Confessions of a Cineplex Heckler

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Picador, 2000 - Motion picture industry - 272 pages
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A laugh-out-loud collection of reviews, rants and ravings from America's cynic-laureate.In the winter of 1998, armed only with a stopwatch, Queenan risked death as he plunged fully dressed into the icy waters of the Atlantic, in an attempt to prove that Leonardo DiCaprio could not possibly have lasted as long and talked as much as he does at the end of Titanic. It is this cavalier disregard for life and limb that has made him our most beloved, heavily medicated film critic. This wickedly funny book sees Queenan back in the movie theatre, heckling the stars, directors, producers - and audiences - that define today's film industry. With his keen eye for fraud and pomposity, Queenan takes on such lofty subjects as "The Remains of the Dazed" (an informed discussion of the Merchant Ivory duo's oeuvre) and "Hair Force" (a treatise on movie stars with 'hideous, hilarious, or otherwise highly disruptive hairstyles'). And not to be missed - his plunge down a flight of stairs in a wheelchair to see if Mel Gibson's antics in Conspiracy Theory can be duplicated.

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The title character in Walker Percy's novel The Moviegoer says, "The fact is, I am quite happy in a movie, even a bad movie." In a more distorted sense this is Queenan's raison d' tre: "Let me confess ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Joe Queenan was born November 3, 1950. The author of five previous books, Joe Queenan is a contributing editor at GQ and writes a column, "Good Fences," for The New York Times. He lives in Tarrytown, New York.

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