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"The Good, the Bad and the God-Awful" by Kurt Loder

December 5, 2011 - Amy Phelps
This month I want to features books that will make a good present for those on your list.

For the moviephile, why not get a copy of "The Good, the Bad and the God-Awful" by Kurt Loder.

Loder who has spent time as a writer and editor for Rolling Stone, writer and host for MTV and a movie reviewer for, now writes about movies for Reason online, brings a collection of his reviews to print in this collection.

In his reviews, he writes about blockbuster movies gone bad, like "Australia," romantic comedies that fail like "The Back-up Plan," horror films that are good, "Orphan" and bad "The Unborn." He talks about the latest 'torture' craze in movies like "Hostel," and comedies that are just plain fun, like "Zombieland." Then he talks about comedies that are just plain dumb, like "Talladega Nights." Sci-fi movies are both lauded ("District 9") and miss the mark ("The Invasion."

He also writes a bit about big movies that work, like "The Dark Knight" and big movie franchises that never stop, like "Twilight". He also writes about 'moralistic' movies, documentaries, critic-hailed movies, movies that can't be tied down to one category, independent movies, foreign films, the non-stop comic book movies, ignored movies, the never-ending remakes and movies no one should have to sit through. He ends the book with a chapter dedicated to several Nicholas Cage movies.

Loder's thoughts on all the movies are interesting and he makes a good reviewer - hitting the high points of the movie and getting his point across without being too preachy. And movie lovers will enjoy reading about their favorites and most-hated.

"The Good, the Bad and the God-Awful" is published by Thomas Dunne Books. It is $21.99.


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