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The 50 Greatest Movies Never Made (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – dic 1999

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2.0 su 5 stelle Could have been a great book with a different author 2 febbraio 2016
Di Kelly - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
I'd like to rate the book higher simply because it did bring up a lot of scripts I've never heard of and that was interesting--it also didn't repeat much of what I've already read. However, I suspect, from the information presented, that many of these "movies" never got made because they weren't actually very good (One of the greatest movies never made is a drama about a gangster with a head made of ice cream? Really??) What makes something good is certainly a matter of opinion, so I can't really fault the author for including most of the ones he did, even if they do seem to be unworthy of the title "greatest." What makes this book bad, though, is the author, not the content.

The author seems to think quite highly of his own opinion, and his attempts at wit are rarely humorous. I would have preferred a more neutral accounting of these movies that were never made, without as much personal commentary. A lot of his attempts at humor fall flat, such as using the phrase "The Short-Sighted States of America", and labeling the powerful heads of Hollywood as "kings" who are more interested in protecting their kingdoms than making (in his opinion) quality films. Some of the chapters (such as "Say It with Music") were positively dripping with scorn.

It becomes apparent very quickly that the author is using the subject of movies never made as a soapbox in which to express his hatred for all things Hollywood. His insults are mainly aimed towards the studios and producers, but he has plenty to spare for various directors and writers.

I don't know enough about the inner workings of Hollywood to determine if his criticisms are justified, but his complaints come across as more petty and childish than rational and intelligent.

This could have been a good book if it had been in the hands of someone less biased. As it is, it was mildly entertaining, but by the end of the book it wound up being a headache-inducing slog. And ending the book with "if you want a sequel buy more copies of this book and send lots of requests to the publisher" is just plain weird. Given that this book was written in 1999 and I don't see a sequel on amazon, this plea wasn't very successful.
5.0 su 5 stelle Needs a 2nd edition in the worst way. 26 febbraio 2013
Di Buddy Guy - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
So, I read this book many years ago when it was first published. And while I knew that Chris Gore was a very polarizing figure, I read the book with an open mind. While many of the past reviews of this work seem to be more a critique of the author rather than the book itself, I thought I would weigh in.

This book is a fun quick read that focuses mostly on movies that Gore wished would have been made. Anyone who was an avid reader of Film Threat back in the 80s and 90s will find the subject matter of these movies very interesting. Betty Page to Sci-Fi, to very strange indie movies, all of the films discussed reflect the author's unique taste in film. And that is not going to be everyone's taste, as past reviews clearly show. However, I found this book to be very interesting and well researched. Why all of these movies have not been made was not clear to me back when it was first published.

UPDATE. Since this book was released, several of the movies from this book have in fact been made. Star Trek Academy (with a squeal soon to be released), the "Senior Citizen Animal House"? Old School with Will Ferrel anyone? The Silver Surfer never got his own movie, but did show up in The Fantastic Four movie. Alien finally fought Predator. And several Betty Page bio-pics have been released to critical acclaim. And even TIme Gate was released. But the fact that you are probably hearing about it for the first time by reading this review lets you know how successful it was.

