I'm only forty or so pages into this book, and I have to say, it's making me kind of mad. Yes, this guy is well versed in movies, (at least he's seen a lot of them,) but there are areas where he deliberately hurts his attempted points by not providing some necessary research information because "it's late and I'm too tired to check right now", or "I'm in a grumpy mood." I'm sure this is all a big barrell of laughs for him and his circle of friends whom he wrote this book for, but for the rest of us, it would be nice to get through a paragraph without having Higgins go on about himself.
Also, his choice for films to spotlight, while certainly unconventional (points for that), are also downright weird, even lame. He starts with "The Black Hole" since it's the first film he ever saw, then riffs on "High Plains Drifter" (to be fair, I haven't seen that one yet), "Changing Lanes" (see? Lame.), and "Hannibal"(!!!). He tosses off comments about the value of "American Beauty" and "Reservior Dogs" ("better than 'Pulp Fiction!'"), but it all comes off as transcribed coffee house banter, at best. At worst, it's a self-conscious, self-congratulatory ego trip by a guy who was somehow lucky enough to get published. Any number of people on this board could've run with this concept and put out a book at least twice as good as this one. I'm going to press on read it, but every time I put this book down, Higgins leaves ME in a grumpy mood.
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Edited by Jim Tudor, 13 July 2004 - 02:02 AM.