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"Once the B movie was the Hollywood stepchild, the underbelly of the double feature. Today it is a more inclusive category, embracing films that fall outside the mainstream by dint of their budgets, their visions, their grit, and occasionally - sometimes essentially - their lack of what the culture cops call "good taste."" Featuring the choicest noir, neo-noir, science fic "Once the B movie was the Hollywood stepchild, the underbelly of the double feature. Today it is a more inclusive category, embracing films that fall outside the mainstream by dint of their budgets, their visions, their grit, and occasionally - sometimes essentially - their lack of what the culture cops call "good taste."" Featuring the choicest noir, neo-noir, science fiction, horror, western, midnight movies, and more - from critics like David Ansen, Jami Bernard, Roger Ebert, Carrie Rickey, Richard Schickel, and Kenneth Turan - the films in The B List are offbeat, unpredictable, and decidedly idiosyncratic.


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"Once the B movie was the Hollywood stepchild, the underbelly of the double feature. Today it is a more inclusive category, embracing films that fall outside the mainstream by dint of their budgets, their visions, their grit, and occasionally - sometimes essentially - their lack of what the culture cops call "good taste."" Featuring the choicest noir, neo-noir, science fic "Once the B movie was the Hollywood stepchild, the underbelly of the double feature. Today it is a more inclusive category, embracing films that fall outside the mainstream by dint of their budgets, their visions, their grit, and occasionally - sometimes essentially - their lack of what the culture cops call "good taste."" Featuring the choicest noir, neo-noir, science fiction, horror, western, midnight movies, and more - from critics like David Ansen, Jami Bernard, Roger Ebert, Carrie Rickey, Richard Schickel, and Kenneth Turan - the films in The B List are offbeat, unpredictable, and decidedly idiosyncratic.

30 review for The B List: The National Society of Film Critics on the Low-Budget Beauties, Genre-Bending Mavericks, and Cult Classics We Love

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jill Hutchinson

    This is the book for the film lover....the lover of the good, the bad, and the ugly film. Although I don't usually pay too much attention to what the critics have to say about a film, this book hits the highlights of all those guilty pleasures that we watch on late night television or at the Midnight Movie. From those wonderful low-budget classics of Detour and Gun Crazy to Platoon and Rocky Horror, each film is categorized into a particular genre and only the hard-core film student will know th This is the book for the film lover....the lover of the good, the bad, and the ugly film. Although I don't usually pay too much attention to what the critics have to say about a film, this book hits the highlights of all those guilty pleasures that we watch on late night television or at the Midnight Movie. From those wonderful low-budget classics of Detour and Gun Crazy to Platoon and Rocky Horror, each film is categorized into a particular genre and only the hard-core film student will know them all. Members of the NSFC write reviews for each film and they are funny, insightful, and informative. Being a fan of "so bad they are good" and idiosyncratic films, I loved every page, even though I may not have agreed with some of the opinions. Highly recommended for the reader who goes into raptures over Edgar Ulmer, Michael Powell or Quentin Tarantino.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Adrian Turner

    A nice selection of short (2-4 page) reviews of over 50 movies from almost as many writers, generally covering the more "cult" end of the spectrum, but put into good context by insightful introductions for sections covering film noir, sci-fi, horror etc. The films selected stretch credulity to an extent, e.g. classing 'Platoon' or 'The Core' as B-movies, or including such clunkers as The Rage: Carrie 2 or Neil Young's Greendale, but it's good to peek beyond the "canon" once in a while, even if m A nice selection of short (2-4 page) reviews of over 50 movies from almost as many writers, generally covering the more "cult" end of the spectrum, but put into good context by insightful introductions for sections covering film noir, sci-fi, horror etc. The films selected stretch credulity to an extent, e.g. classing 'Platoon' or 'The Core' as B-movies, or including such clunkers as The Rage: Carrie 2 or Neil Young's Greendale, but it's good to peek beyond the "canon" once in a while, even if many of the movies here have been over-written about in the past (yes folks, "The Rocky Horror Show" is indeed included.) That said, the sections on westerns and policial movies were especially interesting and have added a number of films to my "to watch" list, which is surely what books like this are intended to do. Not ground-breaking, but an interesting read and worthy addition to any film-buff's bookshelf.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brendan

    Rating: 3 1/2 It's worth a read for people who like reading about film. A bit inconsistent from section to section though. I think the best sections are Noir, Neo-Noir, and Wild Western. I've seen Videodrome, Vanishing Point, Two-Lane Blacktop, and American Hot Wax recommended in a similar book. LOL at Platoon being counted as a B movie. The movies make us into voyeurs. We sit in the dark, watching other people's lives. - Roger Ebert, "Peeping Tom"

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mike Glaser

    The good news is that I have a whole new list of movies to look for and watch. On the down side, while film critics are pretty good at critiquing movies , they are not so good at judging history or political trends or dynamics.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chuck White

    A great in depth analysis of some classic B Films. Made me want to rewatch the ones I have seen, and finally watch the ones I haven't.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jim Nirmaier

    Fun read which includes several major motion pictures that qualify as B Movies within the context provided in the book. I've seen probably two-thirds of 'em. Fun, Fun, Fun!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Todd Stockslager

