Because we couldn't say it ourselves without sounding like jerks.
Once DESTROY ALL MOVIES!!! was all finished, we sent out samples to a few people we liked to get their opinions. They were nice! This is what they had to say:
“Punk rock looked scary. Teens turned sullen, black-eyed, aliens. Perfect fodder for Hollywood, as Hollywood thrives on promises and threats of violence. But the teens weren’t really very scary—they were smart and sensitive and funny. Hollywood was the really scary one. Especially in its consistent ability to get IT wrong. There are faux punks galore in the movies and more sincere poseurs standing next to them hired right off the street. Can you tell which is which? This is a program and tour-guide.”
— GARY PANTER
“Zack! Bryan! Listen up! This book is impossible. You didn’t actually compile this book. You would have to be insane pop-culture mutants with no reasonable chance of integrating into legitimate society in order to get this much stunningly retrograde crapola between two covers. I’m in awe. I thank you, and the rotting corpse of Sid Vicious thanks you.”
— JOE BOB BRIGGS
“No longer relegated to hazy memories of late-night cable television watching, Destroy All Movies!!! makes lost punks-on-film classics feel not only alive but necessary. I predict that Destroy All Movies!!! will soon be on the bookshelf of every self-respecting musician, music fan and movie buff. Detailed, humorous and completely crucial. At long last there is a punk rock movie bible!”
— CARRIE BROWNSTEIN
Thanks, guys! No free copies!
Great book, I bet you get these type of comments a lot, but you forgot the movie spit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqEDH0R9Pxw considering its actually about punks and not just some guys in the background for tree second its strange i think
Luckily, we don’t get a lot of messages about movies we missed or else we’d feel like failures who wasted 7 years of our lives. Oftentimes, the movie in question is under an alternate title or did not make the cutoff (1999). Which is the case with SPIT. It came out in 2001, so it just missed making it into the book.
p.s. EXCELLENT name!