By Maitland McDonagh
ISBN 10 1-57061-478-4
If youre a cinemaniac or want to impress one, Maitland McDonaghs “Movie Lust” is a must!
In this collection of 90-plus short essays and a dozen director profiles, the erudite and witty McDonagh, whos known to a wide range of fans as TVGuide.coms Flick Chick, draws upon her encyclopedic knowledge and a genuine passion for the movies to deliver the goods on classic cinema– and let you know what films you really must see.
McDonagh covers a comprehensive compilation of genres and sub-genres, including road trips, adventures in space, at sea or aboard trains, beach scenes, horror and haunt, search and rescue, anime and toons, Shakespeare derivatives, swashbucklers and drug dramas, silents and songfests, flicks featuring dogs or werewolves or starlets, and those with plots revolving around stage doors, cocktail hours or telephone connections, and a whole lot more.
McDonaghs discerning list of “landmark” movies, stretching from 1917s “Quo Vadis?” to 1977s “Star Wars,” traces the changing face of cinema, while her selection of featured directors, ranging from Pedro Almodovar to Peter Weir, spotlights its highlights.
Her styles so light and breezy, its easy to overlook the depth of McDonaghs insights, as she generously reveals personal associations with specific films (we all have those moments when movies express exactly what were going through or carry us as far away from our circumstances as possible).
“Movie Lust” is a book to be referenced repeatedly. Youll get a clearer picture of the movies every time you turn a page, guaranteed.