10 Sure Signs a Movie Character Is Doomed: And Other Surprising Movie Lists

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Film critic Richard Roeper has seen thousands and thousands of films — and not all of them were pretty. But as a result he’s stored up enough movie knowledge to write this hilarious collection of movie lists. Some of the irreverent, offbeat, and inventive lists in this book are:

* 5 Things That Happen When a Wrongly Accused Fugitive Walks into a Bar, a Restaurant, or a Convenience Store

* Age Difference Between Michael Douglas and His Leading Ladies

* 11 Movies that Employed James Brown's "(I Got You) I Feel ...

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Overview

Film critic Richard Roeper has seen thousands and thousands of films — and not all of them were pretty. But as a result he’s stored up enough movie knowledge to write this hilarious collection of movie lists. Some of the irreverent, offbeat, and inventive lists in this book are:

* 5 Things That Happen When a Wrongly Accused Fugitive Walks into a Bar, a Restaurant, or a Convenience Store

* Age Difference Between Michael Douglas and His Leading Ladies

* 11 Movies that Employed James Brown's "(I Got You) I Feel Good" to Indicate that a Character Feels Good!

* 5 Reasons Why George Bailey Isn't Such a Wonderful Guy in It's a Wonderful Life

* 7 Films in Which Ben Affleck Cries Like a Big Fat Baby

* The Gross-Out Hall of Fame

* 13 Great Perks of Being a Movie Character

And so many more . . .

Richard Roeper is the co-host of the nationally syndicated Ebert & Roeper. A daily columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and the New York Times syndicate, he lives in Chicago.

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Richard Roeper's good-natured zest and movie acumen has made him a viewer favorite on Ebert & Roper at the Movies. Both attributes register strongly in Ten Sure Signs a Movie Character Is Doomed, one of the funniest and most revealing film celebrations in year. The lists include: "The Worst Irish Accents in Recent Movie History"; "Age Difference Between Michael Douglas and His Leading Women/Girls"; "Seven Films in Which Ben Affleck Cries like a Big Fat Baby"; and the crowd-pleasing "Eight Movies in Which Tom Cruise Plays a Cocky, Lonewolf Free Spirit Who Must Endure Heartache Before He Learns Valuable Lessons About Life."
Publishers Weekly
Roeper, the syndicated movie critic who replaced the late Gene Siskel as Roger Ebert s TV partner, certainly has the credentials to craft a handful of insightful movie lists. He also has the wit to make this book fun enough that you don t have to be a movie buff to appreciate it. Treating his subjects with the respect they deserve, he runs the gamut from the funnily frivolous ( Red-Carpet Flubs and Blunders by Joan Rivers [e.g., Rivers gushes about J.Lo s teeth and then asks the diva, Are they yours? ]) to the frivolously risqui ( Best Porn Titles Based on Legit Movies [e.g., 6 Lays, 7 Nights]) to more conventional fare ( Best Films that Didn t Win the Academy Award for Best Picture [e.g., Citizen Kane]). Lest the Motion Picture Academy feel slighted, Roeper also takes the AFI to task, listing movies that should and should not have made its 100 best list. Whatever the category, Roeper lets it rip. WHAT I KNOW NOW: Simple Lessons Learned the Hard Way Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York, with Jeff Coplon. Simon & Schuster, $16 (180p) ISBN 0743246128 In her latest volume, a collection of small tales and personal reflections, Ferguson reveals her hard-won, earthy and proverbial philosophy of life. The 46 lessons herein ( Finding Empathy, Choosing Battles, Slowing Down ) are commonsensical enough be called self-evident: in her short reminiscences, Fergie explains that we sometimes eat for reasons that have nothing to do with hunger, that beauty comes from within and that it s important to take time to stop and smell the flowers (or stare at the pheasants), have good manners, laugh readily and breathe deeply. When she explains that she rented a four-bedroom country house to learn how to live small, or that she engaged Geri Halliwell s yoga teacher ( I rang up Katyana and asked if she could take a month off to teach me, too ) to learn the benefits of breathing deep, readers may wonder just how hard it all was. Still, there s a lot to admire about the gutsy Ferguson, and for serious Royal-watchers, there are enough fun tidbits (e.g., the hen night when she and Princess Diana donned wigs and police uniforms and got arrested outside Buckingham Palace) to keep the preaching fun. (Jan. 9) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641650901
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 2/5/2003
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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