A Nerd Girl's Guide to Cinema by Kelly Cozy
Smite Publications: 2/18/15
eBook review copy; 516 pages
A Nerd Girl's Guide to Cinema by Kelly Cozy is a very highly
recommended collection of reviews for 200 movies that are either
overlooked, failures, or cult classics. Her selection of movies included
is off the beaten path of the usual review books.
Rather than include
the list of 200 movies she reviews, let me send you to her website, kellycozy.blogspot.com, where the complete list can be found.
This book would be a great gift for the movie buff in your family!
I have several movie review books, but Kelly's is decidedly different
from those. This is not just a guide for bad movies. Kelly includes
several that are
overlooked gems which deserve a cult following or at least another
viewing. She notes that: "My goal is to steer you toward
some films that are a bit off the beaten path, and while there are
plenty of horror, action, and sci-fi films covered here, you’ll also
find reviews for many other genres: film noir, Western, art-house
favorites, romantic comedies, chick flicks, musicals, anime, and
even a porn film. The hardest part of this book was limiting myself
to 200 movies." And, wonders upon wonders, Kelly includes a list of
200 more films she considers worth
viewing. "Some are good, some are bad, some are in the middle, and
some are just plain nuts."
Now, let me just say straight up that once I saw Kelly included a review of The Beast of Yucca Flats I knew we could be BFFs. Sure, we won't agree on every movie choice. I really do like old 50's and 60's sci fi, like Teenagers from Outer Space and The Giant Gila Monster,
and Kelly might not be quite on board with that, but she will watch old
Godzilla movies. I know she would give great commentary during whatever
movie we decide to watch. I'll provide snacks.
As for the writing... her comments run from serious to snarky; I simply have to include quotes from some of Kelly's reviews:
"The Arena isn't a good movie, but there’s something weirdly endearing about its badness, like poetry
written by a teenager."
"I try not to throw around the words 'masterpiece' or 'perfection' too often, but I really have to use them when I talk about Jaws.
Everything about it just works so well."
"...but what really makes Jaws work is how real it feels. If the movie
was made today, the beaches of Amity would be packed with pretty
hardbodies. But the beaches of Jaws are full of ordinary people.
Families, people of every age and variety, from the partiers in the
opening scene to the wannabe landscape painter who sees the shark in
the estuary. They’re people just like us and we identify with them."
"So I’m happy to report that Animal House holds up, and does so very
well. Not only is it still funny, but time has been very kind to it."
"Remember those times in college when everyone in the room was drunk
or stoned except for you? And they’d be prattling on about stuff
they thought was so profound and sh*t, while you sat there and
thought, 'Man, these people are boring.' Well, that’s pretty much
what Performance is like. Ta da! End of review. Boy, that one was
easy! Wait, my work ethic just kicked in..."
"In a better world, Phantom of the Paradise would have the cult that
the far less deserving Rocky Horror Picture Show has."
"It can be difficult to find a genuinely sweet movie. Not sappy, not
saccharine. Just sweet. Fortunately there’s Roxanne, a romantic
comedy that should leave you smiling."
"Subtle as an icepick in the forehead, Snakes on a Plane should serve
for generations as an example of truth in advertising. There are
snakes. A lot of them. On a plane."
And now, for one of our all time favorite movies to laugh at: The Beast of Yucca Flats:
"There are few examples of cinematic ineptitude as mind-boggling as
this movie - it does nothing right, and its only saving grace is a
direct result of its ineptitude."
"The movie’s loss is our gain, because the narration (provided by
Francis himself) is a joy. It’s flat and pretentious and weirdly
poetical - Francis comes off as Ed Wood’s older, grumpier brother.
Some choice samples of this narration include: 'A man runs, someone
shoots at him.' 'Nothing bothers some people, not even flying
saucers.' 'Boys from the city. Not yet caught by the whirlwind of
Progress. Feed soda pop to the thirsty pigs.' 'Always on the prowl.
Looking for something or somebody to kill. Quench the killer’s
thirst.' And my all-time favorite: 'Flag on the moon. How did it get
there?' You’ve got to love narration like that. Watch if you dare."
Oh we dared... and more than once.
I used to feature blog posts about our fun family movie nights with my nephew. They were entitled "Movie Dude Weekend." A Nerd Girl's Guide to Cinema makes me want to plan another Movie Dude Weekend asap.
"I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could
give an honest review."
(Regular followers can rest assured that all of my many reviews over
the years have always been my honest opinion, however this direct
quote is required for this eBook review copy.)