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Destroy All Movies!!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film Flexibound – December 6, 2010

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"I wasn't expecting to be blown away by Destroy All Movies!!! I was sure I would get tired of reading it after a few pages. The opposite happened -- I got hooked and couldn't stop." --Mark Frauenfelder, BoingBoing

"A product of the tireless DIY work ethic: It is one of the most painstaking books ever written on punk rock...a volume with both intellectual relevance and deep entertainment value." --Sam McPheeters, BookForum

"An exhaustive work every bit as brash and entertaining as its subject matter. If you fail to purchase a copy, post-apocalyptic punk rock bikers will kick your door down and ram their fists down your throat." --Todd Brown, Twitch

"...insanely genius and improbably comprehensive..." --PopMatters

“..[I]ntelligent, pointed and funny... characterized also by a fresh perspective… an absolute gem, inspired in its three-color design…” ([object Object])

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Product Details

  • Flexibound: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; 1st edition (December 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606993631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606993637
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 0.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,505,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Messerer on November 16, 2010
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I love film and I love film reference books. I own hundreds of books on film but, unfortunately, most film reference books are rushed, slipshod tomes that are intended to capitalize on a current popular craze. More often than not, their content is limited, and it is painfully obvious that the author has never seen many of the films he or she has written about. Their shelf-life lasts only as long as the current trend and then they are rapidly relegated to the remainder rack.

Destroy All Movies!!! (DAM) is not one of those books!!! DAM is a book that no one asked for, but thank Sweet Baby Cheevers that its authors, Zack Carlson and Bryan Connolly, thought enough about their subject to honor us unworthy cinemaphiles with what will most likely be revered as one of the greatest film reference books this planet has ever known.

DAM attempts to chronicle every movie where a punk rocker is seen on screen and covers both films and made-for-TV movies released between 1974 and 1999. This is not one of them snobby, elitist tomes either! No genre is excluded; no stone is left unturned. If a punk rocker is seen on screen, he/she/it is in this book. Seriously!!! What other film reference book can you name that includes both "Hannah and Her Sisters" and "Blood Orgy of the Leather Girls?" You can't because, until now, no other authors have had the cinematic strength, stamina, and irrationality that it takes to pull off a masterpiece like this. The authors and fifteen of their closest friends (no, I'm not one of them!) watched over 20,000 movies in half a decade to enable them to offer up this twisted dream made reality.
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I've been a fan of Zack Carlson and his programming at the Drafthouse for some time. He and his cohort Bryan Connolly have really done a bang-up job with this book I must say. It is an amazing, exhaustive reference guide and just a gorgeous Taschen-like book to boot! The best book of it's kind since the last Psychotronic Guide! A must own for fans of cult and 80s cinema! Fantastic! It has my vote for film book of the year!
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Just want to mention, although Amazon no longer stocks this book, it can be purchased direct from the publisher for $35:
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When I heard about this book I knew I had to order it for the fun of it and for the endless possibilities of trashy movies I could impress my rural America friends with. When things are dull in the middle of winter and you're tired of "Dancing with the Stars" this is the source book for the movie that may not destroy your mind, but will give it a severe bending.

If you have seen all of these movies or even a lot of them, you can be proud of your dementedness. Get this book and learn about movies that you will never see any other place and then take the next step and surprise your friends with a fun night watching some. The people behind this book can be proud of their work. There must be something in Seattle's water that the rest of us don't always get.
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Truly essential. Punk Rock. Film. The 1980s. If you are interested in any or all of the above, you will be hopelessly smitten with this marvellous book. The writing is witty and intelligent. Plenty of giggles, but equally enough genuine insight to satisfy the cineaste. The book is compulsively readable, as a good film guide should be, and will have you scurrying off to locate desperately rare VHS titles. It is fascinating to view the unfolding of the punk phenomenon through film - in both earnest documentaries and via the distorted lens of Hollywood (Punks quickly became lazy graphic shorthand for slavering hooligans - because of the anti-establishment bent of the movement and also simply because they looked so exciting and outrageous). Additionally, the book is designed to perfection, simply one of the best I have seen and is a thing of beauty all by itself. In this age of IMDB, this book demonstrates that there is most certainly life in the published reference work. It is sure to become a valuable collectors item in the near future. I hope the authors and Fantagraphics will release an updated edition at some point, because you DO need it and will not want to trade up. If the authors choose to write on another subject, I'm sure that will be great too. (They must be heartily sick of Punk after taking years to write this book). At the end of 'The Time Machine', the anonymous traveller goes back to the future equipped with three books, the titles of which are left up to the audience to speculate upon. I am certain that this comprehensive volume would be one of those books (I know he was in Victorian times, but he's a Time Traveller, right?). have I made my point yet? I like it.
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Entertaining volume with a long range of movies reflecting not only milestones in the punk culture, but also plenty of snippets where punks are represented or rather misrepresented. Peppered with interviews with some directors and actors regarding their work in these movies, it makes for a fine read.

The reviewing of the different entries is quite colloquial at times, and pretty opinionated. Sometimes a bit off the mark if one does not share the sense of humor, but more often than not it is entertaining enough and allows for a curious volume to consult when looking for a movie.

There might be a few glaring omissions in terms of precedents regarding the culture, and apparently if one is a connoisseur of it he emphasis on some authors over others might also be controversial, but short of that knowledge this feels like a good collection to bridge the gap and reinstate a significant part of contemporary culture.
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