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A Celebration of A Certain Kind of BlockbusterBook - 2006
Provides movie reviews of select, big budget movies, offering a behind-the-scenes look at "Blade Runner" and "Conan the Barbarian," and covering notable filmmakers and actors.
As independent films like Sideways and Brokeback Mountain become increasingly mainstream, sophisticated moviegoers tend to dismiss everything Hollywood produces as merely blockbusters or crowd pleasers. True, not every blockbuster is worth your while. But the studios produce more than cinematic fast food, and Turan will turn you on to big-budget movies that supply real sustenance. His collection of close to 150 reviews defends these cinematic pleasures, pointing readers to the thought-provoking bigger films they may have skipped. Most importantly, he shows readers what makes these films so great, and tells us why we may have to venture no farther than the megaplex for a movie that's worth seeing.