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on Nov. 08, 2013 :
Comic book artist and writer Stephen R. Bissette sure knows his movies. This big collection of video reviews and articles from 1999-2001 contains all of his reviews of horror and crime films written during that period. Of course many of them are for films released at that time, but he also covers some of the old classics and other films which happened to receive a VHS or DVD release at the time. The crime films outnumber the horror, and include not just thrillers but crime-related dramas like American Beauty and Boys Don't Cry. Bissette also includes coverage of experimental film-makers such as Maya Deren.
I expected an interesting collection of movie reviews from this book, but I didn't expect to encounter a film writer who is so informative, challenging, stimulating and amusing. What U.S. movie, which reputedly cost less than $1000 to make, provided the direct inspiration for the incredibly popular The Blair Witch Project? Does E. Elias Merhige's The Shadow of the Vampire amount to an attempted character assassination of genius director F. W. Murnau? What are Bissette's biggest turn-ons and turn-offs when it comes to sex in the cinema? Which are the world's worst Christmas movies? You'll learn all this and more and, no doubt, end up with many additions to your "must see" movie list.
(reviewed long after purchase)