Read this book. And let us hope that a updated second edition will one day pop up.
11 di 12 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
3.0 su 5 stelle A more accurate title would leave out the word "greatest" 26 luglio 2000
Di Steven Bailey - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
Did you ever see the Marx Brothers comedy A Day at the U.N.? How about the Roger Rabbit sequel where it turns out that Bugs Bunny is Roger's father? If you never saw these movies, don't worry--nobody else has, either. However, they are (or were) legitimate movie projects, well-chronicled in Chris Gore's book, The 50 Greatest Movies Never Made.
The book lovingly details 50 films which never got beyond the planning stages for various reasons. Many of them involved heavy Hollywood hitters, from Steven Spielberg (who helped to get the first ROGER RABBIT off the ground), to DOUBLE INDEMNITY director Billy Wilder (who brainstormed the aborted Marx Brothers film as well as a Laurel & Hardy comedy), to Alfred Hitchcock (who proposed a movie about a blind pianist whose sight is restored).
While the book is a fast-paced, popcornish read, the book's not-so-subtle point is to make film purists gnash their teeth at the thought of these potential film classics never getting made. For me, the book's only surprise was that they left out many of my favorites, including Buster Keaton's proposed take-off of Grand Hotel, Charlie Chaplin's The Freak (about a girl who sprouts wings), and an aborted Western starring The Beatles.
It's easy to cry about potential film masterpieces that never got beyond the planning stage. The trouble is that, like many real lost films that come to light after being re-discovered, they often turn out to be classics only if they remain lost. And considering some of the awful ideas which do make it to the light of a movie theater--as witness the recent bomb AT FIRST SIGHT, starring Val Kilmer as (shades of Hitchcock) a blind artist who regains his sight--maybe these movies have rotted in Development Limbo for some very good reasons.
That said, the book will be an eye-opener to novices who have never heard the term "turn-around," and brain candy for those who have seen awful ideas that *did* get made into movies.
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1.0 su 5 stelle Wildly Uneven 18 dicembre 2000
Di Un cliente - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
Gore's book is a great idea done badly. The writing itself is breathless and opinionated (okay, for a book like this maybe you have to do a little of that -- operative word being 'little'). The reviews themselves have no consistency to them. One movie is described in detail and the reason for its not being made is a dismissive paragraph telling us that "things just didn't work out." Others give great detail on the reasons for the film not being made and only sketchy ideas about the content. The result is that the reader doesn't get a clear picture of what made so many of these failed projects special (although the narrowmindedness of the Hollywood system is driven home again and again and again).
At the end Gore opines (one of his favorite words) the other movies he wished he could have mentioned. He could have discussed them if he had confined himself to only one Orson Welles project, one National Lampoon/Saturday Night Live alumni project, etc. Assuming that every potential film from a director's body of work is a lost masterpiece only pushes the book into fanboydom (after all, besides "Schindler's List" and "Saving Private Ryan," Spielberg also made "1941" and "Hook").
A book of this length would have been better served by being about only 25 movies. And should have been written by another writer.
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4.0 su 5 stelle An extra star for originality... 1 maggio 2002
Di Jeffrey Ellis - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
Chris Gore's The 50 Greatest Movies Ever Made is wildly uneven, frequently enjoyable, occasionally insightful, and at times kinda annoying. It's also a pretty cool idea that was long overdue and if Gore's book doesn't quite take advantage of the full potential of his concept, its still an idea that was long overdue. Content-wise, this book would probably rate three stars (whatever that actually means) but it deserves that one extra star for being the first of its kind. Hopefully, should someone decide to write a follow-up on other great films that were never made, they'll keep a copy of this book so that they may learn from not only the book's flaws but its strengths as well.
Every film fanatic has a few cherished projects that they learned about while they lingered in Hollywood's development limbo. These were the movies that you looked forward to saying, that you found yourself checking up on whenever you got a spare moment, and these are the movies that either vanished all together or died right when they were on the verge of actually being made. These are the movies that we regret we'll never get a chance to see. Chris Gore's book details fifty of these film projects that, for various reasons, never actually made it to postproduction. In Gore's opinion (and if Chris Gore has anything, its opinions), these fifty films would have all been classics of the cinema and, film-by-film, he details not only why the films were never made but why he believes we should mourn their loss.
Obviously, this is a highly subjective enterprise and Gore is often found defending a film's lost greatness on the basis of little more than his gut instinct. As a result, I doubt there's a reader out there who will agree with all of Gore's choices. Personally, its hard for me to share Gore's disappointment that we were never allowed a chance to see a Stephen Sondheim musical directed by Rob Reiner and co-written by William Goldman. (In fact, I found myself rather relieved that the whole thing fell apart.) Try as I might, I can't summon up any enthusiasm for Swirlie, a serious crime film featuring a crime boss whose head is a giant ice cream cone. Even Gore himself seems to be trying a bit too hard to convince himself that the failure of Jerry Lewis' That's Life is something to be regretted. However, for every project that left me scratching my head, Gore came through with chapters on lost film projects that actually did seem to have the potential to be something special. After completing this book, I did find myself wishing that I could run out and rent a copy Harrow Alley (costarring George C. Scott and Mel Gibson). I did wish for a chance to catch the macabre comedy Won't Fade Out on late night TV. Even the campy, stoner thrills of Biker's Heaven, the Easy Rider sequel, sounded like a potentially fun film to watch with a couple of properly medicated friends. Its films like these that are the saving grace of Gore's frustratingly brief overview.
As a critic, Gore has never been one to emulate the psuedo-literary approaches made famous by Andrew Sarris and Pauline Kael. And indeed, one wishes that he had gone into a lot more detail on most of the films he writes about in this book. However, while his style leaves some of his less compelling unmade film favorites at a disadvantage, it also works wonders for the occasional film that actually has the spark of something special. After reading his terse, to-the-point descriptions of Harrow Alley, I felt as if I had actually watched that film in all of its potential genius. Whatever its flaws, this is a book to be commended. Now hopefully, Gore or some other critic will work out the kinks in time for a second edition and give us a book that leaves us with no doubt that its unrealized films deserve to be known as the greatest.

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