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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Screenwriters 101 July 31 2005
By L. Lathrop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Fairly slow going as screenwriters are apparently not necessarily great book authors, but interesting insight into how Hollywood really works - or doesn't, as the case may be. I found that far more interesting than who the author had sex with.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Bloated, mysogynistic, arrogant ... get the picture? June 20 2012
By maelje - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I tried to read this book with an open mind, but in the end, ended up just about despising the author. In his zeal to portray himself as a player on the Hollywood scene, Joe Eszterhas instead reminded this reader that sleazeballs just aren't all that amusing.

In addition, this book IS MORE THAN 700 PAGES LONG. It should have been HALF that. I guess, though, that if you're the screenwriter who wrote "Basic Instinct," plus a lot of other films that altogether have grossed about a billion bucks (that's not an exaggeration), then you get to do pretty much whatever you want to do when you write your memoir. Eszterhas, for this project, desperately needed an editor to tell him when too much was getting to be ... well, too much.

Perhaps I was expecting too much. This is the guy, after all, who wrote "Showgirls," quite possibly one of the five worst films I've ever seen.

Since this volume was published, Eszterhas also has written "Crossbearer," a memoir about his return to faith. That book has gotten far better reviews than this one, so perhaps I should try it, and see if the author's rediscovered religiosity has made him a more sympathetic subject.

As for "Hollywood Animal": Don't bother. I'm no moralist, but this book truly is repulsive.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The best 'give-up-smoking' book on the market! Dec 10 2006
By Mezzanine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When Joe Esterhasz gets to about page 600 he reveals he has cancer of the oesophagus because of his smoking, drinking lifestyle. The book, at that moment, takes on a surreal tone and you realise the irony of what has gone before. It is a great work, not a great literary work but as a detailed picture drawn by a talented although slightly eccentric screenwriter who manages to alienate more people (according to the book) than most. Sometimes the detail is self-indulgent and unnecessary, such as the over-done italicised love letters/diaries of his second wife. I must admit I could have done without most of those but for the most part, and for the lifestyle 'don't smoke' warning, and for the Hollywood gossip, this is worth a read, especially if you like stories about movie directors lusting after starlets...who doesn't?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A fascinating backstory Jan. 9 2007
By S. Di Lizio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read this to hear about Hollywood and scriptwriting game, however, I ended up very intrigued by the backstory concerning the author's parents. If you are interested in scriptwriting or film-making, then this book is four or five star. However, a friend of mine without such interests really struggled with this book and ultimately didn't finish it. Joe Eszterhas has lead a life which many would judge him for, but that doesn't stop it from being interesting.
surviving the mosh pit May 15 2006
By Lucy Crawford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Joe Eszterhas is the well-known writer of Basic Instinct, Jagged Edge, Music Box and other movie scripts. In this book, he intersperses his Hollywood experience with his modest Hungarian background - two different worlds. Eszterhas relates some of his experiences of the good life, being highly paid and famous in Hollywood amongst his new best friend actors, producers and agents. This atmosphere is not for the faint-of-heart but Eszterhas was able to hold is own and command top payment for his scripts. Eventually, and fortunately, he and his family moved out of Hollywood where shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with throat cancer. His efforts to stop smoking and drinking, both entrenched and decades-old, took more strength than anything preceeding it. But he did it.

Hollywood Animal will provide many titillating stories of the big (and sometimes tough) guys and gals in The Business. It also gives us a glimpse of Eszterhas as a survivor who lived to write about it. Recommended.

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