Ostensibly, this is a collection of Harlan Ellison's twenty-five years of essays and film criticism for various publications. What it is in reality is pure, raw, unapologetic opinion. "Star Wars"? "Luke Skywalker is a nerd and Darth Vader sucks runny eggs." "Big Trouble in Little China"? "A cheerfully blathering live-action cartoon that will give you release from the real pressures of your basically dreary lives." Despite working within the industry himself, Ellison never learned how to lie. So punches go un-pulled, the impersonal becomes personal, and the reader is left feeling like they have read something someone actually meant. It is a gauntlet, for sure, but it is also an exhilarating release.