Official Review: "Rough Cut"

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Official Review: "Rough Cut"

Post by CataclysmicKnight » 01 Jul 2017, 13:12

[Following is an official review of ""Rough Cut"" by Alan Ageloff.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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Rough Cut is an autobiography of Alan "Ag" Ageloff's life. Although he spent time in the military and in real estate, the pages flow with his main inspiration: the film business. From a young age Alan worked in the film industry, working his way up into becoming a professional editor with enough esteem and skill to start his own business in New York and call the shots for himself.

Alan's love of film is shown in numerous ways throughout the book. Not only is a large part of the autobiography focused on his film days, he uses numerous film-related metaphors and phrases throughout the book. He also often "turns to the camera" to explain what was going on in a particular moment, bringing to mind famous asides or monologues from movies like Ferris Bueller's Day Off or Blazing Saddles. It's clear Alan has a fondness for film even today, and that passion is awesome to see.

The stories and characters in the book ranged from totally relatable to totally wild. For example, we can all relate to having a job where it's just completely impossible to move up the ladder no matter how good of an employee we are, like Alan with his early work in film. Many of us also can relate to a job where we're forced to work off the clock to get a job done, as Alan did to edit a ridiculous amount of film into a narrative. But maybe we haven't all cold-called a low-level, possibly-schizophrenic mobster on the run from the police to list his home for sale, or found out our business partner had over $100,000 worth of drugs that they were using to get business!

Despite some rather fascinating stories, they were few and far between. I really feel like the book would've worked better as a collection of short stories than one long one. While Alan shows some tremendous skill at times with his phrasing and there's some great humor in the book, there are other moments that jump ahead wildly or fail to set up what's going on to such an extent that I had whole paragraphs where I had no idea what exactly was going on. There are also dialogue scenes where it isn't specified who's talking on each line, but then it seems like the same person speaks in two separate lines in a row, making it impossible to know who's actually speaking each line. Worst of all, the last story (one of the best ones, and easily the craziest) literally had another story right in the middle of it without anything to show that's what was going on!

Rough Cut was a perfectly fitting title for Alan's autobiography. It's put together, it makes sense (for the most part), but it could have used a lot more polish. There were grammatical errors throughout the book, scenes weren't always set up in a way that made sense and sometimes it just moved too fast. With some more attention and editing (something Alan is a master of!) the book could be excellent. While I'd give it 1.5 stars if I could, there are enough interesting stories to make my official rating 2 out of 4 stars. If you're interested in the film industry in the 1950s and 1960s (maybe more, but the author doesn't really specify time), Rough Cut may be something you should check out.

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Post by BookishBookkeeping » 05 Jul 2017, 10:25

Sounds like the book matched perfectly with the title. Hopefully, the author will polish the book up more because this does sound like a really good read about film and life in that industry. Great job on the review!

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Post by Riki » 05 Jul 2017, 16:44

The novel does sound super interesting, and I think the autobiographical bits in the film business would be a real treat. I have little to no experience with the film industry, so reading about it seems very intriguing. Also, love that title! Fits the novel perfectly.

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Post by kimonyimumo » 05 Jul 2017, 17:14

Nice educatice piece of writing

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Post by SAUD NAWAB » 05 Jul 2017, 20:47

its wonderful

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Post by BestReviews » 06 Jul 2017, 01:04

I wish there were more than 24 hours in a day. I need a lot of time to read all these books. This book is a must read, but it has to wait for a while. Thank you for your review.

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Post by timmyjossy » 06 Jul 2017, 01:09

Its cool

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Post by SAUD NAWAB » 06 Jul 2017, 01:35

Its good

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Post by raikyuu » 09 Jul 2017, 21:34

CataclysmicKnight wrote: Rough Cut was a perfectly fitting title for Alan's autobiography. It's put together, it makes sense (for the most part), but it could have used a lot more polish.
This, I like. Sadly, there isn't a chance for Rough Cut to be polished further. Its fate now rests on the readers. Good review.
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Post by Akunne blessing » 31 Jul 2017, 14:07

"Rough Cut is a spell-binder, but not for delicate sensibilities. When honesty demands the naked, even crude revelation, McCullough meets the demand. And he is a terrific story-teller." For those who liked " Double Indemnity", and " The Postman Always Rings Twice".
Interesting in a way.

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Post by kandscreeley » 31 Jul 2017, 14:37

Well, since the film industry isn't really all that appealing to me, I think I'll skip this. It doesn't sound like a great read as it was only rated 2 out of 4 stars. Thanks for the review, though. Another one I know to avoid.
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