Ten Bad Dates with De Niro : A Book of Alternative Movie Lists Hardback
Edited by Richard T. Kelly
Illustrated by Andrew Rae
Is Richard E Grant's 'Withnail' a far superior screen drunk to Jimmy Stewart in Harvey?
What is the cinema's most tragic farewell, its most ingenious plot-twist, its most shocking murder? And why do Robert De Niro's characters behave so badly to women?
All film fans keep mental records of their post-show arguments in the pub.
This book is a rollicking collection of such 'Top Tens', written by stars from Steven Soderberg and the Coen Brothers to Gilbert Adair and DBC Pierre.
If you want to know the Ten Most-Deserved Oscars or Ten So-Called 'Turkeys' That Are Actually Brilliant, then look no further, "Ten Bad Dates with De Niro" could be your perfect match.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 18/10/2007
- Category: Film theory & criticism
- ISBN: 9780571237661
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Review by andyx
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...