal and witty, makes for an easy yet engaging read." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The renowned film critic offers this hilarious collection of essays, riffs, and lists that celebrates the insanity of Hollywood, offering whole new set of critical lenses for assessing the movies and the people and the industry that make them.

Synopsis:

A hilarious collection of essays, riffs, and lists that celebrate the insanity of Hollywood--for anyone who loves the movies.

About the Author

Richard Roeper is the cohost of the nationally syndicated Ebert and Roeper (watched by more than 2.5 million viewers each week) and author of 10 Sure Signs a Movie Character Is Doomed and Other Surprising Movie Lists. A daily columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and the New York Times syndicate, he was the recipient of the National Headliner Award in 1993 as the top columnist in the country. He is the film critic for the CBS affiliate in Chicago and contributes monthly essays on film to Esquire. Richard Roeper lives in Chicago.

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Patrick Lonergan, March 8, 2010 (view all comments by Patrick Lonergan)
Film critic Richard Roeper loves to discuss the merits of a good movie, but uses this platform to discuss his equal enjoyment of really bad movies (just try not to laugh at his wicked summary of the deliciously terrible ending to “Basic Instinct” in his epilogue, for instance!) Among the insightful points made by Roeper are the career batting averages of less successful big-name film stars, an itemized account of the time and expense you can expect to spend on a night at the movies, and an amusing anecdote about how, despite a double Thumbs-Up review from Ebert & Roeper, the film “Kate & Leopold” was re-edited to remove a plot point that troubled them only slightly. The sarcasm and distaste of Roeper's writing voice makes this one deviously fun in its accuracy.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781401307691
Subtitle:
Hollywood at Its Worst
Author:
Roeper, Richard
Publisher:
Hyperion
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Motion pictures -- United States.
Subject:
Film and Television-Reference
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20050202
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.25 x 5 in 9.6 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Chicago Sun-Times columnist Roeper goes for the trifecta in this paean to Hollywood schlock, as short, opinionated essays; addictive lists; and a trashy-but-utterly-compelling subject combine to make an entertaining look at one aspect of the movies. Roeper's lists cover everything from inflated concession stand prices (a theater in suburban Chicago sells bottled water for $3.99) to 'Bizarre Moments in the History of the Golden Globes' (in 1957, Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack hijacked the stage to speed things up) to 'Things That Can Be Done to Improve the Academy Awards.' ('Memo to all nominees: Prepare a friggin' speech!') to 'Wobbly Accents' (Brad Pitt as an Austrian explorer in Seven Years in Tibet). Some lists expand into essays, and vice versa (e.g., an Oscars overview prompts a list of 'Most Disappointing Careers after Winning the Academy Award'). Opening with an insightful contrast of Chris Rock as a stand-up comic ('just might be the funniest person on the planet') with his movies ('they sucked'), Roeper moves on to such topics as actors' political comments, cast members replaced during filming, overhyped stars, one-hit wonders, pet projects, film clichs and anachronisms. Roeper's relaxed writing style, informal and witty, makes for an easy yet engaging read." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The renowned film critic offers this hilarious collection of essays, riffs, and lists that celebrates the insanity of Hollywood, offering whole new set of critical lenses for assessing the movies and the people and the industry that make them.
"Synopsis" by , A hilarious collection of essays, riffs, and lists that celebrate the insanity of Hollywood--for anyone who loves the movies.
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