Book Review: 'The Phantom of the Movies' Videoscape'
For every film that makes it into multiplexes, peopled with shiny stars and adorned with lavish special effects, there are a dozen more that trade stars for skin and effects for, well, bad effects. These are the low-budget exploitation flicks, the kind you pass over in the video store. But some are worth taking home, and New York Daily News columnist Kane aims to separate the wheat from the chaff. A noble endeavor, to be sure — after all, filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, James Cameron, and Ron Howard all got their start in this Hollywood basement — but Kane’s wildly inconsistent critical eye (both Schwarzenegger’s The Running Man and the out-of-place Apocalypse Now get 3 1/2 stars) makes the book more entertaining than useful. C+
The Phantom of the Movies' Videoscope