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Ten Bad Dates with De Niro: A Book of Alternative Movie Lists

by Richard T. Kelly

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This is the way to do a book of lists -- like the good ol' '70s Books of Lists. Not just compilations -- each list is the vehicle for commentary, and insight into the filmgoing profile of its contributor. They're not all gems, but it's a fun collection. ( )
  scarequotes | Jan 23, 2016 |
A books of odd movie lists (ten Places You Wouldn't Expect to SE A Severed Head, Ten Shining Examples of Notsble Nail Varnish just to name two) by British film critics is a fun book to dip into by movie lovers. ( )
  etxgardener | Aug 10, 2012 |
For all lovers of lists AND movies, this is a refreshing book made up of over 100 lists, compiled by novelists, professors, film critics, directors, historians, etc, which are not about the regular "10 best movies evah!" or "Best actresses of the 80s", but rather about offbeat and intriguing subjects, such as "The Ten Dodgiest Decisions of the Cannes Festival Jury" or "The Ten Toughest Gangs in Movies". Of course, given the contributors and the hipster tone of the book, you won't find a lot of Julia Roberts or Jerry Bruckheimer stuff. And that's a good thing, sometimes. ( )
  JRuel | Aug 6, 2010 |
Entertaining and genuinely informative collection of random lists about film by a variety of film writers, critics and directors. Many of the films cited are not exactly box-office smashes - there are plenty that I hadn't even heard of, let alone seen, but I'm not exactly a film buff. Nonetheless I enjoyed most of the lists: only one or two were a little too obscure for enjoyment. And there are films described here that I may actually make an effort to see, having read about them here, surely a recommendation!

Example lists include 'Ten Films Which Traumatized Me When I Was Younger'; 'The Mighty Apoplexies of Pacino - Ten Scenes Where 'Shouty Al' Shows Up'; 'Ten Places You Wouldn't Expect To Find A Severed Head'; 'The Ten Best Uses of Steps or Staircases' ... I only had to see a few of these list titles to want to read it... ( )
  andyx | Apr 18, 2008 |
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All true film fans keep mental records of their movie-going tastes, and their post-show arguments in the pub. This book is a collection of such 'Top Tens', contributed by a fine cast of leading film writers, acclaimed film-makers and novelists from the Coen brothers and Steven Soderbergh to Gilbert Adair and DBC Pierre.… (more)

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