Good+ Oversize Trade Paperback. Ex-library with call label on book's spine and library markings on front cover, top/bottom edges, inside front & back covers, and last printed page. 6" & 3" crease on front cover, else minor wear and soil on the sound binding. Contents are clean and unmarked. Large piece cut from upper fore corner of last printed page, destroying the index references for about six entries.; 9-1/8" Tall, 510pp. The PAPER COVER is about the weight of posterboard. MOVIES. Movie reviews which "not only evaluate the movie itself: They also present you with a theory of film-making, of acting, directing, shooting, script writing, everything. " "The period covered in this book-from late 1985 to mid-1988-begins rather lamely, and then suddenly there's one marvellous movei after another. " Now that we can rent movies, buy them cheaply, view them from cable or satellite, or on our computers, "making the choice of which ones to see seems more important then ever. HOOKED will prove an invaluable guide and it's wonderful reading besides, offering pleasure before and after seeing a movie-indeed, these reviews are works of art in their own right. One gets hooked on Kael, and her book is indispensable. " Index, covers movie titles, actors & actresses, and directors.
Publishers Weekly, 1988-09-09 This ninth collection of her New Yorker reviews culls classic Kael criticism of more than 150 films released from 1985 to 1988. Refreshingly iconoclastic, Kael isn't afraid to revel in a lowbrow film (`` Little Shop of Horrors is jivey, senseless fun''). She can be accused of playing favorites (Brian De Palma and Bette Midler, for example), but on the whole, Kael's genuine excitement about film sustains the book, and her strong opinions and acute observations offer the film-goer much to ponder. A disquieting note, however, is the insensitive review of the Holocaust documentary Shoah. Writing about a film that considers the extermination of six million Jews, Kael seems disappointed that `` Shoah presents a world in which a Gentile rarely shows any human feeling toward a Jew'' and she dismisses the work as ``a long moan.'' (October) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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