Another book review from The Movie Snob.
A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length: More Movies That Suck, by Roger Ebert (2012). When I read a book of movie reviews, I frequently skip the reviews of good movies I’ve never seen, so as to avoid spoilers. But that wasn’t a problem when I read this one—I read it cover to cover! Actually, this book’s title (which is drawn from Ebert’s review of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) overpromises a little bit. This collection covers not only truly terrible movies, but also plenty of movies that my fellow critic gave one and a half or even two full stars. Ebert even admits in the foreword that “[s]ome of the films herein are only fairly bad.” Nevertheless, the reviews are all enjoyable. I can’t resist quoting another line from the book, which I have quoted before. In Ebert’s review of National Treasure: Book of Secrets, he lists off several members of the cast, which included Jon Voight, Helen Mirren, Ed Harris, and Harvey Keitel, and concludes, “You could start with a cast like that and make one of the greatest movies of all time, which is not what happened here.”