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Kimmel, Daniel M

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Critic.

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(1955-    ) US journalist, film critic and author, active as a columnist for The Boston Herald (1996-1998) and elsewhere 1984-current, most of his nonfiction being concerned with Cinema and the Media Landscape in general. Of his several volumes of nonfiction, Jar Jar Binks Must Die ... and Other Observations About Science Fiction Movies (coll 2011) is of considerable interest for its engaged and not entirely forgiving analyses of such figures as George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, and for its strong advocacy of David Cronenberg's The Fly Film (1986) and the often-dismissed Things to Come (1936).

Kimmel's novels to date are sf: Shh! It's a Secret: A Novel About Aliens, Hollywood, and the Bartender's Guide (2013) is a quickly told spoofish First Contact tale, featuring invading Aliens, one of whom becomes fascinated by Hollywood (see California) and movie culture. Time on My Hands: My Misadventures in Time Travel (2017) more gravely subjects its protagonist to the Time Paradoxes and life-dilemmas that Time Travel seems inevitably to inflict. Father of the Bride of Frankenstein (2019) spoofishly recasts aspects of Mary Shelley' s Frankenstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus (1818 3vols), with the Frankenstein Monster now urbane and Jewish. [JC]

see also: Skylark Award.

Daniel M Kimmel

born Long Island, New York: 31 July 1955


nonfiction (selected)


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