- By Daniel M. Kimmel

Jar Jar Binks Must Die... and Other Observations about Science Fiction Movies

  • Title: Jar Jar Binks Must Die... and Other Observations about Science Fiction Movies
  • Author: Daniel M. Kimmel
  • ISBN: 9781617200618
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jar Jar Binks Must Die and Other Observations about Science Fiction Movies Kimmel s writing is intelligent and entertaining his knowledge of SF movies is encyclopedic This is the guy you want sitting next to you when Channel has a weekend sci fi movie marathon For anyone

    Kimmel s writing is intelligent and entertaining his knowledge of SF movies is encyclopedic This is the guy you want sitting next to you when Channel 45 has a weekend sci fi movie marathon For anyone who likes SF movies, this volume is worth the price of admission Don Sakers, The Reference Library, in Analog Science Fiction and Fact Kimmel displays Kimmel s writing is intelligent and entertaining his knowledge of SF movies is encyclopedic This is the guy you want sitting next to you when Channel 45 has a weekend sci fi movie marathon For anyone who likes SF movies, this volume is worth the price of admission Don Sakers, The Reference Library, in Analog Science Fiction and Fact Kimmel displays expertise on the subject along with a lively sense of humor scarcely a page is turned that doesn t yield a few good laughs Readers who already take science fiction seriously will enjoy the book s panoptic breadth and it s frank jubilation in its subject matter Kimmel makes it his business to guide his readers to science fiction films that are worthy of our attention as social commentary, whiz bang spectacle, or works of entertainment that carry an extra edge the best advice to take with you on your foray into Jar Jar Binks Must Die is this keep your Netflix wish list at the ready You re going to revisit movies you hadn t thought about in years and be irresistibly tantalized by films you ve never seen, and maybe never even heard of Kilian Melloy, in Edge Boston e leading film voice in fandom today Dan s look at all the SF Films of the previous century plus is powerful and serious and smart and even sassy at points His look at Metropolis and Things to Come are both brilliant and much deeper and broader than mine in these pages I thought it was the best written look at Destination Moon I ve ever read I could spend a day heaping praise on the essay Our Batman So many great piece in here that I should just say this is the best film of essays about film of any nature that I ve read in ages the best pieces of writing on SF Film you ll ever see Chris Garcia, in The Drink Tank is left wanting , which is a testament to Kimmel s writing abilities Even when you find yourself not agreeing with Kimmel his take on E.T is just plain wrong damn it the book remains worthwhile and thought provoking Jar Jar Binks Must Die is worth a purchase Sci Fi Movie Page A spirited explanation of the role of science fiction films in our culture Any serious fan of the cinema must read this book Michael A Burstein, John W Campbell Award winning author

    1 thought on “Jar Jar Binks Must Die... and Other Observations about Science Fiction Movies

    1. First off, in the interest of full disclosure, I need to tell you that Dan and I have been friends for years, and I received a free copy of this book from him. There's no pretending I'm completely objective, here. On the other hand, Dan and I have been arguing vigorously about science fiction, fantasy, and movies for all those years, too.This is a collection of criticism and commentary about science fiction movies that Dan has written over his years as a movie critic. He's added some updating, n [...]

    2. A collection of short, pithy essays on various science fiction movies. Most were made before I was born, but there are a few newer films included and I have seen enough of the older films (or are familiar with them) to know what he was talking about. I didn't agree with all of his opinions (and I will fight him on the issue of whether Batman or Bruce Wayne is the mask, and I have the comics to back me up) but his opinions are still well thought out and he has a high level of media literacy to ba [...]

    3. While not hardcore academic media criticism, Kimmel's essays on various science fiction films from the 30s through today are entertaining (and occasionally thought-provoking) peeks at how the science fiction of a given era reveals much about the social and psychological zeitgeist of that time. A good beach-read that rewards the avid scifi fan's obsessions. :)

    4. Nice collection of criticism and analysis. Very easy to read but the observations are well thought out and presented fairly.

    5. nwhytevejournal/1950794ml[return][return][return]this is a collection of essays about sf cinema, mostly published before in fanzines and on the now sadly defunct Internet Review of Science Fiction. Several of the early pieces are a bit peevish, but most of them brim with enthusiasm and certainly gave me a few thoughts for films which I haven't seen but might enjoy. (The gaps in my cinematic knowledge, both of sf in particular and of classics in general, are pretty huge.) Inevitably, as you get f [...]

    6. Had a hard time getting into it, and had put it aside for a while, but once I picked it up again, I was pushed right through.I am pleased to hear that there is someone else in the world that is not an E.T. fan - his review of it matches my thoughts from the theater (but you'll have to read the book to hear his thoughts).

    7. Aside from some repetitive overlap (I think he talks about Metropolis in every essay), this was a fantastic book. Insightful, amusing, well researched and thoughtful. I liked that he dissed E.T. and Spielberg and questioned the general taste of the public. It's nice to hear new ideas.

    8. Entertaining and readable collection of essays about SF films, most of which published previously. Note that the title essay appears only as the penultimate chapter, nine-tenths of the way in; it's the only thing about Star Wars in the book. Hugo nominee (related work).

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