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The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray: A Critical…
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The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the… (utgåvan 2015)

av Robert Schnakenberg (Författare)

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He's the sort of actor who can do Hamletand Charlie's Angelsin the same year. He shuns managers and agents and once agreed to voice the part of Garfieldbecause he mistakenly believed it was a Coen brothers film. Bill Murray's extraordinary career is rich with fascinating anecdotes, contradictions, and mystery, from his early success on Saturday Night Liveand the biggest blockbusters of the 1980s (Caddyshack, Stripes, Tootsie, Ghostbusters) to his reinvention as a hipster icon in the early 21st century (in films like Lost in Translationand Moonrise Kingdom). And now you can get your fill of Bill- part biography, part critical appreciation, part love letter, and all fun, The Big Bad Book of Bill Murraychronicles every single Murray performance in loving detail, relating all the milestones, yarns, and controversy in the life of this beloved but enigmatic performer. These pages are packed with color film stills, extraordinary fan art, and behind-the-scenes photography.… (mer)
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Titel:The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the World's Finest Actor
Författare:Robert Schnakenberg (Författare)
Info:Quirk Books (2015), 272 pages
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I was quite overjoyed with given the chance to read this book, then I started to read it and even though I did find it OK to read was I also a bit disappointed because it felt that much of the books information could I have easily have found on the internet.

This book may be about Bill Murray, but Bill Murray himself is lacking from the pages since he hasn't in anyway been part of the writing of this book, other than stuff he has said in interviews. That is hardly surprising since he is a very private person. Just try to give him a call and see if he gets back to you. You can be a world famous director and still have trouble getting in touch with him (Thank God Sofia Coppola never gave up). But as a source for information about Bill Murray does this book feel like more kind of gossip about him than real fact. Yes you get facts, him growing up, and his life and movies, but you never really get to know him since all the info is from old interviews and from what people around him say about him. And, it's listed from A-Z, which makes it feel even less biographical.

But I did enjoy reading it (sometime) because this is still Bill Murray and my favorite parts is the pages when ordinarily people tell tales of Bill Murray cashing parties and stuff. He can just show up and have a good time at a party and then leave. He may be private, but he is sure friendly when he wants to be.

Anyway, for a die hard Bill Murray fan can this be a fun book to read.



For everyone else there is always Wikipedia.

I received this copy from Quirk Books through Edelweiss in return for an honest review! Thank you! ( )
  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
This should have been titled "The Bill Murray Encyclopedia" due to the writing style. There is no flow, just a bunch of facts and opinions. ( )
  Jerry.Yoakum | Jul 16, 2018 |
I grew up watching movies starring the great Bill Murray. Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, Scrooged were some of my favorites as a child and then I was introduced to old episodes of Saturday Night Live from the 70's and found a whole new appreciation for this comedian. I've never seen Caddyshack or Groundhog Day, which are probably the roles he's most famous for. When I mentioned this to my husband and suggested that maybe we watch them, his face lit up like I gave him a Christmas present. So, I must be missing out on something.

I didn't know much about the actor before reading The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnakenberg, and when I flipped through the pages, it wasn't quite what I expected out of a biography. In fact, I'm reluctant to even call it a biography, it's more of an encyclopedia filled with facts about the actor. If you want to know Murray's view of cats, well you can find it listed under C. How does he feel about golf? Look under G, and spoiler alert: He loves it.

Everything you never knew you wanted to know seems to be in this book. My particular favorites is the roles he was considered for and didn't want and Tales From Murrayland. Robert Schnakenberg hasn't met or conducted interviews with Murray, so all this information is collected through books, television, newspaper, and magazines interviews with Murray as well as his colleagues. However, it is nice to have it all compacted into one book. The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray is a great homage to this beloved comedian.

I had a paperback copy of this book, but I also listened to it as an audio book as well. And while I'm a fan of audio books, I think I would pass on it in this case. Please note: This has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of the audio book or the narrator. Both were excellent. The book has images and is visually stimulating. While listening to the audio is good. but it's as if someone is reading entries to an encyclopedia. Johnny Heller, the narrator, did a wonderful job with the material. I would absolutely listen to another book narrated by Heller. This book didn't work as an audio book for me.

Read more at http://www.toreadornottoread.net/2017/04/review-big-bad-book-of-bill-murray.html... ( )
1 rösta mt256 | May 2, 2017 |
A great review of Bill Murray's life and work. The only downside is that this was not authorized by Murray, and as a result all of the anecdotes included are from interviews. It's a very easy book to navigate and the pictures are great. ( )
  Music09 | Sep 28, 2016 |
"The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray" by Robert Schnakenberg proves to be a show business biography in the form of a reference book. Schnakenberg tells the life of the popular actor, a star since he appeared on "Saturday Night Live" in the late '70s, not in chronological order but in alphabetical order, from "About Last Night," a play in which he almost appeared, to "Zombieland," a 2009 movie in which he had a cameo. Reading the book from cover to cover gives you Bill Murray's life story, but with the details shuffled like a deck of cards.

Bill Murray fans will love this book, although they may not love Murray himself quite as much after reading it, for Schnakenberg presents Murray warts and all. And there is no shortage of warts. Murray can be the most charming, most caring, most generous man in the world. Or he can be the most difficult, most obnoxious, most rude. It just depends on the mood he happens to be in, and with his fame and his talent, he can afford to follow his moods wherever they take him. He will continue to be in demand as an actor, whether for starring roles or for small supporting parts, however he choose to behave. He is said to be almost impossible to reach, yet somehow he still manages to appear in several movies each year.

Schnakenberg's entries tend to be brief and nicely illustrated, mostly with movie stills. Every so often he presents "Tales from Murrayland," a series of 28 episodes from Murray's life that describe the man behind the movie screen. In 2010, for example, Murray attended a festival in Austin and took over bartending duties, while refusing to serve anything but shots of tequila.

The book is jammed with such Bill Murray trivia, perhaps even more than one could find in a more traditional biography. ( )
  hardlyhardy | Jun 15, 2016 |
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He's the sort of actor who can do Hamletand Charlie's Angelsin the same year. He shuns managers and agents and once agreed to voice the part of Garfieldbecause he mistakenly believed it was a Coen brothers film. Bill Murray's extraordinary career is rich with fascinating anecdotes, contradictions, and mystery, from his early success on Saturday Night Liveand the biggest blockbusters of the 1980s (Caddyshack, Stripes, Tootsie, Ghostbusters) to his reinvention as a hipster icon in the early 21st century (in films like Lost in Translationand Moonrise Kingdom). And now you can get your fill of Bill- part biography, part critical appreciation, part love letter, and all fun, The Big Bad Book of Bill Murraychronicles every single Murray performance in loving detail, relating all the milestones, yarns, and controversy in the life of this beloved but enigmatic performer. These pages are packed with color film stills, extraordinary fan art, and behind-the-scenes photography.

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