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Product Details

  • Series: LUST
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books (July 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570614784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570614781
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,629,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in New York City, Maitland McDonagh misspent her youth prowling Times Square grind houses in search of horror, exploitation and mondo movies, and has been writing about them ever since. She has appeared in documentaries ranging from Sky Television's "Illuminations" series (2000) to "100 Scariest Movie Moments" (2004). As the senior movies editor of TVGuide.com, a position she held for 13 years, reviewed hundreds of new releases every year and contributed weekly columns to both the online and print magazines.

Maitland earned an MFA in Film History/Theory/Criticism from Columbia University, has taught film at the City University of New York and is the author of Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento (1990, Sun Tavern Fields), Filmmaking on the Fringe: The Good, the Bad and the Deviant Directors (1995, Citadel Press), The 50 Most Erotic Films of All Time and Movie Lust: Recommended Viewing for Every Mood, Moment and Reason (Sasquatch Books). She has contributed essays to Zombie (Stray Cat Publishing, 1999), The Time Out Book of New York Walks (Penguin, 2000), Fantasy Females (Stray Cat Publishing, 2001) and The Last Great American Picture Show: New Hollywood 1967-1976 (Amsterdam University Press, 2004), I Love TV () and Exile Cinema (). She has written for dozens of publications in the United States and Europe, ranging from Film Comment and Dance Now to Fangoria.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Coloratura on December 24, 2006
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Some people who feel they already know a lot about movies may automatically turn up their noses at a book of "Recommended Viewing for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason," but they should do a double take where MOVIE LUST is concerned. This is a very smart, very savvy book, written without pretension or a narrow focus -- and I say that as someone who knows a lot about movies. It covers everyone from Jean Vigo to Ron Jeremy, and always with the same intelligence. Maitland McDonagh's way with words serves to stimulate the appetite to finally track down long postponed classics, to blaze new trails of viewing, and to revisit old favorites. If your DVD collection is even half the size of mine, you probably have trouble deciding what to pull off the shelf for an evening's viewing. If that sounds like a problem you've had before, I recommend spending ten minutes or so browsing through MOVIE LUST before tackling your monolithic wall of viewing options. It's so much fun to peruse, in fact, you might find yourself spending the night reading instead. I give this book 5 stars because I feel it fulfills its purpose admirably.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ann Cardinal on January 11, 2007
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I have long been a fan of McDonagh's snappily written and imformative column "Flick Chick" and this newest addition to her published work doesn't disappoint.

Book Lust is divided into cleverly titled sections that reflect the intelligence and humor that I've enjoyed in her reviews on the [...] site. The groupings of films are unusual and thought-provoking. My particular favorites are: Back to the Beach, Bad Santas, Everything is Beautiful at the Ballet, On the Road (a wonderful list of road movies I can GUARANTEE you've never seen listed together before), Science Fiction Double Feature, Subway Series, that 70s Picture Show, and the Zombie Stomp. And the occasional personal comments truly spoke to me (like watching King Kong on Thanksgiving-what was up with that?-and I'm dying to know what was the reaction she mentioned to the spider creature in John Carpenter's The Thing when the author first saw the film).

All in all this is a smart, funny and interesting book for anyone who truly enjoys movies. I am looking forward to purchasing More Movie Lust, or perhaps it should be entitled Movie Lust: The Sequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Jackson on March 30, 2009
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We have a group of friends that meet once a month for movie night. We rotate where we meet and the host provides the dinner and the movie. I hate to brag but the night at our house is always the best and this book is our secret weapon. Thanks to the insightful comments and exhausting list of movies. My wife and I are always able to find a little know gem or find a way to have a unique double feature night.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LaKiDoTo on December 21, 2006
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Bottom Line: If you only have room for one book about films,

this should be it!!

Amazingly, in just 246 pages (plus an all-inclusive 42-page index) McDonagh covers ALL the things you ever EVER wanted to know about movies but (not wanting to appear stupid) were too afraid to ask.

Besides, even though her knowledge is extraordinary and almost encyclopedic, it's a totally fascinating, fun read.

I'd prided myself on my extensive cinematic knowledge--thought I knew everything (well, almost) until I picked up the book. Boy was I wrong. Happily, she makes the learning process not only painless, but a total pleasure. Her thoroughly witty, elegant, pithy prose kept me continually absorbed.

Her chapters--all surprisingly short--are surprisingly comprehensive,

and cover just about every genre, from dog movies and foreign films, to movies about Shakespeare, horror, sex, love and growing-up...you name it, it's there.

For example, on remakes: Same Movie Twice (2 ½ pages), explores, for better or worse, misguided attempts to replicate past hits (i.e. The Vanishing, Psycho, Exorcist sequels ); The Shape of Things (2 pages) on actors gaining or losing weight to better play a role, as did De Niro or Renee Zellweger putting on 60 and 20 lbs. respectively for "Raging Bull" and "Bridget Jones's Diary"; On The Road, a concise 4 ½ page overview of some of the best road movies, from The Grapes of Wrath, Wizard of Oz to Y tu mama tambien, The Straight Story and Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. (f/y/I, I cited only a few chapters; there are over 100.)

For so many reasons, "Movie Lust" is so very worth the detour. What makes her book so significant--and valuable, is her incredible knowledge of films worth seeing...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Camilla Work on September 19, 2006
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This book of short-short chapters, recommending movies in about a hundred quirky categories, is about the most useful DVD guide I've come across. And my god, what a fun read. I saw a review that summed it up perfectly: "Movie Lust is a book as much for lovers of language as for film hipsters; most every paragraph is like a carefully-crafted bon-bon that can be quickly sucked down to a rich bon mot...."

The rollercoaster rapture of Maitland McDonagh's language is mesmerizing, even when she's writing about big ol' action movies or giant-gorilla films. I don't know how many people today know M.F.K. Fisher, who was the great, lyrical dean of food writers, but McDonagh is like a cross between that and Dorothy Parker. Even her introduction is great. This is going to be a perfect gift book.
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