The former Rolling Stone writer and MTV host takes off from classic Roger Ebert and sails boldly into the new millennium.
Millions grew up reading the author's record reviews and watching him on MTV's "The Week in Rock." In this collection of more than 200 movie reviews from MTV.com and, more recently, the Reason magazine Website, plus sidebars exclusive to this volume, Loder demonstrates his characteristic wry voice and finely honed observations. The author shines when writing on the best that Hollywood and indie filmmakers have to offer, and his negative reviews are sometimes more fun than his raves. This freewheeling survey of the wild, the wonderful and the altogether otherwise is an indispensable book for any film buff.
Loder, a former writer and editor for Rolling Stone in the 1980s and the "news" face of MTV's "The Week in Rock" during the 1990s, shifted in 2004 to writing weekly movie reviews for MTV.com, and in this volume he selects the best of those reviews. As Loder admits up-front: "I wish I could say I'm a film critic,' but I'm not really. I'm a movie reviewer." But the charm and success of the book is that Loder brings his substantial writing skills and his keen understanding of pop culture and how it works to discussing both serious and zombie movies in a way that sounds like your best friend intelligently ranting to you about a film in a bar. As such, he is free to comment about the execrable Hannibal Rising that "If this picture were a little more ludicrous, just a shade more inane, it might be fun to watch." Or about Guy Richie's "incomprehensible" mob movie Rockn Rolla ("How bad can the world economy be if people are still giving Guy Richie money to make movies?") or Loder's take on the Twilight franchise ("You could count the minutes Lautner doesn't spend topless in this picture on the hands of a cartoon character").