    Best of the B's Perhaps the best gauge, and the best use, of books like this in the Netflix-era is how many movies they inspire the reader to research and add to their queue. I put three movies on my queue, and researched several more. "The B-List" (the same team also put out "The A-List" and "The X-List", covering cinema's finest and sexiest) begins by defining what makes a B movie: --limited budgets --twisted visions --ignored conventions --transversed genres The B-list requirements used to include Best of the B's Perhaps the best gauge, and the best use, of books like this in the Netflix-era is how many movies they inspire the reader to research and add to their queue. I put three movies on my queue, and researched several more. "The B-List" (the same team also put out "The A-List" and "The X-List", covering cinema's finest and sexiest) begins by defining what makes a B movie: --limited budgets --twisted visions --ignored conventions --transversed genres The B-list requirements used to include "short running times", from the days when B-movies got their start as quick and quickly-made second bills before or after the feature, but modern B-movies need not meet this one. After establishing these broad guides, editors Sterrit and Anderson turn lose the critics with no other instruction. Rest assured that this is not a list of bad movies, lists of which make for fun and funny reading and viewing. These are small and usually hidden gems that can still shine bright and provide real movie thrills, action, drama, and humor. Nor are they created by sub-par artists: Quentin Tarantino is represented by two movies here, one of which ("Grindhouse") was explicitly created as an homage to the B movie.. Jimmy Stewart stars in one movie, and the widely-respected political thriller "Salvador" rates an entry here. And now on my NetFlix queue: "Beat the Devil", "Kiss me Deadly", and "Gun Crazy." After finishing "The B List", I went to 978-1-55652-770-8 by Glenn Kay, which overlaps on the movies "Tales from the Crypt" and "I Walked with a Zombie." While most zombie movies are B movies, few are any good.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    While this book succeeds on at least one level—it's an entertaining collection of well-written essays about some unusual films—it didn't really work for me all that well, in that I was not inspired to go out and watch the films they recommend, in those cases where I had not already seen 'em. Maybe that says more about me than about the films or their reviews, but the tone of these essays was definitely self-congratulatory and a bit deprecating... the professional film critics writing here are we While this book succeeds on at least one level—it's an entertaining collection of well-written essays about some unusual films—it didn't really work for me all that well, in that I was not inspired to go out and watch the films they recommend, in those cases where I had not already seen 'em. Maybe that says more about me than about the films or their reviews, but the tone of these essays was definitely self-congratulatory and a bit deprecating... the professional film critics writing here are well aware that the films they're reviewing aren't their usual fare, and they're more than a little condescending sometimes as a result. It was an okay read and you might well find films you want to see reviewed in these pages, but if you're looking for a resource for worthwhile B-movies (and otherwise), I think I'd instead recommend the (originally-pseudonymous) The Phantom's Ultimate Video Guide—it's older and perhaps not quite as lofty in tone, but there are far more films reviewed, and it has a much more accessible style.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Receiving this book as a gift, I looked at the list of films it discusses and figured I wouldn't be that into it since I only recognized a few of them. As it turns out, that was the best part about it! I started out reading about the films I'd seen, or at least heard of. Each entry is only 2-4 pages long, so they read pretty quick. And after reading a few of the familiar ones, I was getting so excited about each film the authors discussed that I decided to read it from page 1. There's all sorts Receiving this book as a gift, I looked at the list of films it discusses and figured I wouldn't be that into it since I only recognized a few of them. As it turns out, that was the best part about it! I started out reading about the films I'd seen, or at least heard of. Each entry is only 2-4 pages long, so they read pretty quick. And after reading a few of the familiar ones, I was getting so excited about each film the authors discussed that I decided to read it from page 1. There's all sorts of films I've never heard of before, broken down by genre, since a lot of the B movies are genre stories, too. The Film Noir and Neo-Noir categories were great, as was the Western category, and most of the others, too. I've already tracked down a couple of the films to watch, and was not disappointed. The writing is pretty accessible, although a couple of the essays get into technical aspects or reference other filmmakers which another reader might not be familiar with. Overall it's a great collection of writing that gets you excited about a lot of films you never knew existed.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tom Fuchs

    Here's my CHUD review, it's a decent if unspectacular collection of reviews, many of them not really adhering to qualities that comprise a B movie, but nonetheless some interesting film criticism in there: http://chud.com/articles/articles/160... Here's my CHUD review, it's a decent if unspectacular collection of reviews, many of them not really adhering to qualities that comprise a B movie, but nonetheless some interesting film criticism in there: http://chud.com/articles/articles/160...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lise

    A fun book of movie reviews, unevenly written and not terrible well edited (I found a couple of them totally unreadable, others engrossing). Likewise, the subject matter is greatly varied. Some of these movies I have already sought out, others I now know enough to avoid.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    too many older movies . . . if this book were more up to date, i might add a star. unfortunately, the "critiques" were more like summaries.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Arthur O'dell

    A haphazard collection of reviews from several major film critics. Some interestings titles and some interesting writing, but overall a very uneven collection.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Enh. The essay on The Rocky Horror Picture Show reads like it was a review for the high school paper. The other essays I picked over were not particularly interesting or insightful.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maria Rosa Mucci

  17. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

  18. 4 out of 5

    Raymond

  19. 5 out of 5

    Matt Bee

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bob Brousseau

  21. 5 out of 5

    Raiford

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dustin

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bobby

  24. 5 out of 5

    Martin

  25. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Helwig

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lonna Murphy

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

  28. 4 out of 5

    Richard

  29. 5 out of 5

    Parker Benchley

  30. 5 out of 5

    Neil

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