From a personal obsession with film to an unorthodox mentorship with the legendary Pauline Kael to establishing himself with the upstart Entertainment Weekly, Movie Freak is the memoir by veteran film critic Owen Gleiberman that will speak to anyone whose life has been changed by a great film.
What molds a critic? Perhaps it takes parents willing to buy nine-year-old Gleiberman drive-in tickets for Rosemary's Baby. Like millions of us, Gleiberman loves movies, and in this frank and funny memoir he not only reveals the details of how he became a critic but attempts to show why we find cinema so defining as a society. As one of the premiere tastemakers for more than three decades, Gleiberman, a self-confessed movie freak, explains why he and so many others equate film with life. Listeners will revel in the juicy details of the behind-the-scenes life of a critic and cheer as he lifts the curtain on life along the red carpet.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I would say that the book might be more compelling for those aspiring to be movie critics rather than for just anyone who might consider themselves a "Movie Freak." Gleiberman largely reflects on his own experiences as a critic- going into the politics of the job and the importance of holding to one's own opinion despite what others say. Select readers may find the book thought provoking, while others will undoubtedly think it tedious. As one who loves watching movies and reading reviews, but certainly not writing them professionally- I'd have a hard time disagreeing with either group.
A deft weaving of autobiography and cultural analysis by a master prose stylist a great tour through the well-examined life of one of this era's top critics.
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