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

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"It's been a long time since I've come across a set of lists quite so piquant and entertaining as Ten Bad Dates With De Niro."-Louis Bayard, Salon (Critic’s Pick)

What are the Top Ten movies for making cigarettes look cool? Do good films ever win the Oscar? What is film's most tragic farewell, greatest opening-credit sequence, grisliest murder, loosest screen adaptation, most gratuitous use of sex and violence? How do you make a great movie without a movie camera? And why do ...

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Overview

"It's been a long time since I've come across a set of lists quite so piquant and entertaining as Ten Bad Dates With De Niro."-Louis Bayard, Salon (Critic’s Pick)

What are the Top Ten movies for making cigarettes look cool? Do good films ever win the Oscar? What is film's most tragic farewell, greatest opening-credit sequence, grisliest murder, loosest screen adaptation, most gratuitous use of sex and violence? How do you make a great movie without a movie camera? And why do Robert De Niro's characters behave so badly to women? Born of the cinephile's well-known love of lists, Ten Bad Dates with DeNiro is a symposium and celebration of viewing pleasures, private passions, and cinematic lost causes. Contributors include a fine cast of critics, filmmakers, and writers ranging from Steven Soderbergh and the Coen brothers to Andrew O'Hagan and George Pelecanos.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585679713
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/5/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,450,925
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard T. Kelly is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. His books include Sean Penn: His Life and Times, The Name of this Book is Dogme 95, a study of the Danish film movement cofounded by Lars von Trier, Alan Clarke, and the novel Crusaders. He lives in London.
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors ix

Introduction 1

1 Losing it at the Movies: Pure Emotional Responses to Cinema 3

2 Quality Counts: Arguments, Judgements, and Personal Views on the 'Best' and 'Worst' in Cinema 27

3 The Phantom Picture House: Movies You Can't See, Won't See, or Will Never, Ever Get to See 59

4 Take Two, or Even Three: Remakes, Recycles and Return Visits 77

5 That Thing They Do: Actors and Acting 89

6 What Are You Wearing?: Wardrobe, Cosmetics, and Personal Style 125

7 Careers You Might Consider: Obsessive Professions and Callings 155

8 Nearly Human: Animal, Mineral and Ethereal Icons of the Movies 181

9 Cruel and Unusual: Quirks, Landmarks and Innovations in Screen Violence 201

0 Intermission: A Bite to Eat, and a Bag of Pick 'n' Mix 233

11 Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: They're Called 'Motion Pictures' 255

12 Sex, Drugs, and a Little Bit of Rock 'n' Roll 275

13 The Grown-Up Arts: Older Forms and Their Impact on Film 315

14 Craftsmen at Work: Unsung Techniques that Have Transformed Movies 339

15 Strange, the Power of Cheap Music: (With Apologies to Noël Coward) 375

16 Location, Location, Location: Where it Happens, Why that Matters 387

17 Cinema Will Eat Itself: Loving Acts of Self-Reference 405

18 Spoiler Alert!: Narrative Turns, Stings, and Endings 417

19 And Finally: With Compliments of the Season 451

Acknowledgements 459

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