From a personal obsession with film, to an unorthodox mentorship with the legendary Pauline Kael, to establishing himself with the upstart Entertainment Weekly, Movie Freak is the memoir by veteran film critic Owen Gleiberman that will speak to anyone whose life has been changed by a great film. What molds a critic? Perhaps it takes parents willing to buy nine-year-old Gleiberman drive-in tickets for Rosemary's Baby. Like millions of us, Gleiberman loves movies, and in this frank and funny memoir he not only reveals the details of how he became a critic but attempts to show why we find cinema so defining as a society. As one of the premiere tastemakers for more than three decades, Gleiberman, a self-confessed movie freak, explains why he, and so many others, equate film with life. Readers will revel in the juicy details of the behind-the-scenes life of a critic, and cheer as he lifts the curtain on life along the red carpet.
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"Film critic Owen Gleiberman narrates his memoir with a candidness that reinforces the frankness of his writing. His tone is serious but intellectually lively as he explores his early film obsessions and the development of his career, much of which he spent as the lead film critic at ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY. Gleiberman is better at talking about movies than people, or interacting with them, for that matter, but he earns listeners' empathy by not equivocating or rationalizing his behavior. Gleiberman contrasts the stages of his life with a chronicle of cultural changes, bringing emotions ranging from anger to acceptance to his account of the rise of the Internet and its impact on criticism and media as a whole. Thought-provoking listening for fans of film and pop culture. A.F. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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