Book reviews are new to this website, and certainly there are better book review sites such as Bookslut
, but one can not resist the urge to talk about things when publishers start sending them to you for free. And so, I’m inclined to review The Best DVDs You’ve Never Seen, Just Missed or Almost Forgotten
The book contains over 500 reviews of DVDs that the film critics of the New York Times
think you should purchase on your next visit to Best Buy. Or add to your Netflix list. Steal. Whatever you care to do, really.
The reviews are concise like Cliff’s Notes
and easily digestible, like hemp nuts.
The book would make a perfect bathroom accoutrement and would certainly do nicely on the coffee table as a handy quick-reference guide. On many occasions I’ve found myself looking at TimeWarner Cable’s “Movies on Demand” wondering if I should purchase Alexander
, Fever Pitch
. Now I could look them up in The Best DVDs You’ve Never Seen, Just Missed or Almost Forgotten
and realize they’re not in there – because 98% of TimeWarner’s on-demand offerings are poop.
I agree with many of the selections in the book: Mona Lisa
, Big Night
, even Zoolander
. And now I’m excited to see Wilde
and The Slums of Beverly Hills
. I’m even considering the Afflecky Changing Lanes
next time I’m laid up with bird flu. I’m disappointed that The Unbearable Lightness of Being
isn’t in it, but thrilled that I could not find any of the garbage my communist film professors forced me to watch. Screw you, Battleship Potemkin
As a further plus, I’m almost certain there’s not a single Steven Segal film in the book.
In the end, this is a book I would definitely purchase, but don’t have to because they sent it to me.
The Best DVDs You’ve Never Seen, Just Missed or Almost Forgotten