by this author
James Berardinelli was among the first and is one of the
best known online film critics. He began posting reviews to
the Usenet newsgroups in 1993, when only a small percentage
of U.S. households possessed an Internet connection. By 1996,
when he inaguarated his website, ReelViews.net, he had already
penned more than 800 reviews. Berardinelli was formally educated
as an electrical engineer, a profession in which he holds
an M.S., but his lifelong passion for writing, as well as
a love of movies, led him to try his hand at film criticism.
His work has appeared in The Chicago Sun-Times,
on Playboy.com, in numerous Internet journals, and have been
translated into 10 different languages. Film critic Roger
Ebert has described Berardinelli as "the best of the
Web-based critics" and has called ReelViews.net "one
of the best movie review sites on the Web."
James on ReelViews:
ReelViews: The Ultimate Guide to the Best Modern Movies
on Video and DVD is a compilation of recent, full-length
movie reviews (along with a selection of perennial favorites
and recognized classics). Unlike most of the popular "video
guides", this book is designed not only to help would-be
movie watchers determine what to rent at the local video store
or watch on cable TV, but to inform and entertain as well.
Certainly, the reviews presented in this book can be used
as a buying/renting aid for those on the search for a way
to spend an evening, but the goal is for the reviews to stand
on their own as pieces of writing that can be enjoyed regardless
of whether the reader has any interest in seeing a particular
movie. And, since the book has been written by an average
film buff rather than a professional critic on the payroll
of a newspaper or magazine, they have a slightly different
perspective from what is often found in the generic, "star-and-a-sentence"