Nobody's Perfect by Anthony Lane
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Anthony Lane on Con Air

“Advance word on Con Air said that it was all about an airplane with an unusually dangerous and potentially lethal load. Big deal. You should try the lunches they serve out of Newark. Compared with the chicken napalm I ate on my last flight, the men in Con Air are about as dangerous as balloons.”

Anthony Lane on The Bridges of Madison County—

“I got my copy at the airport, behind a guy who was buying Playboy’s Book of Lingerie, and I think he had the better deal. He certainly looked happy with his purchase, whereas I had to ask for a paper bag.”

Anthony Lane on Martha Stewart—

“Super-skilled, free of fear, the last word in human efficiency, Martha Stewart is the woman who convinced a million Americans that they have the time, the means, the right, and—damn it—the duty to pipe a little squirt of soft cheese into the middle of a snow pea, and to continue piping until there are ‘fifty to sixty’ stuffed peas raring to go.”

For ten years, Anthony Lane has delighted New Yorker readers with his film reviews, book reviews, and profiles that range from Buster Keaton to Vladimir Nabokov to Ernest Shackleton. Nobody’s Perfect is an unforgettable collection of Lane’s trademark wit, satire, and insight that will satisfy both the long addicted and the not so familiar.


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About Anthony Lane

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Anthony Lane has been a film critic for The New Yorker since 1993. He lives in London.
 
Published August 15, 2009 by Vintage. 784 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Almost always, though, he finds the balance of brains to laughs: Ayn Rand’s Howard Roark, for example, “wants to be a universal life force who happens to specialize in architecture.” His prose swings with the sheer exuberance of someone having a good time and inviting us along, perhaps to spend s...

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Nobody's Perfect Anthony Lane Vintage £8.99, pp752 From its opening line, Anthony's Lane collection of writing from the New Yorker holds the reader captive.

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Nobody's Perfect: Writings from the New Yorker by Anthony Lane 400pp, Picador, £15.99 How to account for the peculiar pleasure, even excitement, to be derived from collections of old film reviews?

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In the nine years since he and Brown struck a deal over a breakfastless Manhattan breakfast (he was too intimidated to crunch bacon in front of his prospective new boss - and, like a lioness at a dusty watering hole, she merely sipped coffee), Lane has built up a reputation for being the best cri...

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Lane's other pieces, which include book reviews, profiles of authors such as Nabokov and Pynchon, and a few full-length magazine articles, round out the collection nicely, showcasing a writer who can make a sing-along version of The Sound of Music seem like the most compelling night in town.

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The Independent

Moreover, Lane is a humourist - no joke is knowingly overlooked - of a type found more often in the early years of The New Yorker.

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The New Yorker

“The Danish Girl” is a lovely portrait of gender identity, but it falls victim to its own decency.

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The New Yorker

Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill square off in this loud superhero slugfest.

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Despite the frenzy against its female leads, the movie is tame but entertaining.

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“Enemy” and “Le Week-End.”

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“The Kid with a Bike” and “Detachment.”

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Jon Favreau’s remake of the 1967 Disney animated movie is technically astounding, but missing the call of the wild.

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The New Yorker

August Sander's Germans.

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Even newcomers to the Paula Hawkins novel will see the twists coming in the movie adaptation.

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The New Yorker

Antoine Fuqua’s reboot redresses one imbalance of the classic Western but seems to plunder, rather than to revitalize, the genre.

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“Shattered Glass” and “The Human Stain.”

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Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are perfectly cast in Todd Haynes’s visually stunning tale of forbidden love.

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The film feels young, and as an act of pure storytelling it streams by with fluency and zip.

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Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling star in a comedy-thriller set in the groovacious period.

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Even newcomers to the Paula Hawkins novel will see the twists coming in the movie adaptation.

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The thirteenth film in the franchise manages to be both a blast and a thing of beauty.

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