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A Year At The Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odessy
« on: June 06, 2009, 05:36:13 AM »
Yeah I'm surprised, but I hadn't noticed any threads about this in this forum.  I just finished it a couple of weeks ago.  While I enjoyed it immensely, (who knew that Kevin was so well traveled?)  It could be a bit of a slog at times. But...
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Re: A Year At The Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odessy
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2009, 06:51:37 AM »
A slog? I haven't read in quite some time, but I thought it was pretty delightful throughout.  It felt like Bill Bryson had decided to become a movie critic.   :)


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Re: A Year At The Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odessy
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2009, 11:26:05 AM »
I enjoyed it a lot, too. Particularly his most out of the way travels to exotic theaters and film festivals like the one in Australia and Finland. I liked his ways of trying (and failing) to give megaplexes a chance. Also, the Cannes film festival was a riot.



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Re: A Year At The Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odessy
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2009, 12:39:53 PM »
A slog? I haven't read in quite some time, but I thought it was pretty delightful throughout.  It felt like Bill Bryson had decided to become a movie critic.   :)
Yeah I'm surprised, but I hadn't noticed any threads about this in this forum.  I just finished it a couple of weeks ago.  While I enjoyed it immensely, (who knew that Kevin was so well traveled?)  It could be a bit of a slog at times. But...
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By 'slog' I meant for being only 362 pages, it seemed to take a looooooooooooooooong time to finish.  That was the only thing that bothered me.  As you will note in the above text, which is now in bold and italicized, I enjoyed it immensely...


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Re: A Year At The Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odessy
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2009, 08:54:36 PM »
I read it about a year and a half ago...I kept not wanting to put it down, and only taking breaks because I was exhausted and needed sleep. I would recommend the book to anybody with any interest in film.


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Re: A Year At The Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odessy
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2009, 10:26:29 PM »
I enjoyed this book quite a bit as well. I was particularly interested by the reactions he garnered from other moviegoers about some of the truly wretched films they were watching with him.

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Re: A Year At The Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odessy
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2009, 05:50:45 PM »
I like Kevin Murphy well enough as a riffer, but I think he missed his calling as a critic.  I think he should give that a try.


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Re: A Year At The Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odessy
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2009, 06:31:25 PM »
I just uncovered an audio file on my computer with Kevin Murphy speaking to a roomful of people about his book. I remember I could only download part 1. I'd really like to finish the rest. Anybody know where I can find them?  Thanks.


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Re: A Year At The Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odessy
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2009, 06:46:48 PM »
I actually keep this book in my guest bathroom.    When friends and guests use the restroom, they always mention they read some of the book and love it.

Maybe this is a new, unchartered niche for Kevin, "Books to Read Whilst Pooping".


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Re: A Year At The Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odessy
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2009, 08:48:59 PM »
haha that's funny. I'll try to put some books and magazines in my rest room too.  :highfive: :highfive:




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Re: A Year At The Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odessy
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2009, 09:16:59 AM »
I just uncovered an audio file on my computer with Kevin Murphy speaking to a roomful of people about his book. I remember I could only download part 1. I'd really like to finish the rest. Anybody know where I can find them?  Thanks.


I did the Free User way of downloading that. Only took me about an hour of waiting but it's SO worth it!  Thanks!!  ;D 


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Re: A Year At The Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odessy
« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2009, 09:29:09 AM »
I just uncovered an audio file on my computer with Kevin Murphy speaking to a roomful of people about his book. I remember I could only download part 1. I'd really like to finish the rest. Anybody know where I can find them?  Thanks.

http://rapidshare.com/files/253307390/A_Year_At_The_Movies__1.mp3.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/253307391/A_Year_At_The_Movies__2.mp3.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/253307393/A_Year_At_The_Movies__3.mp3.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/253307394/A_Year_At_The_Movies__4.mp3.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/253307395/A_Year_At_The_Movies__5.mp3.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/253307396/A_Year_At_The_Movies__6.mp3.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/253307397/A_Year_At_The_Movies_Interview.mp3.html
Thanks for that. I'll have to listen to the wole thing. Last year I found part of that on Youtube and hear the part where he suggested that anyone who had seen Spiderman should see The Fast Runner. I eventually got it through Netflix and tried, really tried, but ultimately couldn't slog my way through it. Sorry, Kevin, I failed!