Jar Jar Binks Must Die. and other Observations about Science Fiction Movies

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Synopsis: As the title indicates, Daniel M. Kimmel is not only a film critic with strong opinions, he's also a fan. In this collection of essays, he covers movies from Metropolis (1927), answering the absurd claim that the restoration of this silent classic negated its status as a science fiction film, to how Star Trek, Avatar, Moon, and District 9 may have made 2009 a "miracle year" for the genre. Along the way he looks at neglected works like Things to Come (1936), explains why remakes aren't always bad, and how seeing E.T. in an empty screening room changed his mind about Steven Spielberg. Whether to rediscover old favorites or add new titles to your Netflix queue, this is a must-have for lovers of SF movies. Jar Jar Binks Must Die was a Hugo Award finalist in the category of Best Related Work in 2012. Kimmel is a past president of the Boston Society of Film Critics. He reviewed for the Worcester Telegram and Gazette and now writes for Northshoremovies.net. He is a correspondent for Variety, the "Movie Maven" for the Jewish Advoacate and teaches film—including a course on SF and horror—at Suffolk University. His essays on classic science fiction films have appeared in several publications including Clarkesworld, Space and Time, and the Internet Review of Science Fiction. He is the author of a history of FOX TV, The Fourth Network (2004) which received the Cable Center Book Award. His other books include a history of DreamWorks, The Dream Team (2006) and I'll Have What She's Having: Behind the Scenes of the Great Romantic Comedies (2008). Reviews: "Kimmel displays expertise on the subject along with a lively sense of humor—scarcely a page is turned that doesn't yield a few good laughs.... Readers who already take science fiction seriously will enjoy the book's panoptic breadth and its frank jubilation in its subject matter.... [Kimmel] makes it his business to guide his readers to science fiction films that are worthy of our attention as social commentary, whiz-bang spectacle, or works of entertainment that carry an extra edge.... keep your Netflix wish list at the ready. You're going to revisit movies you hadn't thought about in years and be irresistibly tantalized by films you've never seen." —Kilian Melloy, in Edge Boston, 13 April 2011. "...the leading film voice in fandom today... Dan's look at all the SF Films of the previous century-plus is powerful and serious and smart and even sassy at points.... His look at Metropolis and Things to Come are both brilliant and much deeper and broader than mine in these pages.... I thought it was the best written look at Destination Moon I've ever read.... I could spend a day heaping praise on the essay 'Our Batman'.... So many great pieces in here that I should just say this is the best book of essays about film of any nature that I've read in ages.... the best pieces of writing on SF Film you'll ever see!" —Chris Garcia, in The Drink Tank, #280 (April 2011). "[Kimmel's] writing is intelligent and entertaining.... his knowledge of SF movies is encyclopedic.... This is the guy you want sitting next to you when Channel 45 has a weekend 'sci-fi' movie marathon.... For anyone who likes SF movies, this volume is worth the price of admission." —Don Sakers, "The Reference Library", in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, July/August 2011. "...one is left wanting more, which is a testament to Kimmel's writing abilities.... Even when you find yourself not agreeing with Kimmel—his take on E.T. is just plain wrong damn it!—the book remains worthwhile and thought-provoking.... Jar Jar Binks Must Die is worth a purchase." —Sci-Fi Movie Page "Kimmel's a terrific guide to classic though underappreciated works such as Things to Come, and is especially sharp on 1950s sf movies, David Cronenberg, and the art (or lack of same) of movie remakes.... his brief essays are addictively readable and yes, a lot more fun than watching Revenge of the Sith." —Elizabeth Hand, "Books", in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/August 2011

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