Son of the 100 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen
By Richard Crouse
â€œI chose these movies not with an eye toward impressing other film critics with my depth of knowledge or ability to dig up obscurities, but with the goal of binding together 100 personal choices that I think are worth a second and third look.â€ With these introductory words, film critic Richard Crouse sets out again to uncover the overlooked gems of cinema in Son of the 100 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, which is a follow up to his 2003 book, The 100 Best Movies You’ve never Seen. Son provides an alphabetical list of the overlooked, underappreciated and once-great but now forgotten. The format Crouse provides is a brief 1-2 page essay for each film justifying his choice, followed by the format in which the film is available. The list Crouse provides is nothing short of eclectic, from campy gems (The Cars That Ate Paris) to indie classics (The Boondock Saints). Due to the nature of books like these, Son of the 100 inevitably invites resounding agreements (like The Game and Perfume: The Story Of A Murder) and disagreements (Zathura and The Brother’s Grimm?!), but does a decent job covering the myriad tastes of the average moviegoer. Crouse’s writing style is simple and non-academic, lending an honest and unpretentious tone and serving as a subtle reminder that works like these, though revealing and thought provoking, are ultimately supposed to be fun.
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